Confirmed symposium keynote-speakers:

  • Prof. Vladan Babovic

    Associate Professor Vladan Babovic is a leading scientist in the field of hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven modelling research from early 1990s. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains is starting to gain wider recognition.

    In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, such as Singapore Delft Water Alliance and NUSDeltares, both of which he is founding Director. In addition to this, Vladan serves as member of Board of Directors of Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) where he chairs Netherlands Water House (Singapore).

    Vladan obtained his Ph.D. degrees from both UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he has obtained a business degree at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining National University of Singapore, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).

    Vladan is an active member of several professional associations, such as International Water Association, International Association for Hydraulic Research, International Association of Hydrological Sciences and American Society of Civil Engineers. He is recipient of number of International Awards and serves on scientific boards of range of journals and conferences.

    One of Vladan's passions is creating enthusiasm towards water related issues among students and community in general. Establishment of IAHR Student Chapter at the National University of Singapore; Van Kleef Aquatic Science Centre @ Sungei Ulu Pandan and Singapore Netherlands Water Challenge are but few initiatives he has spearheaded.

  • Prof. Glen Kowach

    Prof. Glen Kowach completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his doctorate from Cornell University while working in the laboratory of Prof. Francis DiSalvo in the area of synthesis, crystal growth, and physical properties of solid-state nitrides. Immediately thereafter, he joined the staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and expanded his research into the area of thin films for microelectronics, single crystals for optics, and negative thermal expansion ceramic composites for telecommunication applications. He was promoted to the position of Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Approximately ten years ago, he joined the faculty at The City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Graduate Center of CUNY. Prof. Kowach held the positions of co-Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility and co-Director of the X-ray Diffraction Facility. In 2008 he was elected as the Chair of the General Chemistry program.

    In addition, he is the President of the American Association of Crystal Growth-MidAtlantic Section. Prof. Kowach is currently the vice-chair of the Chemistry Department. The research of Prof. Kowach encompasses the fields of solid-state inorganic chemistry and condensed matter physics. Primarily, his focus is on the synthesis of novel materials including the deposition of crystalline and amorphous thin films (zinc oxide and strontium titanium alloys), growth of single crystals (zirconium tungstate and transition metal phosphides), fabrication of nanocomposite glasses (barium titanate incorporated into multicomponent silicate glasses), and exploration of novel electronic, magnetic and optical materials (dilute magnetic semiconductors and electro-optics). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation for manganese-substituted semiconductor materials. He has authored over 35 peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and holds 7 patents.

    He participated on a committee of the National Research Council, and he was selected for the Frontiers of Engineering by the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Kowach received the highest award for young authors from the American Association of Crystal Growth in 2005. In 2008 he received the CCNY Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008 and the Provost's Prize for Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation in 2012.

  • Prof. Kim Irvine

    Kim Irvine is a Professor in the Geography and Planning Department at Buffalo State, State University of New York and has been in the department for 26 years. He is the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development at Buffalo State and also is an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Engineering and Management program at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok. He has had positions as a hydrologic scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District and a visiting scientist at Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute.

    Currently he is on sabbatical at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of water quality, sanitation, and water resources management, with projects based in North America, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. He teaches courses in Hydrology, Quantitative Methods, Urban Planning Agencies and Issues, Environment and Sustainable Development Issues in Southeast Asia, Ecosystem Dynamics, Resource and Environmental Management, Urban Environmental Planning and Management, and Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Design.

  • Prof. Wim Uijttewaal

    Wim’s curiosity is triggered by the great consequences of turbulence as we find them in our daily life. Whether it is the ever changing weather patterns, the mixing of olive oil with vinegar in making a salad dressing, or the incredibility shaped plan-forms of natural rivers. All large-scale mixing and transport processes are governed by the complex turbulent motions, that work sometimes in our advantage but can often be a nuisance as in the case of e.g. cycling against the wind.

    After an MSc-study in Applied Physics and a PhD-study in Medical Physics, Wim Uijttewaal became involved in the research field of turbulent mixing and transport processes. In 1995 he joined the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Delft University of Technology, as an assistant professor performing experimental research in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. With much experience in experimental research and knowledge of turbulent processes he holds the chair of Experimental Hydraulics at TUDelft since 2009 and is responsible for the experimental research at the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. He initiated the conference series on Shallow Flows, and (co)organised many other conferences in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering. Over the past years his research scope has widened ranging from sediment transport and river morphodynamics to stability of breakwaters and the interaction between flow and vegetation.

Confirmed for dialogue session:

  • Jaap Smit

    Royal Commissioner Prov. Zuid Holland. Profile coming soon...

  • Tracy Metz

    Tracy Metz, a native of California, is a journalist and author based in the Netherlands. She is the director of the John Adams Institute, an independent foundation that brings the best and brightest of American culture to the Netherlands. She writes about urban issues for the quality national newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. Metz also has a monthly live talkshow in Amsterdam called Stadsleven ('City Life'). She is an international correspondent for the American magazine Architectural Record and was appointed a visiting fellow at Harvard, subsequent to her Loeb Fellowship ('06- ' 07) at the Graduate School of Design. She is the author of a number of books, the most being CURSIEF Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch CURSIEF, about the 'extreme makeover' of the Dutch landscape to accommodate a new, more natural relationship to water in times of climate change.

