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About Ada Kong
Ada Kong, Campaigner of Greenpeace East Asia. She specializes in hazardous substances pollution in China. By doing on-site investigation, policy analysis and campaigning to the public, she works to eliminate hazardous chemicals and push forward better chemicals management policy in China.
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About Aihui Yang
Project Manager of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) China. More than eight year project management experience, during which Yang has taken part in “HSBC Climate Partnership Programme” and “HSBC Water Programme” as a Senior Programme Manager: Play a key role in and contribute to the wetland restoration for water source protection, Shanghai Dalian Lake Mode, Work on the water resource management and wetland restoration for multi-donors such as HSBC, Ecolab, H&M and P&G; Promote to apply water footprint and water risk tools to the supply chain of Bright Dairy and the industrial park upgrade of Xixiashu Textile Park and Qiandeng Industrial Park; Organize to develop the multi-stakeholder engagement mechanism for better basin governance. In addition, Yang has plenty of work experience of financial and administrative management.
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About Alan Jenkins
Alan Jenkins is the Director of the Water Science Programme at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. He is active in many national and international committees including representing the UK on the UNESCO International Hydrology Programme and leading the Pilot Programme on Hydrological Extremes for the EU Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform.
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About Alec Tang
Alec Tang is a Senior Consultant within ERM’s Global Sustainability and Climate Change practice based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a Chartered Environmentalist with a broad environmental science background and close to ten years of experience in the global environmental industry. His work has encompassed a variety of roles in academia, the public sector and private consultancy and spanned numerous disciplines including: water quality science; water supply & treatment technologies; water resource management; sustainable drainage solutions; contaminated site management; environmental impact and risk assessment; and sustainable business strategy. Alec plays a central role in the establishment and growth of ERM’s Global Water Sustainability practice, driving forward the development of the product offering, whilst also delivering a range of specific water sustainability projects, from water efficiency audits and water footprinting, through to water risk identification and management. Alec currently sits on Standards New Zealand’s International Review Group for LCA that is actively involved in the development of the ISO water footprint standard. In addition, Alec connects with the wider Sustainability and Climate Change team, utilising his varied experiences and expertise to support the delivery of projects relating to energy and resource efficiency; sustainable buildings and communities; and climate change management, mitigation and adaptation.
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About Alejandro Litovsky
Alejandro Litovsky is the Founder and CEO of the Earth Security Group in London. He is a trusted strategic advisor to companies, investors and governments on ESG challenges. Alejandro has developed a new method based on country data, to help companies understand the critical resource boundaries to which they are exposed and improve their collaboration with governments and stakeholders. He is Argentinean and has lived in London for over a decade, working at the interface of corporate leadership, political risk in emerging markets and proactive government affairs.etween 2004 and 2010, he held senior positions at the London-based consultancies AccountAbility and Volans/Business of Social Innovation, and worked for Shell International’s Future Scenarios team. He has worked globally in all major emerging markets to help companies and governments move towards new forms of cooperation for sustainable development. Prior to coming to London, between 1998 and 2003, he supported large resource-infrastructure companies in Argentina to engage policy-makers on sustainable development, and worked as an impact investment manager with the Swiss-based Avina Foundation in Buenos Aires, the leading player advancing corporate sustainabiltiy innovation on social and environmental challenges in Latin America. He holds an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded LSE’s 2004 Hobhouse Memorial Prize for highest academic achievement. He is also the recipient of the 2012 BMW Foundation Young Leader Award.
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About Alexandra Harney
Alexandra Harney has been writing about Asia, primarily China and Japan, for more than a decade. Alexandra is the author of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, published by the Penguin Press in 2008. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Alexandra speaks, writes and reads Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She spent seven years as a correspondent and editor at the Financial Times in China, Japan and the UK. She has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Slate, The Times of London, Foreign Policy, The China Economic Quarterly and the Economist Intelligence Unit. From her base in Hong Kong, Alexandra consults for global investors to help them understand the issues and opportunities in the region.
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About Alicia Lui
Alicia joined as a coordinator of the Sustainable Finance Initiative at RS Group Asia in 2017. Alicia is Founder of Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong (“WISE HK”), a sports-focused initiative that champions sports for women and girls in Hong Kong. Prior to this Alicia was a Project Manager at The Global Development Incubator, Manager at Accenture and Analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Alicia holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from NYU-UCL, MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
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About Amanda Sauer
Amanda Sauer is a Senior Associate with the ENVEST objective of the Markets and Enterprise Program. Amanda specializes in research and analysis on the financial impacts of environmental issues on industries and their supply chains. Her research focuses on the regulatory and physical impacts of climate change and water scarcity on the energy, extractive, chemicals, automotive, forest products, and consumer products sectors. Amanda’s research has been featured in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Market Place, the International Herald Tribune, as well as numerous journals and trade publications. Amanda has an Economics degree from Cornell University and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a practicing artist and professor of photography at Northern Virginia Community College.
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About An Chen
Mr. An Chen serves as project manager in TEDA Eco Center, and he is mainly responsible for industrial parks sustainable development consulting work-related, including waste management, information disclosure, carbon auditing, green-planning, parks assessment etc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Central South University and Joint Master’s degree in Environment Technology and Engineering from UNESCO-IHE, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, and Ghent University.
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About Andrew Maddocks
Andrew is the lead on communications for Aqueduct, WRI’s tool for measuring and mapping water risks. He works to maximize the Aqueduct’s visibility and tell the project’s story to audiences ranging from businesses and investors to governments and international NGOs. See www.wri.org/aqueduct for more information, and read the team’s blog at http://aqueduct.wri.org/blog. Andrew previously worked in journalism and research institute communications. He has reported on global water, food, and energy issues for Circle of Blue, co-managed research, proposals, and outreach at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and researched journalism ethics for NPR’s ombudsman. Andrew holds a B.A. in conflict studies from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.
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About Andrew Steer
Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Europe. WRI’s 450 experts work closely with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. Dr. Steer serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative; is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital; and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and IKEA’s People and Planet Positive Advisory Group. Prior to joining the UK Government, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department. He also has directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia and served as Chief of the Country Risk Division and Director and Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development. Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, Cambridge University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD in economics.
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About Andy Wales
ANDY WALES is Global Head of Sustainable Development for SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewers. He is a board member of a number of key global water initiatives, and also leads a strategy encouraging local enterprise development across Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009 and in 2010 was appointed a London Sustainable Development Commissioner.
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About Angela Ni
Angela Ni is a 2010-2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellow based in Yunnan, China. Ms. Ni’s research project is on the environmental health implications of China’s water conditions, focusing on scaling up alternative sanitation technologies and livestock wastewater treatment. Ms. Ni has five years experience in public health. Her fields of expertise are water and sanitation, behavior change communication and health promotion, and environmental health policy analysis. In China’s environmental health sector, Ms. Ni offers a range of experience collaborating with rural communities, government, and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Ni is also a guest blogger for the PLoS Medicine’s Speaking of Medicine blog. Ms. Ni holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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About Angel Wong
Angel Wong is a Chartered Environmentalist with an academic and research background in civil and environmental engineering. Based in Hong Kong, Angel is engaged in numerous projects across Asia, providing sustainable water and environmental management solutions for the public and private sector. Angel is an Associate and Senior Environmental Planner with AECOM; a global provider of professional technical and management support services.
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About Anna Creed
Anna is the Standards Manager Climate Bonds Initiative. A strategy specialist, Anna has significant experience advising on green growth and low carbon development. For the last 8 years, she has worked with companies, Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) advising on national and international policy development, and mechanisms to engage the private sector in sustainable land use. Anna began her career in the private sector, where she worked in consultancy and then in industry. This included working as a Strategic Planning Manager in a large FTSE 100 company, developing company strategies based on economic analyses and market modelling. She holds an MSc in Economics and a BSc in Economics & Philosophy, both from the London School of Economics and has qualified as an accountant with the ACCA.
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About Anne-Marie Fleury
Anne-Marie Fleury is the Director of ICMM's Environment and Climate Change work program, and is responsible for a number of environmental and community and social development projects. She has been with ICMM since February 2004. Previously, she was Technical Manager for the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) for over three years. She also worked for BHP Billiton at the Tintaya Mine in Peru as well as within the Health, Safety, Environment and Community department in Santiago, Chile. Anne-Marie was also a research fellow for the landmark Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) project. Earlier experience involved an artisanal mining study in Potosi, Bolivia. She was trained as a Chemical Engineer at Laval University in Quebec City and has a Master's Degree in Mining Engineering from the same university.
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About Anne Freeman
Anne has spent the past two years leading the Government workstreams in the novel and complex joint industry and Government programme to deliver Flood Re. This has involved putting in place the legislative framework, delivering key property tax data and developing Flood Re’s accountability to the UK Parliament. Anne also currently leads Defra’s policy on coastal erosion, improving property and community level resilience and is a trained manager of the national Emergency Operations Centre, which operates during strategically significant flooding. In her varied 20 year career, Anne has led diverse policy areas ranging from water quality, the environmental impacts of shale gas (fracking), to food, farming and trade. She has worked in the European Commission in Brussels, in operational areas which deliver directly to the public and in Whitehall.
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About Annemieke Marsman
Dr. Annemieke Marsman works as a senior geohydrologist for Deltares since 2008 on soil and groundwater quality. Modeling transport of groundwater contamination, multiphase flow and smart monitoring are her specialties. She is project manager for the projects on megasite approach in the harbor of Rotterdam, project manager on groundwater remediation for the foundation on remediation n for Dutch railways and coordinator of the PIB (Partners for International Business) program soil in China. Annemieke Marsman studied geophysics at the University of Utrecht with specialty on tectonophysics. After that she did her PhD on multiphase flow at Wageningen University. The behavior of LNAPL’s on a fluctuating groundwater level was studied. In 2003 she started working as geohydrologist for TNO. In 2008 the business unit on soil and groundwater systems, where she was employed, transferred to Deltares.
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About Anthony Clymo
Anthony Clymo has worked for BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, for 20 years and currently serves as the Vice President for Environment, Health, Safety and Security for the Asia Pacific region since 2009. Previously he has held various senior positions in the production and technology divisions of BASF in Australia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He obtained his Bachelor degree of Applied Science in Biochemistry from Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 1993, and pursued further studies at the University of Michigan Business School in the United States.
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About Dr. Anthony Ma
Anthony Ma, Principal Consultant of the Hong Kong Productivity Council. He has rich experience in water pollution control, water purification, water reclamation and water efficiency consultancy. Specialized in applied researches of different treatment technologies, like selective ion exchange, membrane filtration, chemical oxidation, anaerobic process, compact biological processes and membrane bioreactor to develop innovative solutions and systems.
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About Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra
Arjen Hoekstra (1967) is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Hoekstra pioneered in quantifying the water volumes virtually embedded in trade, thus showing the relevance of a global perspective on water use and scarcity. As creator of the water footprint concept, Hoekstra introduced supply-chain thinking in water management. With the development of Water Footprint Assessment he laid the foundation of a new interdisciplinary research field, addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade. Hoekstra is founder of the Water Footprint Network, was the organization's first Science Director and is now Chair of its Supervisory Board. Hoekstra's scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water, food, energy and trade and include a large number of highly cited articles and book chapters. He also developed various educational tools, including the River Basin Game and the Globalization of Water Role Play.
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About Ashely Hegland
Ashley Hegland has been working in the field of corporate sustainability for over thirteen years. Having spent the majority of those years working in the Asia-Pacific region, Mr. Hegland has been a leader in the region’s development of these emerging business disciplines. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Hegland currently serves as Regional Director, Sustainability Practice for Edelman in Asia Pacific. Mr. Hegland helps corporate clients address complex business-society issues through strengthened dialogue and communications with NGOs, government, employees, customers, media and other critical stakeholders. Mr. Hegland joined Edelman in Hong Kong in May 2006 after having completed his MBA degree at the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto, Canada, where he specialized in Business Strategy and Marketing.
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About Asit Biswas
Prof. Asit K. Biswas is the founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was a member of the World Commission on Water. He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, Secretary General of OECD and also to many other major international and national organisations. He is a Past President of the International Water Resources Association, and has held important positions in several major international water and environment‐related professional associations. Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor‐in‐Chief for the past 28 years. He has been the author or editor of 81 books (6 more are now under publication) and published over 680 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 37 languages. Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology. Prof. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain. In 2012, he was named a “Water Hero of the World” by the Impeller Magazine, and also as one of the 10 thought‐leaders of the world in water by Reuters. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum. He is regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and also is a television commentator in three continents.
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About Ásthildur Hjaltadóttir
Ásthildur joined GRI in 2007. She has worked in different departments, as Manager for GRI´s Learning Publication, Senior Manager for GRI´s Report Services, and as Deputy Director for Guidance, Support and Innovation, where she was one of two project managers responsible for the development of G4. In 2013 Ásthildur was responsible for all GRI´s regional offices. Since February 2014 Ásthildur has been Director of GRI´s Services Department. She is also responsible for GRI‘s Regional Hub China. Ásthildur is originally Icelandic but also holds the Dutch nationality. Before joining GRI, she worked for international organizations in Brussels, Belgium and The Hague, The Netherlands.
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About Barry Greig
Barry Greig is the Scottish Government Directorate for Environment and Forestry: Water Industry Division. Barry joined the Scottish Government after working as a lawyer and commercial arbitrator in the City of London and has since worked in a variety of policy roles including helping establish the Food Standards Agency, and drafting Scotland’s first Sustainable Development Strategy. He joined the Water Industry Team in January 2014 to project manage the delivery of the XVth International Water Resources Association World Water Congress, held in Edinburgh in May 2015, and to lead work on ‘Scotland the Hydro Nation’, an innovative policy which seeks to ensure Scotland manages its water environment to the best advantage, employing its knowledge and expertise effectively at home and internationally.
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About Benita Chick
Benita has specialized skills and experience in diverse fields – environmental education and research, experiential learning outdoors and indoors; project management and partnership collaboration; community and volunteer services. She has a proven track record of building partnership and collaboration with business, government and not-for-profit organizations both locally and internationally. As Regional Manager of Earthwatch, she oversees high-quality delivery of all Earthwatch scientific research and engagement programme activities across the Asia Pacific region and leads on the regional relationship management with corporate partners and scientists. She works closely with senior executives and the wider global team at Earthwatch based across seven offices globally and lead the Earthwatch team, with responsibility for recruiting, retaining and developing talent within the team.
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About Betsy Otto
Betsy Otto is the Director of the Aqueduct project in the Markets and Enterprise Program Aqueduct is a global water risk assessment and mapping tool to inform private and public sector investment and water management decisions. Betsy leads the Aqueduct project and works with the Aqueduct team to build out the tool and use it to engage business, NGOs and governments for positive change in managing water resources worldwide. See www.wri.org/aqueduct for more information. Betsy also works with staff across WRI on its broader water-related work. Betsy has over 20 years experience working on water issues with the non-profit, business and government communities. She brings strong experience in water resource management, ecosystem protection, and urban water systems Over the past two decades she has worked to promote sound land and water planning and urban water infrastructure systems that incorporate upstream ecosystem services, green infrastructure designs in cities, and integrate drinking water, stormwater and wastewater management. Prior to joining WRI, Betsy developed successful clean water and water supply programs for American Rivers in Washington, DC, where she worked closely with mayors, utilities, federal agencies and Congress to promote smart water policies and drive public and private investment toward more sustainable water infrastructure solutions.
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About Bobby Ng
Mr Bobby Ng is now the Assistant Director of Water Supplies Department and is responsible for the strategic planning of water supply systems and water resources as well as ensuring water quality. He has 30 years of experience in water supplies from source to consumers’ tap. This includes the planning, design and construction of a number of major water supply scheme and treatment plant in Hong Kong. He also engages in the cross border transfer of raw water from Mainland China to Hong Kong.
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About Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith is Water Programme Manager at The Gold Standard Foundation where he has led the development of The Water Benefit Standard, which takes a results based approach to the financing of water projects based upon the benefits they generate. With an honours degree in Environmental Science, prior to The Gold Standard Foundation Brendan was a consultant with the Fortune 500 company AECOM, where he advised public and private sector clients on natural resource management and policy and undertook extensive field work in aquatic ecology and native flora and fauna assessment. He began his career in the media and has a strong conviction that the clear communication of environmental issues is critical in the search for solutions.
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About Brione Bruce
Brione Bruce is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Asia Clean Capital (ACC), a clean energy business that helps clients to cut building heating and air-conditioning costs, while significantly reducing energy use, carbon emissions and water consumption. ACC designs, installs and operates Ground Energy systems that deliver heating, air conditioning and hot water to buildings. Through the company’s unique Green Utilities business model, ACC finances, owns and operates Ground Energy systems and sells discounted, renewable energy to clients over long-term contract. Ms Bruce has over five years of experience working on sustainability projects in Asia, Europe and North America. In her previous role as a Research Analyst at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now MSCI) she analyzed companies’ environmental, social and governance policies and performance and developed sector-specific ratings for institutional investors. She also spent a year working for the Pesticide Action Network, an environmental NGO based in Penang, Malaysia, where she was the organization’s key participant in the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi-stakeholder group focused on sustainable palm oil production.
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About Byford Tsang
Byford is a Senior Analyst at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). Byford specializes in supply chain environmental footprinting, life cycle analysis and corporate sustainability strategy, helping clients achieve best practice in ESG impact and risk disclosure. He has led supply chain footprinting and product life cycle analyses in hospitality, textile and apparel and electronic sectors for corporate clients in Europe, Asia and North America. Prior to joining Trucost, Byford was an Analyst at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation where he managed a portfolio of philanthropic grants in China and Brazil, with a focus on climate change, sustainable urbanisation, air quality and forest restoration. Byford holds a MSc Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and BSSc (Hons) in Geography and Resource Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Byford in fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
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About Calvin Quek
Calvin Quek is Head of Greenpeace East Asia's Sustainable Finance Program and leads the organization's engagement of the financial community. Prior to joining Greenpeace, he worked at Citigroup as an Investment Research Analyst in Singapore and led Citigroup Singapore's CSR and Volunteerism Committee in 2008. Calvin has an MBA from Peking University and an MSc in Wealth Management from Singapore Management University.
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About Carlos Lopez Vazquez
Carlos Manuel Lopez Vazquez is Senior Lecturer in Wastewater Treatment Technology at UNESCO-IHE institute for Water Education. In 2009, he received his doctoral degree on Environmental Biotechnology (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education on the topic "The Competition between Polyphosphate-Accumulating Organisms and Glycogen-Accumulating Organisms: Temperature Effects and Modelling". During his professional career, he has taken part in different advisory and consultancy projects for both public and private sectors concerning municipal and industrial wastewater treatment systems. After working for a couple of years in the Water R&D Department of Nalco Europe on industrial (waste)water treatment applications, he re-joined UNESCO-IHE’s Sanitary Engineering Core in 2009. Since then, he is involved in education, capacity building and research projects guiding several MSc and PhD students and co-authoring several peer-reviewed publications. By applying mathematical modelling as an essential tool, he has a special focus on the development and transfer of innovative and cost-effective wastewater treatment technologies to developing countries, countries in transition and industrial applications.
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About Cate Lamb
Cate’s role involves working with key stakeholders to deliver significant changes in the corporate management of water. She has ten years of experience in the environmental and sustainable development fields and has a strong technical, scientific and project management background. Cate holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Lancaster University.
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About Cecilia Tortajada
Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. The main focus of her work at present is on the future of the world´s water, especially in terms of water, food, energy and environmental securities through coordinated policies. She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD and IDRC, and has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and environment-related policies. She is a member of the OECD Initiative in Water Governance. She is a past President of the International Water Resources Association (2007-2009) and an honorary member of the IWRA. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, Associate Editor of Water International, member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, International Journal of Water Governance, Urban Planning and Transport Research Journal, Frontiers in Environmental Science and IWRA (India) Journal, and editor of book series on Water Resources Development and Management of Springer. She is also editor of Springer Briefs on Case Studies on Sustainable Development and on Water Science and Technology; and member of series Advisory Board of Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences, Geography & Earth System Sciences. She is the author and editor of more than 30 books by major international publishers. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish languages.
