Country Representative and Program Manager
Dr. Annadel S. Cabanban, Country Representative and Program Manager of Wetlands International Philippines Programme. Annadel Salvio Cabanban obtained her Ph. D. in Marine Biology at James Cook University, Australia in 1992. She was in the academe in the Philippines and in Malaysia from 1979 to 2006. Interspersed in her academic career are regional, environmental projects funded by the Australian Government, WorldFish Center, Conservation International, and World Wide Fund for Nature. She has participated in various capacities in regional projects in the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), Sulu-Celebes (Sulawesi) LME, Pacific LME with grants from the Global Environment Fund, International Waters Focal Area since 1995 to the present and implemented by the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme. She was the Co-Chair of the Large Marine Ecosystem and Open Oceans Working Group, International Waters Science Project (GEF ID 3343), UNEP and a member of the regional team on the South China Sea Impact Evaluation Study of the GEF. At present, she is engaged in the implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project in Southeast Asia and Pacific Countries. She is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Society for Reef Studies.
Steven van Rossum
Steven van Rossum chose after his study Social Geography in Utrecht, entrepreneurial freedom and worked for various commercial and public organizations as an interim manager. In 2007 he joined Waternet as an interim manager. In 2014 he joined the board of Directors of Waternet as Programme director, and in 2016 he became CEO of World Waternet. World Waternet is a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving sustainable access to clean, sufficient and safe water for all. In 2020 Steven van Rossum chose to be active as an interim-manager again and was asked by the Ministry of Economic affairs and the Topsector Water & Maritime to develop a strategy to enlarge the export of the Dutch Water technology sector. This resulted in the programme called WTEX10 – Accelerating Dutch Water Technology Export which is currently being executed under his supervision together with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Water Alliance. In 2021 he was appointed as Chair of the steering committee of the YEP programme, The main goal of the programme is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in the field of Water, Agrofood and renewable Energy in an international environment through Dutch organisations.
The Ocean Race, Learning Programme Manager
Lucy Hunt is the Content Advisor for the The Ocean Race Summits and manages The Ocean Race's award winning Learning programme. A marine biologist, environmental educator and all round water lover, she has always had a passion to protect nature and the ocean. Her Marine Environmental Protection Masters project was focused on bathing water quality which led to a campaign for correct infrastructure in her hometown in SW Ireland. Lucy has over 15 years working in the marine conservation sector offshore and onshore as a researcher, educator and consultant. Lucy has been nominated as an Ashoka Changemaker, Ocean Hero and Ocean Warrior.
Resilience Program Manager
Katherine Hagemann is the Resilience Program Manager for Adaptation within the Office of Resilience at Miami-Dade County. Her work focuses primarily on climate change and adaptation and implementing the County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy. Before moving to Miami she also worked on coastal climate adaptation during the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience competitions. She earned her Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science where she studied how cities can use a hybrid of grey and green infrastructure to adapt to rising sea levels.