climate change

100 Water Heroes: Rich Gilmore

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The Nature Conservancy’s Australia Program Director

Rich is the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Australia Program, where he leads the team in their mission to combat climate change and protect the Australian environment. From restoring Southern Australia’s shellfish reefs, to establishing sustainable cities throughout the country, Rich is leading a dynamic and effective team of environmentalists.

Prior to his involvement in conservation, Rich was a stockbroker at the Sydney Future Exchange. In 2005, he career path shifted and he was awarded an Earthwatch fellowship that landed him in Kenya and opened his eyes to the positive environmental impact he could have on the world. Reflecting on this expedition, Rich stated:

“Going to Kenya was literally a life-changing experience for me. I was struck by these capable, intelligent and articulate people. They could have done anything they wanted to do anywhere in the world but here they were in East Africa spending their time in the mud, solving problems for other people.”

Rich continued on to obtain a degree in Environmental Management and later became the Director of Operations and Programs for Earthwatch Australia, eventually being promoted to CEO. During his time at Earthwatch Australia, Rich was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian Environmentalist of the Year.

Rich is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his impactful career in conservation, and for committing himself to creating an environmentally sustainable future.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/richgilmore

100 Water Heroes: Stephen Leahy

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Environmental Journalist and Author

Stephen Leahy is a celebrated environmental journalist and author with over 20 years experience covering global environmental issues. His book, Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts Behind Our Thirst for Earth’s Most Precious Resource, was named Canada's Best Science Book of 2014, “for it’s clarity, relevance and powerful infographics.”

From 2009-2015, Stephen worked as a Senior Science and Environment Correspondent at Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s biggest non-profit news agency. In addition to his work with IPS, Stephen has written articles for numerous prominent publications throughout the world, such as National Geographic News, The Guardian (UK), Vice, New Scientist and dozens more.

Stephen’s extensive list of achievements also includes being co-founder of the award-winning Climate News Mosaic, an alliance of international journalists reporting on climate change. In 2012, he was the co-winner of the prestigious United Nations Global Media Prize for outstanding coverage of climate change and other environmental issues.

Stephen is one of our #100WaterHeroes for dedicating his career to spotlighting international environmental issues, and for using his platform to raise awareness of the invisible water in everything we consume.

Twitter: @StephenLeahy

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/stephenleahy

Website: https://stephenleahy.net/

100 Water Heroes: Lisa Genasci

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Founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation

Lisa Genasci is the Founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF) that “provides support to some of Asia’s most marginalised children and works to combat intransigent environmental challenges.” ADMCF works with 28 NGO partners across 8 Asian countries, providing strategic funding and various other means of support. Their core focus is to further environmental conservation initiatives throughout Asia “in a manner that is sustainable and sensitive to local cultures.”

Prior to launching ADMFC, Lisa worked at the Associated Press for 10 years and, during her time there, served 3 years as a correspondent in Rio de Janeiro, 3 years on the AP foreign desk in New York and 4 years as a financial reporter. In addition to obtaining her BA degree, she also completed an LLM in Human Rights Law.

When reflecting on ADMCF’s vision, Lisa stated:

"Our goal is to enhance what exists, be impact-driven. We want to provide not just finance but strategic engagement, housing, whatever is necessary … we start always with the need."

In all of their work, ADMCF seeks to combat environmental degradation by supporting initiatives related to marine ecology, water security, air quality, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.

Through her work with ADMCF, Lisa has committed herself to combating climate change and environmental degradation throughout Asia. This makes her one of our #100WaterHeroes.

Twitter: @genascihk

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/lisa-genasci-35ab7640

Blog: genascihk.wordpress.com  

100 Water Heroes: Dr. P.K Mishra

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Director of the Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists

Dr. P.K Mishra is the Director of the Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists (IASWC), an NGO that seeks to “encourage wise land use planning and conservation of soil and water resources so that these basic resources can be utilised to sustain mankind.” Since 1973, IASWC has published the Indian Journal of Soil Conservation, a journal that explores research ranging from degraded land management to agroforestry. Under P.K’s directorship, IASWC has become a respected coalition of “scientists, conservation professionals, administrators and policy makers in assessing the need for soil and water conservation and watershed management.”

Prior to his work with IASWC, P.K graduated from Orissa Orissa University of Agriculture with an M. Tech in Soil and Water Conservation Engineering. He continued on to obtain his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. In addition to his impressive academic qualifications, P.K has over 30 years experience of field research. He has over 220 publications, including 64 journal publications, 10 books and 39 book chapters.

P.K’s main focus has been drought management and the documentation of indigenous technical knowledge, as well as the development of research watersheds and climate change research initiatives. During his time as the Secretary of Indian Society of Dryland Agriculture (ISDA), P.K organised the “National Symposium on Climate Change and Rainfed Agriculture” in Hyderabad.

P.K is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with the Indian Association of Social and Water Conservation, and for dedicating his career to achieving environmental sustainability in India.

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pk_Mishra3/info

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Sara Ahmed

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Gender and Water Policy Specialist

Dr. Sara Ahmed is a Gender and Water Policy Specialist, with close to 30 years of applied research experience on water, livelihoods and social equity. Sara is an Adjunct Professor at Ahmedabad University where she is pioneering their digital water museum, and “engaging young students, local communities and diverse professionals from the water sector, history, architecture and the arts to document our water heritage through visual narratives.” Sara is also currently on the board of WaterAid India.

Prior to this, Sara attained a Phd in Social and Political Sciences and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Sara worked as a Senior Program Specialist for the International Development Research Centre (IRDC) in Asia, managing research portfolios on water, food security and climate change. In 2012, she co-edited a book entitled Diverting the Flow: Gender, Equity and Water in South Asia; one of her many publications exploring issues of gender and water management.

Dr. Sara Ahmed is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her experience in the water sector, and her focus on the intersection of water, climate change and gender.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sara-ahmed-5855765

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: 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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