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About Changjin Sun
Changjin Sun, Ph. D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, former Director of the Center of Ecological and Environmental Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has over 20 years of employment experience in China in the fields of forestry, environment, natural resources management, security investment and timberland investment. He was a co-founder of a mission-oriented forestry company; provided consulting and advisory services to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Global Environment Facility, China Forestry Asset Exchange, CCICED of the State Council of China, and the Chinese ministries of commerce, environment and forestry; did research in China for major international research institutions and development aid agencies. Currently residing in Vancouver, consulting on security analysis, bioenergy and forestry.
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About Chaoni Huang
Chaoni Huang joined Trucost in 2012 and is responsible for Trucost’s business development, account management and partnership in Asia. Prior to Trucost, Chaoni was a senior ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) investment analyst at MSCI in London and Beijing, and was instrumental in the team and research expansion in China and India. Between 2006 and 2007, Chaoni worked as a project manager at the UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva. Chaoni is also an executive board member of China Carbon Forum, a guest researcher for the China Economy and Sustainable Development Centre at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and a regular public speaker on environmental matters in Asia. Chaoni has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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About Charlene Ren
Charlene Ren received her BA in physics from Vassar College and founded MyH2O during her dual master’s study in environmental engineering/technology & policy at MIT. She’s a proud vegetarian and environmentalist. She joined the China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) in 2011, and has helped organize the annual International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change several times. In 2014, with the help of CYCAN and a class from MIT’s D-Lab, she initiated MyH2O, a water quality mapping network in China. Charlene is also an enthusiastic leader in other social causes. She actively supports feminism, and promotes the health of body and mind on campus. Her long-term goal is making a safe and clean environment a possibility for everyone in China through systematic management and community participation.
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About Charles Yonts
Charles Yonts has been head of Sustainable Research at CLSA, a leading independent stock broker, since May 2011. He held the position of CLSA solar and cleantech analyst before assuming this role. Prior to joining CLSA in 2005, he worked at Insight Pacific and Primasia for three years covering Taiwan’s markets. Charles has a BS in finance from the University of Minnesota, and studied economics and Chinese at Shanghai’s Fudan University.
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About Charles Iceland
Charles Iceland is Aqueduct Director with WRI’s Food, Forests, and Water Programs. Aqueduct is the most current, comprehensive, and high-resolution global water risk assessment and mapping tool available. Charles oversees Aqueduct’s strategy development and management, and is currently working to develop an Aqueduct Global Flood Risk Analyzer with a number of Dutch research partners. Charles previously partnered with several major multinational corporations, including Mondi Group, Rio Tinto, Akzo Nobel, and BC Hydro, to develop, road test, and apply an innovative methodology for assessing corporate risks and opportunities stemming from ecosystem change. Prior to that, he worked at the World Environment Center, where he developed innovative supply chain environmental management pilot programs for Alcoa, Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical, and General Motors. He has also worked at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the United States House of Representatives, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. In addition, he worked in the banking and finance sector for several years and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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About Cheng Dongsheng
Dr. Cheng Dongsheng is a researcher of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research. He drafted most of the section on the current Chinese Approach to Water Permitting of the Report “Technical Research on Integrated Permitting of Water Resources”.
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About Chengzi Chew
Chengzi runs the serious gaming unit in DHI, an international not-for-profit research and consulting company specialising in water environments. He focuses on using serious games together with scientific numerical models, real life data and scenarios to solve water problems. Chengzi started his career in the consulting business, providing solutions in the coastal and marine sector and designing software solutions for the management of water data. He holds a Master of Science in Hydro-Informatics and Water Management from the Erasmus Mundus Master Program, EuroAquae.
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About Prof. Wu Che
Prof. CHE Wu is a professor of Beijing University of Civil Engineering And Architecture. He is also a committee member of Green Building Council (China GBC), and a committee member of the Committee of Landscape Architect of China GBC. His main research areas are urban rainfall and flood control and utilization, sponge city, water environment protection and restoration, and new drainage systems. In recent years, he has published more than 100 academic papers in different areas, such as the public-private partnership (PPP) for sponge city projects. In addition, he participated in various large project design and implementation in Beijing and Tianjin, accumulating lots of excellent case studies on sponge city projects. In the early years, CHE studied in Karlsrule University in Germany, and worked and conducted research in BASF’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. He has won the Beijing Science and Technology Award, and owns two national invention patents and utility model patents.
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About China Water Risk
We believe regardless of whether we care for the environment that water risks affect us all – as investors, businesses and individuals. Water risks are fundamental to future decision making and growth patterns in global economies. Water scarcity has emerged as a critical sustainability issue for China's economy and since water powers the economy, we aim to highlight these risks inherent in each sector. In addition, we write about current trends in the global water industry, analyze changes occurring both regionally and globally, as well as providing explanations on the new technologies that are revolutionizing this industry.
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About Chris Nolan
Chris Nolan in his capacity as extractions industry expert with Business for Social Responsibility has participated in field prohjects with several mining and oil and gas companies in Asia, focused specifically on stakeholder engagement, strategic community development and local economic policies. Prior to joining BSR, Chris worked as an independent consultant based in Jakarta, working on stakeholder engagement in Indonesia, Thailand and Timor-Leste and facilitating economic policy exchanges between the governments of Timor-Leste and El Salvador.
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About Christian Willi
Mr. Christian WILLI, Member of Management Board Safety and Security at EBP Schweiz AG and head of the group of Natural Hazards. He holds a Master in forest engineering with specialization in natural hazards at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and has been dealing with safety issues in its fields for more than 11 years. He is specialized in probabilistic risk analysis as well as in the participative risk analysis supported by the IT-tool RiskPlan and in the moderation of risk dialogues. He is an expert in the integral risk management particularly the integral flood risk management. He is the deputy project manager of JRB project.
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About Dr. Christina Dean
Dr. Christina Dean is the founder and CEO of Redress, a Hong Kong based environmental NGO working to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption. Redress achieves this by conducting educational sustainable fashion shows, exhibitions, seminars, competitions and research. Prior to establishing Redress in 2007, Christina was a journalist and prior to this a practicing dental surgeon. In 2010, Christina was listed by US online magazine Coco Eco as one of ‘2010’s Most Influential Women in Green’. In 2009 she was listed by UK Vogue as one of the UK’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’.
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About Christine Boyle
Christine Boyle is a recent Fulbright Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy and a doctoral candidate in University of North Carolina’s programme in environmental planning. Her research examines the relationship between fiscal policy and irrigation infrastructure management in northern China. Christine’s expertise focuses on irrigation governance, the fiscal policy of water distribution, in both urban and rural sectors, and strategies to mitigate the impacts of municipal and industrial development on local water quality. Christine has written and presented widely on China’s water policy, water resource governance, and understanding water-energy interdependence. Noted for her focus on global and local water policy issues, she received a National Academy of Science fellowship in 2005, and National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to China in 2006.
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About Dr. Christine Chan
Dr. Christine Chan is the founder of Chan Environmental Consulting, a private advisory in climate and water risk and green finance, as well as the founder of Future of Finance, a nonprofit educational platform uniting the sustainable and responsible investing community in Hong Kong. She advises across Asia Pacific and is based in Hong Kong.
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About Christine Loh
Christine Loh is the founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think tank. Loh has an English law degree and a Masters of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law. She has been awarded the degree of Doctors of Law, honoris causa, by her alma mater, the University of Hull. Loh spent 14 years in the commercial world, having held top regional posts in a US multinational company in commodities trading, and subsequently in strategic management for a Hong Kong company. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 1992, and then ran two successful elections in 1995 and 1998. She has anchored public affairs radio shows, and writes extensively in academic as well as general publications on a variety of subjects. She is well known for her work on environmental protection. Since starting Civic Exchange, she has also written and commented extensively on economics and political economy as well as corporate social responsibility. Loh sits on the boards of a number of high profile local as well as international non-profit organizations, including the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Asia Society’s International Advisory Panel, and the Rocky Mountain Institute, USA. She has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Young Persons Award (1988), Communicator of the Year (1994), Global Young Leader – World Economic Forum (1995), Asia’s Rising Stars – Businessweek (1998) and (2000). Her background in law, business, politics and media has helped her to be a leading voice on public policy in Hong Kong. In her private life, she is an art collector, video filmmaker and writer.
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About Claire Hau
Claire is working as the Sustainability Relations Responsible, Global Production for H&M. In this role, she is working mainly with relations, communication, training and education for sustainability in production globally. Claire started off her career at H&M with a strong focus on environmental issues; namely on water in China and Bangladesh- to understand the situation and support pragmatic ways for improvement across the supply chain. More recently, she has been working with Chemicals, where she has been heavily involved in supporting H&M in realizing its commitment ‘Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals by 2020’. Prior to joining H&M, Claire studied fashion design in the UK. During her studies, she developed a deep passion for sustainability, where she felt that there has to be a better way to make change, starting from the drawing board. She later obtained a Master in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management in Hong Kong, and exchanged abroad in France and USA.
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About Clive Saffery
Clive Saffery has been with the Swire group for 29 years, most of which has been based in Asia and with the last 17 years in Swire's beverages division. Prior to his present appointment, Mr. Saffery was Executive Director, Sales and Marketing China (2000-2006), General Manager of Swire Coca-Cola Taiwan (1995-2000), Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Swire Coca-Cola USA (1993-4) and Commercial Director, Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong (1989-1992). Mr. Saffery had worked in Swire's shipping division in both Hong Kong and Japan before his attachment to the beverages division.
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About Craig Hart
Craig Hart is the ENN Associate Professor at Peoples University of China and Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a practicing attorney in the fields of energy infrastructure finance and carbon management and clean energy technologies. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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About Cy Jones
Cy Jones leads the Water Quality Trading Initiative for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal of this initiative is to advance market-based efforts to reduce nutrient pollution impacting the Chesapeake Bay watershed and to promote the development of a framework for interstate nutrient trading. Prior to joining WRI, Cy had a 24 year career with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Laurel, Maryland, where he managed the regional and regulatory affairs of the water and sewer agency. He spent the intervening two years since retiring from WSSC as a Senior Technologist with the engineering firm of CH2M HILL, where he worked on developing nutrient trading programs in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Cy has a BA in Zoology and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.
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About Dadi Feng
Director of Qiandeng Town (Kunshan City) Environmental Protection Office and Deputy Leader of Improvement Working Group of Kunshan City ‘2-6-3 Action Plan’ Office. For many years, he has worked on environmental issues at the local level and gained rich experiences on both practical and theoretical issues. He has also written dozens of papers on environmental protection and ecological civilisation. He has received awards for his outstanding performance from the MEP, Suzhou City government as well as Kunshan City government. Feng holds a master degree.
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About Prof. Daniel Bodansky
Daniel Bodansky is Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He served as Climate Change Coordinator at the U.S. State Department from 1999-2001). His book, The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law, received the 2011 Sprout Award from the International Studies Association as the best book that year in the field of international environmental studies. His new book, International Climate Change Law, co-authored with Jutta Brunnée and Lavanya Rajamani, was published by Oxford University Press in June 2017, and received the 2018 Certificate of Merit from the American Society of International Law as the best book in a specialized area of international law published the previous year. He is a graduate of Harvard (A.B.), Cambridge (M.Phil.) and Yale (J.D.).
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About Daniel Cheng
Mr. Cheng is the Managing Director of Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Ltd. and Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, President of HK Environmental Industry Association and board member of Business Environment Council in HK. He is also Chartered Fellow of HK Institution of Engineers, past Chairman of HK Waste Management Association, Friends of the Earth (HK). In addition, Mr. Cheng is currently Council Members of HK Productivity Council and Vocational Training Council, member of the Energy Advisory Committee, Trade and Industry Advisory Board, Innovation and Technology Fund and SME Committee of Hong Kong Government. With Mr. Cheng’s commitment and success of the environmental business that he was selected as winner of The Young Industrialist Awards of Hong Kong 1995, Innovative Entrepreneur of 1996, Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Industrial Engineers Award in 1999, received the Medal of Honour in 2007 and the JP Honour in 2011 from HKSAR government.
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About David Zweig
David Zweig (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983) is Chair Professor of Social Science, Associate Dean of the School for Humanities and Social Science (SHSS), and Director of the Center on Environment, Energy, and Resource Policy. His research interests include China’s ‘resource diplomacy’, China’s human resources, Chinese politics and political economy, Sino-American relations, international and political economy, and East Asian international relations. His numerous research grants include “Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony” (HK$685,000, RGC, 2010–13), “Hong Kong People on the Mainland: A Force for Integration?” (HK$799,017, Central Policy Unit, 2007–13), and “Hong Kong’s Contribution to China’s Modernization” (HK$600,000, Shui-On Group, 2006-7). He won the SHSS Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999 after finishing second in 1998. Recent publications include Internationalizing China: Domestic Interests and Global Linkages, Globalization and China’ Reforms (ed. with Chen Zhimin), and “Images of the World: Studying Abroad and Chinese Attitudes towards International Affairs” (with Han Donglin).
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About Davy Vanham
Davy Vanham, born 1974 in Belgium, works since 2011 as a researcher at the Joint Research Centre (https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en) of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy). He obtained a PhD from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in integrated water resource management (IWRM). He has about 20 years of working experience in IWRM both in the private sector (for engineering consultants) and the public sector (universities and the European Commission), of which many years abroad. This includes several years of professional experience in developing/transition countries (South Africa, India and Ecuador). His research focuses on the interdisciplinary management of water resources and its uses, in order to find sustainable solutions to the world’s water related challenges. His scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water management, food, the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, water footprints and urban water management. His interest extends to the communication of science to policy makers and the general public, also by means of photography and art.
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About Dawn McGregor
Dawn leads CWR’s partnerships and projects on global transitional risks arising from China’s move to become an ‘Ecological Civilisation’. These risks can be material and disruptive driving the world to a new resource reality. Her work thus covers the strategic assessment and disclosure of water & climate risks as well as emerging circular business models, in particular for the global fashion and property sectors. Her recent reports on surveying 85 Chinese textile manufactures and on the status of environmental disclosure by Chinese listco’s lead to a better understanding of the landscape and identified ways forward. Her articles are cited in various international publications like the UN’s World Without Water. Dawn is also responsible for building CWR’s network, establishment of industry working groups and represents CWR in keynotes and panels across industry conferences, corporate & investor events. She has twice been selected as the lead-rapporteur at World Water Week and invited to present key findings in the closing plenary. Dawn previously worked in a global investment bank analysing and mitigating risk in Asia Pacific including crisis management, business resiliency and geo-political risk assessment. She was born and bred in Hong Kong and has lived in France, England as well as Singapore & Beijing.
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About Debra Tan
Debra heads the CWR team and has steered the CWR brand from idea to a leader in the water risk conversation globally. Reports she has written for and with financial institutions analyzing the impact of water risks on the Power, Mining, Agricultural and Textiles industries have been considered groundbreaking and instrumental in understanding not just China’s but future global water challenges. One of these led the fashion industry to nominate CWR as a finalist for the Global Leadership Awards in Sustainable Apparel; another is helping to build consensus toward water risk valuation. Debra is a prolific speaker on water risk delivering keynotes, participating in panel discussions at water prize seminars, numerous investor & industry conferences as well as G2G and academic forums. Before venturing into “water”, she worked in finance, spending over a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specializing in M&A and strategic advisory. Debra left banking to pursue her interest in photography and also ran and organized philanthropic and luxury holidays for a small but global private members travel network She has lived and worked in Beijing, HK, KL, London, New York and Singapore and spends her spare time exploring glaciers in Asia.
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About Dr. Deng Pan
Dr. PAN Deng is the senior engineer of Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Hydrology and Water Resources from China Agricultural University in 2011. Her Research focuses on the agricultural water resource utilization and drought risk management. Dr. PAN has played a key role in and contributed to several national key research projects, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Sino-Swiss Cooperation Project, International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of China.
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About Tingting Deng
Deng Tingting is a toxics campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. She specializes in water pollution, working to accelerate water quality improvement in China via policy analysis, on-site investigation and campaigning. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Tingting worked on lake restoration at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. She has an MSc in environmental engineering from Imperial College
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About Derek Ip
Derek joined Trucost’s financial institutions team in 2015 after completing an MSc in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh. He is focused on natural capital accounting and portfolio climate risk projects for investors. During his MSc study, he worked with CDP on corporate behavioral change strategy and the Climate Bonds Initiative on green bond policy research in China. Prior to his MSc study, he worked for a venture capital firm in Hong Kong and Beijing focusing on clean tech early stage investment during 2009-2011. He later moved on to become a carbon and sustainability consultant in Hong Kong with a business development and project management role. His works included supply chain sustainability improvement programs across Asia and corporate carbon management projects for major listed companies in Hong Kong and China.
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About Derek Lam
Derek was born in Hong Kong in 1960 and graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1984. He worked as a textile machinery sale engineer until 1991. Then he started a joint venture woollen spinning factory in Zhangjiagang city of Jiangsu Province and he successfully built up the brand Tian Yi worsted yarn in Hong Kong. Derek became an active member of the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing since 1993 and served the institute as Chairman in 1997. Derek worked with the Former Formula One and Motorcycle World champion John Surtees as a motorsport consultant for Chinese market in 2000-2009. In 2003, the outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong killed hundreds of people was caused by the malfunction of drainage system of the flushing toilet. Derek started to investigate an eco-toilet system without the use of water and chemicals. After years of R+D, he successfully launched his products and his new sanitation technology has won three international awards namely World Technology Award from US, Thomas Edison Grand Award from S. Korea and Gold Medal of Taipei Invention Show & Technomart of Taiwan and patents were granted from 29 regions including UK, China, Hong Kong, US and Japan.
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About Dharisha Mirando
Dharisha is responsible for CWR’s work related to enabling the financial industry to fully integrate water risk into the investment process thereby waterproofing portfolios. She hails from the finance industry and has joined CWR as she believes that despite being significant investment risks, climate and water factors are downplayed in the decision-making process. Not only are there various types of water risk (scarcity, pollution, floods, regulatory) resulting in multiple valuation methods, water is also a locational risk, which lends complexity to its valuation. Dharisha hopes to help build consensus, bridge the gap between finance and science, and engage with investors to incorporate these risks. This could also lead to innovative Green Finance instruments becoming more prevalent. Prior to joining CWR, Dharisha worked for a long-only public equities fund with a focus on sustainability. In addition to fundamental bottom-up analysis of companies, she led sustainability research and managed long term engagement strategies with a handful of firms. She has also worked in the impact investment space in London and Singapore where she provided technical assistance to social enterprises, helped them raise equity investments, and managed a debt portfolio. Dharisha has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies.
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About Dirk Staerke
Dirk Staerke has worked with BASF for 30 years in a variety of roles. Currently based in Germany, he has spent 10 years on international assignments in UK and Turkey. In 2002 he won the BASF innovation award for the development of ecoflex, a fully biodegradable polymer, and in 2005 he was one of three scientists granted a patent for ecovio, a range biodegradable compounds partially based on renewable raw materials. From 2006 - 2012 he was Sales Director, Plastics (Turkey, Middle East & Northe Africa), and since 2012 he has been responsible for Global Industry Management Agricultural Applications ecoflex® & ecovio®.
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About Doug Woodring
Doug Woodring the Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two of its global programs were launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, the Global Alert platform, and the Plastic Disclosure Project. In 2008 he co-founded Project Kaisei, which focused on the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre, and he is a UNEP Climate Hero for his efforts. Woodring has worked in Asia for over 20 years in a number of industries which have been at the forefront of technology within their sectors, mainly related to the environment and new media platforms. Prior to working with technology startups, while at Merrill Lynch Asset Management Hong Kong in 1998, he proposed the company’s first global environmental technology fund which was later launched in 2001.
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About Dr. Marsha Dickson
Dr. Marsha Dickson is Irma Ayers Professor, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware. She is co-founder of Better Buying, an initiative aiming to support industry-wide transformation of buyer purchasing practices so that business relationships support suppliers in providing decent workplace conditions. Dr. Dickson is widely recognized as a global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement in social responsibility and global supply chains in the apparel industry. She has conducted research on social responsibility in numerous countries around the world. Dr. Dickson has received several awards, including the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine and the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in 2009, ITAA Distinguished Scholar in 2011, and ITAA Fellow in 2016.
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About Ella Genasci Smith
Ella Genasci Smith is a senior at Smith College where she is earning her bachelor's degree in political science with a focus on East Asia. Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong and learning Mandarin, she has found herself interested in China and the country’s environmental policy. At Smith, Ella has chosen to delve deeper into this area of study by writing an honors thesis investigating Chinese overseas oil investment in Angola and South Sudan. Prior to WRI, Ella interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, Chinadialogue and with ChinaFile at the Asia Society. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Chinadialogue and University College London’s International Public Policy Review, among other publications.
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About Emil Efthimides
Emil Efthimides manages Bloomberg’s Environmental, Social and Governance data project. He has 16 years’ experience with Bloomberg’s equity fundamentals, having managed European research and the company’s Quality Assurance department. He also developed the company’s oil and gas and mining fundamental data prior to his current assignment. He has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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About Emily Chew
Emily Chew is a Vice President with MSCI ESG Research, leading a team of specialist analysts across the Asia-Pac region that research and rate company performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics, and overseeing research for the large- and mid-cap Asian and Australasian companies on the MSCI All Country World Index. After joining MSCI in 2011 in Beijing, Ms. Chew co-led the expansion of ratings research coverage to key East Asian markets, helping to develop the group’s research methodology and representing a key milestone for the extension of ESG investing to emerging markets. Through published thought leadership, Ms. Chew identifies ESG investment trends and themes relevant to MSCI’s asset owner and asset manager clients. Ms. Chew has a background as a funds management and capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie (2006-09, Australia), and is a member of the UN PRI’s Listed Equities Outreach Sub-Committee. She holds an MBA (distinction) from Oxford University, and Law and Arts degrees with honours from the University of Melbourne (Australia). She has previously lived and worked in Australia, China, the United States, Indonesia and East Timor.
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About Erin Wong
Erin, a summer intern at China Water Risk, is a rising junior at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. In the Urban Studies program, her focus is in Sustainable Development with a dual interest in human rights and climate change, as well as a professional background in environmental policy consultation. A Seattle and Hong Kong native, Erin aims to work in East or Southeast Asia after completing her bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in environmental advocacy.
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About Fan Chen
Fan Chen, Doctor of Medical Science, Director at Geo-Life, Inc. His responsibilities at Geo-Life are setting the policy for the organization, determining the organization’s programs and services as prescribed by the articles of incorporation. Approving the strategic plan and working with and providing design support to the engineering staff. Doctor of Medical Science Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan. Bachelor of Medicine, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China.
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About Fandong Zheng
Senior engineer and Director of the Beijing Water Science & Technology Institute, his main research topics include groundwater pollution treatment and control, macro water resources allocation and planning, water resources demonstration and evaluation, society construction and key technology on water-saving and other areas related to water resources. Dr Fandong Zheng is also studying the impact of large scale water recycling on groundwater as well as the managed aquifer recharge solutions.
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About Feng Hu
Feng leads CWR’s work in water-nomics integrating economic planning with water risk management at both basin and regional levels. His collaborative projects for CWR include the joint policy briefs with China’s Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection on the water-nomics of the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Given Asia’s need to develop within a tight water-energy-climate nexus, Feng also works to expand the water-nomics conversation beyond China into rest of Asia. He has given talks on the topic and other water issues at international conferences, academic symposiums, corporate trainings and investor forums. Prior to CWR, Feng was a senior auditor in an international certification company where he worked with governments, private developers & NGOs on various climate projects from renewable energy, energy efficiency to waste management as well as dam compliance assessment of large hydropower projects. He has led projects in most of the provinces in China, several African countries, Vietnam and Nepal, and conducted research on urban water ecosystem health assessment using remote sensing to feasibility study of biofuel production from microalgae. Feng holds a MSc degree in Sustainable Resource Management from Technical University of Munich and a BSc degree in Environmental Science from Zhejiang University.
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About Fiona Lawrie
Australian Fiona Lawrie grew up in Singapore, from whence her love of all things Chinese began. In 2005 Fiona was the recipient of the Australia China Council’s Year in China Program scholarship to study Mandarin at Liaoning University, Shenyang. A BA in Mandarin and International Relations followed, combining her two passions. In 2008 Fiona was selected to participate in the Brightest Young Minds Summit, held in Australia. And in 2007 she was invited to participate in the inaugural Australian young leaders delegation invited to China by Premier Wen Jiabao. Fiona is frequently invited to emcee a variety of business and community events both in Australia and China. Most recently she has presented at TEDx Beijing: Ability of Youth to Make a Sustainable Difference. Currently residing in Beijing, Fiona is the Chief Operating Officer at Thirst.
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About Flavia Micilotta
Flavia currently works as BEPI Coordinator at the Foreign Trade Association in Brussels and assists companies to build responsible supply chains. Before that she worked on different sustainability projects as an external consultant for EY and Deloitte, ranging from climate change and adaptation,to carbon management and ethical Investments. A qualified environmental auditor, Flavia helped clients in different industries develop their business models, share with stakeholders and go Beyond compliance. A founding member of the UN Global Compact in Belgium, Flavia has developed much of her career working with companies to improve their transparency and accountability through meaningful sustainability reporting.
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About Frances Liu
Frances Liu is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Specialist based in Hong Kong, specializing in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets. She has been highly involved in ESG product development at Bloomberg since early 2011. She has demonstrated her strong leadership skills in leading the team to cover data for major ESG companies in the Greater China region. Apart from Product Development, Frances has also focused on investor education and has been invited to speak in various ESG seminars such as Responsible Investor Asia ESG summit in Singapore, Carbon Disclosure Project Launch Event held in Hong Kong and Beijing. She also participated in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Focus Group to actively provide feedback and suggestions regarding China CSR Guideline and ESG developments. Moreover, Frances has taken a step further to organize ESG events with ASrIA in April last year to promote the importance of Carbon Disclosure and also engaged with ASrIA and RIRA (Responsible Investment Research Association) in India to promote sustainable investment. She is also the Joint coordinator of the first Hong Kong Sustainability Reporting Working Group in HK. Frances has worked in Bloomberg for 5.5 years and has extensive experience in leading various projects. Before joining the ESG team, she was a Fixed Income Analyst, an IPO Analyst and Asia Pacific League Table Coordinator.
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About Francis Gassert
Francis Gassert is a Research Analyst in the Markets and Enterprise Program. He works on the design and development of Aqueduct, WRI’s tool for measuring and mapping water risk, managing data collection and GIS analysis. See www.wri.org/aqueduct for more information. Prior to joining WRI, Francis worked as a research assistant evaluating socioeconomic impacts of large dams in the Three Rivers region of Yunnan, China, and supporting the development of a decision making tool for hydropower development. He has also interned in commodities analysis at Barclays Capital and in video game development at Foundation 9’s Imaginengine studio. Francis holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Colby College with a background in economics and environmental policy.
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About Fran Hughes
Fran Hughes is Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP). ITP is a global industry organisation, bringing together the most powerful hotel companies in an alliance focused on a single ambition: to lead the industry through example with clear and quantifiable commitments to improved sustainability. ITP believes that the hotel industry can be a force for good and make a positive contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to the COP21 climate agreements and that bigger impacts can be achieved faster through the industry working together at scale. ITP’s collaborative work focuses around four critical goals on carbon, water, youth employment and human rights. ITP works with its members to drive continual improvement through promoting and sharing best practice through its online magazine www.greenhotelier.org, offering a range of practical products and programmes, such as the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) - developed in partnership with the World Travel & Tourism Council; and setting the agenda on sustainability through collaborative working groups and issues management. Fran has over 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry and holds a Master’s in Environmental Strategy.
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About Dr. Frederick Lee
Dr. Frederick Lee is Director of the Water Governance Research Programme and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong. His current research projects include regional environmental governance and cultural heritage management. On the former topic, he is examining the institutional constraints hindering cross-boundary cooperation, between Hong Kong and its neighbouring jurisdictions, in managing region-wide environmental externalities in the Pearl River Delta region. He has published in international journals such as The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, World Development, Environmental Politics, Third World Planning Review, International Development Planning Review, and International Journal of River Basin Management. He has co-edited Asia’s Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives (M.E. Sharpe) and Cultural Heritage Management in China: Preserving the Cities of the Pearl River Delta (Routledge).
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About Fu Xiaotian
Xiaotian Fu joined the WRI China office in May 2012 as a Research Associate to Water Program. She provides analytical support to identify options to reduce water pollution and increase water availability in China. Before join WRI, she worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP and other research agencies, conducting research in the field of environment (water and solid waste), energy and transportation. Xiaotian has a master’s degree in Economics from Dalhousie University, NS, Canada. She also has a double bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and International Trade and Economics from Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China.
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About Gao Shengda
Gao Shengda is secretary of the China Environmental Remediation Association (CERA). CERA was established in 2012 by a few companies and organizations in the environmental remediation industry. It aims to establish industry strategy, promote technological progress and standard development, and facilitate communication & strategic cooperation.
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About Gayle Donohue
Gayle is an assurance partner with PwC serving major multi-national and domestic listed institutions. Originally from the UK, she transferred to Hong Kong in 2002. Gayle is leading PwC Hong Kong’s Integrated Reporting initiatives and in this role has participated in various activities designed to stimulate debate around emerging trends and best practices in Corporate Reporting. Through her other responsibilities comprising the financial assurance of listed institutions, she engages with preparers and users of accounts to promote forward thinking in this area. Gayle also provides assurance and advisory services on sustainability reporting to a number of large Hong Kong companies.
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About Georgina Glanfield
Georgina Glanfield is currently a volunteer at Green Initiatives (Green Drinks China(, working as part of a team to improve awareness of environmental and sustainability issues in Shanghai. Georgina recently relocated from Australia to pursue her interests in sustainable development and achieve fluency in Chinese. Prior to moving to China, Georgina was a policy adviser in the Australian Government providing briefing to ministers on key social, economic and environmental policy issues. She was also a research assistant at the Australian National University investigating regional security architecture in the Asia-Pacific. Georgina has a Masters degree in International Relations specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Australian National University.
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About Gilbert Lennox-King
Gilbert Lennox-King is Business Development Manager and co-founder of Energenz, a resource efficiency consultancy that focus on increasing profits for clients through reducing energy and resource waste across a range of organisations. Energenz identify and implement energy and water efficiency solutions that make financial sense for large energy consuming asset owners. For more information on Energenz, visit www.energenz.com.hk
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About Giovanna Chandler
Giovanna Juarez Chandler is currently a graduate student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore. Previously, she has worked in Mexico City as a Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Pfizer Inc. She has also worked on behalf of the Mexican Government to represent the position of Mexico in international matters (such as sustainable fisheries) at the United Nations (UN). More recently, she completed an internship at the Institute of Water Policy, focusing particularly on water use by private companies and infrastructure development in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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About Goh Chee Kiong
Goh Chee Kiong is a Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), responsible for leading the development of the Cleantech industry since 2003. The Cleantech industry has been identified as a key economic growth area for Singapore, and includes clean energy, environment and water. He took on the additional role as Director, Building & Infrastructure Solutions division in 2012. He is actively involved in many national Cleantech and Urban Solutions initiatives spanning related government agencies. For instance, he leads the industry development efforts within the inter-agency Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) and Environment & Water Industry Programme Office (EWI).
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About Grace Mang
Grace Mang manages International Rivers' China Program. She leads efforts to strengthen the environmental and social standards of China's overseas dam builders and their global environmental footprint. Before joining International Rivers in 2010, she worked as an environment and water Policy Adviser in the Australian Prime Minister's Department on major environmental reform issues such as river basin management of the Murray-Darling basin, national environment protection laws and biodiversity protection strategies. Ms. Mang is a lawyer by training and specializes in environment and water law. She graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelors' degrees in Economics and Law.
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About Greg Koch
Greg Koch is the Director of Global Water Stewardship in the Environment & Water Resources Department at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages the Company’s global water stewardship strategy. Working with a system of over 300 bottling partners, he leads a team that develops and implements standards for plant performance, watershed management and partnerships with organizations that share the Company’s commitment to effective water stewardship. Greg’s experience at Coca-Cola includes two years as the executive assistant to the Vice President of Environment & Water Resources. He has managed the Company’s global due diligence and wastewater programs and led several strategic water resource partnerships with public and private entities. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Greg was an environmental consultant on engineering design.
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About Dr. Guo Youzhi
Dr. Guo Youzhi is the Secretary-General of the Desalination Association of China, a 250 member strong association of experts in Desalination and Water Treatment. Dr. Guo is a frequent speaker on desalination policy and membrane technologies at global water events and conferences.
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About Hanyuan Guo
Hanyuan is a current intern for Pacific Environment’s China project. Driven by strong passion of environmental protection and the confidence that nonprofit sector can play crucial role in China, Hanyuan studied master of public administration in Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, focusing on nonprofit management and environmental policy. Before studied in Maxwell in 2017, Hanyuan has graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law and practiced law for over five years in renowned law firms in China. She is devoted to using her strong academic background and extensive legal experiences to promote environmental protection in China.
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About Harri Lammi
Harri Lammi is a senior coal campaigner in Greenpeace East Asia, focusing on coal and water issues, based in Hong Kong. He has 18 years of experience in climate and energy campaigning, both in Europe and in China. Between 2011-2014 he was a team leader and advisor for Greenpeace coal campaign in China, Beijing. Before joining Greenpeace East Asia, he was the Programme Director for Greenpeace Nordic, responsible for campaign and communication in Nordic countries.
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About Heather Kaye
Heather Kaye relocated to Shanghai with Liz Claiborne (now Kate Spade) in 2006. With an extensive background in textile sourcing and production, garment manufacturing and quality control, Heather’s 11-plus years in China have complemented her earlier womenswear design experience. Heather is an honors graduate of Harvard University (AB’96) and Parsons School of Design (AAS Fashion Design ‘99).
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About Helen Ding
DING Shanshan, Project Manager of Green Supply Chain at Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). Founded in 2006, IPE is committed to promoting governmental and corporate environmental information disclosure in China. in 2014, IPE jointly developed the Corporate Information Disclosure Index (CITI) with National The Natural Resources Defense Council, and has been working with more than 50 brands in greening their supply chain in China.
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About Henk Ovink
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions. Ovink is also Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, installed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank Jim Kim with 10 Heads of State / Heads of Government including Prime Minister Rutte from The Netherlands to catalyze change in water awareness and implementation. Henk is Principal for Rebuild by Design, the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force where he was Senior Advisor to the Chair. He has been Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands. Ovink teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD and is member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’, and curated the debate series ‘Design and Politics: the next phase’ for Aedes network Campus Berlin. He initiated the research program and is chief editor of the series of publications with NAI010 Publishers on Design and Politics.
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About Prof. Henning Bjornlund
Henning Bjornlund has been at the University of South Australia for more than 20 years. Since January 2015, he has been a Research Professor of Water Management and Policy. For the last three years he served as a Director of IWRA. In that capacity, he presented a number of papers and served on two steering committees for research projects. He has extensive experience in managing large research projects and published some 175 refereed papers. Prior to joining academia Henning was involved in the management of educational institutions, businesses, tropical farming operations and a development aid organisation. He served in various capacities such as board member, chairman and executive director. Henning offers a unique blend of experiences crossing academia, industry and the NGO sector.
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About Holger Schlaefke
Holger Schlaefke is the Global Marketing Manager of Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore and manages the global product launches and promotion of the dyes business. He is in charge of developing global sales strategy, product development and management to add value to customers and the business. With over 30 years of extensive experience in the textiles industry as Regional Technical Specialist at Huntsman Textile Effects Shanghai, and Global Business Development Manager for Dystar and BASF, he brings a solid mix of commercial and technical expertise to the industry.
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About Hongqiao Liu
Hongqiao is China Water Risk’s external researcher. She is an award-winning environmental & science journalist and prior to joining China Water Risk, she worked for leading Chinese media: Caixin Media and the Southern Metropolis Daily. Her investigative stories published by Caixin on tap water quality, contaminated farmland and diseases caused by environmental pollution brought about lasting public debate and cast positive impacts on policy makers. Hongqiao has lived and worked across China and South Africa.
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About Howard Dryden
Dr. Howard Dryden is the founder of Dryden Aqua Ltd. The company was founded from his PhD research on molecular sieve ion exchange zeolitic sand filtration systems for closed system aquaculture, and development of intensive aquaculture technology. Dr. Dryden has unique knowledge combination of biology, chemistry and technology and is the inventor of the activated, bio-resistant filter media AFM®. Dr. Dryden is one of the world`s leading experts in sustainable water treatment and winner of multiple international awards in innovation and sustainability including: Member of the Scottish Government's Hydro-Nation Forum and Research and Communications Sub-Group, Member of EU Business and Biodiversity Platform, and Member of the CE100 SME group, Foundation for circular economy
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About Hubert Thieriot
Hubert now only works on web development for CWR, having transitioned away from his role in the water & energy space, which included driving the water risk valuation conversation for the energy sector. Engagement with multiple stakeholders at CWR has led him to explore for-profit solutions in addressing challenges in Environmental Risk Analysis. He now spearheads Environmental Risk Profiler (ERP), an independent online solution to identify, monitor & anticipate environmental risks, with which CWR may work with on a project basis. Previously, Hubert spent several years in Beijing, where he conducted research for the International Institute for Sustainable Development as well as the Chinese Institute of Engineering Development Strategies (CIEDS) on international energy efficiency policies, low-carbon policies and China’s future trends including the circular economy. In a previous life, Hubert researched and lectured on energy in European and Chinese institutions, including Mines ParisTech, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He holds various degrees in mechanical engineering, philosophy and public policy.
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About Hugo Plunkett
Hugo Plunkett is currently on his gap year where he is spending 5 months working in Hong Kong for ADM Capital and HSBC after which he will be working at a social rural enterprise in India. During his time at ADM Capital he spent two weeks with the China Water Risk team where he was able to pursue his interest in the environment and how it impacts the global economy and our everyday decisions. Hugo studied Economics, Politics and Maths at school and will explore these topic further at university.
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About Hu Kehua
Hu Kehua, deputy Director of CSR office, China National Textile and Apparel Council. He leads programs for integrating CSR improvement into textile industry policy. He has many years' strong experiences in legislation, standardization, regulation and governance on sustainability and EHS responsibility. He works widely with government bodies, international organization, local NGOs and leading business.
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About Hyeon-Ju Rho
Hyeon-Ju Rho, China Country Director, joined ABA’s Asia Division in February 2007 as a deputy country director of the China programme. Prior to this, she was a visiting scholar at Peking University Law School, researching the development of public interest litigation in China on a Ford Foundation grant. Before moving to China, Hyeon-Ju worked as staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City and as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She has a J.D. from New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Contact: [email protected]
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About Ina Pozon
Ina Pozon has worked on water and energy issues in Asia for the past 10 years. Pozon worked for ADM Capital Foundation in the role of Programme Manager for the Asia Water Project, which she helped to develop and operate in its pilot form. Whilst working for the foundation, she provided support to the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) in building the Green Choice Alliance supply-chain management programme. She previously worked at WWF on IPE’s Air Pollution Map and was their International’s coordinator for its Asia Pacific Coal Initiative.
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About Ines Sousa
Ines Sousa, Environmental Sustainability Manager Ines has a background in life cycle assessment (LCA) for product design and more than 10 years of experience connecting sustainability with business and digital tools. Most recently, Ines worked for ENXSuite, an energy and sustainability performance management software company, leading its sustainability services offered to customer companies and providing expertise to the executive team, product managers, and partners. She was also a strategic advisor for NRDC to create the Cloud of Commitments, a civil society-initiated open source project designed to assist the international community in tracking and aggregating sustainability commitments worldwide. Previously, Ines co-founded Sustainable Minds, a green product design software company pioneering on-demand LCA software for early product design phases. Ines earned her Ph.D. in LCA for Product Design and her Master of Engineering in Environmental and Water Quality Engineering from MIT. She also holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
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About Inna Lazareva
Inna, originally from Buryatia, Russia, has a BA in Chinese and Burmese Philology and an MA in Chinese Philology from St. Petersburg State University. She is currently completing her Master’s research on Burmese at the University of Oxford, where she works for the university’s Project Southeast Asia as the Chief coordinator of the organising committee at the Oxford Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 & the coordinator of the Roundtable on Burma at the Symposium. She also contributes to Global Water Intelligence where she has conducted research on water markets in China and Russia as well as China’s water strategy, policies and regulations, water sector financing, water tariffs & water in power. Her interests are water–related issues with focus on China & Southeast Asia . She is fluent in Chinese, Burmese, Russian (native) and English.
