water management

100 Water Heroes: Søren Hvilshøj

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Global Market Director of Water at Ramboll Group

Søren Hvilshøj is the Global Market Director of Water for Ramboll Group, a consulting engineering firm. With his vast experience in water and environment sectors, Søren has helped the firm implement effective water management systems that “consider the technological choices and economic balance in protecting water quantity and water quality.”

Under Søren’s leadership, Ramboll have been integral in the development of cloudburst mitigation plans in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. They have also focused on creating more “green and blue spaces,” in the forms of planted areas and streams that work to naturally retain rainwater. Part of this, and the cloudburst mitigation plan, involves “establishing cloudburst roads that quickly and efficiently channel the water out of the city while taking into account traffic flow and urban quality of life.”

Søren’s widespread experience in the water industry includes being on the Executive Board of the Danish Association of Water Supplies, a Committee Member of the Foundation for Development of Technology in the Danish Water Sector and a Board Member in a Danish water supply company. He also lectures at a number of international universities on issues surrounding water management.

Søren is one of our #100WaterHeroes for working with Ramboll Group to design sustainable, effective water management systems that are aligned with local needs.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/soerenhvilshoej

Twitter: s_hvilshoej

100 Water Heroes: Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy

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Executive Director at International Water Association

Professor Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy is the Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA) where they have established the largest networks of water experts “working towards a water wise world.”

Kala is an established voice in the water management sector, and has worked studiously to implement clean water and sanitation projects throughout the world. In collaboration with UNESCO and the EU, Kala has been involved in a range of successful WASH initiatives and raised awareness surrounding the global water crisis.

In addition to his work with UNESCO and the EU, Kala is also closely affiliated with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, GWP and SIWI. Kala also serves on several international scientific committees and is currently on the Stockholm’s World Water Week’s Scientific Program Committee (WWW-SPC) and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee (GWP-TEC).

Prior to leading IWA, Kala was the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Deputy Director General for Research. He was also the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, as well as a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida. Kala’s extensive experience also includes being Professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE.

Kala is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with the International Water Association, and for his commitment to sustainability transforming urban water management systems.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kala-vairavamoorthy-8867263

100 Water Heroes: Scott Harrison

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Founder and CEO of charity: water

Scott Harrison is the Founder and CEO of charity: water, an NPO that works towards providing clean, safe water to people in need. Working in developing nations, charity: water raises money to build wells and sanitation facilities in 26 countries throughout the world.

Prior to launching charity: water, Scott spent 2 years as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships and became aware of critical WASH issues in Liberia. Scott witnessed the devastation of having little to no access to clean water, and decided to dedicate his life and career to solving the global water crisis. This led to the creation of charity: water, where Scott assembled a small team that worked out of a cramped Manhattan apartment.

Today, charity: water is a highly successful NPO, with over 1 million international supporters. They have raised more than $320 million that has funded almost 30 000 water projects throughout the world. In recognition of his work, Scott was named in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, as well as the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list. He is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Scott is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with charity: water, and for his commitment to providing people around the world with safe, clean water.

Twitter: @scottharrison

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/scottharrison1

Instagram: @scottharrison

100 Water Heroes: Rudo Angela Sanyanga

African Programme Director for International Rivers.

Rudo Angela Sanyanga is the African Programme Director for International Rivers. She provides assistance and support to African communities and NGOs looking to safeguard themselves “from the destructive impacts of large dams.”

Much of Rudo’s work centres around monitoring proposed dam projects and helping those negatively affected by dam construction. She is also focused on encouraging decentralised, sustainable energy alternatives to large dams.

Prior to working with International Rivers, Rudo was an Aquatic Ecology Researcher, university lecturer and Environmental Consultant. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Hydrobiology, as well as a PhD in Aquatic Systems Ecology.

Rudo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her leadership of International Rivers’ Africa program, as she protects rivers and advocates for communities affected by the construction of destructive dams.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rudo-angela-sanyanga-52a18b108

100 Water Heroes: Kuang Shangfu

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President of the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR)

Kuang Shangfu is the President of the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). IWHR provides a range of water-related services, such as flood management, water resource allocation, water-saving construction practices and many more.

In addition to his position as President of IWHR, Kuang holds a PhD from Kyoto University, and is the Director of the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation. He is also a council member of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society.

IWHR has been responsible for research and consultancy in a range of large projects throughout China. The seek to “provide scientific and technological support and assurance to the sustainable development of water resources in China.”

