OOSKAnews is pleased to introduce the full slate of panelists who will be participating in the fourth aquaNOW Audience, which will take place at Scotland's University of Strathclyde (Insight Institute, Collins Building, FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED) on Friday, May 22nd, from 1:30-3:00 PM UK time (8:30-10:00 AM EDT.) The event will be streamed live (FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED), just visit www.ooskanews.com.
Kettie Alinafe Harawa is an Environmental Scientist, working as a Country Director for Water For People in Malawi. She has over 15 years work experience in Sustainable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in developing countries, and is the author of the Water as a Business: 2011 volume World Water Week abstracts.
She is passionate about Water For People's vision: a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation, and where no one dies from water-borne or water-related diseases. She is also a board chair for WES Network, which coordinates all WASH players in Malawi.
Robert M. Kalin is a professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde. His academic and professional interests are focused on Environment Science and Engineering to underpin the global sustainability agendas. His work ranges from hydrogeology and Paleohydrology of local to regional scale groundwater systems, study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, to site-specific biogeochemistry of water treatment, contaminated land and groundwater (including engineering design of sustainable remediation methods), development of new chemical analysis techniques for soil, air and water that to better understand risk to humans and the environmental.
His work on sustainable environmental development is driven by an engagement with trans-disciplinary focused problem solving and knowledge transfer, drawing in particular on the insights of environmental science and engineering and extending across research endeavours found in other disciplines (e.g. environmental chemistry, environmental governance, paleo-ecology, environmental economics, environmental law, agriculture and land use change).
John Oldfield leads the efforts of WASH Advocates to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to solving the safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has been a Vice President at a New York private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and corporate divestitures, and has extensive international management experience with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Department of State contracts, including training programs for election officials, civil society, and foreign media in post-conflict countries in Africa.
WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy initiative dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge by increasing awareness of WASH issues and solutions and increasing the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Dr. Douglas McKenzie originally trained as a marine biologist (Glasgow University then Queen's Belfast), and is an expert on echinoderms and microbial symbiosis. McKenzie founded the Marine Biotech group at the Scottish Association for Marine Science near Oban which he joined as a research fellow in 1989. In 1999 he founded his first company (Integrin) which he grew to a turnover of some £3 million ($4.7 million USD) and employing 60 employees. Integrin was founded to commercialize McKenzie’s research interests in marine drug discovery and cell biology but found commercial success in providing services for toxin testing and seafood safety in shellfish. This led to the acquisition of another testing company in 2007. After exiting Integrin in 2008, McKenzie founded Xanthella in 2009 to focus on the business opportunity offered by industrial exploitation of algae. Xanthella is producing highly innovative designs of photobioreactors for research and industrial scale up. The company is working with several Scottish Universities on cutting-edge applications of photonics in algal growth and in the use of wastewater streams as feedstocks for algal growth. McKenzie has published over 50 refereed publications, is an author on four patents and has been the recipient of two business awards for innovation.
Aside from his interests in Xanthella, he is active in supporting spin-out and start-up companies and in helping develop better policies and processes for ensuring universities and SMEs work well together.
Ruby Moynihan is a PhD Candidate and Scottish Government Hydro Nation scholar at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law, UK, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Environmental and Planning Law, Germany. Her current research in international and European environmental law focuses on enhancing coherence between international water and biodiversity regimes at multi-governance levels especially in the context of trans-boundary water cooperation. In this context, she focuses on the regionalization of international law and especially the role of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) water regime in contributing to equity, justice and environmental protection. Previously, Moynihan worked as a researcher in international and European environmental law at the Helmholtz Centre and as a Research Associate at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, Scotland, where she co- wrote the User’s Guide to the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. She has substantial project consultancy experience regarding legal issues on water, climate and ecosystem approaches in various trans-boundary river basins around the world. Moynihan is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law Specialist Group on water and wetlands, the European Society of International Law (ESIL), UK Society of Legal Scholars, and the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF).
During the Audience, panelists will discuss six recent OOSKAnews stories dealing with diverse water-related issues:
- UN Official Warns That Haiti Cholera Outbreak Is Falling Off the International Radar
- Indian Premier Urged to Take Up Issue of Chinese Dams on the Brahmaputra
- Poor Access to Sanitation Violates Basic Human Rights: Ramaphosa
- Algae Fed With Wastewater Show Promise for Biodiesel Production: Study
- Islamic State Takes Ramadi, Threatening Major Euphrates Dam
- Pipeline Construction Could Displace 60,000 People in Nigeria’s Ogun State
The aquaNOW Audiences series is produced by OOSKAnews, the world’s leading publisher of water-related news and intelligence. The events are moderated by David Duncan, CEO and Founder of OOSKAnews Inc., and supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and aquaNOW.info.
The fourth Audience is part of a series of high-level events held to mark International day of Biodiversity and in anticipation of the XVth World Water Congress in Edinburgh.
The day’s events also include a seminar led by Dr. Salman M.A. Salman, fellow with the International Water Resources Association, on “Entry into Force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention: Why Should it Matter?” and a guest lecture and roundtable discussion on “Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” with keynote speaker Prof. Gabriel Eckstein, an expert in international environment and natural resources law.
All of these events will be live web-streamed free at www.ooskanews.com from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM UK time (5:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT).