Leading voices and thought-leaders

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Doulaye Kone

Partnerships chain to accelerate the launch of the sanitation industry

Rosie Wheen

Rosie Wheen

Human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

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Pay Drechsel

Rural, regional and remote business models and rural-urban linkages

Silver Mugisha

Silver Mugisha

Utility management in emerging economies

Madhu Krishna

Madhu Krishna

Ensuring a diverse and fair water and sanitation sector

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Valerie Naidoo

Innovation to overcome global water challenges

Meet the 2019 Keynotes

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Doulaye Kone

Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sunday, 1 December

Opening Keynote Address

Partnerships chain to accelerate the launch of the sanitation industry

Doulaye Kone is Deputy Director, Water Sanitation & Hygiene program. He supports the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s effort to provide access to safe sanitation to the 4.5 billion people currently without it. He is disrupting the decades long status quo in the developing world sanitation sector by reinventing the toilet and reimagining fecal sludge management business as a sustainable utility service. He is responsible for the Transformative Technologies Commercialization portfolio, and for shaping the Foundation efforts in birthing a new sanitation industry to equitably serve the majority of poor communities in developing countries. Doulaye has more than 20 years’ experience as a Sanitation and water specialist; a development professional and lead scientist. 

He holds a Ph.D., and MAS in sanitary and environmental engineering; MSc. and BSc in Physics and Chemistry.

Rosie Wheen 

Chief Executive – WaterAid Australia

Monday, 2 December

Morning plenary session

Human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

Rosie Wheen is a passionate advocate for human rights, gender equality and universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. She has two decades of international development experience, having lived and worked in Indonesia for six years before joining WaterAid Australia at its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie’s leadership manifesto focuses on being an authentic, servant leader who always pushes herself beyond her comfort zone; this is where Rosie believes she learns most and performs at her best.

Rosie serves on the Board of the Australian Council For International Development, the THREE Foundation,  and is a Founder and Committee Member of Not in My Workplace, a group of executive leaders working to address workplace harassment and abuse across all industries in Victoria.

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Pay Drechsel

Strategic Program Leader – Managing Rural-Urban Linkages, International Water Management Institute

Monday, 2 December

Afternoon plenary session

Rural, regional and remote business models and rural-urban linkages

Dr. Pay Drechsel holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and is a principal researcher and research program leader at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), CGIAR, headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With over 25 years of professional experience, Pay has been working extensively in the rural-urban interface of developing countries, coordinating projects and programs on the safe recovery of water, nutrients and organic matter from domestic waste streams, with a special interest in safe wastewater irrigation, urban and peri-urban agriculture, and the cutting edge of applied inter-disciplinary research on business solutions. Pay supervised a large number of graduate and postgraduate student, served on a range of different technical and scientific advisory committees, contributed to successful proposal of over US$ 50m, and leads currently a program with an annual budget of US$ 3m. He has authored over 350 publications, half in peer-reviewed books and journals, and has worked extensively in West and East Africa, and South/East Asia.

Recognitions: Best policy paper award (IWA, 2006); IWA Development Award for Research (2015)

Silver Mugisha

Silver Mugisha

Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda

Tuesday, 3 December

Morning plenary session

Utility management in emerging economies

Dr. Mugisha holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Economics of Makerere University, Uganda. His PhD research, which was carried out in collaboration with PURC of University of Florida, USA focused on areas of performance monitoring, incentive design and productivity analysis. Dr. Mugisha who is currently the Managing Director of NWSC, was previously a Chief Manager in charge of Institutional Development and External Services at the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

Dr. Mugisha has been with NWSC since 1994 and has risen through the ranks of the Corporation. He has worked on external consultancies in various organizations in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, India, and Trinidad and Tobago among others. He has been a Board Member of the International Water Association (IWA) since 2014 and later become the Vice President of IWA. He was also the Vice President of the African Water Association (AfWA). He is a Fellow of the International Water Association and Sense Research School of the Netherlands.

Madhu Krishna

Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene | Communities,  India Country Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tuesday, 3 December

Afternoon plenary session

Ensuring a diverse and fair water and sanitation sector

Madhu Krishna is a Deputy Director in the Global Growth and Opportunity Division and leads the foundation’s India initiative on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and oversees the Communities Portflolio. She manages a vast range of investments and portfolios in these two areas. As Country Lead for WSH, she oversees work at both national ministries and five focus states, and over 40 implementing partners. In the Communities work, she provides oversight to working with communities in service of foundation’s core goals for health and nutrition and program strategies working in agriculture development, financial services, gender equality.  She brings with her a diversity of experience in a wide range of fields including private, public and nonprofit sector work. She has been a development professional for over 25 years, with a special focus on program design, evaluation, policy and advocacy across various initiatives, including sanitation, public health (vaccines, maternal and child health, communicable diseases), agriculture / poverty and livelihood; and women’s empowerment. She is deeply interested in gender and social and economic equity.

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Valerie Naidoo

Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa

Wednesday, 4 December

Morning plenary session

Innovation to overcome global water challenges

Dr. Valerie Naidoo is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission (WRC) where she is leading innovative water research and development initiatives. The WRC “funds and facilitates research in water-related innovation and disseminates such knowledge for the advancement of national water security.”

Prior to her work with WRC, Valerie obtained her Masters and PhD in Water Treatment Systems. She worked as a Project Coordinator for the Pollution Research Group, and continued on to join Unilever’s Research and Development Manager in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Valerie is also currently the Chairperson of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a non-profit company that seeks to encourage, “professional excellence in the water sector through building expertise, sharing knowledge and improving quality of life.”

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