HASTINGS CHIKOKO is the Regional Director for Africa at C40. He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities. His work with local authorities started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with IUCN in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director (ad Interim) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN in South Africa.
PROPOSED TOPIC: WATER SECURITY IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR AFRICAN CITIES
DR JEAN-MARC MWENGE KAHINDA is a catchment hydrologist at the CSIR. He holds a PhD and an MSC (Eng) in Civil engineering an MSc (Eng) in Water Resources Engineering and Management as well as a BSc(Eng) in Mining Engineering. He lectures water subjects in three universities of the SADC region; organises and facilitates trainings and short-courses. His skills and expertise are in catchment hydrology, water resources management and integrating catchment water and ecosystem management processes.
PROPOSED TOPIC: EXTENDING WATER ACCESS THROUGH ALTERNATIVE MEANS – RAIN WATER CAPTURE AND EFFICIENCY (CASE STUDY)
Although used for decades in South Africa, rainwater harvesting (RWH) is still far from being utilised to its full potential as unresolved challenges prevent its wide scale adoption.
Key challenges preventing the nationwide expansion of RWH are the current water related legislations, the lack of finances and the absence of a national umbrella body that coordinates. While opportunities lie in the worth of knowledge gathered by research projects, funded over the last two decades, on the biophysical and socio-economic impacts of RWH.
ALEX MCNAMARA is the Programme Manager for Climate Change and Water at the National Business Initiative (NBI). Alex is an inter-disciplinary expert in the field of sustainable development, focusing on climate change, energy and water. He has advised a range of companies, industry bodies, government departments and international donors. Prior to joining the NBI, Alex worked as a Principal Consultant at Camco Clean Energy.
PROPOSED TOPIC: WATER SCARCITY AS IT AFFECTS BUSINESS IN DEVELOPING CITIES
DR KEVIN HARDING holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He previously worked at Environmental Resources Management on industrial risk assessment projects. He is currently employed at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as an LCA and water footprinting researcher and lecturer in Chemical Engineering.
PROPOSED TOPIC: MEASURING WATER USE AS A MEANS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY (CASE STUDY)
PATRICK ROSSLEE is a consultant focussing on rainwater harvesting systems at Jojo Tanks.
PROPOSED TOPIC: STRATEGIES FOR RAIN WATER CAPTURE AND USAGE
Patrick will discuss rainwater harvesting and suggest how it should move forward in domestic installations.
MARCO LOTZ is the Sustainability Carbon Specialist within Nedbank’s Enterprise Governance and Compliance Division. He has a BIng and a MSc in engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in engineering from the University of Pretoria. His PhD focused on the project management and risk management of GHG emission reduction projects.
Among his range of roles at Nedbank are the monitoring, management, and reduction of the group’s carbon footprint as well as obtaining carbon neutral status. Marco also contributes to the development of the group’s policies on electricity, climate change, liquid fuels and diverse environmental matters.
He also liaises with clients and external parties in the implementation of sustainability projects and acts as a centre of excellence and thought leadership in the climate change and green economy developments spaces.
PROPOSED TOPIC: ALLEVIATING WATER POVERTY THROUGH FUNDING SUSTAINABLE WATER PROJECTS
ANTON SWANEPOEL has been working for the Geberit group since 2004. He has supported professionals with sustainable building design all over the African continent and Indian Ocean Islands in the area of water efficiency.
The Geberit Group is the European market leader in sanitary technology with a global orientation. Since its formation in 1874, the company has been one of the pioneers in the sanitary industry and is constantly setting new trends with comprehensive system solutions.
PROPOSED TOPIC: WATER EFFICIENCY AS PART OF LEED®, THE POTENTIAL OF WATER SAVING IN A CASE STUDY