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About Isabel Hilton
Isabel Hilton is the editor of Chinadialogue, an independent, non-commercial, bilingual website devoted to the publication of high quality information and debate on the environment. She has an MA (hons) in Chinese from Edinburgh University and, after two years postgraduate work in Edinburgh, studied in China for two years, first at the Beijing Foreign Language and Culture University and then at Fudan University in Shanghai. She began her career in journalism with Scottish Television, then worked for the Daily Express and the Sunday Times before joining the launch team for The Independent in 1986. In 1992 she became a presenter of the BBC’s flagship news programme, The World Tonight and a columnist for The Guardian. In 1999 she joined the New Yorker as a staff writer. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Granta, the New Statesman, El Pais, Index on Censorship and many other publications. She has reported from China, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has written and presented several documentaries for BBC television. Since 2001 she has been a presenter of the BBC Radio Three’s cultural programme, Night Waves. She has authored and co-authored several books and holds an honorary doctorate from Bradford University.
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About Ivanna Tan
Ivanna Tan is the marketing manager for Lien AID. She works to develop and strengthen Lien AID’s partnerships, and is responsible for grant management and donor relations. Ivanna holds a B.A in Architecture from the National University of Singapore and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from the University of London.
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About Jacqueline Jackson
Jacqueline is an Account Director at Trucost; specialising in the fashion and textiles sector. Her primary role ensures that organisations take environmental impacts into account in everyday decision making. She has extensive experience of working with governments, NGOs, trade associations and private organisations to assist with business strategy and global communications. She recently worked with charity Pants to Poverty in developing the world’s first 3D Environmental Profit and Loss Account, which takes into consideration both social and financial valuation. In 2011 she founded the e-Commerce site, Lost, Found and Loved Again - providing designers who ‘up-cycle’ the portal to promote sustainable fashion and arts to a global market. Jacqueline has an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Oxford.
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About Jags Pandhal
Jags Pandhal is a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. He specialises in metabolic and environmental engineering and recently has been developing and evaluating new technologies in regard to their environmental impact. Specific interests include algal biotechnology, extremophiles, biopharmaceuticals, metaproteomics and synthetic ecology.
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About James Hanotu
James Hanotu obtained an MSc in Environmental and Energy engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2009, where following his work on algal growth enhancement mediated by CO2 enriched microbubbles, was a winner at the BioProcess UK conference. He obtained a University Scholarship to undertake his doctoral research on developing a Microflotation system, an energy efficient microbubble generation system for application in flotation separation. In 2010, his microbubble diffuser design was chosen and displayed as one of five innovative designs at the faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield. Since then, he has worked as a Consulting Project Engineer for Perlemax Ltd and collaborated with several industries for the pilot scale trial of Microflotation as well as application of microbubbles for transport purposes in bioreactors.
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About James Dalton
James Dalton is the Coordinator of Global Initiatives and ad interim Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme based in IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland. Prior to IUCN he was based in Fiji at the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SPC-GSD) as an Integrated Water Resource Management Adviser. In a prior life he was a consultant for ITAD-Water, a specialised consultancy based in the U.K. He is an irrigation engineer and holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering focussing on groundwater management in the Aral Sea Basin.
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About Prof. James Nickum
James E. Nickum, a resident of Japan with a Ph.D. from the University of California (Berkeley), has served on the past four Boards in a number of capacities and as Editor-in-Chief of Water International since 2007. He is also Professional Research Associate at the Centre for Water and Development, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London. He also serves as an advisor on water governance to the University of Hong Kong. He is a widely published institutional economist specialising in various facets of water and environmental governance, especially but not exclusively in China, which he visited for the first time in 1974 on a delegation with Ven Te Chow.
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About Jason Kibbey
Jason Kibbey is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Until recently, he was the CEO and co-founder of PACT, an apparel company combining design, sustainability, and philanthropy. He served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Roam, a non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. While at business school, he worked at Patagonia developing Freedom to Roam. He started his career as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on turnaround and product strategies for high-tech companies. Jason graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Environmental Economics and Policy and Religious Studies and received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in May 2008.
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About Jean-Louis Kindler
Jean-Louis (“JL”) Kindler is President of OriginClear Technologies and leads the commercialization of OriginClear’s breakthrough water treatment technology. Mr. Kindler is a veteran of 25 years as both a top executive and engineer in environmental technologies. Before OriginClear, JL was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ennesys, the company’s French joint venture, where he designed its patent-pending waste-to-energy system. Earlier, as founding CEO of MHS Equipment, a French nanotechnologies equipment manufacturing firm (42 M€, 360 employees in 2008), he led the development of a breakthrough fuel cell process. And earlier still, his twenty-year career in Japan gave him unique insight into fast-growing Asian markets. There, as principal of technology incubator Pacific Junction, Jean-Louis completed various assignments. These included technology sourcing for the French industrial group GEC-Altshom, building the first commercial unit of the Blue Tower, a breakthrough hydrogen production system using waste biomass feedstock, and market development for a fluids mixing technology that helped inspire early OriginClear inventions. Jean-Louis holds a Master’s in Economics and Public Policy from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon, France, and an MBA in International Management in Paris.
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About Jean-Marc Champagne
Jean-Marc worked for 17 years in the investment banking industry for Merrill Lynch in New York City in equities, Bank SinoPac, BNP Paribas and Jefferies in Hong Kong in equities and equity derivatives. Jean-Marc was most recently at Jefferies and left in mid-2015 as a Senior Vice President, Equity Derivative Sales to join WWF to make a proper contribution to society and the world. Jean-Marc is the Climate Finance Advisor for WWF-Hong Kong and advises institutional investors on the financial risks related to climate change.
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About Jeff Fuchs
Award-winning explorer, author, and long-time resident of the northwestern Yunnan, Fuchs has had work published on three continents, which has centered on oral narratives of mountain culture and indigenous views on the environment. He serves as an ambassador for North Face and kora, and is currently an Explorer-in-Residence at award winning Kensington Tours. He has spoken to schools, universities, and societies around the world and leads mountain tours to show first hand the effects of development and ‘local ways’ of adaptation to change. He recently published two articles with UNESCO on the indigenous views of climate change and sustainability. He is a believer in the notion that “sometimes the world of ‘facts’ and science must catch up and learn from the people of the land”.
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About Jennifer Turner
Dr. Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 14 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and climate challenges, as well as environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism, and environmental governance in China. Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal, the China Environment Series, which is distributed to over 5,000 environmental practitioners around the world who work on China’s energy and environmental issues. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in the China. Her research focuses heavily on water and environmental activism in China.
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About Jia Shaofeng
Professor Jia Shaofeng is the Deputy Director of the Center for Water Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Vice Chair of the Special Committee for Water Resources of China Hydraulic Engineering Society. He also acts as an editorial board member of several academic journals including Water International, Geographic Research, Geographic Progress, and Journal of Economics of Water Resources. His main research interests are water resources management, integrated basin management and regional sustainable development. He has been involved in more than 40 scientific research projects and acted as the leader of several key projects at national level including National Key Scientific and Technological Project and National Natural Science Foundation Project. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and also authored 5 books.
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About Dr. Jijun Xu
Dr. XU Jijun is the division chief of Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute. He received a Ph.D. degree in hydrology and water resources from Tsinghua University in 2007. He is the member of Global Water Partnership China, the member of Water Resources Committee of Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, the executive director of Water Resources System Engineering Branch of Systems Engineering Society of China, and also the deputy director of Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Eco-Environmental Science. Dr. XU’s research focuses on hydrological model and its application, drought and flood analysis, water resources management policy analysis. Dr. XU is hosting or investigating several national key research projects, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Sino-Swiss Cooperation Project, International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of China, Special Program in Public Welfare of the Ministry of Water Resources and so on.
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About Jill Dumain
As Director of Environmental Strategy for Patagonia, Jill Dumain travels extensively through Europe and the United States working collaboratively on industry-wide environmental initiatives and interfacing with other companies committed to environmental responsibility. She is Chair of the Eco-Working Group in the Outdoor Industry Association and served as Chair of the Board of the Organic Exchange from 2006 through 2009.
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About Jim Coburn
Jim Coburn is a senior manager at Ceres and directs a programme aimed at improving corporate disclosure of material climate risks and opportunities in securities filings. Ceres is a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as climate change. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a group of more than 90 investors from the U.S. and Europe managing nearly $10 trillion in assets.
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About Jin Xu
Jin Xu is a PhD candidate in the College of Environmental Science and Engineering of Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China. He has conducted research on water resources management for several years and gained experiences on both practical and theoretical issues. His current research interest includes water resources management and urban water environment treatment.
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About Professor Zou Ji
Professor Zou Ji is currently the Deputy Director General of the China National Center for Climate Strategy Study and International Cooperation (CCSC). At the time of the interview, Professor Zou was heading the WRI China program. Zou Ji is Professor of Environmental Economics and Management at Renmin University in Beijing. For the past 26 years he has worked as a professor, researcher and policy analyst focused on energy and climate change in China. He also served as a negotiator for China at U.N. Climate Talks during 2000-2009. Professor Zou has a B.S in environmental engineering, an M.S. in engineering economics from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in environmental economics from Renmin University. He has held visiting scholar positions at Harvard University and the London School of Economics.
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About Johann Clere
Mr Clere is Veolia global director for business development and industrial markets and has more than 10 years experiences developing shared value creation initiatives worldwide around water with global leading industries from the Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Pulp & Paper, Food & Beverage and Pharmaceuticals sectors. He is also working with the financial community to better integrate water externalities & risk exposure in their portfolio management.
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About John Batten
As the Global Water and Global Cities Director for Arcadis, John leads a global team dedicated to delivering outcomes that improve quality of life, safely and sustainably. John has more than three decades of experience in the urban water and environmental fields, and now leads a global portfolio of thirteen cities for Arcadis as well as the global water business line. Prior to his current positions, he was the Executive Vice President and the Director of Strategic Client Development for Arcadis North America. John has a wealth of experience which includes management of drinking water and wastewater utilities, water quality and public health, marketing and communications, customer and public relations, vocational training and system optimization. John holds a BS degree in Environmental Sciences from The American University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York Medical College.
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About John Magrath
John has worked for Oxfam GB for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles. His background is a journalist, writer and researcher. His work in the Research Team has focused mainly on climate change and its implications for Oxfam GB's work, particularly climate change impacts on farming and food systems. He has written, edited and assisted on many research reports on this subject that are available on Policy and Practice.
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About John Matthews
John H. Matthews is the Secretariat Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank. His work integrates climate change adaptation policy and science into practical implementation for sustainable resource management, infrastructure operations, and economic development. John has worked on five continents and some 20 countries. Current projects include coordinating the technical team for creating standards for water projects that are financed as so-called "green" or climate bonds, and acting as the lead editor for a 12-author publication designed to support the mainstreaming of climate adaptation into water management and planning due to publish in late 2015. He has authored or co-authored recent books, papers, and reports on decision-making frameworks for adapting water infrastructure and ecosystems to climate impacts, resilient approaches to environmental flows, integrating ecological and engineering approaches to robust water management, and using new economic tools to support long-term sustainable planning. He has an ongoing research program funded by the US Geological Survey, as well as a US NSF grant to merge ecological and engineering approaches to water management. He is a Water Fellow at Colorado State University. Previously, John directed the global WWF freshwater climate adaptation program for four years and the Freshwater Climate Change program at Conservation International for four years. He has PhD in ecology from the University of Texas. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he enjoys trail running, timber framing, and finding wild mushrooms.
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About Jonathan Labrey
Jonathan Labrey is the Communications Director of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), responsible for public affairs, policy, media relations, brand and marketing. Jonathan has a background in government relations, having headed up the public affairs team at The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) from 2004-10 and at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 2000-2004. From 2010-2012 Jonathan was head of communications for the Financial Reporting Council, the accounting, audit and corporate governance regulator in the UK. He started his career as a political advisor, having read Law at King’s College London.
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About Jon Boon
Jon Boon has worked in the pipeline industry since 1979; he is immediate Past Chairman of the CHKSTT and past Chairman of the UKSTT. His career has involved work on Concrete, Polyethylene, PVC and composite pipe systems with a significant part of his working life focussed on trenchless rehabilitation. He is now Asia Regional Manager of Pure Technologies Ltd a pipeline leakage detection and condition assessment company. While at the Water Research Centre he was responsible for the management & publication of research into plastics pipes for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and the publication of the various British Water Industry Specifications. Jon has worked in all aspects of the industry including research, product development, installation and sales. He is a Graduate of The Queen’s University Belfast, a Member of the Institute of Materials and Mining Metallurgy, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist. Jon is a British Citizen and is married with four children.
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About Jon Lukomnik
Jon Lukomnik is the managing partner of Sinclair Capital L.L.C., a strategic consultancy to the investment management industry, corporations, and institutional investors and Program Director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center. Lukomnik serves as a director of Sears Canada and the Van Eck family of mutual funds. As deputy comptroller for the City of New York from 1994 to 1998, he was investment advisor for defined-benefit plans with some $80 billion in assets. He then served as managing director, head of strategic planning and business development for CDC Investment Management Corporation, where his team increased assets under management from $1.3 billion to $3.5 billion in less than two years. Mr. Lukomnik previously chaired the Council of Institutional Investors, and co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network. He is co-author of the award-winning "The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda" (Harvard Business School Press, 2006).
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About Joseph Harris-Confino
Joseph Harris-Confino is the Natural Capital Coalition’s Head of Communications, and leads on the Coalition’s outreach and advocacy. Previously, Joseph has worked for Sürdürülebilirlik Akademisi in Turkey, The B Team and Futerra in New York, and Guardian Sustainable Business & Salterbaxter MSLGROUP in London. Joseph has also spent time with AMREF in Uganda studying integrated development projects in the Ugandan village of Katine, and with Fundación Gaia Amazonas in the Colombian Amazon Basin, whose main aim is to gain legal rights for the indigenous communities in the area and protect the forest from illegal logging and mining.
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About Josephine Price
Josephine Price is an Asian based business women with a background in law and private equity and over 20 years experience in investment in emerging markets. She is one of the co-founders of the village people project and has a strong interest in using the skill sets developed in private equity in projects that serve the broader community. Josephine also acts as adviser to Asian-based private equity groups, is a non-executive director of Petra Foods, a Singaporean listed chocolate and cocoa ingredients business and is a trustee of the Croucher Foundation
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About Josephine Wu
Josephine Wu joined Yu Ming Investment in August 2009 and manages a fund of US$150 million. She oversees the fund’s strategy and asset allocation as well as identifies investment opportunities both in listed and private equities. Prior to joining Yu Ming, Josephine was a General Partner at a New York based hedge fund, L-R Global Partners, L.P. In 2007, she established the Asia office for L-R and co–managed both public and private investments in the region. Josephine has been investing in water companies since 2006, focusing specifically in companies listed in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
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About Julia Bakutis
Julia Bakutis is based in Shanghai where she holds the role Relations Responsible for H&M Sustainability. Julia strengthens H&M’s sustainability program and compliance work with increased stakeholder engagement and proactive communication and updates to external and internal partners. Her goal is to increase awareness and understanding of sustainability, and to drive H&M’s sustainability agenda at the industry and institutional level, working with as many partners as possible. Covering H&M’s supply chain in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, Julia’s focus in China is on water stewardship and chemical management initiatives. Prior to H&M, Julia worked for a number of non-governmental organizations in China, Vietnam and the United States, including the Fair Labor Organization and the International Crisis Group, with a focus on communications and fundraising.
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About Julian L. Wong
Julian L. Wong is the founder and author of The Green Leap Forward, a leading blog on China’s energy and environmental issues. He is also the founder of the Beijing Energy Network, a grassroots professional network that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration in the energy and environmental community in China. Until recently, Julian was a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, a policy think tank in Washington, DC where he worked primarily on climate change, energy, and environmental policy issues relating to China. Prior to joining CAP, Julian was a Fulbright scholar in Beijing researching China’s renewable energy policies, and a corporate lawyer at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and Hong Kong. Julian has been a frequent commentator on Chinese energy policy in the media, and has testified before the U.S. Congress twice in the past year. Julian grew up in Singapore and received his J.D. and M.A. in environmental policy from DukeUniversity, and a B.A. in biology from Pomona College.
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About Ma Jun
Ma Jun was named as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by TIME magazine in 2006. He is well known for his book, China’s Water Crisis released in 1999, which has been compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. He directs the IPE (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs), which developed China’s first public database on air and water pollution.
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About Kaboo Leung
Kaboo Leung is a Senior Analyst at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Her work focuses on assessing environmental risks through scenario analysis, natural capital valuation, and supply chain assessment. She involved in developing various climate risks initiatives such as the environmental stress testing on aluminum sector with ICBC, carbon pricing tool, ESG assessment framework, etc. Kaboo has years of experience in environmental research and consultancy in U.S., Europe, and Hong Kong. She also holds a BA (Hons) from University of Washington in Economics and a MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from London School of Economics and Political Science.
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About Kate Levick
Kate is the Director of Regulation & Policy at CDP. She manages CDP’s relationships with governments. She previously worked at the UK Government Office of Climate Change and at BP Plc on carbon credits and strategy in relation to emerging markets. Kate is a trustee of Forum for the Future. She has an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development with Forum for the Future and a BA (Hons) from Oxford University.
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About Kate Logan
Kate is Green Choice Project Manager at IPE, a non-profit environmental organization registered in Beijing that promotes information disclosure and public participation as means of improving environmental governance mechanisms, emissions reductions and environmental quality. Her main work focuses on IPE’s green supply chain initiative to integrate transparency and stakeholder participation into existing supply chain management systems. Prior to joining IPE, she received a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship to serve as a research fellow on the China Environmental Law & Governance Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Beijing. Kate is a summa cum laude graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in International and Global Studies – East Asia (focus on Economics).
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About Kathy Kukreja
Kathy Kukreja is General Counsel at Lotus Capital Finance Ltd. She started her career as a Barrister in Hong Kong in 2000 before moving into finance in 2006. Kathy has lived and worked in Hong Kong , Singapore, London and Tokyo and has always believed water to be a calming counter-point to the pressures of everyday life in the big city.
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About Katie Tsang
Katie creates editorial content in China Water Risk’s social media platforms to raise awareness on China’s water issues, as well as manages and analyzes trends and statistics arising from these platforms. She is also responsible for translating China Water Risk’s interactive slides “Big Picture” into Chinese. Previously she lived in Canada for six years, and the nature loving country made her realize that we can all do our parts to make the planet a better and more sustainable place to live.
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About Katy Yan
Ms. Yan coordinates International Rivers' efforts to protect China's transboundary rivers and strengthen the capacity of Chinese activists. She also manages the Intern and Volunteer Program, provides advocacy and analytical support to groups fighting destructive carbon-financed dams, and supports International Rivers' education and outreach efforts. She is publisher of World Rivers Bulletin, International Rivers' Chinese language newsletter, and author of Protecting Rivers and Rights: The World Commission on Dams Recommendations in Action. Ms. Yan received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
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About Ken Li
Ken found his interest in water management during his time studying environmental sciences at University of East Anglia. Although he will focus on flood modelling and how various aspects of land management affect water resources and ecosystems, his interest in business perspectives on environmental issues led him to intern at China Water Risk. Ken grew up in Hong Kong and hopes to pursue a career in the water industry.
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About Klaus Hubacek
Professor Klaus Hubacek is an ecological economist with a research focus on coupled natural and human systems. He has worked extensively with stakeholders in participatory research projects and has led large interdisciplinary research teams. He has published about 200 scientific articles on topics such as climate-change adaptation and mitigation, participatory modeling, ecosystems services, and land-use governance. He has conducted studies for a number of national agencies in Austria, China, Japan, the UK, and the United States.
