100 Water Heroes: Jessica Long

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Managing Director - Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture

Jessica Long is the Managing Director of Strategy and Sustainability at Accenture, where she started as a Strategist in 2001. With over 18 years of experience, Jessica now leads Sustainability and Trust throughout North America.

Together with her team, Jessica works on a range of strategic services throughout the sustainability field. This includes “ethical and inclusive supply chains, intelligent cities strategy, efficient and alternative energy solutions, innovative business models and partnerships, green technology and analytics, and circular economy.”

Jessica was also on the leadership team of Accenture Development Partnerships, a not-for-profit branch of Accenture that gives business and technology services to the global development sector. Jessica serves on the boards of Raise DC, The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Forum and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

In 2014, Jessica was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She and her team at Accenture have been a great support of the #RunningDry movement, and have collectively contributed 18.4km to the tally!

Jessica is one of our #100WaterHeroes for doing meaningful work in the fields of strategy and sustainability, and for her active support of #RunningDry

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jessica-long-6326724

Twitter: @jessicalongdev 

100 Water Heroes: Karin Ekberg

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Global Sustainability Expert, Managing Director and Sustainability Executive

Karin is the Managing Director and Sustainability Executive of Leadership and Sustainability, a company that “delivers a broad and deep spectrum of Consulting, Empowerment, Sustainable Business Models and Software & Tools in the sustainability area.” Karin has extensive experience in sustainability management, and has worked with a number of leading brands, NGOs and governmental agencies.

Karin also co-led the development of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a trade organisation that connects the industry and works towards reducing the environmental and social impact of clothing and footwear products. Karin was also integral in the formation of ZDHC, a group striving for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear industries.

Karin’s passion for a sustainable future extends to her belief in the #RunningDry movement, and she has been an active supporter of the campaign since the beginning. From the first call for help, Karin has contributed km’s to the tally every single day, and has spread the movement’s message wherever possible. She has a running total of 83,4km donated to #RunningDry!

Karin is one of our #100WaterHeroes for creating a more sustainable future and for contributing km’s to every single #RunningDry tally.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/karinekbergleadership

Twitter: KarinEkberg10

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi

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Chief Executive Officer at Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora

Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi is an Indian Public Health expert, Disability Specialist and Social Entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO and board member of Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), an NPO that aids those disadvantaged by leprosy. Under Sheetal’s leadership, MSS has helped over 2.7 million marginalised Indian people.

One of Sheetal’s projects involves transforming Anandwan into a sustainable smart village by making it smarter, technologically efficient, economically prosperous and environmentally sensitive. In 2016, Sheetal was named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of their Young Global Leaders, and continued on to be chosen as a member of the WEF Expert Network on Humanitarian Response.

Sheetal is also a fellow of World Innovation Organisation, a joint initiative by the World Summit on Innovation and the United Nations (UN). Sheetal also serves as an advisor to the UN’s i4P (Innovations for Peace).

Sheetal has been a consistent supporter of #RunningDry, and has supported its growth from the outset. She has not only shared the movement’s message, but has contributed an impressive 30km to the tally!

Sheetal is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her impactful career and for being a strong supporter of the #RunningDry movement.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/dr-sheetal-amte-karajgi-b5baa934

Twitter: AmteSheetal

Website: sheetalamtekarajgi.com  



100 Water Heroes: Lindsey Aldaco-Manner

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President at World Youth Parliament for Water

Lindsey Aldaco-Manner is the President of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), a youth network that advocates for safe, clean water throughout the world. Stretching across 80 countries, WYPW comprises of dynamic young people seeking change in the water sector. Their work ranges from active engagement with local communities to advocating for youth involvement in the water sector at the United Nations General Assembly.

As President, Lindsey leads the WYPW in their goal to activate youth participation in the decision-making processes of water industries around the world. In addition to her work with WYPW, Lindsey is also a Research Assistant for the Dean of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beruit, where she explores water governance in Lebanon, and Water-Energy-Food Nexus governance in the Middle East.

Throughout these various facets of her career, Lindsey has exhibited a passion for inspiring change in the water industry, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for sustainable, community-based water management. Lindsey has also been a key supporter of the #RunningDry, and has contributed a hefty 59km to the movement. With her expertise on the water sector, Lindsey meaningfully spotlights #RunningDry and its message.

Lindsey is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her dedication to solving global water issues, and for being a key member of the #RunningDry movement.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/lindsey-aldaco-manner-b8a50271

Twitter: @LindseyAManner 

100 Water Heroes: Hilde-Gunn Vestad

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Director Compliance & Sustainability at Lidl Hong Kong Limited

Hilde-Gunn Vestad is the Director of Compliance and Sustainability at Lidl Hong Kong Limited. Originating from Norway, Hilde moved to the Asia Pacific, and has lived and worked there since. Hilde has led a career of impact, and has been involved in a range of sustainability programmes in the fast fashion, sporting goods and retail industries.

