The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

The People of AGWA

AGWA is an informal network for water resources adaptation to climate change, focused on supporting experts, decision makers, and institutions within the water community to work together to find solutions for sustainable water resources management. AGWA’s ultimate aim is to improve the sustainability of both natural and engineered systems by strengthening their resilience. AGWA currently (as of 2016) consists of about 200 organizations from all regions around the globe.

AGWA is governed by a Steering Committee, which includes two co-chairs: the World Bank and SIWI. The AGWA Secretariat, which performs many of the day-to-day and managerial activities, is coordinated by John Matthews and reports directly to the Steering Committee.
AGWA Steering Committee
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Casey Brown

Dr. Casey Brown is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. His primary research interest is the development of analytical methods for improving the use of scientific observations and data in decision making, with a focus on climate and water resources, and he has worked extensively on projects around the world in this regard. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Harvard University and led the water team at the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society at Columbia University.

Dr. Brown is Associate Editor of Water Resources Research and the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and chairs the Water and Society Technical Committee of the AGU Hydrology Section and the Water Resources Planning under Climate Change Technical Committee of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute Systems Committee.
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Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming is the lead for Seattle Public Utilities’ Climate Resiliency Program where he is responsible for directing SPU’s climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships. Paul is an active participant in several national and international efforts focused on water and climate change. He was a convening lead author for the Water Resources chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and a past chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
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Mark Fletcher

Dr. Mark Fletcher currently leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He formerly led the Europe Water Business in Arup. He is also currently Chairman of the River Mersey Task Force. He is currently working with the Rockefeller Foundation on Water Resilience Assessment of Cities with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities, World Bank and OECD. He has also recently presented thought leadership on water resilience to Defra, Welsh Government, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. He is also the sponsor and lecturer for the Arup University - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School course on ‘Resilience of Urban Systems’ (programmed from 2017-2020).
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Karin Lexén

Ms. Lexén is Director for the World Water Week, International Policy and Prizes Department at SIWI and manages SIWI’s involvement in overarching international processes. In addition, Karin Lexén is SIWI’s focal point for global climate policy processes. From 2007-2012, Ms. Lexén was the Director for the Swedish Water House initiative (SWH) at SIWI.

Ms. Lexén has a strong background in policy and advocacy. Before joining SIWI, Ms. Lexén was the International Policy Director at the Church of Sweden. There, she developed and managed the policy department with responsibilities ranging from global analysis, policy creation, opinion building, to dialogue with decision makers on issues such as the environment, global economy, human rights and conflict management. Prior to this, Ms. Lexén was Head of Section for the Swedish Ministry for the Environment. There she worked with policy work and EU/UN-negotiations related to Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Marine Environment.
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Joe Manous

Dr. Joe Manous serves as a Water Resources Engineer and the Manager for International Activities at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), US Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Manous is a civil engineer specializing in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. He served as an Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2000 through 2008, where he taught courses in environmental engineering, water resources, and environmental security. Dr. Manous has been actively involved with the "professional" aspects of the engineering profession for over 25 years particularly through his involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE), and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Joe is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.
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Diego Rodriguez

Dr. Diego Rodriguez is currently a Senior Economist at the Water Global Practice of the World Bank. He is the task team leader of the Decision Tree Framework to Incorporate Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning and Project Design, under which he is leading analytical work to inform investment designs in Nepal, Kenya, Indonesia, and Mexico. He is the thematic focal point for the World Bank on water and climate change and is part of the Bank-wide team on building climate resilience in planning and project design. He is also the task team leader of Thirsty Energy, a World Bank initiative on the quantification of the tradeoffs of the energy-water nexus and is also providing technical support to operational teams on the use of economic analysis in large water infrastructure investments under deep uncertainty with an emphasis in the application of decision scaling methodologies. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics, a Master’s in Applied Economics and a PhD in water economics.
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Cees van de Guchte

Cees van de Guchte is Director of Climate Adaptation and Risk Management of the Scenarios and Policy Analysis Unit at Deltares. He is co-coordinator of the Delta Alliance, and represents the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation.

