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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.

Dhesigen Naidoo

Dhesigen Naidoo is a leader, a scientist and an activist for social change. He has, as CEO, led the Water Research Commission(WRC), South Africa’s dedicated national water and sanitation Innovation, Research and Development Agency since 2011. He has previously served in senior positions in the South African national government and South African universities having begun his career as a medical scientist in a specialist paediatric hospital.

He works with the fundamental belief that the removal of water as a development constraint and the restoration of human dignity through improved sanitation will positively change the future for billions in the developing world. He also has dedicated his and the efforts of the WRC, in vital local and global partnerships, to achieve the goals of universal access to water and sanitation through knowledge solutions and innovation. The WRC itself operates under the banner of “Amandla Olwazi Kubantu” or “Power of knowledge to the People” as the means to empower a journey to global sustainable development and a better life for all.

Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain is an Indian environmentalist and political activist as well as a major proponent of the Green concept of sustainable development. Narain is director general of the India-based research institute the Centre for Science and Environment, director of the Society for Environmental Communications, and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.

In 2016 she was named to Time Magazine‘s list of 100 Most Influential People.

Narain began working with the Centre for Science and Environment in 1982, working with the founder Anil Agarwal, while completing her studies at the University of Delhi. In 1985 she co-edited the State of India’s Environment report, and then went on to study issues related to forest management. For this project, she travelled across the country to understand people’s management of natural resources. In 1989 Narain and Anil Agarwal wrote ‘Towards Green Villages’ on the subject of local democracy and sustainable development. In her years at the Centre, she has studied the relationship between environment and development and worked to create public consciousness about the need for sustainable development. In 2012, she wrote the 7th State of India’s Environment Reports, Excreta Matters, an analysis of urban India’s water supply and pollution.

Over the years, Narain has also developed the management and financial support systems needed for the Centre, which has over 100 staff members and a dynamic program profile. In the early 1990s, she got involved with global environmental issues and she continues to work on these as researcher and advocate. Her research interests are wide-ranging – from global democracy, with a special focus on climate change, to the need for local democracy, within which she has worked both on forest-related resource management and water-related issues. Narain remains an active participant, both nationally and internationally, in civil society.[3] She is currently in charge of the Centre’s management and plays an active role in a number of research projects and public campaigns. She serves on the boards of various organizations and on governmental committees and has spoken at many forums across the world on issues of her concern and expertise.  She is a recipient of several awards which include: