Prof. Nicola Fohrer | Keynote
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institute for Natural Resource Conservation

Nicola Fohrer is professor of hydrology and water resources management at Kiel University since 2003. In her work she focuses on ecohydrology, water quality, and water management in rural areas. She has a long standing expertise on particularly on these topics in China, India, and Russia. She is President of the German Hydrological Society (DHG) and area coordinator for water at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT Madras. She serves as member and spokesperson in the DFG review board for water science since and was chair of the scientific board of the German National Committee of IHP/HWRP of the UNESCO from 2008 to 2014.

Prof. Luca Montanarella | Keynote
European Commission - Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Luca Montanarella has worked as scientific project manager in the European Commission since 1992. He leads the Soil Data and Information Systems activities of the Joint Research Centre in support to the European Union Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. This work also supports numerous other soil related policies, like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the UNCCD, UNFCCC, CBD, and so on.

Dr. Montanarella is responsible for the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN).Recently, he took charge of supporting the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) at UN FAO.

Currently, he also chairs the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) and the IPBES thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration (LDR) as EC Senior Expert in Land Resource Management. Dr. Montanarella has produced more than 300 publications, books and reports. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and memberships.

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Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli | Keynote
Global Water Partnership

Jerome Delli Priscoli is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies) in Washington, D.C. and retired senior advisor for the US Army Corps of Engineers (Institute for Water Resources). For 30 years he has designed and run social assessment, public participation, and conflict resolution.

He has been a water policy advisor to many organisations around the world (United Nations, International Finance Institutions, and Water Ministries) and is Editor-in-Chief of Water Policy.

Priscoli has helped found several world associations including the Global Water Partnership, where he serves as the Chair of its Technical Committee.

Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook | Keynote
United Nations World Water Assessment Programme

Stefan Uhlenbrook is Director of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) hosted by UNESCO. Before joining WWAP, he was professor for hydrology at UNESCO-IHE, where he held the position of vice-rector from 2013 on. Uhlenbrook was with the university of Freiburg Germany from 1996 to 2004 as assistant and associate professor. His main interests are the impacts of global changes on water as well as issues related to capacity building, with particular emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition.

Prof. Eugenie L. Birch | Keynote
Penn Institute for Urban Research

Expert Commenters & Moderators

Rudolph Cleveringa | Commenter
Global Water Partnership

Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch origin, has a degree in agricultural engineering from Wageningen University in The Netherlands and over 35 years of global experience and engagement in various aspects of development – ranging from operational land, water and rural infrastructure projects to programme and policy advisory work. He has broad experience of working in collaborative partnerships and has managed both larger units and smaller project teams across diverse cultures and disciplines.

Before joining GWP on 1 September 2014 as the Deputy Executive Secretary, Mr. Cleveringa had the position of Senior Technical Advisor for Rural Development, Water and Rural Infrastructure with IFAD. As of 1 January 2016 Mr. Cleveringa holds the position as Executive Secretary of GWP.

Dr. Ania Grobicki | Commenter
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance

Ania Grobicki has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and in Economics from the University of South Africa, together with a PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London. She worked in the oil industry for Shell South Africa, then later became an academic and a consultant, leading projects on the restoration of urban wetlands and urban catchment management, in and around Cape Town. She has also worked on national policy issues in South Africa relating to science and technology policy, research funding and management, as well as national water policy. Her experience and knowledge of water issues includes work on the water needs of cities, industry, agriculture and energy, and policy development and practice related to water supply and reuse; water quality; water and health; effluent treatment technologies; and river basin management. She contributed the chapters on “Water and Industry” and “Water and Energy” to the 2nd World Water Development Report, as lead author, and has written widely on the water-food-energy nexus, and integrated water resources management.

From 2002, Ania led the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food as its first Co-ordinator, based at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka. Thereafter she was based at WHO in Switzerland (2006-2009) as Head of Secretariat for organizing the 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, a multi-year process with regional meetings at ministerial level, culminating in a global conference which resulted in the WHO Strategy on Research for Health.

As Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (2009-2015) she managed the world-wide multi-stakeholder network and its global secretariat, based in Sweden. At GWP, Ania developed global action programmes on water and climate change adaptation, integrated drought management, and integrated urban water management. She was deeply involved in the stakeholder consultations and negotiations prior to establishing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular the global water goal and its targets. In March 2015 Ania took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, where she advises on global policy, developmental, technical and scientific issues, and oversees the regional implementation of the Convention.

Dr. Fritz Holzwarth | Moderator
UNESCO Institute for Water Education

Fritz Holzwarth is Rector a.i. of UNESCO Institute for Water Education. He was appointed Deputy Director General for Water-Management in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1991. His professional responsibilities, are inter alia Head of the German Delegation, Baltic Marine Environment Commission (HELCOM), Head of the German Delegation for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR), Head of the German Delegation for International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), President in 2003 and President of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) (2004-2007), President of the International Commission for the Protection of the River Elbe (2008-2010). He is a Member of the Board of Advice of the European Water Partnership, of the External Advisory Group of WATCH (Water and Global Change), of the Board of Advice of the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, of the Supervisory Board of the Helmholtz-Center Geesthacht, (Member of the Helmholtz Association), Member of the Kuratorium of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. Member of the International Steering Committee of Great Rivers Partnership (GRP).

Mr. Holzwarth has been actively involved in transboundary cooperation in international river basins. In his position as German Water Director he has been actively involved in developing EU-Directives such as the Water Framework Directives, the Marine Strategy Directive and other water related regulations. Furthermore he jointly initiated with EU-Commission and the Joint Research Centre the discussion process on Climate Change and the European Water Dimension. Fritz Holzwarth studied Economics, Law and Political Science at the University of Freiburg/Breisgau and holds a Diploma (1977) and Ph. D. (1984) in Economics and a Diploma in Business Administration (1973) from the College of Economics, Pforzheim.

Prof. Rat­tan Lal | Commenter
The Ohio State University

Rat­tan Lal is a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor of Soil Sci­ence and Di­rec­tor of the Car­bon Management and Se­ques­tra­tion Cen­ter at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Colum­bus. He held po­si­tions at the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, New Delhi, India; the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney, Aus­tralia; the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nige­ria and Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Ice­land, Reyk­javik. Lal is also a sci­en­tific ad­vi­sor to Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Pots­dam, Ger­man;, mem­ber of the Fed­eral Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate As­sess­ment; and of the Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sory Board of DOD. He served in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee on Trop­i­cal De­for­esta­tion and Land Man­age­ment, Nige­ria (Chair); the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion (Pres­i­dent); In­ter­na­tional Soil Tillage Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Pres­i­dent); and the Soil Sci­ence So­ci­ety of Amer­ica (Pres­i­dent). Lal was lead au­thor of the UN Mil­len­nium Ecosys­tem As­sess­ment and Lead Au­thor in IPCC re­ports.

Roula Majdalani | Moderator
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Roula Majdalani is the Director of the Sustainable Development Policies Division at UN-ESCWA. The division promotes cooperation among Arab countries on sustainable management of natural resources with a focus on water, energy, food security and green production. Ms. Majdalani joined ESCWA in 1989 and has served as a Human Settlements Officer, First Economic Affairs Officer on water resources, and Chief of the Technical Cooperation Section. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Syracuse University and previously worked with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (London). She has publications on green economy and integrated management of water resources, housing development and sustainable cities. She lectured on these topics in scientific, regional and international forums.

Opening & Closing

Uwe Gaul
Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

Prof. Hans Georg Krauthäuser
Technische Universität Dresden

Hans Georg Krauthäuser is Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs of Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany since August 2015. He is a Full University Professor at TU Dresden for Electromagnetic Theory and Compatibility. Krauthäuser served TU Dresden as Dean of Study for Electrical Engineering, as Chairman of Examination Board for Renewable Energy Systems, and as Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty for Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Krauthäuser is consultant of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) for the evaluation of engineering study programs.