He was Senior Programme Officer in the UNEP-GPA programme, thus also representing UNEP in the Regional Seas Programme, in UN-Water, UN-Oceans, and the UN Task Force on Water and Sanitation. As an employee of the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Cees van de Guchte gained more than 15 years of experience in the field of national and transboundary integrated water management. He participated in numerous national and international committees, among others the river basin committees of the rivers Rhine and Meuse, the EU Water Framework Directive and the UN/ECE Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Waters programme. Furthermore, he was a member of the Dutch Health Council.
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Maggie White

Maggie White is a Senior Policy Expert in the fields of sustainable development, water and climate change. Presently she is a SIWI Associate and highly engaged in the policy work of AGWA. She is also an Executive Board Member of the French Water Partnership as well as founder and President of Water Right Makers. She equally serves on the board of Eau Vive and in that capacity represents them within Coalition Eau and the Butterfly Effect, a network of international water and environmental NGOs. Maggie White is presently engaged with Borda and WfWp in coordinating the European Water Pact in order to influence internal and external European policies when it comes to the SDG agenda and more specifically water related issues.
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Louise Whiting

Louise Whiting is a Senior Water Management Expert at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in their Natural Resources Management Group. She is based in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Prior to that, Louise served as senior policy analyst for water security and climate change at WaterAid for three years. She has also worked on FAO water resources management projects in Bangkok and was senior policy advisor at the Australian Ministry for Water and Rural Development.
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Katarina Veem

Katarina Veem is Director of AGWA's Secretariat. Ms. Veem also leads Swedish Water House (SWH), a neutral platform for Swedish stakeholders interested in international water issues. Additionally, Ms. Veem oversees the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI), a programme that focuses on water use in the supply chain. STWI is Sweden's largest Public Private Partnership.

Katarina joined SIWI in 2011 after serving as CEO and Programme Director with Baltic Sea 2020. She also spent several years as Programme Director at WWF Sweden. With more than 15 years of experience in water and development in Asia, Africa and Europe, Katarina speaks English, Swedish and Estonian.
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John Matthews

John H. Matthews is the Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. His work integrates climate change adaptation policy and science into sustainable natural resource management, infrastructure operations, and economic development. John has worked on five continents and some twenty-five countries. He has authored or co-authored recent books, papers, and reports on decision-making frameworks for adapting water infrastructure and ecosystems to climate impacts, resilient approaches to environmental flows, integrating ecological and engineering approaches to robust water management, and using new economic tools to support long-term sustainable planning. He has an ongoing research program on climate adaptation strategies for resource management in the North American Great Basin, funded by the USGS as well as an US NSF grant to merge ecological and engineering approaches to long-term sustainable water management and water infrastructure. He is a Senior Water Fellow at Colorado State University.

Previously, John directed the global WWF freshwater climate adaptation program and the Freshwater Climate Change program at Conservation International for four years each. He has PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and held a postdoctoral research position in conservation biology with the US Geological Survey. His undergraduate degree is in cultural anthropology, and he worked as a book editor in the publishing industry for 12 years before entering a PhD program.
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Alex Mauroner

Alex Mauroner is a Research Associate at AGWA. Having previously served as an intern for AGWA in 2013, he rejoined the organization in late 2014. At AGWA, Mr. Mauroner works on several communications projects, including maintenance of the group’s websites. Mr. Mauroner led development of the AGWA Guide and EEDS websites for water resource planners as well as production and design on the CRIDA publication. He also conducts various research projects related to AGWA events and initiatives.

Alex holds a BA in Biology from Westminster College and a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science from Oregon State University, where he concentrated on natural resources, business, and communication.
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Rowena Barber

Ms. Rowena Barber helps to promote the work of SIWI through public outreach and engagement with the media. She joined the SIWI communications team in July 2014, after managing public and digital diplomacy for the British Embassy (UK Foreign Office) in Stockholm. Rowena holds a Bachelor in International Relations and Public Relations from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Prior to moving to Sweden, she worked as a marketing and communications manager for a multi-national consultancy firm.

Ms. Barber assists AGWA with communication and media efforts, especially with regards to policy events and outreach.
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Cajsa Larsson

Ms. Cajsa Larsson joined SIWI in 2011, where she serves as a Content Manager of the World Water Week team responsible for all Youth Activities. She is also responsible for the Reporting Back process including the Overarching Conclusions that are published after World Water Week.

Prior to joining SIWI, Cajsa worked at the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) where she was part of organizing seminars and school activities. Ms. Larsson has a Masters degree in Physical Geography with a water and sustainability focus and a Bachelors degree in Business Economy focusing on marketing.