Social inclusion in water management and climate adaptation

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“Social inclusion is a key dimension in water management and climate adaptation. It contributes to more sustainable and equitable water solutions for both people and ecosystems. However, in practice, it is not always easy to conduct inclusive processes. Even more so when pressures on water resources rise. There is still much to learn and improve when it comes to social inclusion in the water sector. In this session we will dive deeper into the theme of social inclusion in water management and climate adaptation. Questions that will be discussed are: How are social inclusive processes conducted in water management and climate adaptation projects? What are the challenges and what are the lessons learned?“

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Lead Water Programmes
Dennis van Peppen, manager of global issues and water at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). During trade missions Mr. Van Peppen also functions as Deputy Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands. He is an experienced project and programme management experience in both public and private sector, who has a passion for water management but also for international development, international politics and international political economy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam.
WaterworX Project Coordinator
Hadi works as a project coordinator for WaterworX and is enrolled in the Young Expert Programme. WaterworX is a Water Operator partnership between utilities (World Waternet and SOMAGEP SA) aiming to improve the performance of the utility in providing potable drinking water, reducing NRW, leadership and organizational development, improving water quality and enabling environment. Hadi’s also engaged in AJPEA, the young water professional’s association in Mali, which is currently working on capacity building and mentoring projects including leadership trainings and career development.
Delft Inclusive at Delfland Water Authority
Jérôme van der Maes, LLM, MA is chairman of ‘Delfland Inclusive’ and project manager water quality at the Water Authority of Delfland. Jérôme took the initiative to start-up diversity and inclusion, first for LGTBQ and now working towards an integral focus on diversity and inclusion in Delfland. Jérôme has just published an article on diversity and inclusion in the ‘Social Inclusion’ edition of the Dutch magazine Water Governance:
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority
Taqsem Khan is the Managing Director and CEO of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Bangladesh. Taqsem is a Visionary Leader and a successful reformer who made dramatic reform named “Dhaka WASA Turn Around Program” for last 12 years and converted a losing organization into a profitable, environment friendly, sustainable, pro-people and good governance public sector water utility in Southeast Asia by increasing production, increasing revenue income 3 times, reducing NRW from 40% to 7% in DMA area, reducing operating ratio to 0.66, introducing paperless e-billing system, ensuring water for all including low income community with 98% revenue collection. Taqsem has 40 years of vast management experience. He obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow, USSR in 1981, and started his professional career with PHILIPS Bangladesh Ltd. as Production Engineer. From 1988 to 1998 Taqsem worked in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), as Chief Engineer. Prior to joining WASA in 2009, Taqsem was involved with different NGOs in USA and Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008 and also worked as Senior Management Consultant in a Management Training Company.
Malena Galmarini has a degree in Political Science, Government and Administration. In December 2019, she became the first female President of Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (Aysa), the second largest water and sanitation company in Latin America and the fifth in the world. Lic. Galmarini also chairs the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation Operators (ALOAS). She is a provincial deputy elected by the Province of Buenos Aires in use of license and previously served as Secretary of Health Policy and Human Development and Councilor of the Municipality of Tigre, among others.
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Business Relationship Manager
Currently Business Relationship Manager at NWP. Earlier, Iris has been involved in many activities of the Arcadis Shelter Program, as project leader for the Shelter Academy and organizing Shelter workshops in Arcadis offices worldwide. She also took part in Urban Thinkers Campuses, providing expertise in panels and presentations.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->
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