IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019

Sustainable solutions for emerging economies

IWA’s Water and Development Congress series aims to catalyse transformational change and support transition to new ways of managing water resources and delivering water services. The Congress is explicitly solutions-focused, its performance indicators include the level of effective networking, knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas shared by the participants.

Participants to the IWA’s Water and Development Congress can expect to leave the conference with new ideas and be inspired to take these back and share them with their colleagues or apply them in their own areas of work.

Plan Your Week

Poster list

Themes

Technical and workshop sessions themes are below:

1. Drinking Water Treatment and Supply

    101 Efficient water treatment
    102 Off-grid water treatment. Technologies, implementation plans, business models…
    103 Advance treatment (including nanotechnologies and membranes…)
    104 Desalination for developing economies (including non seawater)
    105 Process control in Drinking Water Treatment
    106 Modelling of treatment processes
    107 Drinking water quality for human health (policies, regulations…)
    108 Off-grid solutions for water supply (including reuse)
    109 Integrated water supply
    110 Rain water harvesting as a water supply option
    111 Groundwater management (including replenishement)
    112 Non revenue water (including water losses)
    113 Intermittent Water Supply towards 24/7
    114 Water safety and security plans

2. Fecal sludge and Wastewater treatment for resource recovery

    201 Process control in Wastewater Treatment Plants
    202 Emerging contaminants (incl. antibiotic resistance, micropolutants, microplastics…)
    203 Co-treatment for resource recovery
    204 cost-effective approaches for pathogens destruction
    205 Industrial wastewater treatment and reuse. Industrial synergies and fit -for-purpose treatment solutions. (Inc. Mining)
    206 Water reuse (including direct potable reuse)
    207 Off-grid toilets and decentralized sanitation technologies
    208 Fecal sludge management (including pathogen destruction and resource recovery)
    209 Solids liquid separation for resource recovery
    210 Urban drainage and sewerege management
    211 OPEX/CAPEX and economic analysis fecal sludge and wastewater treatment, collection and transportation
    212 Financial viability of fecal sludge and wastewater utility operation
    213 Sanitation safety plans

3. City water and fecal sludge utility management and services

    301 Efficient services and performance assessment
    302 Corporate governance and human resources management (e.g. capacity building, gender gap, youth, culture…)
    303 Ensuring financially sustainable management of water utilities; short term vs long term decision making
    304 Long term decision making coping with uncertainties
    305 Energy and carbon efficiency
    306 Smart systems for utility management (including monitoring and digital transformation)
    307 Infrastructure asset management and planning (incl. finances, benchmarking, blue-green infrastucture)
    308 Customer relationships and social engagement
    309 Tariffs, equity, and affordability
    310 Managing fast growing urban areas (e.g. slum upgrading programmes, centralized vs decentralized systems…)
    311 Business, financial and investment opportunites in water services and water technologies (e.g. business plans in public utilities, new business models…)
    312 Business models, financing mechanisms for Resource recovery and reuse as integral options for City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation service models (CWIS)
    313 Institutional and regulatory frameworks, partnership constellations for sustainable sanitation management
    314 Behaviour change for new product and services for water and sanitation services.

4. Integrated Water Resource Management

    401 Integrated solutions for resilience (e.g. stakeholder engagement, nature base solutions in watersheds, Urban resilience & emergency response…)
    402 Floods prevention and management (including warning systems, stormwater tank, rain water harvesting
    403 Water scarcity and droughts management (including rainwater harvesting…)
    404 Urban and peri-urban agriculture (including treatment technologies, fit for purpose treatment solutions, regulations, reuse…)
    405 Water-energy-food nexus
    406 Footprinting and virtual water
    407 Basins scale management (e.g. business models for ensuring quantity/quality upstream,ensuring water security for different users, water quality in receiving water bodies…)
    408 Good governance and public participation
    409 Water policies, regulation, and multi stakeholder collaboration (including community base management)
    410 Climate change and responses from developing countries.

