Speakers

Dragan Savic

Professor Savic is the CEO of KWR Water Cycle Research Institute in the Netherlands (https://www.kwrwater.nl/en/). He is also Professor of Hydroinformatics, a founder and former co-director of the Centre for Water Systems (www.ex.ac.uk/cws), in the College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter, which is an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. He is a Chartered Civil and Water Engineer with over thirty years’ experience in research, teaching and consulting. He is elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and Fellow of the International Water Association. Professor Savic served as a Head of Engineering Department in CEMPS from 2010 until 2014, the Chair of the IAHR/IWA/IAHS Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics (2012-2015), and first as an Associate Editor and then the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hydroinformatics from 2007 until 2015.

 

David Butler

David Butler has 30+ years experience as an internationally-leading researcher, teacher, mentor, manager and consultant in the water sector. He is professor of water engineering, a chartered civil engineer and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, and the International Water Association.  He is Director of the Centre for Water Systems and Director of the WISE Centre for Doctoral Training, both at the University of Exeter.  He is a recognised expert in urban water management with specialisms including wastewater systems, sewerage, urban drainage, SuDS, urban flooding, rainwater harvesting, sustainability and resilience.  His research has been funded without interruption by the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council since 1995 and he has recently completed an established career research fellowship (Safe & SuRe Water Management). David is widely published including 300+ technical papers, key texts (Including Urban Drainage, now in its 4th edition) and several practitioner reports.  He is co-editor-in-chief of the Urban Water Journal.

Allen Bateman

Allen Bateman is a Civil Engineer, professor of Fluvial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain); he is specializes in numerical modeling. In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he is the director of the laboratories of Fluvial Morphodynamics I and II. He has implemented several numerical models for the fast variable flow solution, with and without sediment transport. One of his main research projects is the study of flow resistance in vegetated curves and the characterization of the turbulence in these flows. In addition, he studies the interaction between water, sediment, vegetation and structures in all types of channels from the high mountain to the sea. He is also an expert in floods, drought and avalanche flows.

Manuel García

Manuel Garcia is a Civil Engineer from the National University of Colombia. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in the area of Geotechnics. He took several post-graduate courses at the UNAM in Mexico and at the Tokyo International Center of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He is the founder of Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito. In addition, he is an emeritus professor of the School of Engineering of the National University of Colombia, where he was vice-dean, postgraduate director and director of the Instituto de Ensayos e Investigación. In his professional career he has stood out as a leading consultant in the field of slope evaluation and in the study, analysis, and design of preventive and corrective measures of landslides in Colombia and Latin America. His papers, technical articles and the Manual of Stability of Slopes, are considered as reference materials for geotechnical designs practitioners in Colombia. As a partner of the firm Ingeniería y Geotecnia Ltda., for thirty years, he has directed geotechnical studies and consultancies of varied complexity on route selection, stabilization of road corridors, undermining of channels, etc., in the diverse geomorphological environments of the national territory.

Graciela I. Ramírez-Toro

Dr. Graciela I. Ramírez-Toro is Director of the Center for Environmental Education, Conservation and Research of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (CECIA-IAU). In this role, she oversees the integration of environmental topics in all academic programs of the University and promotes community outreach and an aggressive research program leading to the integration of scientists, government and community in the investigation and remediation of environmental problems in Puerto Rico, the Continental U.S. and the exterior. Dr. Ramírez-Toro has consulted with State, Commonwealth and Federal agencies including the EPA, and has served on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She has over 100 publications in environmental science and was recognized with the Environmental Water Quality Award by U.S. EPA, Region 2 for the development of CECIA programs in 1997, and for her work with small potable water systems in 2006. Dr. Ramírez-Toro earned a Master of Science degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth P. Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson is a freshwater conservation ecologist based at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. Her research explores the natural history of tropical freshwaters of Central America, the Andean Amazon, and East Africa, and the effects of human activities on these ecosystems. Her work has a strong conservation focus and involves collaborations with other scientists and those in key water resource management roles. Dr. Anderson received both undergraduate and PhD (Ecology) degrees from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA, USA. She has since worked for the Organization for Tropical Studies as coordinator of international research and study programs for U.S. and Costa Rican students at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica; and as Conservation Sustainability Director at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA. Between 2013-2016, Dr. Anderson served as the Director of International Research Programs in the School of Environment, Arts and Society at Florida International University. In this post, she built partnership programs with diverse collaborators—other universities, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector—for conservation of globally important landscapes in the Andean Amazon and East Africa regions.  

Miguel Medina

Miguel Medina earned a Ph.D. degree in water resources and environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida in 1976 and joined the Duke faculty thereafter. He has been a registered Professional Hydrologist since 1983. Dr. Medina is a Past-President of the American Institute of Hydrology, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), past Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, member of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate (CACC), and member of the CACC Subcommittee on Hydroclimatology and Engineering Adaptation (HYDEA). He was named External Evaluator of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme from 2002 to 2004, and the Lead Evaluator (2007) of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. Professor Medina has conducted funded research in hydrologic and water quality mathematical modeling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Water Research and Technology, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station, the Naval Oceanographic Office, DuPont Engineering, the U.S. Geological Survey, the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, and the State of North Carolina. The results of his research are reported in such journals as Advances in Water Resources, Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Ground Water, Desalination, Environmental Modeling and Software, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Computing in Civil Engineering, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Hydrological Science and Technology, and Environmental Health Perspectives.