In 2003, prior to her work with Lidl, Hilde joined the adidas Group, where she audited a wide range of suppliers throughout Asia Pacific. Hilde has long since been an advocate for workers’ rights, migrant workers’ rights, human rights and women’s rights. Her involvement in this sphere led to her serving on the board the Mekong Club, a group that fights modern day slavery. Hilde is also on the board of amfori, a “global business association for open and sustainable trade.”

In addition to her impactful work in the Compliance and Sustainability field, Hilde has been an avid supporter of #RunningDry since its inception. She has passionately highlighted the movement and its purpose every day, on every platform. Hilde has contributed a massive 71km to #RunningDry, ensuring the movement grows and awareness surrounding the global water crisis spreads.

Hilde is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her impactful work in Compliance and Sustainability, and for her tenacious support of the #RunningDry movement.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/hilde-gunn-vestad-1b82bb14

Twitter: @HildeVestad 

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: Mary Conley Eggert

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Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Global Water Works

Mary Conley Eggert is the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Global Water Works, an organisation that “showcases the technology, experts and networks that are helping water work for the planet, people and profit.”

Mary joined Global Water Works in 2015, and has since been integral in their development as “integrated marketing professionals.” Working at the convergence of big data, finance and water, Global Water Works seek to promote the adoption of smart water technologies.

Mary traces her passion for water conservation back to when she was 12-years-old and began delivering speeches on water pollution in Watertown, Wisconsin. Mary officially began her career in water advocacy after WEFTEC 2015, where she realised the immensity of the global water crisis.

Mary is one of our #100WaterHeroes for working towards global water security through the development and promotion of smart water technologies.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/maryconleyeggert

Twitter: @MaryEggert 

100 Water Heroes: Graham Ross

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Co-Founder of BlockTexx & Founder/CEO of Kusaga Athletic

Graham Ross is the Founder and CEO of Kusaga Athletic, a sustainable sportswear company that has produced the world’s greenest t-shirt. Graham launched Kusaga after realising the environmental impact of the fashion industry. They have developed four sustainable fabrics and manufacture a variety of clothing including sports, casual and inner wear.

Kusaga’s products offer a sustainable alternative to cotton and polyester garments, the most famous of which being the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet, which requires only 1% of the water used to make a cotton t-shirt. This t-shirt not only uses minimal water, but is also plant-based, compostable and biodegradable.

Graham is also the Co-Founder of BlockTexx, “an end to end recycling eco-system incorporating multi-fibre separation facility, recycled textile marketplace and advisory services to drive significant change within the textile industry and the way fashion brands work.” Graham’s belief in the need for closed loop sourcing in the textile industry led to his involvement in BlockTexx, as he turned to the Internet of Things as a possible solution to consumer textile waste.

Writing on the issue of consumer textile water, Graham noted:

It’s time to move past simply collecting textile waste and establish programs that will enable the development of the textile industry and post consumer textile resource streams. I believe the future is a true closed loop sourcing methodology — from raw materials through to consumer use and kept in play within textile recycling. One where new players are encouraged to get involved along the entire supply chain with future uses going beyond current building products and shop rags.

Graham is one of our #100WaterHeroes for creating the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet, and for highlighting the need for closed loop manufacturing in the textile industry.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/grahamross2

Twitter: Graham__Ross

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: Kelsey Leonard

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Shinnecock Tribal Co-Lead on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body of the U.S. National Ocean Council

Kelsey Leonard currently serves as the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s Tribal Co-Lead on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body of the U.S. National Ocean Council. In conjunction with tribal, federal and state entities, Kelsey aids in the protection and conservation of American oceans.

In 2012, Kelsey became the first Native American woman to have receive a degree from the University of Oxford, where she obtained an MSc in Water Science. Kelsey seeks to advocate for the conservation of Indigenous waters and “has been instrumental in protecting the interests of Tribes with the development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan.”

Kelsey is also a successful academic, and is busy doing her PhD in Comparative Public Policy at McMaster University. Her research focus is on Indigenous water security and its climatic, territorial, and governance underpinnings. At McMaster University, Kelsey is a Trillium Scholar in Water Policy, as well as a Research Assistant for the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN).

Kelsey is a scholar who uses her academic expertise to advocate for Indigenous communities affected by climate change and the global water crisis. This makes her one of our #100WaterHeroes.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kelsey-leonard-0454765

Twitter: @KelseyTLeonard 

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: Tara Lohan

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Environmental journalist and editor

Tara Lohan is an Environmental Journalist and Editor and has been writing on issues surrounding energy, water and the environment for over a decade. She is currently the Deputy Editor of The Revelator, an “online news and ideas initiative” of the Centre for Biological Diversity.