Kuang is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with IWHR, and for his commitment to sustainable development in China.

100 Water Heroes: Yu Xiaogang

Environmentalist  

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Yu Xiaogang is a Chinese Environmentalist who has pioneered cutting-edge watershed management programmes to assist local communities who have been displaced by dam construction. As a result of his work in this field, social impact assessments are now included in mass development projects.

Yu became involved in watershed programmes after writing a social impact assessment as part of his PhD thesis on a dam built at Lashi Lake. This particular dam destroyed the area’s ecosystem, devastating the livelihoods of local fishermen and farmers.

In collaboration with the local community, government and private entrepreneurs, Yu rejuvenated the area, making it one of China’s top 10 sustainable developments. To achieve this, Yu put together a local watershed management committee, a fishery association, poverty alleviation programmes and road-building projects.

At the core of his work, Yu believes in empowering local villagers and does so by involving them in workshops and training programmes. In 2004, he brought 5 village representatives to a UN symposium on dam issues in Beijing. When speaking on the involvement of local communities, Yu stated:

“Having villager participation forever changed the history of the dam decision-making process. In the past, affected peoples were silenced. They had no voice in what happened to them and had to accept decisions made by the government and dam companies.”

Yu is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his development of revolutionary watershed management programmes, and for empowering local communities to be involved in dam decision-making processes.

100 Water Heroes: Shirish Apte

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Superintendent Engineer at Maharashtra Water Resources Department

Shirish Apte is the Superintendent Engineer at the Maharashtra Water Resources Department and is responsible for rejuvenating neglected water tanks in Bhandara. After being posted in Bhandara to complete a World Bank project by 2013, Shirish took the opportunity to repair and restore the 300-year-old Malgujar tanks that "were once a major water source for the district, but due to neglect, water levels had fallen” (Tare, 2017).

These Malgujar tanks were originally created by the Mulguzaars, who were “local Zamindars in eastern Vidarbha about two centuries ago and had constructed several tanks for water harvesting and irrigation” (Singh, 2017). They built and used these tanks until the 1950s, after which the government gained ownership of the tanks and charged a water tax, resulting in their abandonment.

Although over 1000 water tanks had been neglected for years, Shirish came on board in 2008 and restored some of the first tanks in over 2 years. This resulted in “recharged groundwater levels and increased agricultural output and fish production in the area,” and also nudged the district administration to restore a further 21 tanks in the area

Shirish has successfully initiated and encouraged the restoration of numerous traditional water tanks throughout Bhandara, making him one of our #100WaterHeroes

Read More: https://www.thebetterindia.com/9687/one-man-rejuvenated-traditional-water-system-maharashtra/

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Ayyappa Masagi

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Managing Director at the Water Literacy Foundation

Dr. Ayyappa Masagi is the Managing Director at the Water Literacy Foundation in India. He is known fondly as ‘Water Warrior’, and has been responsible for transforming water management systems in thirteen states across India. He firmly believes that India - and the world - has enough water for everybody, “provided we use this precious resource judiciously,” and without greed, particularly when it comes to the private industry’s consumption of water (Ramesh, 2017).

Ayyappa has driven the construction of hundreds of lakes and water saving projects, as well as rejuvenated over 1000 dry boreholes. Ayyappa has also been noted in the Limca Book of World records for having built over 700 artificial lakes.

Prior to his work in water conservation, Ayyappa was a Mechanical Engineer for Larsen and Toubro. When reflecting on what inspired his shift to water advocacy, Ayyappa described his experience as a child in a family of impoverished farmers in Gadag, Karnataka:

“In my childhood we faced plenty of water problems. I used to wake up with my mother at 3 am to go and fetch water. This used to happen so often that I took an oath to try and conserve water every day. In fact, throughout my growing years, I thought of ways to conserve water” (In Ramesh, 2017).

Ayyappa’s career is dedicated to making every drop counts, and he ensures that his domestic water use is no different. He has specifically modified his home to be as water wise as possible by installing a rooftop rainwater harvesting system, and collecting grey water in an outside pit to replenish groundwater.

Ayyappa is one of our #100WaterHeroes for dedicating his life to improving India’s water management practices and encouraging people to make every drop count.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/ayyappa-masagi-a49695109

100 Water Heroes: Farhad Contractor

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Founder of Sambhaav Trust

Farhad Contractor is the founder of Sambhaav Trust, a voluntary organisation that operates in six Indian states, that “works on reviving and strengthening ecologies in more than 300 villages.”

