Thought-leaders from the water sector and beyond
Eva Martinez Diaz
First Keynote Speakers 2019 Confirmed
Eva Martinez Diaz
Digitalisation: Disruptive or Effective (Tentative title)
“What are the trends in digitalisation, how does it disrupt current practices, and business models, but moreover how to start implementation of something so big that it is hard to make it tangible.”
Responsible for the Smart Services within the Innovation Department at Aqualia, taking part in the assessment of state of the art of smart technologies, implementing, evaluating and optimizing them within the integral water cycle through international research and development projects. She coordinates several R&D projects from LIFE+ and H2020 European programs, being responsible for the strategy and configuration of consortia in Europe.
She is currently working for the European Commission as expert evaluator and belongs to several expert councils within the theme of digital transformation in water (Smart Water Network (SWAN) Forum and Aquatech). Lecturer in several water congresses (e.g.: SWAN 2015, International Water Association (IWA) Leading Edge Technologies 2016, European International Partnership Water 2017, IWA Ideas 2018 …).
She studied Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She then continued her studies in the UK with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences at Coventry University and obtained an MSc in Integrated Environmental Management at Nottingham Trent University. After working at IBM España for three years as focal point for Emerging Countries, she coordinated and managed a number of large environmental and biotechnology research projects, i.e., FP7, LIFE, Eureka, first in Germany and later in Spain.
Eva has more than 15 solid years of professional experience as leader in strategy development, innovation, leading and conducting business with public and private entities in the field of water management, environment and sustainability.
Young People: Our Water Future.
“There is a need to go beyond our traditional silos and develop more partnerships and interactions to churn out pragmatic innovations. Young people are more connected and digitally inclined to lead the creation of partnerships among ourselves, as well as with senior professionals and established institutions. Young people have the energy to mobilize resources and bring stakeholders together to co-design innovative solutions to various water challenges in our communities.”
Jacob Kwasi Amengor is a young water professional, who hails from Volta Region of Ghana. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Water and Sanitation from the University of Cape Coast in 2014, and currently, he is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. Jacob is a RECIRCULATE Ambassador with Lancaster Environment Centre, and a member of the International Water Association, a member of the Young Water Professionals Global Coordination sub-committee, a member of the Water Supply and Collaborative Council and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Jacob started working with the Ghana Water Company Limited in 2014 as a National Service Person and he was appointed a Management Trainee in 2016. Presently, he is serving as an Assistant Water Quality Assurance Officer, where he responsible for the water quality operations at the Kpeve Headworks.
In 2015, Jacob brought a group of young people together to start the Water Satellite Programme with the objective of sensitizing people on best practices in water and sanitation. As a result of his continuous passion in the Water Sector, he was selected as a Young Water Fellow by the Young Water Solutions and he has been equipped with both technical skills and funding to help accelerate access to clean water and sanitation in rural communities with an entrepreneurial approach.
Jacob served as the first General Secretary of the Water and Sanitation Students’ Association of Ghana. He has also been instrumental in forming the IWA Young Water Professional Chapter in Ghana and voluntarily serves as its Co-Chair. Jacob volunteers as a content creator for siro360 (media website), where he writes articles on environmental sustainability. He loves to mentor, inspire and motivate young people to find solutions to challenges existing in the water sector because he believes that the successful realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals depends on the abilities of young people.
Jacob has secured a land as a first step of achieving his vision of setting up a water research and management institute that will focus on carrying out research studies, training young professionals on varied areas within the water sector, organizing professional development courses and engaging industries and policy makers to implement the outcomes of research studies for the sustainable development of the water and sanitation sector in Africa. Ultimately, Jacob wants to see an Africa, where access to clean water and sanitation is no longer a reserve for the privileged few; rather, a human right realised for all regardless of place, class and status.
Jacob is the Winner of the 2018 IWA Young Water Professionals Award.
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