100 Water Heroes: Rose Wamalwa

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Founder and Program Director of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation

Rose Wamalwa is the founder and Program Director of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (WWNAC), whose objectives are “to improve social and economic advancement of women and girl children in western Kenya by increasing access to education, health and nutrition including WASH health services with integrations of cross cutting themes like HIV and AIDS, GBV and Climate Change Adaptations”

Prior to launching WWANC, Rose was chosen to be part of the Global Women’s Water Initiative Fellows, a program that looks to train women as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilitators and trainers. It was through this experience that Rose was inspired to found WWNRC, a group that would “train grassroots women in Kenya.”

Rose’s work with WWANC centres around writing grant proposals, serving as a trainer and facilitator for women and youth groups, as well as managing the Global Women Water Initiative (GWWI) WASH programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In her work with GWWI, Rose seeks to provide communities - women and children in particular - with “quality water and sanitation services, environmental conservation awareness, social entrepreneurship, and leadership to communities.”

Rose is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with WWANC, and her dedication to advancing WASH initiatives in Eastern Africa.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rose-wamalwa-a5ba3b22

WWANC Website: http://wwanckenya.org/

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook

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Coordinator and Director of UNESCO, UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook has, since 2015, been the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy. Stefan’s fields of expertise include “water assessments, sustainability, hydrological process research and water resources management with focus on developing solutions for pressing water challenges.”

The WWAP is responsible for producing an annual UN-Water report that unpacks the current “state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources,” aiming to inform policy-makers on how to manage water resources in the most economically, socially and environmentally sustainable ways. Stefan, as highlighted by his work with the WWAP, is deeply committed to the UN’s SDGs, having also coordinated the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation 2018.

Prior to his work with the WWAP, Stefan obtained his PhD in 1999 and has lectured in universities throughout his career. He also worked at the UNESCO Institute for Water Education.

Stefan is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his expertise in the water management sector, and his dedication to achieving SDG6

Stefan Twitter: @SUhlenbrook 

WWAP Twitter: @UNWWAP

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/stefan-uhlenbrook-50680010

100 Water Heroes: Carlos Cosín

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Founder and CEO of Almar Water Solutions

Carlos Cosín, founder and CEO of Almar Water Solutions, and launched the company primarily as a way to “tap into the renewable powered desalination market.” In addition to developing water desalination technology, Almar Water Solutions provides specialist involvement in the financing, design and operation of water infrastructure development.

Carlos has significant experience in the water industry and, for over 20 years, has used his skill-set to develop desalination, wastewater and recycling projects throughout the world. Carlos’ mission with Almar Water Solutions have “a clear focus on environmental and social responsibility,” that complement government-led water initiatives.

Before leading Almar Water Solutions, Carlos attained a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He continued on to work for Veolia Water Systems for seven years, following which he joined Abengoa Water between 2005 and 2016. Carlos is a significant figure in the water desalination industry, and has contributed widely to its development in recent years.

Carlos Cosín is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his extensive knowledge surrounding water desalination, and his passion for finding a sustainable solution to the global water crisis.

Twitter: @CarlosCosinF 

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/carloscosin

100 Water Heroes: Angela Morelli & Tom Gabriel Johansen

Founders of InfoDesignLab

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are co-founders of InfoDesignLab, Angela Morelli (CEO) and Tom Gabriel Johansen (COO). Angela and Tom are information designers who co-founded InfoDesignLab after recognising “how vital it is to design information in a way that strikes the right note in the mind of the viewer.”

Prior to her work with InfoDesignLab, Angela attained her MA specialising in Information Design. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and is currently an ambassador for virtual water and water footprint research.

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Tom has over 15 years of experience in the data-journalism and design fields. With his extensive experience and skill, Tom is described as “innovative and powerful in the service of understanding.”

On the topic of virtual water, InfoDesignLab created a platform whereby users are able to visualise the virtual water hidden in their food - The Water We Eat. The experience is immersive and visually exciting, all the while raising awareness of the invisible water that exists in everything we consume.

Angela and Tom are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their commitment to turning water science into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions and understandable messages.

Angela’s Twitter: @angelamorelli 

Tom’s Twitter: @tomhal99

The Water We Eat

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Oslo, Norway

100 Water Heroes: Saran Kaba Jones

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Founder and CEO of FACE Africa

Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, “a community development organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.” With particular focus on assisting those in rural Liberia, FACE Africa has raised over $500,000 for WASH initiatives, benefitting more than 25,000 Liberian people.