5. Efforts toward SDG Goal 6

    501 Major challenges to achieving SDG Goal 6
    502 South-South cooperation: sharing of affordable experiences and technologies
    503 SDG Goal 6: international cooperation and capacity building (including human resources needs, attracting and retaining talent to workforce, etc)
    504 SDG Goal 6: success stories and business models
    505 SDG Goal 6: innovative policies for inclusive sanitation services

Progamme Advisory Committee

The quality of the Water Development Congress & Exhibition is ensured by a Programme Advisory Committee formed by leading experts in water and development from around the world.

Members of the 2019 IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition Programme Advisory Committee are:

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Doulaye Kone (Chair)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States

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Ashok Natarajan
Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company, India

Bio

K. Ashok Natarajan is the CEO of Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company Ltd., a Joint Venture between Government of Tamilnadu and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Limited (IL&FS). TWIC has been in the forefront of a number of initiatives both in the urban water sector as well as treatment and management.

Ashok Natarajan has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a post-graduation in Management and has been involved with Indian electric and water utilities for the past 35 years and specializes in Water Management. As Utility expert he has been involved as Project Director and Technical expert in many water supply projects (24×7) and has worked on areas of integrated management information systems, NRW, metering in many projects in India. He has been previously the CEO of UPL Group heading their Water Management Company and prior to this as MD of Hydro-Comp an International Water Utility consulting company. He has published papers on water management in Indian Water Works Association and International Water Loss conference. He is a regular contributor in IIT Madras workshops on Water Management, Smart cities, De-centralized waste water solutions and also has contributed papers in all workshops of Indian Desalination Association, Indian Trenchless Society.

Ashok Natarajan is the Chairman of CII National committee part on “Building Skills and Capacities towards making Industry Water Secure” and conducted a workshop on Smart cities at Delhi which was widely attended all major smart city vendors around the world . He has been recently appointed as Domain expert in the Central Govt. scheme of Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana. Has been selected as member by CII in “CII Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Panel (2016-17)”.Has been selected as member of the CAB for “WaterEX2017” by Ministry of Water Resources.

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Buddhika Gunawardana
Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka

Bio

Dr. Buddhika Gunawardana obtained her B.Sc. with honors in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and her M.Eng. and Ph.D. from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She at present works as a Senior Lecturer at the Environmental Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Dr. Gunawardana is a life member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, an associate member of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and a member of The Institute of Environmental Professionals, Sri Lanka. Her current research interests include groundwater & surface water pollution with pesticides and heavy metals; soil pollution with organic/inorganic contaminants; persistence, transformation, transport of organic contaminants, and development of cost-effective remediation techniques for treatment of contaminated potable waters and soils. Dr. Gunawardana carried out collaborative research with more than five countries, and she is currently continuing research on the above-highlighted areas at Ph.D., M.Sc., and undergraduate levels
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Harsha Ratnaweera
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Bio

Harsha Ratnaweera is a Professor in Water and Wastewater Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has also worked as the Director of International Projects and Innovation while in service for 20 years at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research. He holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering (1992) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and an MSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering (1987) from the National Technical University of Ukraine KPI.

Prof. Ratnaweera’s research areas are on surveillance, modelling, control and optimization of treatment processes. He represents Norway in the Council of the European Water Association and is a Management Committee member in the IWA Particle separation specialist group. He has organized three international conferences on Particle Separation, Water Management in Cold Climates and on Cyber Security in Water Infrastructure. He has worked as an advisor/consultant to the World Bank, UNECE, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NORAD and SIDA in several countries. He leads the Water Harmony network, a consortium that currently includes 45 universities from 30 countries.

