3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Bradley J. Moggridge
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.

Jane Doolan,
Productivity Commission, Australia

Professor Jane Doolan was appointed a part time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in December 2016. Jane has extensive senior leadership experience working in sustainable water resource and environmental management, providing policy advice to both State and Commonwealth governments on issues such as water allocation, river health and catchment management and water sector governance. Jane has also worked in State Government on environmental programs and policies, participating in intergovernmental policy development and negotiations; plus the oversight of environmental water projects. Jane has strong relationships with the academic sector, with a particular focus on integrating state-of-the-art environmental science with water policy and management. Previously held positions include Commissioner with the National Water Commission and Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Jane is currently a Director on the Board of the Western Water Authority, and a Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra. Jane will be speaking on the national water reform agenda.

Prof Jianyun Zhang,
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, China

Recent advances in hydrological modelling and water resources engineering in China

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.