In their role as a community development organization, FACE Africa seeks to raise awareness surrounding WASH issues, “through advocacy, grassroots awareness campaigns, policy development and community engagement.”

Prior to her work with FACE Africa, Saran worked on the Singapore Economic Development Board and Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Saran is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and, in 2016, was named in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leader. Saran has also been noted by Guardian UK as one of Africa's 25 Top Women Achievers, and her water-related work with FACE Africa has garnered widespread international media attention.

Saran is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with FACE Africa, and her commitment to bettering the standards of water, sanitation and hygiene in sub-Saharan Africa.

Saran Twitter: @sarankjones

FACE Africa Twitter: @faceafrica

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sarankjones

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Boston, USA | Liberia


100 Water Heroes: Elodie Brelot & Bernard Chocat

Director of GRAIE & Founder and Honourary President of GRAIE

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are GRAIE’s Director, Elodie Brelot, and their Founder and Honourary President, Bernard Chocat. GRAIE is a French NPO, who describe themselves as “a group of research, technical coordination and water information that has been mobilising and bringing together stakeholders in the fields of water management, aquatic environments and urban planning.”

GRAIE’s four key themes include:

Urban Water // Water and Public Health // Aquatic Environments // Urban Drainage

Under Elodie’s leadership, GRAIE was particularly influential in their endorsement of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, “which encourage collaborative action, underpinned by a shared vision, so that local governments, urban professionals, and individuals actively engage in addressing and finding solutions for managing all waters of the city.”

Following completion of a thesis in Urban Hydrology, Elodie became Director of GRAIE in 1994, where she works towards connecting both scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

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Our second #100WaterHero for today is Bernard Chocat who, in addition to being founder and honourary president of GRAIE, is also a skilled professor at Lyon’s National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), and specialises in urban water. It was an honour to have Bernard run with me along some of the Beaujolais marathon route, and to hear him speak about some of the region’s water management issues.

Elodie Brelot and Bernard Chocat are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their work with GRAIE, and their commitment to connecting scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

Twitter: @ asso_graie

Elodie Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/elodie-brelot-17728320

GRAIE Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/graie

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Lyon, France

100 Water Heros: Eric Firmann

Co-Founder of Re:Down

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Eric Firmann is co-founder of Re:Down, a company that recycles down and feathers from discarded consumer goods and turns them into products such as sleeping bags, bedding and other apparel. Re:Down also up-cycles broken feathers and down fibers into effective organic fertilizers, all towards their mission of zero waste.

Eric describes passion and work with Re:Down as being a result of “the rapid evolution of mass consumption and its consequences on the environment and on our natural resources.” In Europe alone, it is estimated that annual textile waste comes up to 7,500,000 tons. Eric’s work with Re:Down is integrally linked to the global water crisis in that their recycling and zero waste focus reduces the invisible water footprint of manufacturing.

With over 20 years in the Textile industry, Eric co-founded Re:Down “in order to make this industry more sustainable and actively participate to make a better world!”

Eric’s commitment to environmental sustainability and his zero waste initiatives are why he is one of our #100WaterHeroes

Linkedin:

Eric Firmann: linkedin.com/in/eric-firmann-817b18154

Re:Down: linkedin.com/company/re-down/

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Lyon, France


100 Water Heroes: Kathleen Dominique

Environmental Economist, OECD

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Our fifth Water Hero, Kathleen Dominique, is a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she heads work surrounding water financing. She currently serves as project manager of the Roundtable on Financing Water, a platform that “draws upon political leadership and technical expertise, with the ambition of facilitating increased financing of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth.”

The OECD have a strong alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and look to find “innovative and effective approaches to water management.” Kathleen has been integral to the OECD’s environmental and water sustainability teams, and has lead work relating to water resources allocation, groundwater allocation, and water and climate change adaptation.

Prior her work with the OECD, Kathleen was involved in climate change at the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Kathleen is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her dedication to environmental sustainability, and her impactful work with the OECD on water management issues.