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Jay Bhagwan
Water Research Commission, South Africa

Bio

Jay Bhagwan, is the Executive Manager of the key strategic area of Water Use and Waste Management at the South African Water Research Commission. With his nearly 25 years knowledge and experienced gained in implementation of water and sanitation projects, he has played and participated in the shaping of national and international water policy and legislation.  He has and holds many national and international advisory. He has been instrumental in driving the area of Off grid sanitation and Faecal Sludge Management and has pioneered a lot of work and the international series of very successful FSM conference. He is the chair of the newly establishes SG on NSS.
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Manesh Jayaweera
Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka

Bio

Professor  Mahesh Jayaweera obtained B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Saitama University,  Japan and carried out collaborative work with more than ten countries. He, at present, works as a professor in Environmental Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is a Charted Engineer, a member of Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, a member of The Institute of Environmental Professionals, Sri Lanka and a life member of Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. His areas of expertise are Environmental  Pollution Control, Wastewater Engineering, Solid Waste Management, and Noise and Vibration Control and he has been engaged in such disciplines for more than 25 years. Presently, he works as an adviser on environmental related work for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. He has carried out research in diverse areas and published more than 70 journal and conference papers.
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Min Yang
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Bio

Dr. Buddhika Gunawardana obtained her B.Sc. with honors in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and her M.Eng. and Ph.D. from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She at present works as a Senior Lecturer at the Environmental Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Dr. Gunawardana is a life member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, an associate member of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and a member of The Institute of Environmental Professionals, Sri Lanka. Her current research interests include groundwater & surface water pollution with pesticides and heavy metals; soil pollution with organic/inorganic contaminants; persistence, transformation, transport of organic contaminants, and development of cost-effective remediation techniques for treatment of contaminated potable waters and soils. Dr. Gunawardana carried out collaborative research with more than five countries, and she is currently continuing research on the above-highlighted areas at Ph.D., M.Sc., and undergraduate levels
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Miriam Otoo
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana

Bio

Miriam Otoo is a senior economist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She also leads the Resource Recovery and Reuse research group at IWMI, which has worked over 15 years on the interface of sanitation, waste, agriculture, health and environment. She holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Purdue University, USA. Her work aims at understanding the linkages between sanitation and agriculture to enhance food security via the analysis of business opportunities in the waste reuse sector in Africa, Asia and Latin America. To this, her research specifically focuses on business solutions for waste management and resource recovery and reuse in developing countries, economics of carbon and nutrient recovery for agriculture, and rural-urban food systems in developing countries.
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Pallavi Bishnoi
Real Time Renewables, India

Bio

Pallavi Bishnoi holds a Masters degree in Environment and Water Resources Engg from Virginia Tech, USA and a PGD in Env Law and Policy from NLU, Delhi.

She has worked extensively on sludge to energy projects at Norway, DC Water USA and Thames Water UK. She co-founded a startup for Sustainable Solutions in India which has been running successfully over the last 4 years. Pallavi has undertaken various Wastewater treatment projects across the country. She was awarded Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs by DST, GoI and IUSSTF in 2017.

She also works as a Water Expert for the World Bank’s Water Resources Group 2030 for developing Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (Public, Private, NGOs and Academia) for Integrated Sustainable Water Resources Management in India.

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Rose Kaggwa
National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

Bio

Dr. Rose Kaggwa has worked in various management levels within National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and is currently the Director Business and Scientific Services responsible for Water Quality Management, Training and Capacity Development, Research and Development and External Services which is the NWSC Consultancy arm. She has over 26 years’ experience in the water sector.
Rose has interfaced with various players in the water sector and has spearheaded partnerships in several countries that include: Bangaladesh, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, India and Zambia. She has been a key player in the various performance improvement approaches applied in the NWSC at both managerial and supervisory level and has with her great multi-tasking and networking abilities, led the NWSC consultancy unit for the last 13 years. She has served as the Second President for the African Water Association Scientific and Technical Committee since 2014. She served as the Vice President for the UNESCO – IHP Advisory Committee for Human settlement, water and sanitation in 2016 for two years. Rose has won several international awards that include: winner of the International Water Association Woman in Water Award 201, Outstanding Woman/Power Africa Utility 2017, Water Leaders Award 2017 presented at the 7th Edition of the African Leadership Association Award, Mauritius, Award of Excellence in Quality Management for 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the World Confederation of Business. She is also an International Water Association fellow.
Dr. Rose has been instrumental in establishing the African Professional Women’s network under the African Water Association as well as the chapter for Uganda. Her passion is capacity development and she has been instrumental in raising the profile of women and girl child in the water and sanitation sector. She has greatly supported the NWSC initiatives of the School and Water Sanitation clubs and the Young Water Professionals.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Chemistry (Honours) from Makerere University, Uganda, a Master of Science degree in Water Quality Management, Limnology and wetland ecology (with distinction) and a doctorate in Environmental Resources from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands.