Having been awarded the Smile Fellowship, he chose to spend time in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, “a place that would run out of water and fodder leading to as much as 70% migration” (Khandekar, 2013). Farhad moved on to work in Bakasar, collaborating with villagers to rejuvenate close to 120 beri’s, and facilitate the creation of close to 400 new ones.

Together with six partners, Farhad registersted the Shambaav Trust, focusing on “rainwater harvesting and community empowerment in the Thar Desert.” One of Farhad’s key principles is to engage and activate the community to fix local issues:

“Centuries of indigenous wisdom that has found water for drinking and irrigation - even in extremely arid landscapes - wells, filter ponds and other catchment systems [the wisdom] still rests with the local communities. And even without any government intervention, they know very well how to manage water.” (in Singh, 2010)

Farhad is one of our #100WaterHeroes because he recognises the value of engaging communities, and empowering them to take charge of local water management issues.

Twitter: Farhad Contractor

Sambhaav Website: https://sambhaavtrust.in/

100 Water Heroes: Samir Mehta

South Asia Program Director at International Rivers

Based in Mumbai, Samir Mehta is the South Asia Program Director at International Rivers, and works with partners in the region to campaign against the building of harmful dams in the Himalayas. His expertise centre around informing public policy to declare and protect ecologically vulnerable areas in South Asia.

International Rivers works with a network of global water advocates to “stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.” Their work focuses on protecting vital rivers and the people who depend on them. Their work is based largely in Latin America, Asia and Africa, where they combat destructive dam construction and encourage more sustainable solutions.

Prior to his work with International Rivers, Samir attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and began a career in IT. However, after becoming involved in environmental advocacy in the west, his career focus shifted and he got his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Samir then worked with the Bombay Environmental Action Group for 17 years, where he was involved in environmental, town and regional planning and policy-making.

Samir is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his leadership of the International Rivers’ South Asia Program, and for dedicating his career to environmental sustainability in India.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/samir-mehta-1100b18

100 Water Heroes: Jyoti Sharma

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Founder and President of the Forum for Organised Resource Conservation and Enhancement

Jyoti Sharma is Founder and President of the Forum For Organised Resource Conservation and Enhancement (FORCE), an NGO that “involves stakeholders from the community, hydrology experts, business leaders, and local politicians in a process that enables communities to create local pockets of water security.” Jyoti’s vision and work with FORCE is to empower local communities to make decisions surrounding water management and conservation, fostering sustainability and self-sufficiency.

After working for over 9 years in corporate and academic fields, Jyoti collaborated with like-minded individuals to launch FORCE in 2004. She is a member of numerous water security groups in India, and has been described as “losing a generational gap in water resource management knowledge by developing a citizen-based water management system run by a competent, decentralised local authority.”

Jyoti has been recognised for her impactful social innovation and entrepreneurship by being named an Ashoka Fellow, a network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. She is also a Swearer Fellow under Brown University.

Jyoti is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her focus on empowering communities to make decisions and take responsibility for local water management and conservation

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jyotisharmaforce

Website: force.org.in


100 Water Heroes: Amla Ruia

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Social Activist and Founder of the Aakar Charitable Trust

Known fondly as Water Mother, Amla Ruia is a social activist based in Mumbai, who has reintroduced traditional water harvesting techniques and built check dams in over 100 villages throughout Rajasthan. Rajasthan is an area particularly affected by drought and, in an effort to find a “sustainable and permanent solution for saving water,” Amla founded Aakar Charitable Trust.

The Aakar Charitable Trust relies on community-based approaches to the “protection of natural sources such as water, vegetation and soil as well as the promotion of dynamic education.” Together with local communities, the trust locates landscapes that will naturally capture water, such as a reservoir. Rather than building a dam from scratch, they are able to build check dams by using “the natural contours of the hilly landscape, building slopes, and shoring up spaces, to catch and keep water in these semi-natural basins or check dams” (Peerzeda, 2017).