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About Kris Hartley
Kris Hartley is a Singapore-based researcher and consultant focusing on economic development, public policy, and urbanization. With a decade of public and private sector experience, he has consulted on a variety of topics including earthquake recovery, financial regulation, infrastructure asset management, and nuclear energy policy. Working on solutions with high economic and social impact, Kris is currently conducting research about urban revitalization and cultural preservation in Singapore, provincial governance and economic competitiveness in Vietnam, and water resource management in the Hong Kong region. Kris is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where he holds the President’s Graduate Fellowship. His education includes a Master of City Planning in Economic Development from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA with a focus in International Management from Baylor University, and a BA in Classics from the University of Tennessee.
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About Kristen McDonald
Kristen McDonald is Pacific Environment's China Program Director. She is the founder and former director of China Rivers Project, an organization that works to expand river eco-tourism and river conservation in China. She has worked both internationally and within the US as a river conservation advocate, and she has lived and worked in China a combined total of five years, particularly in Southwest China. Kristen received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She received a BA from Yale University in Literature and Environmental Studies, and she grew up in Eugene, Oregon.
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About Kuishuang Feng
Dr. Kuishuang Feng is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Maryland College Park. His research focuses on energy, carbon, water, and land accounting at different spatial scales (local, national, and global). His expertise is in spatial ecological-economic modeling with regards to sustainable production and consumption, sustainable supply chain, and scenarios analysis. Dr. Feng also studies energy-water nexus for different electricity generation technologies, such as coal, gas, nuclear, wind, and other renewables by applying hybrid life-cycle analysis approach.
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About Laura Ediger
Laura Ediger, Environmental Manager at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), is closely involved with water quality and energy efficiency issues in southern China and is also connecting food and agricultural companies with their suppliers to improve water management. Prior to joining BSR, Laura conducted research in China on land use, migration, forestry and agriculture, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing. Laura also worked as a consultant in Southeast Asia on the impacts of hydropower and extractive industries and has conducted research and project work in several Asian countries for the World Agroforestry Centre, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxfam America.
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About Leonie Kelly
Leonie is the Project Director and leads the Sustainable Finance Initiative (“SFI”) at RS Group Asia. She has over 8 years of professional experience spanning conservation finance as Head of Impact Investment at the Zoological Society of London, impact and sustainability manager at Deloitte LLP, and as a financial analyst at Citi. Leonie is a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab of London, and holds an MSc in Environment & Development from The London School of Economics & Political Science, and a BA in Economics & Geography from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
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About Leslie Lowe
Leslie H. Lowe is the Energy & Environment Program Director at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of nearly 300 faith-based institutional investors representing over $100 billion in invested capital. ICCR members bridge the divide between morality and markets by envisioning a civic economy that integrates ethical, environmental and social values. Inspired by faith and committed to action, ICCR members work to build a just and sustainable global community.
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About Leslie Morris-Iveson
Leslie joined Oxfam GB in July 2011 and works around water security and water resource management, developing Oxfam's strategy in these areas, and supporting countries in related programming linked to policy. Leslie has 15 years experience in the environment, development and water sector. Prior to joining Oxfam, Leslie worked primarily with UNICEF as a WASH specialist in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, Haiti and New York headquarters, including working in several emergencies as the WASH Cluster Coordinator. Leslie most recently worked as an independent consultant in WASH on a number of projects for donors and NGOs including sector evaluations and developing capacity building guidelines. Before moving to the international aid and development sector, she worked for the Canadian government and private sector as an environmental planner. Leslie is a qualified urban and regional planner and holds an MA in environment, development and policy from the University of Sussex.
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About Liam Salter
Liam Salter, managing director at Reset Limited HK, is responsible for forging innovative new approaches to tackling climate change in Hong Kong and Southern China, structuring technology, finance, marketing and communication solutions. Previously Liam was the Head of WWF Hong Kong’s Climate Programme, and Director of WWF’s international operations in Asia-Pacific on climate issues, where he managed a ten-country team. At WWF Liam co-led the design of the Gold Standard, now the world’s leading certification system for high quality carbon credits. He also initiated the Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP), the world’s first carbon rating system for export manufacturers and the Low Carbon Office Programme (LOOP), a carbon management system for office tenants. He has presented on climate change issues at conferences internationally.
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About Liang Xiangjing
Mr. Liang is the technical supervisor of Yonghe Wastewater Treatment Plant and plays an important role in the daily operation and management of the plant. He joined the Haitao Company in 2011 then gradually takes the lead in technical management as well as the R&A department. Prior to 2011, Mr. Liang had worked in a garment company which produced denim as a technical staff in the wastewater treatment workshop, thus had accumulated thorough understanding and practical experience of processing printing and dyeing wastewater. He has a background of engineering and graduated from Guangzhou University majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Administrative Management.
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About Liesel Van Ast
Liesel manages the implementation of the NCD Roadmap and Business Plan in close co-ordination with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. Her role includes NCD Programme Manager to co-ordinate the four working groups that aim to help financial institutions meet commitments to integrate natural capital considerations into financial products and services, accounting and reporting. She also project manages the first working group, to build an understanding of the risks and opportunities around the impacts and dependencies of financial institutions on natural capital.
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About Li Fan
Mrs FAN Li, Senior Environmental Consultant of EBP Hong Kong Ltd. She holds a Master Degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She’s specialised in Environmental, Health, Safety and Social Due Diligence Assessment, contaminated site management (soil and groundwater remediation assessment). She is a certified Carbon Auditor Professional (CAP) and certified member of Environmental Management Association of Hong Kong.
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About Dr. Lijin Zhong
Dr. Lijin Zhong as Senior Associate leading the water team in WRI’s China office. Prior to coming to WRI, Dr. Lijin Zhong served as the Deputy Director of the Tsinghua University Water Policy Research Center in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. She has nine years of experiences in the fields of environmental engineering, environmental planning and management, environmental impact assessment, and environmental policy and institutional reform. During that time she focused on the water sector and provided environmental policy consulting services to various Chinese ministries including the Ministries of Construction and Environmental Protection, the National Development and Reform Commission, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. With this expertise and experience, she is intimately familiar with China’s water policies and institutional systems. Dr. Lijin Zhong has B.S. and M.S. degrees in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in environmental policy from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
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About Li Junfeng
Li Junfeng is the Director General of the National Center of Climate Change Strategy Research at the National Development and Reform Commission. Mr. Li facilitated the implementation of the national high technology program for wind and solar PV within the 11th five-year plan, and was one of the chief authors of the Chinese Renewable Energy Law. He has engaged in renewable energy project development for GEF, the World Bank and the UNDP, and also led the development of the first CDM project in China as well. He holds professional and academic positions as a Professor and the Chair of the Academic Committee of ERI and the President of Chinese Renewable Industrial Association.
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About Li Ling
Li is a PhD student in the department of Civil Engineering in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has done 5-years of research in the field of drinking water treatment. His research is developing new processes and equipment to reduce the cost in large-scale municipal drinking water and wastewater treatment. He is also keen in developing cost effective mini-scale or small-scale drinking water treatment device for people living in rural areas in developing countries.
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About Lily Dai
Lily undertakes research on Chinese green bond issuance and policies, helps build connections with China and provides support for the Climate Bonds Standards work. Lily has recently competed an MSc in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh, which focused on climate change and finance. Before joining Climate Bonds Initiative in September 2015, Lily did a consulting project for the UK Green Investment Bank on the lifecycle assessment of renewable energy projects. Lily also holds a BSc in Management (major in accounting, concentrating on ACCA).
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About Lincoln Poon
Lincoln is the Global Brand Manager for Pinneco Research Limited, a pioneer in fiber-insulation innovation, delivering superior product solutions and eco-engineering. As a key global advocate for environmental conservation, Pinneco is committed to eco-friendly product development in strict accordance with the world’s leading environmental standards.
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About Linda Greer
Linda Greer is a senior scientist and previous director of the Health Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Health program focuses on toxic chemical pollutants in air, water, food, and shelter, as well as the scientific controversies in evaluating how chemicals cause harm to human health. Over the past five years, Linda has focused on international pollution, through a green supply chain initiative to address highly polluting factories of multi-national corporations manufacturing in China. Over the course of her career, Linda has been appointed to many expert panels and commissions. Linda is the author of over a dozen technical and policy articles on environmental matters and has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (U of Maryland), a M.S.P.H. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (UNC School of Public Health, Chapel Hill), and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology (Tufts).
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About Lindsay Cooper
Lindsay Cooper is a co-founder of Arisaig Partners, a fund management company headquartered in Singapore with USD1.7 billion of funds under management. Previously, he was with Crosby Securities Asia Ltd, Hong Kong (1993-1996); Price Waterhouse, Hong Kong; Ernst & Young, Edinburgh; Chartered Accountant; BCom (Business Studies & Accounting) University of Edinburgh.
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About Lisa Genasci
Lisa Genasci is the CEO and founder of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF) which provides support to some of Asia’s most marginalized children and works to combat intransigent environmental challenges facing the region. Before working in the non-profit sector, Lisa worked for ten years with the Associated Press, three as a correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, three on the foreign desk and four as a financial reporter in New York. She created and for three years authored a column on women and workplace issues, ‘On the Job,’ which was widely distributed in U.S. and foreign publications. In Hong Kong she wrote business stories for CNN and worked as a freelance features reporter for local publications. She currently writes a blog on Asian philanthropy and on some of the region’s most significant environmental and poverty challenges.
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About Liu Feiqin
Feiqin Liu is a PhD student in Environmental and Resource Protection Law at the China University of Political Science and Law. She participated in the project of “Assessment of the enforcement of the new Environmental Protection Law”. She also co-authored the “Report on the Assessment of the Enforcement of the new Environmental Protection Law”, which was published by the China University of Political Science and Law Press in July 2016. Moreover, she published “Effect of measures of ‘Regional Restriction on Environmental Impact Assessment Approvals’ and ‘property impounding’” in Social Sciences in Chinese Higher Education Institutions (4th period 2016). She was also part of the major project “Research on the Relationship between Fishery Resource and Ecological Protection Schemes & Related Regulations”, which was based around the revision of the “Fisheries Law” and commissioned by the Bureau of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture. In particular, she was in charge of the research on core topics, report composing, management and coordination.
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About Liu Heng
Prof. Dr. Heng Liu, Director-General of International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP). Dr. Liu also serves many other important roles including Vice President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI), Panelist of UNSGAB/The High-level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster, Vice Chairman of Chinese National Committee for UNESCO-IHP, Vice Chairman of Global Water Partner (China) Technical Committee and Member of Chinese National Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and so on. He is also member of Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, and editor of a few Chinese academic journals such as 'Advances on Water Sciences', ‘Hydro-Science and Engineering’ and ‘Water Resources Protection’.
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About Dr. Liyan Wang
Dr. Liyan WANG, Senior Advisor for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) China Office. She joined SDC in 2009, and has taken thematic responsibility for SDC to develop its bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation in China. She has taken leading role in the design and operation management of major SDC programmes in China in clean air and water domain, including water resources management, risk management, groundwater over-pumping management and rehabilitation, etc. Dr. WANG has years working experiences in energy and environment field. She has Ph.D degree in hydraulic transmission and control.
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About Liza Lort-Phillips
Liza, Director of Global Strategy and Innovation at Cotton Connect has 20 years experience working with the private, public and NGO sectors across Asia, Europe and Latin America. She joined Cotton Connect in July 2014 from her recent role as Executive Director for the Intelligence Centre for Sustainable Markets (CIMS), based in Costa Rica, a small and dynamic non-profit research organisation focused on sustainable agricultural value chains. During this time she worked with clients such as Nestle Nespresso, Walmart, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade USA to better understand, manage, and assess impacts on, their smallholder farmer supply chains. Prior to this she worked in London as Director of Supply Chain Strategy for a leading sustainability consultancy, Corporate Citizenship, advising global FMCG companies such as Mars, Kraft, Cadbury, Unilever and Diageo. Before joining Corporate Citizenship she worked as Private Sector Advisor for Save the Children UK, where she sat on the Board of Directors for the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). She began her professional career in China, initially in procurement for a European brewer, Carlsberg, in Guangdong province, moving into consumer market research as Associate Director for Market Behaviour Ltd (MBL), a British research agency working in Greater China, and latterly as Chief Representative and Director of US Public Affairs agency APCO Batey Burn, based in Beijing, advising companies on investment and sustainability strategies in China. She initiated the first joint AmCham-British Chamber conference on corporate responsibility in China in 2001. Liza is a graduate of Chinese Politics and East Asian Studies has a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish.
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About Loïc Dujardin
Loïc leads Sustainalytics’ research team in Singapore and contributes to the continued enhancement of the firm’s overall responsible investment research offerings. As a former senior analyst at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Loïc brings to Sustainalytics a deep understanding of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues most important to investors. He is also an expert on water-related ESG risks having successfully engaged on the issue with companies in the mining, utilities and food sectors in Asia. While at NBIM he also prepared the firm’s annual report on water risk management. Loïc has a master’s degree in International Finance from Sorbonne University in France and a bachelor’s degree from Glasgow University, Scotland.
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About Louisa Mitchell
Louisa Mitchell is a freelance social and environmental policy researcher. She was recently a research director at leading UK think tank Policy Exchange, has contributed to publications for the London School of Economics and has written for The Financial Times. Prior to that she was the Director of The Whitley Fund for Nature, an international environmental award programme run out of the UK and was the first Director of ASrIA, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia run out of Hong Kong. She was previously an investment banker working extensively in the US and Asia, particularly China. She read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Cambridge University and has a Masters of Science in Social Policy Research (Methods) from the London School of Economics.
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About Luan Dong
Luan Dong is a Research Assistant at the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, facilitating the program’s many initiatives on water-energy nexus, U.S.-China energy and climate cooperation, and environmental impact of Chinese investment overseas. Prior to the Wilson Center, he interned at a number of environmental organizations in Beijing and Washington, D.C., including the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Nature Conservancy, and Greenpeace. Luan Dong received his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
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About Lu Guang
Lu Guang is an award-winning photographer from China, who investigates the impact of rapid industrialization on environment and people’s everyday lives. Since 1993, he has developed major documentary projects in China, all at his own initiative, focusing on some of the most significant social, health, and environmental issues facing his country today. His photographic work includes stories on gold diggers, local coal miners, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction along the Sino-Burmese border, Aids villages in Henan Province, the environmental impact of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, industrial pollution and the medical effects of schistosomiasis (bilharzia). With its potent use of composition and colour, his work is both expressive and intensely engaging, drawing us in so powerfully that it creates personal involvement and response. Over the years, he has won many prestigious awards & honors, such as the World Press Photo contest (First Prize in 2004 & Third Prize in 2011), visiting scholarship to the US Department of State (2005), Henri Nannan Prize in Photography (2008), W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund (2009), National Geographic Photography Grant (2010) and Prince Claus Fund (2013).
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About Lu Shuping
Shuping Lu is President of Xylem (China) Co., Ltd. in charge of the Sales, Services and Operations in China. Shuping has been working for ITT since 1995 and served at different leadership positions. Before the current role, she also served as VP, General Manager of Fluid Technology China and VP, Director HR for ITT China & India. She led the ITT’s integration effort of its business in China & India during later 2007 and 2008 located in Shanghai. Prior working for ITT China & India, she had worked and lived in Sweden during 2004 - 2007 working for ITT Water & Wastewater Co. Ltd as the Global Champion for the company’s Management System, Lean and Six Sigma continuous improvement drive. She served as Vice General Manager for ITT Water & Wastewater (Shenyang) Co. Ltd before going to Sweden. Prior to joining ITT, Shuping worked for Shenyang Jinbei Automobile Passenger Vehicle Manufacturing Ltd.; as manager for its Import & Export Department. She holds a Master Degree of Business Administration from the US Central State University and China Northeastern University, and a Belcher Degree in English Literature at Shenyang Teacher’s College. In 2010, she graduated from an Executive Masters Program in Human Resources Leadership from Rutgers, the University of New Jersey, USA.
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About Madeleine Ross
Madeleine is a freelance journalist. She volunteered at China Water Risk for a short time. Madeleine has worked as a media journalist at B&T Magazine and FremantleMedia Australia where she did print, video and online reporting. Madeleine has also done numerous other projects and internships including the Sydney Film Festival and independent short films. Madeleine is from Australia where she attended the University of Sydney.
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About Magali Simon
L Magali Simon Regional Head Asia Pacific, Water Solutions BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters Professional career Ms. Magali Simon joined BASF in 2003, and has held responsibility for supplier management and raw materials procurement, first at the BASF headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany and later BASF South East Asia, Singapore, and BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters, Hong Kong. In 2011, she became Regional Head of Water Solutions Asia Pacific at BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong, providing leadership in guiding BASF’s global Water Solutions strategy in the Asia Pacific region. BASF is one of the leading suppliers in the water solutions field.
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About Mandy Lao
Mandy Lao Man-lei is a senior project manager at Civic Exchange. She graduated from Cardiff University with a master’s degree in city and regional planning (specialising in urban and built environment). Mandy has rich experience in directing and managing social and policy research projects. She is the co-author of Rethinking the Small House Policy published by Civic Exchange in 2003. She also co-authored Walkable City, Living Streets in 2012 and authored Small House Policy II: An Update in 2013. Her major research interests include urban built environment, public space design, community planning and sustainable development.
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About Marcus Lim
arcus is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ECOSOFTT based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Since co-founding ECOSOFTT, Marcus has been working with research institutions, technology innovators, businesses, NGOs and public sector agencies to develop sustainable solutions across Asia. Among the notable projects Marcus has led include the Water SMART Blue Building in Cleantech Park, Singapore. Marcus holds a BBA (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore, a Diploma in Wastewater Treatment from the University of Chile and a dual degree Executive MBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University, China.
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About Marcus Norton
Marcus Norton is the Head of Water and Investor Initiatives, Carbon Disclosure Project. He joined the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2009 to launch and manage CDP’s water program. The program builds institutional investors’ and businesses’ awareness and understanding of the financial risks and opportunities associated with water and catalyses action towards sustainable corporate water management. He also leads CDP’s engagement with the investment community. Marcus’ background is in corporate law with Allen & Overy and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and in government with the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs where he wrote environmental laws and advised ministers and officials on matters of EC and public law. He sits on the board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and holds an MA from the University of St Andrews, an LL.M from University College London and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
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About Marcy Trent Long
After a fifteen-year career in energy finance and environmental policy roles with NGO and corporate sectors, Marcy founded Sustainable Asia to bring research on Asia environmental issues to life through audio documentaries. Sustainable Asia recently launched EIGHT MILLION in partnership with chinadialogue and AYA Recording Studio. Marcy is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Wharton. She is an energy advisor to WWF HK and host to Sustainable Asia feature on RTHK. Marcy is fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish.
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About Margaret Kutt
Margaret Kutt is the manager for Sustainable Projects at Esprit. A Hong Kong native she has worked in the fashion industry abroad as well as locally and took on the newly created position 2 years ago. In that time she has been a catalyst in promoting cooperation between her company and the non profit Redress, to foster sustainability in fashion by supporting the Ecochic Design Award and the ensuing “Recycled collection” designed by the competition winner exclusively for Esprit. Under her supervision future collaborations with the Royal College of Art in London and Esmod in Berlin will also follow a sustainable agenda and see an expansion in the sector for the brand worldwide.
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About Margot Hill Clarvis
Margot Hill Clarvis is a Senior Manager at Earth Security Group. Prior to joining ESG, Margot worked at UNEP-Finance Initiative on the intersecting challenges between finance and water, climate and natural capital risks. She was project manager for E-RISC (Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis), a project coordinating research to explore the integration of environmental risk in sovereign bond ratings with a group of banks and financial institutions. Margot has led research projects on environmental and sustainable finance, water governance and climate change adaptation for a number of international organisations such as WWF, IUCN, ODI and UNEP. She also co-developed and jointly led the development of a university-wide sustainable finance teaching and outreach programme at the University of Geneva, while also being responsible for the Sustainable Finance module of their executive programme. She has previously held positions at ESG information provider Asset4-Thompson Reuters, and BPO provider Xchanging, in the banking and finance sector in London and Frankfurt. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a B.A. Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge. A Swiss-British national, her native language is English, but she also speaks Swiss-German, German, French and Spanish.
