Conference & Seminar Energy & Infrastructure  •  Smart Cities  •  Sustainability & Responsibility

[POSTPONED] Tackling the myths of global water crisis: roles of business, public sector and society

Marina Barrage, Courtyard Room, 8 Marina Gardens Drive Marina Barrage

Language: English

Member Rate : SGD$35
Non-Member Rate : SGD $45

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Is Water Scarcity a fatality? Are Chennai, Sao Paulo, Cape Town going to face “Day Zero” in a near future? What about Zimbabwe, Myanmar, China and Singapore?

Jointly organised with the SwissCham, the SpanishCham and Belgium Luxembourg Business Group (BLBG), we are delighted to invite our members to a CSR event happening on Thursday 20th February at Marina Barrage. Our panel of outstanding experts will discuss these burning questions and answer questions from the audience. 

The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Manfred Rist, SwissCham’s board advisor and the South East Asia correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a Swiss newspaper. 

The panel includes key players from water & environment institutions, governments and businesses.


9.00am: Breakfast Welcome
9:30am: Introduction

  • H.E. Fabrice Filliez – Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore
  • H.E. Andy Detaille – Ambassador of Belgium in Singapore
  • H.E. Santiago Miralles - Ambassador of Spain in Singapore

9:40am: Experts Panel Discussion

  • Introduction by the moderator, Mr. Manfred Rist.
  • Mr. Moh WH, International Water Expert with extensive experience in Singapore and China
  • Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore
  • Dr. Evelyne Fiechter-Widemann, President of the Workshop for Water Ethics (W4W) 
  • Prof. Dr. Asit K. Biswas, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore 

10:30am: Q&A session 
11:00am: Networking


About the Speakers

Dr. Asit K. BISWAS, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore 

Asit K Biswas is one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore.

Formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was a member of the World Commission on Water. He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Agencies, Secretary General of OECD and also to many other major international and national organisations. He is a Past President of the International Water Resources Association, and has held important positions in several major international water and environment‐related professional associations.

Prof. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain. In 2012, he was named a “Water Hero of the World” by the Impeller Magazine, and also as one of the 10 thought‐leaders of the world in water by Reuters. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum. 

Dr. Cecilia TORTAJADA, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. The main focus of her work at present is on the future of the world´s water, especially in terms of water, food, energy and environmental securities through coordinated policies.

She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD and IDRC, and has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and environment-related policies. She is a member of the OECD Initiative in Water Governance.

Dr. Evelyne FIECHTER-WIDEMANN, President of the Workshop for Water Ethics (W4W)

Dr. Evelyne Fiechter-Widemann, formerly barrister at the Geneva Court (Switzerland), lives presently in Singapore where she is researching on water ethics.

Her interdisciplinary thesis “Human Right to Water: Justice or…Sham?” was presented at the University of Geneva in 2015. She is president of the Workshop for Water Ethics (W4W).

Mr. MOH Wung Hee, International Water Expert with extensive experience in Singapore and China

Moh Wung Hee (“Moh” as he is known) is a Chartered Professional Engineer, being Fellow in leading international engineering institutions (FICE UK & FIES Singapore). After graduation in 1977, Moh joined Singapore’s Public Service for environmental and water resources development works till 2009, starting with the Ministry of Environment (ENV) and eventually PUB Singapore (the National Water Agency) after the latter’s integration into the Ministry. Over this 32-Year public service career, he planned and implemented over S$10 billion of water resources development projects. And over the last decade after leaving public service, he has led water and other infrastructure works for major urban development projects in India and China. 



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