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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 October 2012, heading up Trucost’s business development in Asia. Prior to Trucost, Chaoni was a senior ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) analyst at MSCI (London and Beijing), specializing in corporate management of environmental and social risk factors of the financials sector. In addition to her sector focus, Chaoni was instrumental in MSCI’s team and research expansion in emerging markets. Chaoni has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 Dawn McGregor
Dawn manages China Water Risk’s extensive network of partners and contributors as well as conducts research and analyses on water risk. She is also responsible for our monthly newsletter publications and communication to the media and recently showcased these skills at the World Water Week, where she was a lead rapporteur presenting key findings in the closing plenary. Dawn previously worked in a global investment bank analysing and mitigating non-financial risk in Asia Pacific. This included crisis management, business resiliency and geo-political risk assessment. She now continues her work in risk assessment with a new focus of China and water. Dawn has a background in science with a degree in Biology and Business. She chose this degree with a view to bridge the scientific world with the corporate & public sector to create synergistic opportunities that benefit our world. Dawn 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 China Water Risk team and spearheaded the development and build out of the China Water Risk brand and website in 2011. Since then, she has written extensively about the water-energy-food nexus as well as reports analyzing the impact of water risks on certain sectors for financial institutions and corporates. She has also given numerous keynotes, moderated and participated in panel discussions and conferences around water issues to investors and corporates. Debra started her career in finance, spending over a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specializing in mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory. She has lived and worked in Beijing, HK, KL, London, New York and Singapore. Debra left banking to explore her creative side pursuing her interest in photography resulting in her first solo exhibition within a year. She also ran and organized hands-on philanthropic and luxury holidays for a small but global private members travel network and applied her auditing, financing and photography skills in the field for various charitable organizations and foundations.
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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 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 Feng Hu
Feng is responsible for the development & execution of China Water Risk’s projects and collaborations. Prior to joining China Water Risk, Feng was a qualified senior auditor in an international certification company. He has worked with governments, the private sector & NGOs on various projects from renewable energy, energy efficiency improvement to waste treatment as well as compliance assessment of large hydropower projects with dams. As the project leader, Feng has worked in most of the provinces in China, Vietnam, Nepal as well as several African countries. Aside from auditing, Feng has worked on provincial hazardous waste management and conducted research from urban water ecosystem health assessment to biofuel production from microalgae. He also has co-authored a published research paper on eutrophication in China’s West Lake as part of a collaborative project between Zhejiang University & Michigan State University. 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 Head of Programmes at the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) which brings together the world’s leading international hotel companies to provide a voice for environmental and social responsibility in the industry. ITP works to demonstrate in a very practical way that environmental and social responsibility makes good business sense by highlighting best practice, offering a range of practical products and programmes and tackling emerging sustainability issues through its collaborative working groups. Current areas of focus include carbon measurement, human trafficking, water and supply chain. Fran has over 20 years experience in the tourism industry, having started her career leading adventure tours in countries as diverse as Ethiopia and Oman, before moving into roles in sales and marketing, tour operation, business development and sustainable tourism. Whilst at the tour operator, Explore, she developed the company’s responsible tourism policy, strategy and activities; leading the company to win several national awards for responsible tourism and sustainable business practice. She was also an active member of a variety of tourism industry committees which brought together different stakeholders to address sustainability challenges. She subsequently worked for the sustainable tourism charity, The Travel Foundation, where she managed the organization’s Egypt and Gambia programmes and developed environmental auditing systems for hotels and Nile cruise boats.
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About Frederick Lee
Dr. Frederick Lee is 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 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 Hongqiao Liu
Hongqiao is China Water Risk’s principal researcher based in Beijing. 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 Hubert Thieriot
Hubert’s focus at China Water Risk is the water-energy nexus. Realising China’s pivotal role in global resource management and climate change mitigation, Hubert moved to Beijing in 2012. During his two years in the capital, 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. At the same time, Hubert also pursued a Master of Public Administration at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy & Management. Prior to Beijing, Hubert spent several years researching & lecturing on clean & renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency at institutions such as Mines ParisTech, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) and Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Hubert has multiple publications on design optimization in industrial energy efficiency and hails from an engineering background with a MSc in Mechanical Engineering.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and as Senior Water Program Manager has responsibility for strategy and delivery across a range of water products and services that support CDPs mission. She has eight years commercial experience in the telecoms sector before moving into her environmental work at CDP. 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 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 was raised and educated in various parts of India but has worked in Bangalore, Singapore, Milan and now, Shanghai. In Shanghai he began his career with a job 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 (Green Drinks China), an environmental nonprofit that inspires education through events.
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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 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 is the co-founder and general manager of SynTao, a Beijing-based consulting firm on corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is an environmental engineer by training and obtained his PhD in management from Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. He has worked for several international bodies such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. His area of research includes CSR, corporate sustainability and sustainable finance. Guo has advised a number of large Chinese corporations on CSR strategy, reporting and training, and helped global responsible investors on corporate engagement.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is an Senior Associate with the Markets and Enterprise Program at World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank based on Washington DC. She manages the application and road testing of the Aqueduct project for corporate and investor audiences. Aqueduct measures and maps water-related business risks for companies and investors. Prior to WRI, Tien was a drinking water engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, a research sub-contractor for the US EPA. She was also a fellow at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute investigating market opportunities for a patent-pending drinking water technology. Tien holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, a Master in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, Northwestern University, and a Bachelor in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Michigan- Ann Arbor.
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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 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 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 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 Wang Jiao
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 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 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 the Director and Practice Leader of Deloitte Consulting LLP's Enterprise Water Strategy.Will has been providing environmental and sustainability consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises for his entire career, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability and water strategies. Sarni’s diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and non- governmental organizations (NGOs). He has managed complex projects throughout the North America, Europe and Asia, working with some of the world’s most recognizable companies and NGOs. He has worked with a range of companies, university technology transfer offices and startups in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies and in supporting M&A programs. His experience in “water tech” includes data collection, analytics and visualization tools, water efficiency, filtration and treatment technologies. An internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and corporate water strategies, Sarni is a columnist on sustainability and water strategies for GreenBiz. He is the author of “Corporate Water Strategies” (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013) and “Water Tech – A Guide to Innovation Investment, and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector” (Routledge 2013). He is currently working on, “21st Century Growth: Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus” (Dō Sustainability 2015). Sarni is a Board Member of the Rainforest Alliance, on the Water Leadership Working Group for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and on the Water Working Group for the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week. He is a technical advisor to the “America’s Water Initiative” at the Columbia Water Center - The Earth Institute at Columbia University and is a member of the Climate Bonds Standard Water Investments Technical Committee. He is the Deloitte technical lead for the CEO Water Mandate “Water Action Hub” project and was the Deloitte Project Lead for the CDP Water Program from 2011 through 2013.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Zhenzhen Xu
Zhenzhen Xu has 8 years of water and environmental engineering experience and has been working on supporting the China Water Program since joining International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2013. Before joining IFC, Zhenzhen 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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