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About Mark Dwortzan
Mark Dwortzan is the Communications Officer for the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. For more than 15 years, he has produced print and web content on individuals and organizations pursuing a more sustainable future through innovations in science, technology, business, the environment and other fields. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Environmental News Network, Technology Review and WBUR(Boston's NPR News Station).
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About Mark Gough
Mark Gough is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition, and led the collaboration that delivered the Natural Capital Protocol, a standardized global framework for including natural capital in decision making. Mark previously worked for The Crown Estate, helping to develop its integrated vision and approach to value measurement. Prior to this he was the Global Environmental Manager for the information company, Reed Elsevier. Mark is a Director of the Aldersgate Group, which brings together business, politics and civil society to drive action for a sustainable economy, and a member of the TEEB Advisory board. He has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
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About Mark Harper
Mark was project manager of China Water Risk for 2013 and articles written below were during his tenure at China Water Risk. Mark has worked for nearly a decade managing corporate/NGO partnerships focused on environmental engagement and corporate sustainability. He was previously the programme manager for Earthwatch Institute and Flora & Fauna International. Mark has extensive experience organizing hands-on conservation and educational projects for corporates, schools and communities. He has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Oxford, Hong Kong, Boston and London. Separately, Mark actively pursues his interest in environmental conservation, by volunteering to monitor great white sharks in California to conducting research on rhino census in South Africa. Mark believes that change is only possible through the collective action of the corporate and investment communities.
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About Mark Nicol
Having completed a Master’s degree in Water Modelling and Management at the University of Reading, UK in 2001, Mark initially working for Thames Water in the UK and then for Ranhill in Malaysia, where he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the daily operation and management of water supply networks. He has lived in Asia for the past 7 years, and has worked with numerous water operators and government departments across the region including India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines to help address and resolve their NRW challenges. Mark joined Echologics as the Business Development Manager for Asia in 2011 to help bring the latest solutions and technological developments from the industry into the region. Echologics provide non-invasive, non-destructive solutions tailored to help water operators maximize revenue, minimize cost and extend asset life.
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About Martijn Hoogerwerf
Martijn Hoogerwerf is Chief Strategy Officer of China Europe Bio-Energy Consortium, a Hong Kong and Beijing based project developer, manager and owner of large-scale waste-to-biofuel projects in China. Having been based in Hong Kong since 2006, Martijn brings a decade of banking experience to his role at China Europe Bio-Energy Consortium, having held positions previously in The Netherlands, New York and Athens, Greece. Martijn holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Dutch State University of Groningen, The Netherlands and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
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About Martin Haigh
Martin Haigh is a serial social enterprise investor. A career in the financial industry spanning many roles in different counties has created a great foundation for Martin to gain exposure to, and analyse, many early stage investments. Being an active supporter of various social, charitable and community initiatives and seen these two passions collide.
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About Martin Griffiths
Dr Martin Griffiths is an expert in water quality strategy, regulation and policy. He was Head of Water Quality Policy in the Environment Agency and latterly Deputy Director of Regulation in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and lectures on a number of MSc programmes. He also works as an independent consultant on water and environmental issues.
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About Matthew Silver
Dr. Matthew Silver is the co-founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation. Spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory, Cambrian Innovation solves industrial resource challenges by leveraging advanced biotechnology. The EcoVolt, Cambrian's core technology, transforms wastewater streams into clean energy and clean water. Matt has more than 14 years of experience in technology, commercialization, innovation strategy and engineering design. He has played a key role in building Cambrian's underlying technology and in guiding the firm to successfully penetrate and scale in commercial markets. Dr. Silver holds three advanced degrees from MIT - M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Technology; M.S. in Technology and Policy; PhD in Engineering Systems.
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About Matt Turner
Matt Turner is Director of Global Stakeholder Initiatives and Future 500’s Water Programme. A nongovernment organization (NGO) with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Beijing, the Future 500 draws together global corporations and NGOs of all stripes on behalf of sustainability and corporate responsibility leadership initiatives. Future 500’s water initiative seeks to find common ground between corporations and civil society to advance multi-stakeholder solutions to systemic water challenges. Through collaboration rather than conflict, Future 500 looks to forge relationships that lead to positive change. Turner formerly worked as a corporate responsibility consultant for The Coca-Cola Company, where he collaborated with both internal and external stakeholders on key social issues and initiatives involving ethical sourcing, union relations, public relations and crisis management. He has an MSc in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BA in Government and International Studies, from the University of Notre Dame.
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About Ma Xi
Ma Xi works for Ecolab Greater China as a director of Marketing. He looks after innovation, product line life cycle and technical support of the water division of the Company. He started his career as a Research Microbiologist with Nalco Pacific R&D in Singapore in 1997. Prior to Nalco, Ma Xi worked as a visiting scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environment (EAWAG). Ma Xi graduated from Nanjing University and holds two Master degrees from the National University of Singapore and Chinese Academy of Science respectively.
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About Max Leung
Max makes use of his experience in data visualization, statistical analyses and programming techniques to create insights from water and business/financial related data in China. He also assists in the development of our digital platform. Max’s philosophy is that decision-making should rely upon some sort of quantitative analysis. In the era of Big Data and information overload, his ambition is to become a seasoned data scientist, distilling meaning from “messy” data. Prior to joining, Max was a Research Assistant at the business school of the Open University of Hong Kong. He also previously worked as a Reward Analyst in the Group Human Resources of Dairy Farm. Hailing from Hong Kong, Max holds a Master of Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also passed CFA-Level 1 and FRM Part 1
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About Ma Yingying
Ma Yingying is the Green Supply Chain Project Manager for the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE). She conducts environment related research, management and consulting on water and climate for universities, enterprises as well as government agencies. Ma Yingying holds a bachelor degree in Science Geochemistry from Peking University and a master degree of Environmental Economics and Management from University of Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV.
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About Ma Zhong
Professor MA Zhong, Ph.D. in Economics, is the dean of the College of Environmental Sciences of Renmin University of China. He is the professor of the National Key Discipline “Population, Resources and Environmental Economics” and doctoral tutor. He is a committee member of the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment & Development (CCICED); the Science & Technology Committee of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP); and Advisory Committee on Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment. Professor MA is also the executive director of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences; the editor of “China Environmental Science”, “Journal of Natural Resources”, “Wetland Science”, and “Sustainability Science”; as well as a Professor Fellow of the Resources for the Future (RFF). He is mainly engaged in teaching and research of environmental and natural resource economics, covering areas such as environmental policy, environmental management system, economic instruments, wetland biodiversity, economic evaluation and circular economy. Previously, he was the former Chinese editor-in-chief of "RFF Environmental Economics Series", team leader of the Project “Environmental and Natural Resources Pricing and Taxation” at CCICED, and also led several projects including Asian Development Bank & Global Environment Facility: "Sanjiang Plain Wetlands Protection"; MEP and World Bank: "Environmental Management Functions Transformation & Institutional Innovation"; Ministry of Science & Technology, MEP and Ministry of Construction: "Water pollution control & treatment special project – pilot study on water environmental protection pricing and taxation policy" amongst others. He is a recipient of the 2009 Green China award.
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About Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown is Managing Director at IDFC where she looks at private equity and Fund of Funds investments in Asia. She was, until recently Executive Director of ASrIA, Asia’s leading SRI membership association. For over 5 years she has been the leading spokesperson for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues for the investment community in Asia. She was lead author and editor of benchmark studies on ESG and climate change trends in Asia and has spoken widely at conferences on the Carbon Disclosure Project, which she managed in Asia. Prior to joining ASrIA, Melissa spent 15 years undertaking Asian equity research including roles as the Regional Utilities Analyst for both JP Morgan and Salomon Smith Barney.
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About Dr. Michael Lau
Michael first joined WWF in the 1980s, working at Mai Po Nature Reserve. After obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong, he re-joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2011, becoming the Director of Wetlands Conservation. Michael also heads the Watchdog Team and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, the Lantau Development Advisory Committee, and several other specialist groups.
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About Michael Spencer
Michael Spencer is Chair of the global Alliance for Water Stewardship and Secretary of Water Stewardship Australia. He is a former Head of Marketing and Communication at the FSC International and was the founding CEO of the FSC in Australia. In his corporate career he was the first Head of Corporate Citizenship at National Australia Bank, served as Vice President Communication at BHP Billiton, Vice President Corporate Affairs at BlueScope Steel and Senior Advisor to the Premier of Victoria. He is a Fellow in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University, teaches communication at RMIT University.
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About Mike Kilburn
Mike Kilburn joined Airport Authority Hong Kong as Senior Manager, Environment in September 2012. He is responsible for developing a strategy to position HKIA as the world’s greenest airport. He is also responsible for developing the Authority’s sustainability strategy and producing the first sustainability report (in June 2013).
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About Mona Ip
Mona loves water – that includes drinking it and taking showers, though she really is trying to reduce her shower time. She has been working in the sustainability sector in Hong Kong for the past three years, focused primarily on green building consulting and helping companies to assess and improve their environmental impacts. Currently, Mona is helping to launch a specialized green product sourcing business GreenLink Global www.greenlinkconnects.com. Her previous experience includes stints in Mainland China and in Poland working with the Canadian government. In her spare time, aside from writing about water Mona likes to spend time in it – swimming, playing or in a dragon boat – or on its frozen form, playing hockey.
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About Monika Freyman
Monika is a senior manager in Ceres' water program, where she researches and conducts corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity and water quality issues. Prior to Ceres Monika worked as a research consultant for the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard, exploring the roots of the concept of sustainability to inform the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) in their efforts to evolve corporate reporting standards and investor integration of environmental and social factors. As a Chartered Financial Analyst and former emerging market analyst, with a Masters in Freshwater Ecology, Monika is particularly interested in driving greater integration of water risks and opportunities into the portfolio management process.
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About Morgan Gillespy
Morgan joined CDP in 2013 where she has been instrumental to the development and implementation of products and services relating to water as well as the analysis and synthesis of CDP’s water data. In 2016 she was named Head of Water, leading the program to ensure it remains the gold standard for disclosure of corporate water related information globally. Morgan holds a BA in international relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
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About Nathaniel Bullard
Nathaniel Bullard is Director of Content at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, currently based in Hong Kong. Nathaniel is a clean energy expert, with experience across multiple sectors and markets. He is an accomplished analyst, with particular expertise in solar power, new asset and corporate financing mechanisms, and international trade in clean energy goods and services. His recent research highlights include the US-China trade relationship, crowdfunding for clean energy, and emerging energy markets in Asia. Nathaniel is a regular commentator for the sector and has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, Forbes, Technology Review, and Scientific American, and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg Television. Nathaniel has an MA in International Energy Policy and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an AB, magna cum laude in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. He is also a 2012 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.
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About Navneet Chadha
Navneet Chadha is Principal Operations Officer with the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Sustainable Business Advisory Services where he develops and leads programs in resource efficiency and clean energy for private sector clients in East Asia and Pacific. He is a chemical engineer by training with more than 25 years of experience in environmental management and corporate sustainability with manufacturing companies and consulting firms. Prior to joining IFC Beijing in 2011, he worked for 10 years in a global EH&S leadership role with a US based multinational chemical company with several operations in China. He has practical project experience in more than 20 countries in a variety of industry sectors including textiles, chemicals, petroleum refining, food & beverages, paints and resins, and synthetic rubber.
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About Nicholas Eckelberry
Nicholas Eckelberry is co-founder of OriginClear and continues to consult as its chief inventor. He is also consulting to OriginClear licensee, ECT Services & Solutions Inc., as it rolls out a pilot site in the Kern County oil fields. Nicholas is responsible for inventing OriginClear’s proprietary Electro Water Separation (EWS) technology, the high-speed, chemical free process to extract organic contaminants and valuable materials from large quantities of water. (All patents are assigned to OriginClear.) In all, Nicholas Eckelberry has authored or co-authored fourteen separate inventions in the field of algae production and waste water cleanup. Nicholas is also responsible for the development and launch of Nano-Cal in 2003, a product line based around a uniquely formulated and highly bio-available form of calcium. Recently, Biofuels Digest ranked him one of the Top 300 People in the Bioeconomy for 2013-2014
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About Nick Jeffries
Nick is a chartered civil and environmental engineer who has been developing research projects for the Insights and Analysis team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since joining in early 2016. Nick has been responsible for developing the Foundation’s thinking on the circular economy and water, incorporating his findings and insights into some of the Foundation's current big themes such as Chinese cities and the Urban Biocycle. Nick is also responsible for managing the Foundation's case study library, thus helping answer the question: "I get the theory and the opportunities, but what does circular economy look like in reality?". Before getting involved with circular economy, Nick worked for 15 years as an engineering consultant, both in the commercial sector in London, as well as being involved in a number of water and sanitation programs in Africa and Asia.
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About Nina Cambadelis
Nina manages Veolia’s Corporate Social Responsibility in China, Japan and South Korea and plays a role of coordination for the rest of Asia. She is in charge of different activities related to development of competencies, consultancy on sustainability performance and animation of an innovation program to foster experience sharing. She also supports business developers in doing researches; enriching business offers with CSR related differentiating factors and providing commercial references as well as communication tools. Previously, she worked at the French Foreign Office and French Embassy in Vietnam, where she was involved in external communication regarding political affairs, research and project management. These missions gave her insights on strategic links between private partners and public institutions in order to improve business relations and partnerships in emerging and developed markets. Nina has a background of social sciences, with a bachelor degree in philosophy and a post-graduate degree in International Affairs at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris (Sciences Po Paris).
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About Nitin Dani
Nitin Dani is an architect by profession and an environmentalist at heart. He received his Bachelor in Architecture, from Bangalore, India and Masters in Strategic Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He was raised and educated in various parts of India and has worked previously worked in Bangalore, Singapore, and Milan. In Shanghai he began his career in a branding agency in 2010. He later moved on to form an entrepreneurial venture facilitating clean technology solutions for the Chinese market, while also co-founding Green Initiatives (formerly Green Drinks China). GI is an environmental nonprofit organization that focuses on education, awareness and action on environmental issues through projects, events, trainings & workshops for the regular community, students and professionals. GI has organised over 200 events since its inception in 2009. Nitin also works as a Project Director with GIGA, an organization working on material research, cloud software and indoor air quality certification.
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About Olivia Jensen
Olivia Jensen is the Asia Editor of Global Water Intelligence and is based in Singapore. She is an economist and for the last ten years she has specialised in the water sector, working as an academic, consultant and journalist. She wrote her PhD at the London School of Economics on public-private partnerships for water supply. She has worked extensively in and on China - before joining GWI she lived in Shanghai for three years where she headed the office of a foreign consulting company. Olivia has published widely on water issues, from peer-reviewed papers to comprehensive reports, and has provided consulting services to the World Bank, OECD and UNEP Finance Initiative, among others, as well as advising numerous private clients.
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About Patricia Dwyer
Pat Dwyer is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business and has over fifteen years sustainability leadership experience, most recently as Global head of CSR & Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Pat brought Shangri-La to the forefront of responsible tourism operations, making it the only Asian hotel group to be recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. She developed programmes across 90 hotels in 22 countries covering a broad spectrum including carbon management, diversity, environment stewardship and employee engagement. Pat was also the first CSR head of Ayala Land, Inc. in the Philippines. Pat was named to the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders class of 2015 and also serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Oceans, is the recipient of the International Hotel Investment Forum Young Leader award and was named one of Premier Traveller’s ‘30 most Compelling Women in Travel’. Pat continues to sit on the Asia sub committee of the Make a Wish Foundation and is on the Faculty of the CSR Training Institute.
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About Patricia Wouters
Professor Dr Patricia Wouters is a Professor of Xiamen University School of Law, the Founding Director of China International Water Law programme (www.chinainternationalwaterlaw.org) and the Founding Director of the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science. Her research focuses on public international law and transboundary waters. She has served on the Global Water Partnership TEC and chairs the International Advisory Committee of the United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
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About Patrick Cox
Patrick Cox, AICP, Executive Director. Patrick Cox is the founder of Geo-Life, Inc. and has 33 years of experience in real world environmental protection and civil engineering design of drinking water systems. Patrick has designed and permitted water quality retention pond systems and manmade wetlands that provide naturally clean/filtered drinking water and environmental protection. Patrick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Civil Engineering Technology / Architectural Design 4 year program at VCC, UCF.
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About Paulina Concha
Paulina Concha studied a B.S. in Chemistry at the Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico from 2001-2005. After graduating, she worked at Procter & Gamble in the department of Packaging Engineering for Latin America from 2006 to 2011, located in Mexico City. During the time at P&G she was in charge of packaging optimization, supplier qualifications, initiative management and implementation, and technical support for various plants in Latin America. On 2011 she was accepted at Columbia University where she got her degree as M.S in Environmental Engineering focusing on water treatment, management and supply. Paulina now works at the Columbia Water Center as a researcher in the areas of climate impact and water management in agriculture and urban water supply.
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About Paul Reig
Paul Reig is an Associate at the Markets and Enterprise Program. He leads the design and development of the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, WRI’s tool for measuring and mapping water risks. He also coordinates the working groups and companies charged with reviewing, road-testing, and applying the Aqueduct tool. Prior to joining WRI, Paul spent close to 4 years managing a wide range of water resources conservation and ecosystem restoration construction projects throughout the US States of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Paul also spent time in Latin America working on environmental and social impact assessments for international energy and mining corporations. Paul grew up in Barcelona, and holds a Master in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University in Montreal, a BS and MS in Environmental and Agricultural Biology from the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, as well as a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. Paul is an avid sailor and enjoys spending his free time on the water.
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About Payal Parekh
Payal Parekh works with International River’s Climate team to raise awareness that dams are emitters of methane; to stop international carbon offsetting schemes; and to promote climate adaptation strategies that protect rivers and the communities dependent on them. Before joining International Rivers in 2008, her experience included working in solidarity with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a social movement in India fighting the damming of the Narmada River, investigating the Indian government’s plans to interlink rivers, and providing technical environmental assistance to Indian NGOs and social movements. Most recently, she was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland conducting scientific research on carbon cycle – climate interactions. Payal holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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About Dr. Peiyuan Guo
Dr. Guo Peiyuan, who holds a Ph.D. in Management from Tsinghua University, is the chairman of China Social Investment Forum, general manager of SynTao and chairman of SynTao Green Finance. Dr. Guo Peiyuan continuously focuses on research and practices about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investment (SRI), with abundant experience on research, training and consulting services. Now SynTao has become a leading CSR consulting company in China with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Washington D.C. SynTao Green Finance is a founding member of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking. It is also the first CBI approved green bond verifier from China. Dr. Guo Peiyuan has served for over one hundred companies, governments, and social organizations home and abroad, including China Mobile, China Pacific Insurance, Amway China, Volkswagen, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), etc. He has served as a judge in multiple CSR awards. Now he also teaches MBA course Business Performance and Sustainability in School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and teaches international student course Social Innovation and CSR in School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University. He also serves as consultant, trainer or member in many organizations, including UNEP FI advisor in China.
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About Dr. Peter Bosshard
Dr. Peter Bosshard is the Policy Director of International Rivers. A Swiss citizen, he has worked to strengthen the social and environmental standards of governments, financiers and private investors for more than 20 years. As part of his responsibilities, he manages a program to strengthen the environmental standards of Chinese dam builders and financiers.
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About Peter Dillon
Dr Peter Dillon leads the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship's Sustainable Water Systems Stream.His primary research area is water recycling of stormwater and wastewater via aquifers. This research is aimed at securing water supplies by providing scientific evidence to facilitate diversification of water sources, particularly in or near urban areas. Dr Dillon has 25 years research experience in surface water-groundwater interaction, groundwater quality protection from diffuse and point sources and agricultural water reuse. For over a decade Dr Dillon has led research on managed aquifer recharge with stormwater and reclaimed water. He was Director of the Centre for Groundwater Studies during its formative years and he coordinated the Australian Water Conservation and Reuse Research Program. Dr Dillon has undertaken research projects in all Australian states and led international research projects on management of aquifer recharge. He is the founding Chairman of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Commission on Management of Aquifer Recharge.