  • Pieter v.d. Meulen

    Director Heineken Den Bosch. Profile coming soon...

  • Lennart Silvis

    Working on WATER challenges.

    My goal: to create partnerships that have significant impact on the water challenges the world is facing by making optimal use of my growing network, technical background and connective capabilities.

    My contribution: at my best when challenged with complex situations and tough challenges that ask for interaction between public and private partners. I enjoy advising and helping people with finding pragmatic answers to strategic issues.

    My drive: Water is essential for human survival, well-being and important to many sectors of the economy: e.g. food, energy and industry. Water has value from a social, economic and environmental perspective; it is key to sustainable development. My favorite quote: "Collaboration is the new competition"

    Public-Private Partnerships, Sustainable Development, Programme Management, Networking, International Cooperation, Water Management,

  • Prof. dr. R. ten Bos

    Over the years, ten Bos (1959) has lectured and taught in several organizations and companies: Corus, Philips, AKZO, Stork, Vodaphone, Rabobank, Department of Justice, Department of Transport and Public Works, several hospitals, schools, police organizations, and so on. He has been a teacher on business schools such as De Baak, SiOO, TIAS, NSOB, Business School Nederland, and so forth. He has also taught at various universities (Groningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht, Keele, Essex, Leicester, UMIST, UTS Sydney, and so forth). Ten Bos has been a member of the editorial board of M&O (the best known Dutch academic management journal) from 1999 till 2003. He has also been chairman of the editorial board of Filosofie in Bedrijf. In the Netherlands, he is a well know lecturer for both academic and managerial audiences. In 2006, he was elected as one out of ten outstanding “Dutch Masters in Management thinkers”. In the past, he worked for Business School Netherlands (1989-1993), Business School Caribbean (1993-1996) and Schouten & Nelissen (1996-2007). He is still an associated member of Schouten & Nelissen. He has had a privately endowed chair from 2002 to 2005 at Radboud University. From 2006 onward, he has been a part-time professor (0,6 fte) at the same university.

    Ten Bos is a professor of philosophy and organizational theory. His work has oftentimes been located in the field of Critical Management Studies. The poststructural inspiration in his work cannot be overlooked. He takes an interest in and has published on a wild variety of subjects such as organizational ethics, strategic management, non-human animals and organization, managerial melancholia, organizational defacement, epistemological problems about accountancy, problems of inclusion and exclusion, gender issues, and so forth. For the near future, there are no decent plans for specialization.

  • Carla Moonen

    Carla Moonen is a result driven high level policy maker who Is able to bring together the different stakeholders in the field of water governance. She is exceptionally equipped to connect the implementation of regional water policies with macro trends on green growth, financing of water and climate change. Carla Moonen was appointed by N.M. the King as Chairperson of the General Assembly and Executive Board of the Water Authority Brabantse Delta. The Brabant Water Authority is responsible for flood management and waste water treatment in an area holding over 22.000 companies and 800.000 citizens. Furthermore it is accountable of a budget over 140 million Euros and has 530 employees. We are part of the Dutch Water Authorities. Also Carla Moonen IS: 1. Member of the Supervisory board of CSR Europe - Network Organisation for Corporate and Social Responsibility 2. Member of the executive board of International Water Committee of the Dutch Water Authorities 3. Member of the Global Green Growth Forum She has been the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister from 2008 until 2013. Specialized in water- and land management, energy, agriculture, nature, mobility and sustainability from local to world scale. Her main tasks were Member of the Dutch delegation of the international climate congresses (Copenhagen etc) and Co-writer of the OESO Green Growth Strategy in Paris. In the period between 2005-2008 she has been Deputy Director Inspectorate of the Budget Ministry of Finance. She was responsible for the supervision of the national government expenditures (nearly 180 billion euro's). Before that she was Project Director of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment and Senior Advisor of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

  • Peter Glas

    Peter C.G. Glas LLM, MSc, Col(r) (1956) has worked as an environmental consultant from 1983 - 2003. In 2003 he was appointed by H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as chairman of Water Board De Dommel in The Netherlands. Starting as a mathematical biologist in 1983 he worked at Delt Hydraulics (now Deltares) as a consultant. In 1989 – 1991 he took up a position as senior staff policy advisor on environmental research with the Directorate General for Environment. After his return to Delft Hydraulics in 1991, until 2003 he held the position of regional manager for Central and Eastern Europe, aswell as various management positions. In 2003 Peter Glas was appointed chairman of Water Board De Dommel. This regional water authority is responsible for surface-water management, flood control, sanitation, irrigation and drainage, servicing about 1 million inhabitants in the Southern part of The Netherlands. Since 2010 president of the Netherlands Association of Regional Water Authorities. Since 2011 member of the supervisory board of the NWB) Bank Since 2013 chairman of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

  • Ong Eng Chuan

    Mr Ong is Singapore’s Ambassador to Belgium, with concurrent accreditation to the European Union, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.