TUESDAY 5 MAY
Stream 6, Urban Drought Resilience in Cities
THE FUTURE OF WATER SECURE CITIES: APPLYING LESSONS FROM THE MILLENNIUM DROUGHT
Rachel Barratt, Associate Director, Aither
Rachel Barratt has around 20 years’ experience in the water sector and joined Aither as the South Australian lead in 2018. Prior to joining Aither, Rachel held a number of senior roles including Chief Executive Officer with the Water Industry Alliance, Director Strategy in the SA Department for Water and Principal Policy Officer in the SA Office for Water Security. Rachel was a member of the SA Murray Darling Basin National Resource Management Board and is currently Director of Brownhill, Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Board. In addition to her knowledge and expertise of water and natural resources management and policy, Rachel is well known for her strategic foresight and engagement expertise.
TUESDAY 5 MAY
Stream 6, Water Planning & the Importance of a Catchment/Basin Focus
COLORADO RIVER BASIN DROUGHT PLANNING AND INTERNATIONAL, FEDERAL, STATE, AND INDIGENOUS NATIONS COLLABORATION
Dr Sharon Megdal, Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
Professor Sharon B. Megdal is Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, USA. Her work focuses on water policy and management, on which she writes and frequently speaks. The geographic scope of Dr. Megdal’s work ranges from local to international. Projects include comparative evaluation of water management in water-scarce regions, groundwater recharge, and transboundary aquifer assessment. She is the lead editor of the book, Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. For over 10 years Sharon has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), a large water conveyance project that delivers Colorado River Water. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.