Under Amla’s leadership, the Aakar Charitable Trust has built over 200 check dams in 100 villages across Rajasthan. The trust supplies 60% of the resources necessary to build a check dam, and relies on the community to provide the remaining 40%. Amla’s reintroduction of this traditional rainwater harvesting technique has transformed the lives of many living in the Rajasthan region, and she has been able to witness these positive shifts first-hand:

“The whole scenario is not changed, it is transformed. Where they couldn’t even own one cattle, they now have eight to nine. Where they couldn’t take one crop, they are taking two — or sometimes even a third crop. Their female offspring are going to school because the mother no longer has to go long distances to fetch water.” (in Jones, 2017)

Amla is one of our #100WaterHeroes for reintroducing traditional water harvesting techniques as a sustainable solution to Rajasthan’s drought, and for engaging local communities throughout the process.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/amla-ruia-67936a129

Aakar Charitable Trust Website: https://aakarcharitabletrust.weebly.com/

100 Water Heroes: Helena Fraser

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Uzbekistan

Helena Fraser is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Uzbekistan. Helena’s work with the UN in Uzbekistan is informed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they have “designed and are executing different projects to help these communities rise out of poverty and deal with the fact that they're living in the shadow of this environmental catastrophe” (Imamova, 2018).

Helena joined the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in 1997, when she served as a Field Advisor in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her most recent work with OCHA was when she lead their Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Amman between 2014-2017. For over 20 years, Helena has been involved in OCHA, “primarily working in emergencies” (Imamova, 2018).

Regarding the environmental crises surrounding the Aral Sea and general water scarcity in Uzbekistan, Helena explains the UNDP’s approach:

“We're addressing human dignity. We're addressing challenges around prosperity. We're also addressing possible future challenges around conflict in the community, because of lack of water, because of environmental hazards and so forth.” (in Imamova, 2018)

The demise of the Aral Sea, according to Helena, “is not just a tragedy, as many people say, it is an active hazard unfolding before our eyes” (MacFarquhar, 2018).

Helena is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her impactful work with the UN, and for her dedication to making the SDGs a reality in Uzbekistan.

Twitter: @HelenaFraserUN

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/helena-fraser-952a8369

100 Water Heroes: Yusup Kamalov

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Chairman of the Union for the Defence of the Aral Sea and Amu Darya

Yusup Kamalov is a Senior Researcher at the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, specialising in Wind Energy. He also founded the Union for the Defence of the Aral Sea and Amu Darya, and currently still serves as its chairman. Since 2010, Yusup has also served as chairman of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) for Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Yusup has dedicated much of his career to fighting for the preservation of the Aral Sea, which is situated between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and was once the fourth biggest freshwater lake in the world. In the last 30 years, however, “massive irrigation projects diverted millions of gallons of water from the two major rivers feeding the Aral Sea,” often for cotton fields and rice paddies. By the beginning of the 1980s, the fresh water supply feeding the Aral Sea was cut off (Ganter, 2010).

When asked about the Aral Sea’s future, Yusup stresses the importance of a globally unified approach to its preservation, stating:

“If we are not able to save such a small lake, how can we save the planet? It would be a good example for people that we can do it, even on a small scale.  If are we not able to do it, then everybody might doubt we can save our planet. This is why we have to save the Sea.” (in Ganter, 2010)


Yusup is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his unwavering efforts to save the Aral Sea, and for dedicating much of his career and life to this cause.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/yusup-kamalov-ba308747

100 Water Heroes: Cindy Wallis-Lage

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President, Global Water Business at Black & Veatch

Today we are honouring Cindy Wallis-Lage as one of our #100WaterHeroes. Currently, Cindy is President of Black & Veatch’s water business. Black & Veatch are a engineering, consulting and construction company and, when named president of their water division in 2012, Cindy became the 100-year-old company’s first woman president of a functional division. In addition to being president of their water business, Cindy also serves on Black & Veatch’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Cindy is a highly influential thought leader on Water - she has unified many global players around Sustainable Development Goal 6, as she leads over 2,700 professionals in more than 75 offices throughout the world. Cindy’s expertise in water reuse and treatment are renowned throughout the industry, as she has been involved in over 100 global water projects in both municipal and industrial sectors.

Cindy’s experience in the water sector include being on the Board of Directors for both the US Water Alliance, as well as for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. Prior to this, Cindy also served as Chief of the Water Technology Group, “a team of technical experts focused on the development, selection and implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions in four treatment process areas – water, wastewater, residuals and operations.”

Cindy is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her expertise in the treatment and reuse of water and wastewater, as well as her longstanding commitment to achieving SDG6.

Twitter: @CWL_BVWater

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/cindy-wallis-lage-540181b

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: 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 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



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.