The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland, will host the interactive panel discussion, produced by OOSKAnews, engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions, filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership, with the theme "The Future Of Water Stewardship". Attendance is free.
On 12 and 13 November, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) will host its Global Water Stewardship Forum, also in Edinburgh. This Forum is regarded as a “must attend” event for the international water stewardship community.
The 11 November aquaNOW Audience panelists include:
Carla Toranzo is a civil engineer and candidate for doctor of business administration from Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. She is a Latin America regional expert on Water & Sanitation, working on projects for the Inter-American Development Bank, particularly in Peru. She was Global Water Program Officer for Latin America for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and has led a portfolio of projects mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Brasil, Mexico and Chile. She has worked for the private sector and for the Government of Peru, both in technical and management positions in the infrastructure sector. Author, speaker and reviewer of publications, research documents and reports related to W&S, Green Buildings and Sustainable Cities. She currently serves as Latin America and The Caribbean Coordinator of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Herbert Kashililah (Kash) is an acknowledged water expert in Tanzania and East Africa who has led program design and delivery for over 30 years with government, civil society and donor communities. He has been instrumental in formulating progressive national policy and legislation on water, and his experience of working with the most vulnerable has shaped Tanzania’s Water Sector Development Program. In his 15 years as Program lead at WaterAid Tanzania he initiated integrated approaches to pro-poor WASH programming; Water Point Mapping; the National Policy Dialogue and Joint Sector Review Process. He is an advocate for improved water resource management, water stewardship by the private sector and accountable water governance, and founder member and current Chair of the NGO Shahidi wa Maji which has pioneered accountability monitoring on water in Africa. Kash also Chairs the Lake Rukwa Basin Water Board, the Tanzania Water and Sanitation Network (TAWASANET) and is interim Chair of the Regional Advisory Group of Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Africa.
Michael Alexander is global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability for Diageo, a world leader in beverage alcohol with operations in over 30 countries and products sold in over 180 countries. With over 20 years of environmental experience, his principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated policies, communications, and stakeholder engagement, with particular focus on water stewardship and agricultural supply chains. Key to success is embedding the strategy across the whole business to ensure its long term growth while integrating the evolving and complex sustainability agenda and developing new partnerships. He joined Diageo in 2007 prior to which he was with Ericsson. A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and London, Michael is a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Institute of Economic Development and the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.
Matt Howard, Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, North America, has worked for The Water Council since 2015. He leads the development of The Water Council’s stewardship and sustainability initiatives. Before that Howard has served as Sustainability Director for the City of Milwaukee and developed programs and policies that cut costs and promoted the long-term sustainability of businesses, residents and municipal operations. Previously, he created a national Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative while with the US Department of Commerce, researched patents and innovation for the US Patent and Trademark Office, and served a special assignment at the US House of Representatives on behalf of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
Kerr Adams is a Hydro Nation Scholar studying at the University of Edinburgh and the James Hutton Institute. His project - Scotland’s water landscape and its resilience to change: an assessment to support future policy - seeks to explore future demands, pressures and trade-offs on the water environment through engaging stakeholders in the development of scenarios, participatory modelling and interpretation of model outputs to inform environmental planners, managers and policy makers. Previously, Kerr worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Arkansas, where he also achieved his MSc in Agricultural Economics. His research focused on addressing future groundwater scarcity issues in the irrigation intensive Arkansas Delta region. Kerr received his undergraduate degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from SRUC and the University of Edinburgh.
Nick Hepworth has worked to advance water management, sustainable development and social justice around the world for 25 years as a government regulator, an academic, consultant, educator and activist. In 2009 he founded the NGO Water Witness to lead action, research and advocacy for a fair water future so that all people can access the water they need to thrive and are protected against floods, drought, pollution, ecosystem degradation and water conflict. Water Witness co-developed the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard which holds some of the world’s largest corporations to account for responsible performance on water, and has pioneered the systematic application of accountability and budget monitoring for water security with civil society partners across Africa. Nick co-leads the Accountability for Water consortium, is an advisor to the UK’s Department for International Development, the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, and CDP Water, and is a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the University of Glasgow.
Water Witness International To Launch 2030 Strategy:
The 11 November aquaNOW Audience will be followed by an event hosted by Water Witness International (WWI) to celebrate 10 years of that organization’s impact and the launch of its new 2030 Strategy.
This is an opportunity to hear about WWI’s five imperatives for action for a Fair Water Future in the face of the climate emergency, and the role WWI intends to play in their delivery over the next decade. WWI will also announce the inaugural winner of its “Water Warrior Award” which recognizes and supports those fighting for water justice around the world.
Background On Scotland, Hydro Nation:
Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity.
This approach to water, and climate change, is understood to be unique to Scotland.
Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform spoke earlier this year with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews, in this (LINK) OOSKAnewscast video interview. Cunningham’s portfolio includes responsibility for Scotland – the Hydro Nation.
Coverage and video footage of September 2019’s aquaNOW Audience (“The Philosophy of a Hydro Nation”) can be found HERE.