Prior to working with The Revelator, Tara was the Managing Director of Water Deeply, an initiative that covers water crises happening in the American West, and their various implications. In addition to writing for Water Deeply, Tara’s work has been featured in a number of publications, including the Nation, the American Prospect, Salon, Pacific Standard, KQED, and others.

Tara has also edited two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Throughout her work, Tara draws attention to the intersection of water, climate, energy and food, and uses her platform to highlight global environmental issues.

Tara is one of our #100WaterHeroes for using her expertise to draw attention to global issues of water, energy and environment.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/taralohan

Twitter: @TaraLohan

Website: taralohan.com  

100 Water Heroes: Robert Brears

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Author and Founder of Our Future Water, Mitidaption & Mark and Focus

Robert Brears is a prominent voice in the water sector and has published widely on issues surrounding water management and water security. Robert has launched a number of successful water-related initiatives, including founding Our Future Water, Mitidaption and Mark and Focus.

Robert is the author of Urban Water Security, The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Blue and Green Cities: The Role of Blue-Green Infrastructure in Managing Urban Water Resources, Natural Resource Management and the Circular Economy and Climate Resilient Water Resources Management. In addition to his own renowned publications, Robert the editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Climate Resilient Societies series.

Robert is a qualified Geologist, and has a degree in Economics and Finance. His further education includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies and a Master of International Law and Politics.

Robert is one of our #100WaterHeroes for using his platform to heighten environmental awareness and solve the global water crisis.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/robertbrears

Twitter: @Robert_Brears

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: 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: Mbali Chiya

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Journalist, Alex FM

Mbali Chiya is a South African journalist whose work on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been internationally recognised. In 2014, Mbali was named as one of their WASH Media Award winners for her feature, Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.

The WASH Media Prize is “awarded to journalists for excellence in reporting on critical water, sanitation and hygiene issues,” a competition that is entered by people throughout the world. Mbali’s winning feature was focused on raising awareness of WASH issues in Alexandra Township, Gauteng.

By engaging with community members on their WASH concerns, Mbali was able to explain their rights to adequate WASH facilities, something she believes many of them did not initially understand. In competition with a number of international journalists, Mbali’s feature won the “The Human Right to Water and Sanitation” category.

Mbali is one of our #100WaterHeroes for raising awareness about WASH issues in South Africa and for reminding citizens of their rights to adequate WASH facilities.

Listen to Mbali’s winning feature:

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: Alex Mung

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Director, Head of Water Initiative at World Economic Forum

Alex Munn is the Head of Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he raises awareness of the global water crisis and encourages public-private cooperation in this sphere.

WEF is a renowned non-profit organisation that “engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

Prior to joining WEF as a Project Manager in 2008, Alex worked as an Environmental Engineer for Alcan, an environmentally conscious aluminium company in Canada. Alex career in sustainable development began at Queen’s University, where he obtained a degree in Civil Environmental Engineering.

Alex is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiatives, and for his dedication to sustainable development.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/alex-mung-8360a32

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Valerie Naidoo

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Executive Manager at Water Research Commission

Dr. Valerie Naidoo is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission (WRC) where she is leading innovative water research and development initiatives. The WRC “funds and facilitates research in water-related innovation and disseminates such knowledge for the advancement of national water security.”

Prior to her work with WRC, Valerie obtained her Masters and PhD in Water Treatment Systems. She worked as a Project Coordinator for the Pollution Research Group, and continued on to join Unilever’s Research and Development Manager in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Valerie is also currently the Chairperson of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a non-profit company that seeks to encourage, “professional excellence in the water sector through building expertise, sharing knowledge and improving quality of life.”

Valerie is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading key research initiatives in the water and development sectors of South Africa.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/valerie-naidoo-b03596131

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Anthony Turton

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Environmental Advisor, Speaker, Author

Dr. Anthony Turton is a celebrated Environmental Advisor, Speaker and Author, and has made significant contributions to water resource management in South Africa. Anthony is committed to environmental advocacy, because he “believe[s] that we are reaching limits to our current developmental approaches and will be forced to make changes in the near future, whether we like it or not.”

Anthony has published a wide range of acclaimed books, chapters, reports and scientific publications, many of which are available on his website. He is also currently a Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of Free State, as well as a professional speaker and environmental consultant.

Anthony’s experience in the water management sector is widespread, and he has helped lead a myriad of local and international institutions, such as the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters, International Water Resource Association and the World Water Council.

He has also been given a number of prestigious awards, including the Habitat Council Award (2009), the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Top Environmentalist of the Year (2010), the Green Globe Award for Environmental Activist of the Year, 2012 and the WESSA Award for Lifetime Conservation Achiever 2016.

Anthony is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his dynamic contributions to advancing water conservation in South Africa, and throughout the world.

Website: http://www.anthonyturton.com/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/anthonyturton

Twitter: @TurtonWater