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Women in Water Breakfast


Meet the women taking South Australian water expertise to the world, forming new partnerships with government and business to close the water supply-demand gap.

South Australia is renowned for its sustainable water and environmental management expertise – this is highly sought after by our regional neighbours including India and South East Asia.

Closing the water supply-demand gap is challenging and requires technical innovation, institutional transformation, widespread commitment, extensive stakeholder involvement, improved management practices, research and resources.

Above all, it calls for new kinds of partnerships that can produce solutions at every level, including concerted long-term efforts to bring results to scale.

Hear from leaders in Australia’s water industry on the development of new partnerships responding to the global water challenge and participate in the panel discussion at the first Women in Water Breakfast event.

Women in Water Breakfast - New Global Water Partnerships

Meet the women taking South Australian water expertise to the world, forming new partnerships with government and business to close the water supply-demand gap.

South Australia is renowned for its sustainable water and environmental management expertise – this is highly sought after by our regional neighbours including India and South East Asia.

Closing the water supply-demand gap is challenging and requires technical innovation, institutional transformation, widespread commitment, extensive stakeholder involvement, improved management practices, research and resources.

Above all, it calls for new kinds of partnerships that can produce solutions at every level, including concerted long-term efforts to bring results to scale.

Hear from leaders in Australia’s water industry on the development of new partnerships responding to the global water challenge and participate in the panel discussion at the first Women in Water Breakfast event.

Our key speakers include:

Karlene Maywald, Strategic Adviser – Water Opportunities, South Australian Government

Karlene has extensive experience in the area of water policy development and reform. She is currently the Chair of ICEWaRM, a Board member with SA Water, and Strategic Adviser to the SA Government. From 2004 until 2010, Karlene served as Minister for Water Security and the River Murray, a period that included one of the worst droughts in living memory. Karlene now plays a significant role in developing business opportunities in global water sectors.

Cynthia Mitchell, Professor of Sustainability, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Cynthia provides high-level advice on water policy to governments and is widely respected within Australia and internationally. Cynthia brings together insights from different disciplines to improve water supply and sanitation systems in developed and developing countries. Her research has won many awards from industry, government and academia and she was nominated as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 ‘Women of Influence’ in 2015 for her contributions to public policy.

Anu Kumar, Group Leader, Contaminant Biogeochemistry And Environmental Toxicology, CSIRO

Rapid urbanisation, development of the industrial, agricultural and mining sectors and environmental change have all caused water quality issues in developing countries. Anu is involved in numerous projects across South East Asia and India providing expertise and knowledge to assess water pollution and improve water quality.

Event Details:
When: Wednesday 21 June 2017, 7:15am arrival for a 7:30am start. Event concludes at 9:00am
Where:    Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost:       $65.00 (inc GST) Breakfast included
RSVP:      Click here to RSVP

The Women in Water Breakfast Series is a joint initiative of the following water industry organisations based in South Australia: