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.
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).
Dr. Joe Manous serves as Director of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Manous is a civil engineer specializing in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. Prior to his role as Director, Dr. Manous most recently served as IWR’s Manager of International Activities and coordinator of IWR’s National Interface effort with other Federal agencies, academia, and non-governmental organizations. 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.
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.
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.
Paul Fleming is the Water Program Manager for Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. In that capacity he will be assisting efforts to establish corporate-wide water stewardship goals and identifying opportunities to utilize technology and support policies that foster innovative water management in society. Previously, Paul developed and directed the Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Climate Resiliency Group where he was responsible for directing SPU’s climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships. Paul has been an active participant in several national and international efforts focused on water and climate change.
Ms. Lexén is Secretary General for Naturskyddsföreningen, or the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. She began this role in March 2017. Prior to this position, Ms. Lexén served as Director for the World Water Week, International Policy and Prizes Department at SIWI and managed SIWI’s involvement in overarching international processes. In addition, Karin Lexén served as 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. Prior to 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.
Dr. Diego Rodriguez is currently a Senior Water Resources Management Specialist at 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.
Maggie White is a Senior Policy Expert in the fields of sustainable development, water and climate change. She is Manager of International Policy at SIWI 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.