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Clem Sunter – Keynote on Opening Day

The World and South Africa beyond 2018 with special reference to the environment.

Clem Sunter was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966. In 1971, he began work for Anglo American Corporation Central Africa. From there he was transferred in 1973 to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in Johannesburg. He spent most of his subsequent career in the Gold and Uranium Division, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1996. In the early 1980s, he established a scenario planning function in Anglo with teams in London and Johannesburg. Two highlights for Clem were a presentation to FW de Klerk and the Cabinet in 1986 and a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison to discuss the future just before his release. He’s been awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa. Clem has more recently applied his experience in scenario planning to the water crisis being experienced in Cape Town, as a columnist for News24.

Tony Wong – Keynote on Opening Day

Integrated Water Management, Water Sensitive Cities and Liveability.

Professor Tony Wong is Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, with research hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore. Tony is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management, particularly Water Sensitive Urban Design. His expertise has been gained through national and international consulting, research, and academia. He has led a large number of award-winning urban design projects. Tony has over 200 publications and has presented over 75 keynote and invited lectures. He received the prestigious Sir John Holland Award as Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year in 2010, cited as having defined “a new paradigm for design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”. Tony was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2014, and received Singapore’s GE-NUS Visiting Professorial Fellowship. He was Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering 2012 Alumnus of the Year and 2017 delivered the Victorian Parliament Alfred Deakin Oration.

Samantha Yates – Day Two Opening Speaker + Panel

To Be Confirmed

Samantha Yates is the Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group, a non-profit organisation which aims to create a better story for water. Samantha was appointed to this role at the inception of the Global Water Leaders Group in January 2013. In this role, she spearheads initiatives for, and research about, water utility performance and innovation amongst the Group’s network of utility CEOs and Water Ministers from around one hundred countries. She is also the Editor of Water Leader magazine which reports on various aspects of the value of urban water and wastewater services and the latest utility performance turnarounds. Prior to this, Samantha worked in various research and consultancy roles including with the Group’s Publishing and Events Partner – Global Water Intelligence. Samantha is a regular speaker at international conferences and has received many awards and accolades for her contribution to the water sector. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford.

Silver Mugisha – Day Two Opening Speaker + Panel

To Be Confirmed

Dr. Silver Mugisha is the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Uganda. He has over 20 years’ experience in water utility operations, international policy, research and advisory services.

He has been instrumental in the transformation of NWSC and has served the Corporation in various capacities since 1994. Prior to his appointment as the Managing Director, he was Chief Manager in charge of the Institutional Development and External Services Division. He has led several teams of experts from NWSC-External Services on a number of institutional development and governance strengthening assignments in various organizations in across Africa and India.

He has a wide and long experience in water governance, performance improvement planning and institutional development.

He has contributed to the advancement of the water sector internationally by holding several positions in a number of international institutions. He is currently the Vice President (East Africa) of the Executive Board of African Water Association (AfWA); He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala and a Master of Science degree in Sanitary Engineering – Sector Utility Management Option from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands. His Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics and Management was awarded by Makerere University – Uganda in Collaboration with PURC-University of Florida, USA