New York (U.S.A. - New York)
23 July 2013
Zürich (Switzerland - Zurich)
Patna (India - Bihar)
Balikpapan (Indonesia - East Kalimantan)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
10 a.m. EDT (New York) until 11:30 a.m. EDT (Click here to to find your time zone orsee chart).
"Explore how to maximize the groundwater industry's human, technological, scientific, and financial resources to assist those around the globe without adequate resources to access dependable, plentiful, and potable groundwater supplies for human health."
NGWA expects the panelists' work experience and viewpoints to stimulate insights on how organizations and individuals may play an effective and impactful role in groundwater supply and protection in developing nations. Open dialogue will follow the presentations from the five-member panel. These insights may be used by NGWA volunteer leadership and staff to determine the Association's future actions in the context of NGWA's available resources.
The discussion panelists
Michael E. Campana, Ph.D., is past president of the American Water Resources Association, past chair of the scientists and engineers division of NGWA, and professor of hydrogeology and water resources management at Oregon State University, as well as former director of its Institute for Water and Watersheds. He formerly directed the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico, where he is now an emeritus professor, and was a research hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Campana's expertise and interests include hydrogeology, hydrophilanthropy, water resources policy and management, WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) in developing regions, and education. He founded and heads the nonprofit Ann Campana Judge Foundation, which funds and undertakes WaSH projects in Central America. He's on the board of directors of the Calgary-based nonprofit Hydrogeologists Without Borders. As WaterWired editor, he blogs and tweets on water and related issues. He has a B.S. in geology from the College of William and Mary, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Arizona.
Kerstin Danert, Ph.D., did her doctoral research on the development and uptake of manual drilling technology in Uganda. She now has 15 years of experience as a rural water supply specialist with particular skills in performance monitoring, improving cost-effective water well provision, and technology adoption. Over the years Danert has managed and undertaken country studies, and has published guidelines and case studies on these topics. For seven years, starting in 2005, she supported the government of Uganda in the development and improvement of their water and environment sector performance measurement system and in the introduction of new technologies. Danert has provided advisory and capacity development services to national and local governments, NGOs, and the private sector, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently director of the Rural Water Supply Network secretariat, she is committed to building and strengthening knowledge networks and communities of practice, and bringing issues from the field to the attention of decision-makers. Danert proactively connects different organizations and individuals to encourage collaboration and mutual learning.
Jo Leslie Eimers is an international water resources specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey. She negotiates international water resources projects involving the USGS, including worldwide scientific and technical exchange and assistance; serves on committees, programs, symposia of international commissions, and treaty organizations; and engages with United Nations specialized agencies such as the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme. Prior to joining the international staff, Eimers was chief of staff for the Office of Associate Director for Water, and covered national water science and policy. Eimers also served as USGS Environmental and Hydrologic Investigations section chief for New York, with a study area of New York City and Long Island, and as a hydrologist in the USGS North Carolina Water Science Center. Eimers has a B.S. in geology from Michigan State University and an M.S. in urban and environmental engineering from Duke University.
Nat Paynter joined Safe Water Network in May 2013. He has spent nearly a dozen years in international development in the water sector. Paynter started his career at the Water and Sanitation Program at the World Bank, both in Washington, D.C., and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He worked at charity: water, a New York-based nonprofit, where he headed up their water programs department. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Brown University and a master's degree in engineering from MIT.
Stuart A. Smith, CGWP, is a hydrogeologist and microbiologist, and a partner in Smith-Comeskey Ground Water Science LLC and Ground+Water Tanzania Ltd. Previously he worked as an adjunct instructor with Wright State University and on the National Water Well Association (now NGWA) staff. He holds degrees from Wittenberg University and Ohio State University. Smith focuses on water quality, hydrogeologic testing, and groundwater system forensic analysis and remedial planning. He is a pioneer in applying biofouling analytical methods to groundwater system analysis, systematic well rehabilitation planning, and asset management for wellfields -- and extending these practices into the developing world. Smith has been active in project and business development in Tanzania since the late 1990s and is active in NGWA's Developing Nations Interest Group. He is the author or coauthor of numerous publications including Drilling (CRC Press), NGWA's Manual of Water Well Construction Practices (second edition), and Sustainable Wells (CRC Press).
The discussion facilitator
Kevin McCray, CAE, is the executive director of the 11,500-member National Ground Water Association headquartered at Westerville, Ohio, USA. Now in his 32nd year with the Association, he has been chief executive officer since 1995, where he also serves as the chief executive of the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation. As NGWA's CEO he has worked to increase international awareness of groundwater and of the Association, which today has mutual cooperation agreements in place with 17 of its foreign counterparts.
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Please note regarding the title of the forum that we use the term "developing nations" while knowing others use "developing countries," "lower-income countries," "least developed countries," "less developed countries," "majority countries," "lower income markets," "non-OECD nations," "economically developing countries," "undeveloped/poor places," and perhaps other terms.
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