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Rosie Wheen
WaterAid, Australia

Bio

Rosie is passionate about human rights, gender equality and leadership. She has worked in development for two decades including six years living and working in the eastern islands of Indonesia. Rosie has worked at WaterAid Australia since 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 and a commitment to pushing beyond her comfort zone in all aspects of her life; this is where she believes she learns most and performs at her best.

Rosie serves on the Board of the THREE Foundation and is a Founder and Committee Member of the newly formed Not in My Workplace, a group of executive leaders working to addressing workplace harassment and abuse across all industries in Victoria. Rosie has recently discovered adventure and obstacle racing and electric bikes which keep her sane and healthy. She is also a shamelessly proud mum of two boys.

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S. Mohan
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

Bio

Head, Dept. of Civil Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, (November 2004 – Feb 2008)

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (September 2000 onwards).

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (May 1995 to August 2000).

Visiting Scientist, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, (January -December 1994).

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (January 1991 – May 1995).

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (July 1987 – December 1990).

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S.K. Weragoda
National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Sri Lanka

Bio

Dr S K Weragoda has specialized in water and used water treatment and currently serving as the Project Director of China Sri Lanka Research Grant Project, Sri Lanka. Further, he leads the team attached to the Water Safety Plan (WSP) Advisory Unit. He has has been trained by the WHO as a WSP master trainer and auditor.

He has obtained his BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Peradeniya and M Eng degree on Water and Wastewater Treatment from the AIT, Thailand. Then, he has read his PhD in Saitama University, Japan.

He has involved in water treatment plant design, construction and operation in 15 years. He has served as the chief design and process engineer of few major and several medium scale water and wastewater treatment facilities. Further, he also serves as a visiting Lecturer in many universities. He has already secured over 50 conference and journal publications under his name.

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Sofia Castro
INTE-PUCP, Peru

Bio

Lecturer and researcher at Pontifical Catholica University of Peru. With experience in socioeconomic and environmental studies. Strong skills in participatory research methods (quantitative and qualitative). Researcher and consultant in different social issues like sustainable livelihoods for peasant communities, rural development, poverty, socio-environmental conflicts, climate change, water resources management and governance and sustainable and resilient cities.

Sofia Castro is a Phd student of Paris 1, Pantheon- Sorbonne. She is an economist with Masters in Geography with mention in-development and emergent countries of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and Master in Environmental Development of Pontifical Catholica University of Peru (PUCP).

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Tanuja Ariyananda
Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum, Sri Lanka

Bio

Chief Executive officer/Director of Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) since its inception in 1996. LRWHF is a non government no profit organisation working to promote Rain water Harvestign for domestic use in Sri Lanka.

Hydrobiologist with a PhD in Environmental Science, from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka on M.Sc. in Aquatic Resource Management from King’s College  London, B.Sc ( Honours) in Applied Biology from University of Wales, UK.

Chartered Member, Institute of Biology, UK

Member– Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources ( SLAFAR)

Member  –, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of   Science (SLAAS)

Member of the Ministerial Committee for Developing Policy and Strategy for Rain Water Harvesting in Sri Lanka 2005

Past President (2008-20012), Secretary General  (2003-2008), Director Women’s programme (2001-2003of International Rainwater Catchments Systems Association,

Author of several books on Rain water harvesting

Published more than 25 research papers at national International Forum’s

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Thomas Panella
Asian Development Bank, Philippines