Prof Ana Deletic,
University of New South Wales, Australia
Modelling platform for water sensitive urban design implementation
Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). Until mid-2017, Ana was Associate Dean of the Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure Research Institute at Monash University. Ana leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issues, focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. Earlier she led the development of a number of green nature-based water treatment systems, which are now widely adopted in Australia and abroad. Ana is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and the Editor of Water Research. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences), for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research.
Prof Jane Doolan,
Productivity Commission, Australia
Water reform in Australia – past, present and future
University of Canberra, Australia
The challenge of incorporating cultural values and perspectives of First Peoples’
(Aboriginal People) into water planning and environmental water management
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW), and I grew up in Western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land. I am currently a PhD Candidate (full-time) at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, hoping to give Aboriginal people a water voice. I am also the Special Advisor First Peoples Water with Water Stewardship Australia and part-time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub under NESP. My qualifications – Masters of Science (Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management) from UTS and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) from ACU. I was recently awarded by ACU the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni Award for 2017. Previously to the PhD I was employed by NSW DPI Water as the Team Leader Aboriginal Water Initiative (AWI), and was honored to lead the then only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia for nearly 5 years.
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Prof Jianyun Zhang,
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, MWR, China
Water security of China under change and solutions to challenges
Jianyun Zhang, Dr., Prof., is a leading Chinese specialist of hydrology and water resources. He graduated with a BE degree in hydrology from Hohai University of China in 1982, and obtained his PhD degree in civil and environmental engineering from the National University of Ireland in 1996. He was appointed as Chief Engineer and Deputy Director-General (DG) of the Bureau of Hydrology of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). He is currently President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, DG of MWR Research Center for Climate Change, Chair of the Chinese National Committee for IAHS. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journals of Advances in Water Science and Hydro-Science and Engineering. Prof. Zhang has been long engaged in the studies of hydrology and water resources management, flood forecasting and mitigation, climate change adaptation, and hydro-informatics. He has published 6 monographs and 1 translated works, and over 200 papers in high-profile journals. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2009 and an international fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK in 2014.