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About Peter Newborne
Peter Newborne is Research Associate to the ODI water policy programme which carries out applied research in water policy and practice, including recent studies of private sector involvement in relation to water, both water resources management and water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
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About Peter Schulte
Peter Schulte joined the Pacific Institute in 2008 and is a Senior Digital Engagement Associate in the Corporate Sustainability Program. His work focuses on connecting companies and a variety of stakeholders with research, guidance, case studies, and best practices that lead to improved water stewardship.
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About Philippe Lacamp
Philippe joined the Swire Group in 1992. He has had a broad range of corporate experience within the group and currently heads up Sustainable Development for Swire Pacific and John Swire & Sons, covering a range of industries including shipping and marine services, property development, aviation, beverages and agri-business. The main focus of the role is to reduce the group’s overall environmental impact and drive energy efficiency, while coordinating industry leadership positions for group divisions on specific environmental issues. Immediately prior to this role, Philippe had been seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways and established and ran the aviation group’s Corporate Risk Management department. He has held a number of head office positions and overseas management positions with Cathay Pacific, including Germany, Sri Lanka, France and Canada.
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About Piet Klop
Piet Klop is a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute’s Capital Markets Research team. Piet’s research includes environmental considerations in investment decisions and portfolio management, as well as investments in clean energy, water and biodiversity. He also manages strategic relationships with European financial institutions, including banks and pension funds. Piet works at WRI on secondment from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he holds the position of Senior Economist in the Department of Environment and Water, with responsibility for developing new markets for climate, water and biodiversity services in partnership with the private sector. Piet has 20 years of experience with environmental issues and holds Masters degrees in Applied Environmental Economics and Land & Water Management.
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About Rao Fu
Ms. FU Rao, project manager at EBP Schweiz AG. She holds a Master in environmental engineering of Federal Institute of Technology Zurich with specialization in water resources management, urban water management and environmental planning. In Switzerland, she was involved in various projects related to flood risk management, pollution control, ecological rehabilitation and water resources management during the last 6 years. She is the expert for water resources management and fish ecology of JRB project.
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About Raya Stephan
Raya Marina Stephan is an expert in water law, and an international consultant in water related projects with international organizations. She has a wide experience in the design and execution of international projects related to legal and institutional aspects of water management, and transboundary waters. She was involved in the experts advisory group of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program to the Special Rapporteur of the UN International Law Commission for the preparation of the draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers. She has also advised on the application of international water law for the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the Arab League. She was a member of the Publications Committee of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) (2010-2012), and she chaired it and served on the Executive Board from 2013-2015. Ms Stephan is the author of numerous publications related to water law and international water law.
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About Rhys Owen
Rhys Owen is Editor-in-chief at BlueTech Research. Before joining BlueTech in 2016 Rhys worked for eight years at Global Water Intelligence, where he was deputy editor of the magazine and founded and managed Desaldata.com. He was previously responsible for the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, a league table of emerging UK technology firms, and worked in the marketing department for anti-malware firm Sophos. Rhys studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, obtaining his degree in Biology and Psychology.
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About Richard Damania
Richard Damania is the Global Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice. He leads the Practice’s work on analytical, advisory, and the operational engagements related to the role of water and the economy. Prior to this he was the Lead Economist of the Africa Sustainable Development Department with responsibility for infrastructure, environment and social issues. In this capacity, he led the analytical program and was responsible for quality control. He has also served as Lead Economist in the South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean Regions of the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has published extensively with over 100 papers that span matters ranging from Natural Resources, Infrastructure Economics, Climate Change and the Economics of Regulation. He has held numerous advisory positions in government and international organizations and serves on the Editorial Board of several prestigious academic journals.
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About Richard Leung
Ir Richard WM LEUNG is a civil engineer by profession. After graduation from the University of Sheffield in the UK in 1988, he worked as an engineer in the Civil Engineering Development Department and Drainage Services Department since 1995 and 2006 respectively. Ir LEUNG is also an Accredited BEAM Professional of the Hong Kong Green Building Council since 2012. Ir LEUNG has been involved in various stages of planning, design and construction of numbers of new town development projects and drainage/sewerage works. Ir LEUNG is currently the senior engineer of the Research & Development Section in Land Drainage Division in the department. He is responsible for the overall coordination of the research & development projects and planning and promotion of the blue green infrastructure for the department.
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About Rick Ridgeway
As Patagonia Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects, Rick Ridgeway is committed to the company’s mission of using business practices to solve the environmental crisis. Ridgeway helms Patagonia’s environmental grant-making and education programs. He also manages Patagonia Productions, the company’s book publishing and film-making division and oversees its special multi-year environmental projects. One project, Freedom to Roam, helps provide protection for wildlife corridors.
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About Robert Brears
Robert is an RL Expert on Water and Sustainability, Founder of Mitidaption and an Associate Fellow at the NFG 'Asian Perceptions of the EU' at the Free University of Berlin. He specialises in water security, corporate water risk and climate change risk in global supply chains and transitioning towards water security and sustainability. He is a contributing author for the Johns Hopkins Global Water Magazine. Robert has published widely on water security, water resources management, corporate water risk, emissions trading schemes, environmental refugees and has conducted field research in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. He has presented at international water conferences hosted by the International Water Association and American Water Works Association.
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About Robert Gibson
Robert is both an Adjunct Professor at the School of Energy and the Environment and the Sustainability Facilitator for City University’s campus. He collaborates with Civic Exchange and Hong Kong’s Climate Change Business Forum. His main focus area is the international cooperation on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions which is overseen by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has attended its meetings in Copenhagen (2009); Cancun (2010) and Durban (2011). From 2007 to July 2010 he was Director Sustainable Development for John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd with a focus on climate change issues. Prior to that he worked as Finance Director at different times for the Swire group’s aircraft maintenance, beverages and industries operations. He joined Swire in 1980 having previously worked in the U.K. first for the British Aircraft Corporation (as an engineering apprentice) and for Coopers & Lybrand (as an auditor).
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About Robert Milnes
Rob is an economist within PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change in China / Hong Kong. He has 10 years' experience in the field working with clients such as the World Bank, European Commission, Hong Kong and Chinese governments as well as global banks and MNCs looking to better understand physical and policy risks associated with climate change. PwC help clients safeguard against these risks and make the most of opportunities in green finance and cleantech.
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About Rochelle March
Rochelle is a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Services team at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Rochelle joined Trucost in 2017 and brings several years of experience providing critical advice for improved outcomes across a diversity of sectors, including healthcare, food and beverage, tourism, technology, finance and nonprofit. She specializes in natural capital valuation, business model innovation and developing quantitative and qualitative impact methodologies. Prior to Trucost, Rochelle was a Manager of Project Innovation & Design at strategy consulting firm, SustainAbility, where she developed custom methodologies for measuring corporate impact against the Sustainable Development Goals, and managed a broad range of consulting projects for clients such as GE, World Wildlife Fund, Nestle, TIAA, Huawei and others. She graduated from Bard College in 2015 with an MBA and MS in Environmental Policy and holds a BA from New York University in Individualized Study: Landscape Architecture. She is also a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction and is GRI certified.
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About Ron Dizy
Ron Dizy leads ENBALA. A veteran of high-growth technology companies, Ron focuses on the company’s overall strategic direction, value and growth. Ron most recently served as a partner at Celtic House Venture Partners, one of Canada's leading venture capital firms. Prior to joining Celtic House, Ron served as a portfolio manager for the venture capital group at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and co-founded Altera Systems, a consulting firm focused on business applications of artificial intelligence. Ron holds a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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About Rong Chen
Rong Chen has 20 years of diversified professional experience in China and abroad. For the past 11 years, she has been a task leader at International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the sustainability business advisory services field, managing multi-national donors’ advisory projects covering water/energy efficiency, cleaner production, corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting, and environmental, health, safety and social areas. Before joining IFC, she worked in a UK consulting firm in the aviation industry as an assistant project manager in London and Manchester. She has a strong technical background in environmental and waste water areas in the construction industry and has also worked as a water engineer in a reputable Chinese design institute for five years.
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About Ryan Young
Ryan Young, Index Manager Ryan has a background in management and strategy consulting, and in recent years has focused his energy on sustainability issues. Prior to joining SAC, Ryan worked for Blu Skye Consulting, where he worked with the U.S. dairy industry on greenhouse gas reduction efforts; he led a large project focused on increasing renewable energy generated from cow manure. Ryan also has experience working for BearingPoint, Ernst & Young, and Law and Economics Consulting Group. Ryan earned his BA in Economics from Cornell University and his MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has also taught an MBA class focused on sustainable marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
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About Sabine Blumstein
Sabine Blumstein is a project manager at adelphi – a German think tank and environmental consulting company. Her work focuses on international water cooperation, resource governance, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Sabine is particularly interested in the performance of international water institutions in contexts of environmental change, on topics relating to the sustainable management of international water resources as well as the role of natural resources in conflicts. In addition to competencies in comparative political analysis and international relations theories, she has expertise in project evaluation and in developing and carrying out communications processes. Sabine studied at the University of Leipzig, Germany where she also received her PhD in political science.
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About Sadhika Nanda
Sadhika Nanda is an undergraduate student from Bangalore, India currently studying Asian and International Studies in City University, Hong Kong. During time off from classes, Sadhika is a freelance writer, most recently having taken on projects for edtech startup Snapask. She has previously worked as a Research Intern for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Hong Kong.
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About Sam Bekemans
Sam Bekemans is research director at Sustainable Asia. He holds an MA in China Studies and Sustainable Development. Sam reported on Chinese current affairs for Belgian media, before dedicating himself to the production of EIGHT MILLION - an audio documentary series on China's role in plastic marine pollution.
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About Sam Inglis
Sam Inglis is a glacial hazards specialist based in Asia. He holds an MSc in Climate Change & Risk Management from the University of Exeter, UK, and has worked on glacial hazards, mountain environments, and transboundary water resources since 2012. His own research has focused on the impacts of glacier melt, glacial lakes, and outburst flooding on hydropower in the North Patagonian Icefield of Chile, and the Indo-Tibetan catchment of the Sutlej River. Sam is also a member of Yale University's Program on Climate Change Communication social media team, is a researcher with DC-based Mountain Institute, and regularly contributes to the glaciological website ‘GlacierHub' - an initiative from Columbia University's Earth Institute. Through his work he strives to increase awareness and understanding around the world’s rapidly disappearing glaciers, and the broader impacts of climate on water resources.
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About Sarah Swenson
Sarah Swenson is the Environmental Manager for PrimeAsia Leather Corp. She enjoys the challenge of working towards more efficient, renewable, and collaborative manufacturing techniques while producing high quality leather. Prior to working at PrimeAsia, Sarah lived and worked on 5 continents running programmes in areas such as renewable energy, wastewater management, energy efficiency, and stakeholder engagement. She also received her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Environmental Planning. When not trying to come up with innovative ways to become more sustainable, Sarah loves hiking, biking, and traveling adventures.
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About Saurabh Saraf
Saurabh is the CEO of WaterHubs. He has an entrepreneurial background with experience in the environment and energy sector, management consulting and policy research. He has founded cleantech ventures and has assisted other start-ups in the cleantech and social space. He was involved as a consultant on projects commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency on alternative venture capital investing approaches in the cleantech domain and the role of public venture capital in this area. Since 2014 he is leading WaterHubs, a modular water & sanitary infrastructure solution for urban slums. The solution aims to bundle technologies into a system that thus integrates resource management and enhances biological production. This social business in being developed at the Biopolus Institute, Hungary.
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About Scott Brix
Scott Brix is the Director of Marketing with DuPont’s Textile Enzyme Group. Scott has over 20 years of commercial experience in the application of enzymes to food, beverages, cleaning, grain, biomass utilization, textile and garment finishing. His management experience includes building and leading sales, marketing, business development and technical service teams around the world. Scott hails from a science and engineering background with a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Texas A&M University
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About Scott Moore
Scott Moore (@water_futures) is a leading expert on water policy and politics. Currently with the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, he focuses on helping client countries meet critical water resource management challenges, including water scarcity, pollution, and flooding. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Water Center, where his research focuses on climate change and the water-energy nexus. As of August 2018, Scott will also become Director of China Programs and Associate Professor of Practice in the Study of Contemporary China at Penn. Scott’s forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, Subnational Hydropolitics, explains how and why sub-national as well as national governments often fight over water – and how they can be encouraged to cooperate instead. His academic research and commentary on the world’s water crisis has been featured in leading publications including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. Scott holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.
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About Dr. Selina Ho
Selina Ho is Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She specializes in Chinese politics and foreign policy, with a focus on resources and infrastructures. Her book, Thirsty Cities: Social Contracts and Public Goods Provision in China and India, is under contract with Cambridge University Press and is expected to be published in Sep/Oct 2018. She is simultaneously working on a book project funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation on China's construction of a high-speed railway from Kunming to Singapore. She has also published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on China's international rivers. Selina has been appointed a Global Futures Council Fellow (Regional Governance) with the World Economic Forum from September 2017 to September 2018. Selina received her Ph.D. from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a Masters in International Public Policy (Honours). She did her undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore, graduating with a B.A. in History (Honours). She was a Singapore public servant before joining academia.
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About Shally Venugopal
Shally Venugopal is a Research Associate in the Capital Markets team at the World Resources Institute. Her research focuses on the financial implications of climate and resource change from the perspective of the corporate and investor community. Prior to joining WRI, Shally worked in Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance Institutions Group where she was responsible for client and capital markets coverage of South and Central Asian Microfinance Institutions, and in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Division, covering U.S. domestic public sector infrastructure clients. Her prior experience includes working at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, L.E.K. Consulting and Bearfoot Investments.
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About Zhu Shouqing
Shouqing Zhu is a Senior Associate and Head of China Sustainable Finance Program at WRI's Beijing office. He leads and coordinates WRI’s work related to promoting sustainability with the financial system in China, which focuses on improving the environmental and social performance of Chinese investments, both overseas and domestic. He has served as a team leader for the Green Finance Task Force of the People’s Bank of China and the international coordinator for the Green Finance Task Force of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). Prior to joining WRI, Shouqing worked with multinational corporations, national governments, multilateral institutions and non-profit organisations in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America to develop and implement programs in areas of cross-border investment, regional economic development, greenhouse gas management, capacity building, and commercialization of cleantech. Shouqing holds an M.A. degree in World History from Peking University and an M.Phil. degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. He also pursued doctoral research in banking regulation and management at the University of Melbourne. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier (GHG-IQ).
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About Simone Dettling
Simone manages the German Government’s Emerging Markets Dialogue on Green Finance, under which she and her team work with financial institutions from G20 Emerging Markets and Europe to integrate environmental costs into financial decision making. As an expert on green finance at the German International Cooperation (GIZ), she furthermore advises projects in emerging economies worldwide on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, incorporation of natural capital considerations in financial decision making, as well as innovative approaches for green economic development.
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About Sonam Wangchuk
Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakhi engineer, innovator and education reformist. He is the founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the ‘victims’ of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating. Wangchuk was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water in form of conical shaped ice heap. He has receive many regional and global awards, including 2017 GQ Men of the Year Awards (Social Entrepreneur of the Year), 2017 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, 2016 Rolex Awards Laureate and 2014 UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture by CRATerre France.
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About Sondra Kim
Sondra is an environmentally-concerned writer and avid recycler. She currently lives and works in China, channelling her Master’s degree and Mandarin proficiency to sustainable lifestyle awareness. Her work has been published on triplepundit.com, a leading global sustainability media platform and green lifestyle sections of themakermagazine.com, Chinese artist Yi Zhou’s digital mag. But everything started at Waste2Wear, where Sondra is a content writer. She shares the passions of the company about making the real impact and inspiring the eco-behavioural change across industries.
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About Sophie le Clue
Sophie is a Director of ADMCF and is responsible for the Foundation’s environmental investments, including the identification/evaluation of projects and aligning financial investment with strategic philanthropic objectives. Sophie has worked for the past 20 years in the field of environmental protection and conservation, principally in the Asia Pacific region. She started her career in the UK working in London for an international engineering consulting firm as an environmental consultant, before moving to Hong Kong in 1992. Since then, Sophie has directed and managed consultant teams working on a range of projects for both public and private sector organizations, including environmental impact assessments, environmental management, policy and strategy development, as well as undertaking research projects in the Asia Pacific region.
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About Stanley Samuel
Stanley is the Founder and CEO of ECOSOFTT and Chief Architect of its Water SMART Blue Building platform. He has worked on numerous projects in water management in urban and off-grid environments, including rainwater harvesting, groundwater protection, rivers and lakes conservation and development of water and wastewater solutions for college campuses, residential developments and integrated living habitats. Stanley is a mechanical engineer by background, and holds a Diploma in Wastewater Treatment from the University of Chile. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Management and earned a dual degree Executive MBA with INSEAD and Tsinghua University, China.
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About Stephanie Jensen-Cormier
Stephanie is the China program director at International Rivers, an organization that was established in 1985 to protect rivers, the environment, and the people which depend upon them. The China program works to protect Asia’s key rivers and promote higher environmental and social standards in Chinese hydropower projects around the world. Stephanie has been engaged in environmental work in China since 2005. Her specialization on China is driven by her conviction of this country’s importance on the global stage. Prior to joining International Rivers in 2015, Ms. Jensen-Cormier was the program director at a China-based environmental education NGO. She has also worked with the International Labor Organization and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Ms. Jensen-Cormier has a Bachelor Degree from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and earned her Master Degree from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York City.
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About Stephen Jan
Stephen Jan is Director of OriginClear Technologies and one of the first members of the group’s team in this region of the world. Mr. Jan, a Taiwanese national, boasts dual experience in chemical process automation and industrial wastewater treatment technologies. His 20+ year career in wastewater treatment led him to manage projects in various countries in Asia, including China, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia. His achievements include the emergency cleaning of a 150,000-ton body of water in Guangzhou during the 2010 Asia Olympics, or the successful treatment, via biological methods, of a 3000 m3 per day effluent from a textile dyeing factory. Mr. Jan today leads the business development of OriginClear in Asia with a particular focus on China. He holds a master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Taipei Technology University.
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About Steve Clark
Steve Clark is the Senior Vice- President of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Asia, Executive Director of Sino French Water Development Co. Ltd. as well as Chairman of the Board of the Macao Water Supply Co. Ltd. After engaged in the water business for over 20 years in England, Mr. Steve Clark obtained rich knowledge and experience in assets investment, operation and management in the water and sewage sectors. In 1996, he started his career in China as Executive Director of Macao Water; in 2000 he was appointed as Executive Director of Sino French Water, dedicated to the management and development of the group’s water business in the China region. Under his leadership, the company has been steadily developed and the number of joint ventures has been increased from 6 in 2000 to currently 26, serving a population exceeding 15 million inhabitants.
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About Stuart Orr
Stuart has been with WWF since 2006 and works with the private sector on a range of water related activities, from water footprint to public policy engagement. Stuart has published numerous papers on water measurement, agricultural policy and water-related risk, and is currently co-drafting policy guidelines for the private sector as part of the UN CEO Water Mandate. Stuart has also recently joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for water. Previous to life with WWF, he researched agricultural rice systems in West Africa and worked for many years in the private sector in Asia and the US. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia and is currently based in Switzerland where he works at WWF-International as a Manager in the Freshwater Team.
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About Su Liu
Su Liu is the Great China Manager and Policy Researcher of Civic-Exchange, a Hong Kong based independent and non-profit public policy think tank. Her work in Civic Exchange covers mainly water related policy research and China related project coordination. Su was a former public opinion researcher (Deputy Managing Director of the Gallup Organization HK), and a communication strategist (Deputy Managing Director of Wirthlin Worldwide Asia).
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About Talke Schaffrannek
Mrs. Talke Schaffrannek has been the Regional Head of Industry Target Groups, Food & Agriculture of BASF Asia Pacific. She has been based in Shanghai since 2010. Previously, she gained experiences in various companies in South Africa, France and Germany. She joined BASF in Ludwigshafen in 2004 as product manager for an operative business unit, worked in strategic marketing and later was responsible for the business case and change management for the global Diversity and Inclusion project. In her free time, Talke supports a microcredit project for women in Northern Nigeria.
