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100 Water Heroes: Christine Colvin

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Freshwater Senior Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

Christine Colvin works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as Freshwater Senior Manager for South Africa. Christine leads WWF-SA as they seek to provide water security throughout the region.

Christine has worked at WWF for over seven years and, in that time, has launched a number of successful initiatives that include Water Source Areas and Water Stewardship programmes, as well as the Journey of Water Campaign aimed at connecting people to where their water comes from.

Prior to working with WWF, Christine spent sixteen years as a Hydrosciences Group Leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, where she lead a group of water experts in “building the science and evidence base for sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa.”

Christine has also been a prominent voice during Cape Town’s recent drought and, when speaking on the future of South Africa’s water situation, said:

“We encourage you to immerse yourself in each potential reality before considering how you might prepare, and most critically, what you could do differently today.”

Christine is one of our #100WaterHeroes for passionately advocating for a water secure future, and for leading initiatives that can bring South Africa closer to that goal.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/christine-colvin-6ba7025

Twitter: @ColvinH2O 

100 Water Heroes: Stuart Orr

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Practice Lead, Water at WWF

Stuart Orr works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world’s biggest independent conservation organisation. Stuart leads the WWF Freshwater Practice, where he heads major freshwater conservation initiatives.

Stuart is widely considered a global thought leader on water stewardship, and has spent over a decade at WWF “engaging business and finance, and focussing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk.” In addition to his work his WWF, Stuart has written an an array of both scientific and popular publications.

Prior to Stuart’s involvement with WWF, he obtained an MSc in Environment and Development. He continued on to research agricultural rice systems in West Africa and also gained experience during his time in the private sector.

Stuart has served on a range of prominent advisory panels and boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Water Security Council. He is also on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Infrastructure & Natural Resources Advisory Steering Committee

Stuart is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his innovative approaches to solving the global water crisis, and for leading WWF’s Freshwater Practice.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/stuart-orr-83175712

Twitter: @Stuart_Orr 

100 Water Heroes: Lana Mazahreh

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Conservation Program Developer at WWF Regional Office for Africa

Lana Mazahreh is the Conservation Program Developer at WWF Regional Office for Africa, where they seek to “provide innovative solutions to conserve species and their habitats and maintain key ecological services.” Prior to her work with WWF, Lana has been immersed in projects related to the environment, economic development, employment, education and social care.

Lana grew up in Jordan, where she experienced complete water scarcity first-hand, and had to adopt innovative solutions to conserving water from an early age. Her involvement in water-saving projects has continued with as she worked closely with the World Wide Fund for Nature on South Africa’s water crisis.

Lana holds an MBA degree from INSEAD Business School, as well as a BSc Degree in Business Information Systems. She is well-known for her TED talk entitled 3 Thoughtful Ways to Conserve Water, in which she reflects on what we can learn from water-scarce countries who are dealing with what is soon becoming a global issue.

Reflecting on her childhood in water-poor Jordan, Lana notes:

I grew up in Jordan, a water-poor country that has experienced absolute water scarcity since 1973. And still, in 2017, only 10 countries in the world have less water than Jordan. So dealing with a lack of water is quite ingrained in my soul. As soon as I was old enough to learn how to write my name, I also learned that I need to conserve water. My parents would constantly remind my siblings and I to close the tap when we brushed our teeth. We used to fill balloons with flour instead of water when we played.

Lana is one of our #100WaterHeroes for reminding us that we can all make small, water-saving changes to ensure that every drop counts.

Twitter: @MazahrehLana

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/lana-mazahreh-لانا-مزاهره-78154919