Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marion Savill
International Water Association New Zealand (IWA NZ)

From a background of over 30 years’ experience in the sciences of toxicology, forensics and water microbiology at CDHB, ESR and Affordable Water, Marion’s career now focuses on international water issues: she is an International Water Association (IWA) Fellow, a Past Chair of the international speciality group Health Related Water Microbiology of IWA and is on the Board of IWA NZ. Since 2010 Marion has Co-Chaired three international symposia on the Impact of Extreme Events on Water and its relationship to Health: she has been on the science programme committee of Singapore Water Week for the last nine years, has worked with international groups investigating the differing needs of microbial methods within Public Health Risk Management Plans (for water) and in joint microbial methods projects. Within New Zealand, Marion has been involved in the identification of microbes in all forms of water sources polluted by human and animal activities.

Dr. Robert Bos
IWA / World Health Organisation

Robert Bos is a Dutch public health biologist (University of Amsterdam) who completed a 32-year career with the World Health Organization in February 2013; the last four years he was Coordinator of WHO’s Water, Sanitation and Health Programme in the Department of Public Health and Environment.

Following his retirement from WHO, he has been a part-time Senior Advisor with the International Water Association, and has carried out international assignments related to the development of SDG6 indicators, the human rights to water and sanitation, CGIAR agriculture, nutrition and health research and the estimation of water-associated tropical disease burdens. Since January 2016 he is a member of a consultants’ team for the Asian Development Bank, working on health impact assessment of infrastructure projects, with a focus on the Mekong countries.

Drinking Water Workshop: Moderator
Conference and Expo: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Wednesday 20 September

Dr. Steve Hrudey
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Hrudey is a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. He has served on 28 expert panels, dealing with high profile environmental health issues, including: the Walkerton Inquiry (2000-2002), the Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations in Canada (2006) and Chair of the Water Research Foundation Expert Panel on drinking water disinfection by-products and bladder cancer (Washington, D.C., 2014-2015). He has been recognised with several major awards including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for service to scholarship in science and the top research award (2012 A.P. Black Award) of the American Water Works Association.

Drinking Water Workshop: Session 1, 8:45 am – 9:45 am, Tuesday 19 September
Conference & Expo: 9:15 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday 20 September

Dr. Jamie Bartram
Director of the Water Institute, University of North Carolina, USA

Dr. Jamie Bartram is Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the Director of the ‘Water Institute at UNC’. He was awarded the IWA (International Water Association) ‘Grand Award’ in 2004 and has held Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bristol and Surrey, UK. Dr. Bartram has over 25 years’ experience of international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in environment and health and water supply and sanitation.

Drinking Water Workshop: Session 1  continued, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Tuesday 19 September
Conference & Expo: 11:00 am – 11:30 am, Wednesday 20 September

Prof. David Kay
Professor, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

David is a Director of CREH Ltd and Professor of Environment and Health at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has acted as consultants and/or advisors on water quality and standards for recreational and drinking water to WHO, EU, USEPA, NERC, EPSRC, DEFRA, DWI, HPa, Scottish Government, Environment Agency, SEPA and WRc.

Drinking Water Workshop: Session 1  continued, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Tuesday 19 September
Conference & Expo: 9:15 am – 10:00 am, Thursday 21 September

Dr. Paul Byleveld
Manager Water Unit, Environmental Health Branch, New South Wales Health, Australia

Paul manages the Water Unit in New South Wales Health, Australia, which is responsible for public health regulation and advice on drinking water, wastewater, water recycling, and recreational waters. He oversees the legislation and policies for drinking water quality assurance. Paul led the development, and oversees implementation, of the $200 million Aboriginal Communities Water Supplies and Sewerage Program. He has contributed to the development of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality.

Paul has international experience with the Red Cross and the Australian Government in conflict, post-conflict and natural disasters (tsunami, earthquake, typhoon and floods). He has worked in the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and Pacific. He has established refugee/displaced persons camps and emergency water supply, sanitation and vector control, built community water systems and coordinated health programs.

Drinking Water Workshop: Session 3, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday 19 September
Conference and Expo: 8:30 am – 9:15 am, Thursday 21 September