3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Prof Ana Deletic,
University of New South Wales, Australia

Modelling platform for water sensitive urban design implementation

Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). Until mid-2017, Ana was Associate Dean of the Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure Research Institute at Monash University. Ana leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issues, focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. Earlier she led the development of a number of green nature-based water treatment systems, which are now widely adopted in Australia and abroad. Ana is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and the Editor of Water Research. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences), for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research.

Prof Jane Doolan,
Productivity Commission, Australia

Water reform in Australia – past, present and future

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

Bradley Moggridge
University of Canberra, Australia

The challenge of incorporating cultural values and perspectives of First Peoples’
(Aboriginal People) into water planning and environmental water management

I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW), and I grew up in Western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land. I am currently a PhD Candidate (full-time) at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, hoping to give Aboriginal people a water voice. I am also the Special Advisor First Peoples Water with Water Stewardship Australia and part-time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub under NESP.  My qualifications – Masters of Science (Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management) from UTS and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) from ACU. I was recently awarded by ACU the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni Award for 2017. Previously to the PhD I was employed by NSW DPI Water as the Team Leader Aboriginal Water Initiative (AWI), and was honored to lead the then only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia for nearly 5 years.

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Prof Jianyun Zhang,
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, MWR, China

Water security of China under change and solutions to challenges

Jianyun Zhang, Dr., Prof., is a leading Chinese specialist of hydrology and water resources. He graduated with a BE degree in hydrology from Hohai University of China in 1982, and obtained his PhD degree in civil and environmental engineering from the National University of Ireland in 1996. He was appointed as Chief Engineer and Deputy Director-General (DG) of the Bureau of Hydrology of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). He is currently President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, DG of MWR Research Center for Climate Change, Chair of the Chinese National Committee for IAHS. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journals of Advances in Water Science and Hydro-Science and Engineering. Prof. Zhang has been long engaged in the studies of hydrology and water resources management, flood forecasting and mitigation, climate change adaptation, and hydro-informatics. He has published 6 monographs and 1 translated works, and over 200 papers in high-profile journals. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2009 and an international fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK in 2014.

Opening Speaker

Professor John Thwaites

John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

John is the Chair of Melbourne Water, which manages and protects Melbourne’s water resources. He also chairs the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust and has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.

In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.

In 2008-2010, John was a special adviser to the Timor-Leste Minister for Infrastructure and helped develop an Infrastructure Plan for Timor-Leste.

John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.