Our keynote speakers

Dr. Lawrence Susskind

Dr. Lawrence Susskind has served in a variety of roles at MIT over the past four decades including Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and founder of DUSP’s Environmental Policy and Planning Group, which he currently heads. He teaches full time at MIT, advises a large group of doctoral students and supervises a number of research teams at the MIT Science Impact Collaborative (SIC).  The MIT SIC is a long-term research enterprise focusing on innovative approaches to public engagement in resource management and sustainable development. Professor Susskind founded, and is currently Chief Knowledge Officer, of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides mediation and negotiation training services in many parts of the world. Professor Susskind was one of the founders, 25 year ago, of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School where he is currently Vice-Chair for Instruction. He co-directs the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program that focuses on land rights of indigenous peoples around the world, negotiation of transboundary water disputes, resolution of disputes over sacred land and the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes. At PON, he is also Director of the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) where he has produced more than 50 role play simulations and numerous teaching videos. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of twenty books including Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press Second Edition, 2014), Water Diplomacy (Resources for the Future, 2012). His books have been republished in eight languages.

lawrencesusskind.com  theconsensusbuildingapproach.blogspot.com 


Opening Keynote

Water diplomacy & new strategies for resolving water management disputes

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 – 1h30 pm | Grand Salon


Mr. Paul V. Rush

Mr. Rush serves as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Water Supply and is responsible for operating New York City’s upstate water supply system that delivers more that 1.1 billion gallons of water daily to more than eight million residents of New York City and one million more in four upstate counties. His responsibilities include source water protection, infrastructure maintenance and operation north of New York City and ensuring drinking water quality throughout the entire system that includes the 2,000 square mile watershed and the City itself.


Opening Panel

New York City Watershed Protection Program | Discussion on implementation challenges and key elements of success

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 – 2h45 pm | Grand Salon


Dr. Ralf Ludwig

Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig is Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Professor in Applied Physical Geography and Environmental Modeling at LMU’s Department of Geography. His research is focused on process-based and spatially distributed hydrological modeling at the catchment scale, data assimilation and model integration for water resources, land use and climate change impact assessment from Mediterranean to subarctic environments, and the energy-environment interface. He co-ordinates the FP7-project CLIMB and manages the CLIWASEC cluster of FP7-projects on Climate Change, Water and Security in the Mediterranean. He leads the WP-SCENARIOS in the FP7-project GLOBAQUA, is chair of the Collaborative Program “Changes in the Hydrological Cycle” of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA), chair of the Helmholtz research school MICMoR (“Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions”) and Spokesperson of the Albertan-Bavarian Energy-Environment research network ABBY-Net.


Opening Panel

Munich’s approach for source water protection | Discussion on implementation challenges and key elements of success

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 – 3h15 pm | Grand Salon


Ms. Chitra Gowda

Ms. Chitra Gowda is the Source Water Protection Lead at Conservation Ontario where she leads and supports the collaborative and successful implementation of the Source Water Protection program established by the Province of Ontario. She holds bachelor and master degrees in environmental engineering. Since 1998, Chitra has worked on projects including water/wastewater treatment, low impact development, water quality and floodplain modeling. She has authored several journal articles, was a guest speaker on local radio talk shows, and participated in International Joint Commission working groups to address Great Lakes issues including blue green algae and Asian carp. Since 2006, she has been actively working in the Source Water Protection program in Ontario on technical, policy, and communications aspects of the program. Chitra has drafted local science-based Assessment Reports and a Source Protection Plan containing policies, to address threats to sources of municipal drinking water. She continues to collaborate with multiple stakeholders including the Province of Ontario, municipalities, First Nations, and the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors. Chitra is a certified Risk Management Official.


Opening Panel

Ontario’s Source Water Protection Program | Discussion on implementation challenges and key elements of success

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 – 3h45 pm | Grand Salon