Twitter: @KDominique_H2O

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kathleen-dominique-719b815

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Paris, France


100 Water Heroes: Nicci Russell

Managing Director of Waterwise

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Our fourth Water Hero, Nicci Russell, is the Managing Director of Waterwise, an independent, non-profit NGO in the UK whose mission is to reduce water consumption throughout the UK. Waterwise is a particularly impactful organisation in that it encourages innovative water-saving behaviour amongst governments, industry and citizens alike. Waterwise is widely considered a “leading authority on water efficiency in the UK,” with their work including research, technological and policy innovation, as well as media and events.

Prior to her role as Managing Director, Nicci was Policy Director and co-founder of Waterwise from 2005. Beyond her work with Waterwise, Nicci also served as special advisor for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for four years.

Martin Bradbury, chair of Waterwise, describes Nicci as “a highly respected leader in the water sector, with in-depth knowledge and experience.”

Nicci Russell is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with Waterwise and her overall dedication to significantly reducing water consumption throughout the UK.

Twitter:

@nicci_vasey

@Waterwise

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London, England



100 Water Heroes: Dr. Liz Goodwin

Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste for the World Resources Institute

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Dr. Liz Goodwin is the World Resource Institute’s Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste. In addition to her work with the WRI, Liz is also the Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), an appointment by the Mayor of London. In 2015, Liz was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her contributions to the Business Resources Efficiency and the Environment

With a PhD in chemistry and professional background as a Scientific Researcher for the ICI, Liz began focusing on issues of environmental sustainability after “realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future.” Liz vocally supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, whose goal is to cut global food waste in half by 2030. Through her work with the WRI, she drives a number of initiatives that assist in realising this goal.

Liz’s focus on significantly reducing food wastage is intrinsically linked to saving water - the food we eat is made up of large amounts of invisible water, with agriculture alone accounting for 92% of our global water footprint (Hoekstra & Mekonnen, 2012). This means that, when food is wasted, so is the water that went into making it.

Liz Goodwin is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, and her tireless efforts towards making SDG 12.3 a reality by 2030.

Twitter: @LizGoodwin

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Oxford, UK

100 Water Heroes: Matt Malina

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Founder of NYC H20

Matt Malina is a water educator with such a passion for the New York water system that he created a series of educational tours and lectures about NYC’s incredible drinking water system: NYC H2O. Their mission is “to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology”.

Native New Yorker Matt founded NYC H2O in 2009 and initiated the series of tours, lectures, field trips and beach clean-ups that make up the current public and school programs. A public school math teacher and co-founder of InTandem (a tandem cycling program that pairs blind and sighted athletes), Matt’s passion for water comes partly from his past school career as a competitive swimmer and triathlete.

Matt Malina is one of our #100waterheroes because of his single-minded determination to educate and inspire New York’s citizens about its incredible water system.

Twitter: @nyc_h2o

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYCH2O/

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New York City, USA

100 Water Heroes: Seth M. Siegel

Water activist, author and speaker

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Seth M. Siegel believes that together, we can solve the world’s water problems. He is a water activist, author, and campaigner for change in water policy in the US and around the world.

After training as a lawyer, Seth pursued a business career and subsequently sold the company he co-founded to Ford Motor Company. He has since spent most of his time on community service, while helping to incubate companies in fields as diverse as financial services, real estate brokerage and digital entertainment. But his heart belongs to water.

Seth’s award-winning, international bestseller Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World speaks to this passion, as does the book he’s currently working on, about the widespread contamination of America’s drinking water, and how to improve it.

Seth M. Siegel is one of our #100waterheroes because of his solution-based emphasis on the global water crisis.

Twitter: @SethMSiegel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sethmsiegel/

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New York City, USA

Introducing 100 Water Heroes

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Hi, I’m Mina Guli. I’m running 100 marathons in 100 days to show that we can all do extraordinary things when we are inspired by a bigger purpose. For me, that purpose is Water. The world is in a water crisis, and more people need to know about it so we can change our ways.

When I was in my early 20’s I had an accident and doctors told me I’d never run again. But last year, I ran 40 marathons along 6 major rivers around the world.  I saw for myself the devastation of industrial water use, pollution, poor water management, and climate change. I also saw how good policy and public action could restore a once-dead river, like the Thames. With determination we can improve our lives and the world.

I want to use my runs this year to highlight people who are committed to saving water and ending the water crisis. That’s why I’m going to be highlighting a water hero every day for the coming 100 days.

Please follow my journey @minaguli #runningdry, and nominate and celebrate a water hero you know using the #100waterheroes hashtag.