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100 Water Heroes: Kiana Alavi

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Engagement Officer (End Water Poverty) at WaterAid

Kiana Alavi is a blogger, photographer, campaigner, humanitarian and activist. She currently works as the Engagement Officer for Wateraid’s End Water Poverty (EWP) initiative. Launched in 2007, EWP is a “global civil society coalition, campaigning to end the water and sanitation crisis.” The movement now reaches over 150 members in more than 90 countries throughout the world. In collaboration with members from a range of backgrounds, from large NGOs to community organisations, they work towards achieving universal access to WASH.

Prior to her work with Wateraid, Kiana worked as the Global Campaign Officer for Save the Children International, on their Every Last Child Campaign. Save the Children International is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. Kiana led the organisation’s Every Last Child Campaign in their goal to “ensure that 15 million of the world's excluded children have access to life-saving healthcare and quality education.”

Co-Authored by Anjani Kapoor, Kiana recently wrote a piece entitled Accountability is the Key to Unlocking the Human Rights to WASH in which she poignantly states:

Judging by the progress levels on reaching SDG 6, many governments are treating these global goals as non-binding and ambitious commitments; but they are in fact achievable, but only if we act now. Stakeholders must stop waiting to take action tomorrow or in the near future and make the necessary changes today. The thought of being asked to not use a toilet to relieve ourselves or to not drink any water until the near future is unthinkable. So why not apply the same principle to our efforts in achieving Goal 6?

Kiana is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her impactful human rights work and for her commitment to ensuring access sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene for ALL.

Twitter: @Kianavi

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kiana-alavi-3b038a74

100 Water Heroes: Karma Loveday

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Water Policy Advisor and Founder & Editor of The Water Report

Karma Loveday is a respected Water Policy Advisor and Journalist in the water industry. Her passion for writing about emergent water issues led Karma to found The Water Report, a monthly publication that focuses on the UK water and sewerage sector. Using rigorous research and reports, The Water Report unpacks various local issues surrounding water policy and regulation.

Karma is a well-established voice in the water sector, and has spent more than 19 years researching and writing about the industry. Prior to this, Karma obtained a Bachelor of Arts from King’s College London, and continued on to become a Senior Reporter for Water Services Magazine and Water and Environment International magazine.

Karma is also the Chairperson of the Major Energy Users' Council (MEUC) Water Competition Group and Water Market Policy Group. In addition to chairing these groups, Karma provides a monthly bulletin to all members of MEUC, detailing current water issues in the sector.

Karma is one of our #100WaterHeroes for tirelessly researching and writing about water issues in the UK, and for using her voice to spread awareness of the global water crisis.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/karma-loveday-5bb607110

Twitter: @KarmaOckenden 

100 Water Heroes: Giulio Boccaletti

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Chief Strategy Officer at The Nature Conservancy

Giulio Boccaletti is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a charitable environmental organisation that seeks to "conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends." Giulio’s role at TNC includes developing their strategy and incorporating economic and scientific facets to their conservation work.

Giulio believes that finding a solution to the global water crisis “will determine the future sustainability of the world economy and the health of the people and places that depend on this vital natural resource.” Prior to working with TNC, Giulio was a partner at Mckinsey and Company where he launched their Global Water Resource initiative and was heavily involved in their Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice.

Giulio’s career has also includes a number of publications surrounding issues of water security, resource economics and infrastructure finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bologna, as well as a Master’s and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University.

Giulio has also been recognised as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water of the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as a member of its Global Futures Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security. In 2014, WEF named Giulio as a Young Global Leader.

Giulio is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with The Nature Conservancy, and for using his expertise to foster and develop a sustainable future.

Twitter: @G_Boccaletti 

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/giulio-boccaletti-821458

100 Water Heroes: Marco Barbieri

Photographer

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Marco Barbieri is an Italian photographer, based in London, who travels the globe capturing places “where religion and politics play an important role in people lives.” In 2016, Marco travelled to Uzbekistan to explore the disappearing Aral Sea, saying, “it is a journey to that missing sea: It is about water, power and deceptive appearances.”

Along Marco’s photographic expedition to Uzbekistan, he visited an old harbour town that now sits over 200km away from the water. What remains of the Aral Sea is “toxic to animal life,” and, because such a large body of water is disappearing, the region’s climate has been undoubtedly affected, with “temperatures similar to Siberia in the winter and scorching heat in the summers.”

Marco documented his journey through Uzbekistan with a photographic series entitled Water in the Desert, a collection of hauntingly beautiful stills that provide a snapshot into the country’s ever-worsening water crisis.

Using his creative platform to tell Uzbekistan’s story, Marco has poignantly highlighted issues surrounding the disappearing Aral Sea, making him one of our #100WaterHeroes.

Twitter: @_m_barbieri

Instagram: _m_barbieri

Website: https://www.mbarbieri.com/

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