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About Tan Qiaoguo
Tan Qiaoguo, Ph.D. in Biology, is the Associate Professor of Xiamen University. His research interests include bioaccumulation and toxicity of trace metals in aquatic organisms, process-based models for predicting metal toxicity in organisms and assessment of metal bioavailability in marine sediments. He is the editorial board member of the journal "Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry".
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About Tianyi Luo
Tianyi is a Research Assistant in the Markets & Enterprise Program. He works on Aqueduct framework application, water-energy nexus analysis, and map generation and design. Tianyi also assists in Aqueduct tool development and database management. Prior to joining WRI, Tianyi worked as a research assistant developing satellite based model for evapotranspiration estimation, and supporting the work of water diplomacy and global cholera outbreak database. He also interned at HUISHANG GROUP in China assisting construction supervision and engineering design evaluation. Tianyi holds a M.S. in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University, and a B.E. in water supply and drainage engineering from Hefei University of Technology in China. Tianyi enjoys playing basketball in Virginia Highlands Park and painting in his apartment in Pentagon City.
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About Tien Shiao
Tien Shiao joined the Pacific Institute in 2016. She is a Senior Research Associate for the Corporate Sustainability team and has ten years of experience in corporate sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and water risk and stewardship. Tien’s work focuses on innovative solutions for corporate water challenges, encompassing corporate disclosure frameworks and impact metrics. Tien received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
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About Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper, Corporate Water Programs Manager for Intel Corporation. Tom’s responsibilities are concentrated on Intel’s water policy and strategies as well as sustainable water and wastewater program development, long range goal setting and related water conservation initiatives. He has been with Intel for ~13 years and has 25 years of experience in EHS programs with major industrial corporations/institutions including Lockheed-Martin, GE, PG&E, NASA-Ames Research Center and Chemical Waste Management. He has a BS in Environmental & Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, and an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
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About Tom Freyberg
Tom Freyberg is an experienced environmental journalist, having worked across a variety of business to business titles. He has had articles and comments published in national newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian and CNN and has been invited to speak at several international conferences, including the World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland. An English graduate from Exeter University, Tom completed his PMA journalism training in London. He joined Pennwell in January 2010 as chief editor of Water & Wastewater International (WWi).
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About Tommy Kevin Lee
Tommy Kevin is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He majored in Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, where he was also Research Assistant. He has a previous background in the built environment sector, with work experience in the area of town management. In 2007, he successfully led a team to develop an anti-mosquito breeding device installable on roof drainage systems. The fully workable prototype won an award at Sembcorp Marine’s Green Wave, a nation-wide competition in environmental sustainability among the tertiary institutions, and was featured on Lianhe Zaobao (23 Jan 2008). At IWP, he is researching on water policies relating to urban drainage solutions, in particular, the use of Water Sensitive Urban Design in tropical cities, as well as their social use-values in sustainable real estate. He is also working on the social, historical and geopolitical contexts of water governance in Singapore.
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About Tommy Patterson
Tommy Patterson is an experienced researcher of political, economic and social events in the Greater China region, specifically around Chinese regulation, stakeholders, policy priorities, international trade and investment. As Associate Director of Public Affairs in the Hong Kong office of Kreab Gavin Anderson, he also advises multinationals on Greater China stakeholder engagement strategies. He has lived and worked in the Greater China region for over a decade.
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About Tze-wei Ng
Tze-wei focuses on advocacy and engagement at the Sustainable Finance Initiative at RS Group Asia. She is a part time lecturer of Law and Ethics for Journalists at Hong Kong Baptist University. Prior to this Tze-wei was Deputy Director for Asia, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, Beijing correspondent for the South China Morning Post and Associate at Clyde and Co LLP. Tze-wei holds a LL.M specialising in international human rights and development from Columbia Law School.
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About Veronique Tjon
Veronique is the Regional Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific for Control Union Certification, an internationally accredited Inspection and Certification Body. She is responsible for the marketing activities in Asia Pacific. In her current position, Veronique has gained vast knowledge in the requirements and requests of brands, retailers and manufacturers concerning sustainability and certification. Born in The Netherlands and having been in Hong Kong since 4 years, Veronique's prior experience was in the field of factory and supplier compliance in China. Control Union Certifications carries over 130 certification programs worldwide.
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About Vivian Forbes
Dr Vivian Louis Forbes is presently attached to the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS) at Wuhan University as a Guest Professor, since January 2013. He is also attached to the South China Sea Institute at Xiamen University, China. He is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia. He is author of a number of books, atlases and has been consulted on matters relating to maritime and terrestrial boundaries in the Indian Ocean Region and South East Asia and has appeared as a witness at Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Sessions for the Australian Federal Senate in relation to the delimitation of Australia’s maritime boundaries with Indonesia in 1997 and East Timor in 2002.
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About Wai-Shin Chan
Wai-Shin joined HSBC in 2011 as the Director for Climate Change Strategy in Asia Pacific. The role involves helping HSBC's clients prepare their portfolios for the effects of climate change, as well as internal consulting for different business functions within the bank. Before HSBC, Wai-Shin worked as a fund manager where he was centrally involved in the integration of Environmental Social Governance issues. He is a former Executive Director of ASrIA (Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia) and was an equity analyst for many years. Wai-Shin holds a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University and is a CFA charterholder.
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About Professor Wang Canfa
Professor Wang Canfa is a professor at the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and has published more than 50 books and 140 papers on environmental law. He has led many aspects of the development of environmental law in China over two decades and has been involved in the drafting and revision of over 30 national and local environmental laws, regulations and administrative decrees. In 1998, he established the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, which was the first organization of its kind in China to provide free legal support. The center has worked on more than 250 cases of environmental pollution to benefit over 10,000 victims. Since 2001, Professor Wang Canfa also has helped over 500 lawyers and 400 judges with training in environmental law and casework. He continues to push for new environmental legislation in China.
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About Hongtao Wang
Hongtao Wang is an associate professor in the College of Environmental Science and Engineering of Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China. He has also worked for UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development from 2009. He has conducted research for three years in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management of University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science from Tongji University in 2010. His current research interest includes water resources management and water treatment.
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About Dr. Jiao Wang
Dr. Jiao Wang is a Research Associate with WRI’s China Water Team, where she works with the Global Aqueduct Team and external partners to establish in-house hydrological modeling capacity and develop China water atlas by applying the WRI Aqueduct Global Water Risks Framework. Jiao previously worked as a junior researcher at University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has more than 10 years’ experience in environmental modeling using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques. She has worked on various projects including evapotranspiration estimation, domestic water use distribution, precipitation down-scaling, land cover and land use change, as well as vegetation phenology monitoring. Jiao holds a PhD in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University, USA. Her PhD work focused on scaling effects of remotely sensed evapotranspiration. She has a MS in GIS from Chinese Academy of Sciences and a BS from Northwest University, China. Jiao lives in Beijing. She is an avid hiker. Her other passions include pottery, karate, and volunteering with local NGOs.
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About Na Wang
Na Wang is Senior Project Officer of The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), which is a non-profit environmental research organization dedicated itself to collecting, collating and analyzing government and corporate environmental information to build a database of environmental information. She specialises in research and analysis of green supply chain (GSC) in China. Her recent work focuses on GSC at beer, cement, and automobile industry.
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About Wang Xiaoshu
Wang Xiaoshu is a Senior Analyst with MSCI ESG Research, primarily focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk and performance analysis of Asia-Pacific companies and specializing in the financial sector. She publishes research on major ESG trends in the Chinese financial industry such as shadow banking and credit risks arising from environmental issues. Prior to joining MSCI, Xiaoshu was a management consultant with CapGemini for several years, working with major Chinese bank and financial institution clients to address Basel 3 compliance, develop internal performance metrics systems, and improve operational processes. Xiaoshu also worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in Beijing to define sustainability strategies for over ten large MNCs and state-owned enterprises in China. She holds a Bachelor of Finance from Peking University and is a CFA candidate (successfully passed Level III).
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About Weiping Wang
Professor of Jinan University, his research is focused on hydrology and water resources, water and soil conservation and water environment. Dr Wang have done a series of works in technology of macroeconomic water conservation such as agriculture, urban industrial and living water conservation. He also succeed in develop modelling for Large system simulation in the balance of supply and demand about water resources.
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About Wen Bo
Wen Bo, Policy & Media Advisor for National Geographic Society (NGS). He served as the program director for NGS Air and Water Conservation Fund. He started writing articles on China's nuclear issues since 1998 and published in journals from Germany, Holland, USA, Japan and Korea, etc.
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About Will Zimmerman
A graduate of Princeton and Stanford Universities in Chemical Engineering, the author of over 100 scientific publications, past Director of the M Sc in Environmental and Energy Engineering, and a winner in US and UK national competitions of five prestigious fellowships (2005-6 Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow, 2000-5 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow; 1994-99 Royal Academy of Engineering, Zeneca Young Academic Fellow; 1991-93 visiting professorships appointed by the French Ministry of Education at the Littoral University in Dunkirk in 1998 and 2005. He was interviewed on his algal biofuels work on BBC Radio 4 “Material World with Quentin Cooper”, 4 Feb 2010. His Royal Academy of Engineering SRF, entitled “Systems Biology and Chemical Engineering” has laid down a protocol for optimal experimentation for bioreactor model-building via inverse methods. He directed Microfluidics 2003, a workshop at CISM in Udine from which he edited a book on microfluidics, and is the author of two bestselling texts on multiphysics modelling .
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About William Hua Wen
William is an Associate at the China Office of the World Resources Institute. As a member of the China Water Team, he supports WRI’s efforts to balance the water-energy nexus and to reduce carbon footprint in the urban water system. William also contributes to the Eliminating Eutrophication initiative to advance cost-effective and market-based approaches to reducing nutrient pollution. William earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a master's degree in Environmental Chemistry from the Southwest University of China. He previously worked for the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau where he assisted with the government efforts to improve water quality of the Three Gorges Reservoir.
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About William Sarni
Will is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovation. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on: the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus. He has been a water strategy advisor to private and public-sector enterprises and NGOs for his entire career. He has worked with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and M&A programs. Will is a Board Member of 10.10.10 and ASSET and Founder of WetDATA.org. He was a 2016 X-PRIZE Bold Visioneer for the Safe Drinking Water Team and is on the: Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week; Executive Council of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security; and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience.
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About Woody Chan
Born in Hong Kong, Woody graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2016 with a BA in Geography. His travels across Eurasia pointed him towards the nexus between environmental risk and global business. In particular, he is concerned with the extent and effects of wastewater discharge in China – the topic of his dissertation. At China Water Risk, Woody undertakes multiple research streams ranging from water stress in the HKH region to water issues in China’s mining and data centre industries. Moreover, he assists in the publication of the monthly newsletter and will be responsible for future updating and revamping of China Water Risk’s website. Also proficient at GIS mapping, he hopes to embark on a career which helps tackle climate change from a business and financial perspective.
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About Wouter Jan Klerk
Wouter Jan Klerk is an advisor/researcher at Dutch knowledge institute Deltares at the department of Water Risk Analysis, and has mainly been involved in the assessment and management of flood risks. He was and is involved in the development of new safety standards for the Dutch flood defences, as well as the development of the new tools for safety assessment of these flood defences. Additionally he has been working on the development of techniques for risk based asset management for complex water systems. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
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About Xie Kechang
Professor Xie Kechang is an expert on coal chemical engineering. He is the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Prior to that, he was the President of Taiyuan Science & Technology University. He has devoted his life to research, development, teaching and strategic planning of coal chemical engineering and clean high-efficient coal conversion. In 2013, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). In the same year, he was also honored as an foreign academician of the National Academy of Engineering of the US for his extraordinary “understanding of coal molecular structure and its reactivity” and “leadership in the modern clean coal chemical industry”.
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About Xu Nan
Xu Nan is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance Of The Central University of Finance and Economics. She is a senior reporter, commentator on sustainability issues in China, judge for China Environment Press Award, columnist of Chinese version of Bloomberg business week. She is former deputy Beijing editor of chinadialogue, one of founders of the first column covering sustainability issues in China as senior journalist of Southern Weekly, and consultant for Energy Foundation. She also writes drama on environmental issue in China.
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About Lin Yanmei
LIN Yanmei, Programme Officer, joined the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s China programme in June 2007. She is responsible for managing and implementing projects in the areas of environmental litigation and enforcement, participatory governance in land management, urban planning and migrant integration, as well as civil society and NGO development in China. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher for the China Institute of Environment and Resources Protection in Minority Areas at the Central University for Nationalities. She holds a B.A. and Master of Law from Fudan University and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Contact: [email protected]
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About Yan Zheng
A geochemist by profession and a water and sanitation specialist by vocation, Dr. Zheng began her career in 1988 with the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences as an environmental chemist after graduating with a B.Sc degree of geochemistry with honor from the University of Science and Technology of China. Between 1991 and 1998, she was a graduate student at Columbia University and obtained an M.A. degree in Geological Sciences, an M.Phil. and then a Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Since 1998 and 2016, she held faculty appointments at the City University of New York and research positions at Columbia University, and was the Director of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, City University of New York between 2007 and 2009. Her area of research includes hydrogeology, biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography, and more recently behavior to protect the environment and human health. With her collaborators and students, she has published nearly 100 peer reviewed articles. She served for UNICEF Bangladesh between December 2009 and 2011 managing a water and environmental sanitation technology team. She is also an Associate Editor for Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Science Bulletin and Geologica Acta Sinica. Dr. Zheng was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2010. She was appointed a Chair Professor at Peking University in 2014.
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About Professor Yin Daqiang
Professor Yin Daqiang is the Vice-Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tongji University, Shanghai. He is a specialist in Mutation Research, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Chemosphere and Environmental Pollution with numerous publications in these fields. Previously, he was Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences of Nanjing University, as well as a visiting scholar at the Water Research Center, UK and the School of Environment, Duke University, USA.
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About Ying Jiahui
Ms. Ying Jiahui is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia in environmental economics. She holds a masters degree in environmental economics from the School of Natural Resources at Renmin University of China in Beijing and a bachelors degree in economics from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan.
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About Dr. Ying Long
Ying Long, Ph.D., an associate professor in School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China, is an inter-disciplinary scholar with a global vision and substantive planning experiences in China. His research focuses on urban planning, quantitative urban studies, and applied urban modeling. Familiar with planning practices in China and versed in the international literature, Dr. Long’s academic studies creatively integrates international methods and experiences with local planning practices. Dr. Long is also the founder of Beijing City Lab (BCL), an open research network for quantitative urban studies.
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About Ying Shen
Ying is China Water Risk’s consultant based in Beijing. She conducts research & analyses on water related issues and writes editorial content for website. Prior to joining China Water Risk, Ying was the Chief Representative Officer of a European consulting firm in Beijing. She has worked on a wide variety of climate change, environmental and loan/technical assistance projects funded by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China, the National Basic Research Program of China, European Commission, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and British Embassy in China amongst others. Ying has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree also in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University.
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About Yin Zhan
Yin Zhan is a researcher from China Academy of Sciences (CAS) who specializes in the developmental biology and the biological effect of endocrine disruptors. He is the assistant director of the Institute of Hydrobiology and heads the Water and Human Health Center in CAS. He is 2005 recipient of the National 100-Talent Programme and a 2009 recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (NSFDYS). He received his doctorate degree on biology from the National University of Singapore in 1999. He conducted his postdoctoral research on pharmacy in the Case Western Reserve University in 2003 and later on molecular cardiology in the University of Pennsylvania.
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About Wu Yixiu
Yixiu Wu works as a toxics campaigner for Greenpeace China. Greenpeace China’s toxics campaign is tackling industrial water pollution issues in China and urging industry leaders to commit to phasing out toxic chemicals. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Yixiu Wu worked for five years as a freelance journalist for various media, including China Radio International and BBC Radio, covering a wide array of social and environmental issues in China and Southeast Asia.
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About Yuanchao Xu
Yuanchao specializes in sectoral/regional water and climate risk assessment as well as China regulatory risk interpretation. He has contributed to CWR’s water risk valuation work, presenting key valuation methodologies at the PBoC (China’s central bank). He has also written extensively about water regulations in China, representing CWR in the writing of the water risk chapter of the “Green Finance Series – Case Studies on Environmental Risk Analysis of Financial Institutions” led by the Chair of the Green Finance Committee of China. Yuanchao has Erasmus Mundus masters in hydro-informatics and water management. While in Europe, he applied his skills in climate forecasting and water resource modelling to the EUPORIAS project with DHI (Danish Hydraulic Institute) which resulted in a conference paper on seasonal climate forecasting. He went on to develop hyfo, an open-source R programme for climate scientists and modellers to analyse and visualize data as well as gfer for green finance and environmental risk. Yuanchao obtained his bachelors from the China Agricultural University where he specialized in heat energy and power engineering. During his time there, he also patented a testing instrument for hydraulic machinery. He has studied and worked in Beijing, Nice, Newcastle, Copenhagen and Hong Kong.
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About Yunnan Chen
Yunnan Chen is currently a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies, with the Rising Powers in International Development Programme. She is a former research intern and blogger at Chinadialogue and former Commissioning Editor for E-International Relations. She holds a BA in PPE from the University of Oxford and a MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on China's environment and water security. She has written for both academic and policy audiences in Canada and the UK.
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About Zachary Sadow
Zachary Sadow is an energy research analyst at Barclays, and is Project Director of the Barclays-Columbia Capstone Program which is currently focused on international water project development. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations focusing on energy issues and international political economy. He has a BA from the University of Florida, and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
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About Zeng Sasha
Sasha manages the investor relationship for CT Environmental Group. As part of her routine work, she hosts site visits for investors and other visitors from the capital market as well as professions from time to time, sharing industry insides with them. Meanwhile, Sasha understands the basic treatment process of every plant and is able to simplify the language to the audiences. Prior to joining the company in 2014, Sasha worked in KPMG as an auditor. She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Public Relationship.
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About Zhang Chun
Zhang Chun is assistant editor in chinadialogue’s Beijing office. She holds a Master of Science in hydrology from Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Zhang Chun joined chinadialogue in 2012 and works mainly on science and agricultural issues, as both a reporter and editor. chinadialogue is a bilingual website publishing high-quality articles and reports on environmental and climate change issues that affect China and the world.
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About Prof. Zhao Jianshi
Professor Zhao Jianshi is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering in Tsinghua University. He is also the director of the Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources. His research interests include water resources planning and management, reservoir operation and international waters. In addition, he is the associate editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management and a committee member of the China Water Resources Association (2013-present).
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About Zhao Lin
Zhao Lin, Program Manager of Solidaridad China. She is responsible for overall coordination, resource allocation and operations of Solidaridad’s environmental and social projects in China, and has implemented projects on water/energy efficiency, waste management, social/labor relations etc., covering textile, chemical, and electronics sectors.
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About Zhong Zhao
Zhao Zhong first joined Pacific Environment in 2012, and rejoined us in July 2016 after taking a year off to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey US State Department Fellowship. During his fellowship, he completed a year of course work at the University of California, Davis on Natural Resources Management and Climate Change. At Pacific Environment, Zhao Zhong promotes and conducts research on public participation in environmental decision making and provides training and mentorship to our network of grassroots partners in China. Zhao Zhong is the founder of Green Camel Bell, the first environmental group in Gansu Province, where he pioneered the use of China's information disclosure laws to hold polluters accountable.
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About Zhenzhen Xu
Zhenzhen Xu is the Asia Pacific Regional Manager for the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). Prior to AWS, she worked in the China Water Program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) during 2013-2015. Moreover, Zhenzhen also worked with Veolia Water Company in Tianjin and Shanghai as business developer for 5 years in the field of water outsourcing projects. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from Tongji University and Masters degree in Environmental Management and Development from ANU in Australia.
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About Zhu Jiayan
Ms. Zhu Jiayan works for China Merchant Bank in Hangzhou. She holds a masters degree in environmental economics from the School of Natural Resources at Renmin University of China in Beijing and a bachelors degree in finance from Southeast University, Nanjing.
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