Manuel Rodríguez Becerra
Professor Emeritus of Universidad de los Andes. He got his degree on Industrial Engineering in the same University and a B.Litt in Management from Oxford University (1976). He joined Uniandes in 1970 as General Secretary and professor for the Industrial Engineering Department. Since then, and until 1990, he served as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at Uniandes, as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and as dean of the Management School.

He was the first Environment Minister of Colombia (1994), and thus, he led the creation of that Minister when he was General Manager of the INDERENA (Spanish for National Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) in 1990-1993, while Cesar Gaviria was the President of Colombia. After he leaved these public positions, he moved to the private sector, working in national and international environmental consultancy. Then, in 2001, he returned as professor for the School of Management at Uniandes.
In 2016, he proposed the program “Parques cómo vamos”, which is an alliance between several national and international organizations led by the School of Management. This program seeks to contribute to the consolidation of protected areas in Colombia. Also in 2016, he was appointed as Professor Emeritus, which is the maximum rank a professor can achieve at the University.
Because of his teaching and research activities, he has an extensive bibliographic production, centered mainly in national and international environmental policies, and in sustainable development management.
Robin A. Kemper

ROBIN A. KEMPER, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, ASCE  President has  over thirty-five  years  of  diverse  and  extensive  structural  engineering  experience  in  design, analysis, and forensics, focused mainly on buildings. Robin currently is a Risk Engineer with Zurich North America. She works for both the Professional Liability and Construction Properties  Risk  Engineering  Groups providing  technical  support  to  construction  project policies,  developing  best  practices,  and  investigating  losses  on  construction  projects. Robin has a passion for Engineering Ethics and since 2011, in her spare time, Robin has given over 20 presentations to various engineering groups. Robin is a licensed Professional Engineer in six jurisdictions, and a Fellow of both ASCE and  the  ASCE  Structural  Engineering  Institute.    She  has  been  active  in  ASCE since college, was President of both the Central Jersey Branch and the New Jersey Section of ASCE, and was  District  1/Region  1  Director  on  the  Society  Board  of  Directors.    Robin also  served  on  the  Board  of  Direction  of  Engineers  Without  Borders,  and  the  Civil Engineering  Industrial  Advisory  Board  of  Rensselaer  Polytechnic  Institute,  her  alma mater.  She is currently a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Boards for Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey. Robin  has  been  recognized  for  her  service  to  ASCE  throughout her  career.    Her  most recent  recognitions  are  the  2013  William  H.  Wisely  American  Civil  Engineer  Award  (a National award), and the 2015 ASCE New Jersey Section Civil Engineer of the Year. 

Silvia Vargas

She is a professional in Environmental Chemistry at Santo Tomas University, currently she is Executive Director of the National Water Center of the ANDI. Her role includes the advise, guide and support of affiliated companies in the formulation and implementation of plans and programs for integrated 

water management and knowledge, as well as in the adaptation to Climate Change with a community engaged vision approach, working jointly with the public sector, academia and civil society. She was a researcher at Colciencias and a member of the Latin American Society of Medicinal Plants. She is currently enrolled in climate risk management studies. She has great expertise in integrated water management, Sustainable Development Goals, circular economy, strategic ecosystems and ecosystem services, mitigation strategies of greenhouse gases and adaptation to Climate Change, decision support processes for the management of natural resources, public policies and regulatory issues related to instruments for territorial and environmental planning, Climate Change and climate variability, environmental studies for the hydrocarbon and mining sector and environmental management of the poultry sector. She was a consultant to the Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible on air quality management issues, citizen participation, innovation and environmental governance for the solution of socio-environmental conflicts.


 

Pedro Iglesias

Dr. Pedro L. Iglesias is Associate Professor at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment of the Technical University of Valencia (Spain), where he has been working for more than 20 years. He has tutored over 100 students between Bachelor, Master and PhD students, published more than 40 indexed publications and more than 150 contributions in international Congresses and has been editor of 5 books. He has participated in numerous projects and research contracts with companies and administrations. His main research lines are: modeling of water distribution networks and drainage and sewer systems; optimization of water networks operation; and mathematical modeling of hydraulic elements in water networks.

Zoran Kapelan

Prof Zoran Kapelan is a Chair and Professor of Urban Water Infrastructure at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Prior to joining TU Delft he was Academic Lead of the Water and Environment Group at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is an IWA Fellow and a Fellow of CIWEM with 29 years of research and consulting experience in water engineering. His research interests cover a wide range of challenges related to water and wastewater infrastructure including development of smart water 

technologies. Prof Kapelan pioneered the award winning burst/leak detection technology that is now used companywide in one of the largest UK water utilities resulting in multi-million pounds annual savings via reduced operational costs. His technology for automated detection of faults in sewers from CCTV is currently being transferred into another UK water company. He has (co)authored over 350 technical publications with over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and an H-index of 40. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Water Resources Research (AGU) and the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (ASCE). Further information can be obtained at https://www.tudelft.nl/en/ceg/about-faculty/departments/watermanagement/staff/staff-sanitary-engineering/prof-dr-zoran-kapelan.