Keynote Lectures

We have the honour and pleasure to announce the participation of the following distinguished keynote speakers at the Congress.

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría took up the post of Secretary-General of the OECD on 1 June 2006 following a distinguished career in Mexico’s public service, including: Minister of Foreign Affairs (1994 – 1998) and Minister of Finance and Public Credit (1998 – 2000). Mr. Gurría developed a close relationship with the OECD, overseeing the initial years of Mexico’s membership and chairing the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting in 1999.
He served as Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the International Coffee Organisation, based in London, from 1976 to 1978, and held various roles
in the fi nancial area of Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission, National Development Bank (Nafinsa), Rural Development Fund, and the Offi ce of the Mayor of Mexico City. Following a 14-year tenure at Mexico’s Finance Ministry from 1978 to 1992, he became President and CEO of Mexico’s export-import bank, Bancomext in 1992. In 1993, Mr. Gurría was appointed President and CEO of Mexico’s national development bank, Nacional Financiera.

Summary of A. Gurria speech

Global access to water and sanitation is one of the most critical challenges for policy makers. There are still 1.1 billion people who lack access to safe drinking water and more than 2.5 billion without access to basic sanitation services. Demographic expansion, economic growth and climate change will increasingly strain competition for water resources between domestic, agricultural and industrial users.

Water scarcity and limited access to water and sanitation services are predominately the result of poor governance, inefficient management and unfulfilled international commitments. This situation calls for a renewed approach, based on a mix of integrated policy measures and reforms. Guaranteeing “water for all” will demand a set of cultural changes and tough political decisions, like setting the right prices signals for consumers. For this to happen we need to “get the incentives right’’ through innovative formulas based on effective co-operation and mutual learning; formulas that are carefully tailored to local realities.

As a multidisciplinary international organisation with extensive experience on water issues, economics, governance and development, OECD is uniquely positioned to help countries to improve their management systems, to make their international co-operation more effective and to address the political economy challenges of water reform.

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Michel Jarraud OMM Secretary-General

Michel Jarraud, OMM Secretary-General Michel Jarraud was appointed Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation by the Fourteenth World Meteorological Congress and took up his post on 1 January 2004. He was re-appointed by the Fifteenth World Meteorological Congress for a second fouryear
term starting 1 January 2008. Before joining the WMO Secretariat as Deputy Secretary-General in January 1995, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He was appointed Deputy Director of the Centre in 1991, having been Director of the Operational Department since 1990. From June 1978 to December 1985, he was a Researcher in numerical weather prediction at ECMWF. Mr Jarraud started his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Météo-France, as researcher (September 1976-May 1978). He joined Météo-France again in January 1986 as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department, until December 1989.

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John Pigram -IWRA Ven Te Chow Laureate 2008

In a rapidly changing global environment, the leadership of the International Water Resources Association and its members is vital in promoting sustainable water planning and management for all the world's peoples. The Association, through its network of expertise and experience and its influence, is uniquely placed to help the process of reform, restructuring and redistribution necessary to achieve sustainable solutions to global and regional water issues. To some, globalization is a suspect process to be resisted. However, in a positive sense, globalization implies sharing, collaboration and partnership. Globalization offers a means whereby developing, as well as industrialized nations, water-rich and water-poor, and the public and private sector, can be brought together in a mutually advantageous relationship to share knowledge and ensure that the dissemination of technological advances and better practice in water management is directed towards overcoming water scarcity and deficiencies in sanitation. The need to address water-related problems in a trans-disciplinary way and to pursue partnerships and common ground between governments, water professionals and involved communities are essential if the world is to meet the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

September 2nd, from 18:00 am to 19:00, in Room Pasteur

Luis Carlos Guedes Pinto, former Ministre Agriculture of Brazil

Luis Carlos Guedes Pinto, Former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply Luis Carlos Guedes Pinto graduated in Agronomy Engineering in 1965
and earned his PhD in Agronomy in 1973 at “Luiz de Queiroz” Agricultural College, University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). Between 1973-1982 he participated in the creation of EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agency for Agricultural Research), became Chief of Staff to the President and Head of the Technical Advising Unit, among other
responsibilities. In 2003-2004 he was president of CONAB, Brazil’s crop supply agency. He held the post of Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply in 2005-2006. He was Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply for the period 2006-2007.


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Sanjit Bunker Roy - India’s Barefoot College generation

Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, Founder of the Barefoot College and the Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective Since founding the Social Work and Research Centre in 1972, Roy has been living in Tilonia, a village in one of India’s largest, driest and poorest states and devoting his life to bettering the conditions of the rural poor. Better known as the Barefoot College, the centre has trained two generations of villagers without any formal paper qualifications to become health-care workers, solar engineers, hand-pump mechanics and teachers in their communities. Thanks largely to its efforts, over 100,000 people in 110 villages now have access to safe drinking water, education, health and employment.


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