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Women, Water and Leadership Workshop, 13-14 February 2014, ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines
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Thursday 13 February 2014

Session 1: Welcome and Opening Remarks Welcoming Remarks: Shireen Lateef ADB Shireen Lateef is Senior Advisor (Gender) in the Office of VicePresident Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. She was the architect of ADB’s Policy on Gender and Development (1998) which provides the guiding framework for ADB’s gender and development activities. Over the years, her tasks have included oversight of policy implementation; advice to Management on gender-related matters; policy and program advice to operational departments; coordination of ADB wide gender programs; resource mobilization for strategic initiatives, and; coordination with government agencies, development partners, international and regional NGOs. She is currently the Chair of ADB’s Gender Equity Community of Practice. Prior to this position, she was Director, Social Sectors Division in the South East Asia Department. In this role she worked directly in operations – managing project processing and implementation of social sector projects spanning education, health, water supply and sanitation, tourism and urban development sectors in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam. Until June 2012 she was the Chair of the Multilateral Development Bank’s Working Group on Gender. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Monash University, Melbourne Australia.



Opening Remarks: Bindu N. Lohani Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB, Manila, Philippines Mr. Bindu N. Lohani is Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. During his 25 years in the Bank, Mr. Lohani held several positions, including Vice President (Finance and Administration), Director General of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department concurrently Chief Compliance Officer, Special Advisor to the President on Clean Energy, Climate Change and Environment, The Secretary of the Bank, and Deputy Director General of Infrastructure Department and Office of Environment and Social Department. Before joining ADB, he worked for the Government of Nepal and was Division Chairman of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok.Dr. Lohani holds a Doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of United States, and is a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council. Dr. Lohani served on the 18-member Blue Ribbon Committee for "Grand Challenges for Engineering for the 21st Century”, an American National Science Foundation Project, to identify the world's greatest challenges and opportunities in the next century. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Institute of Water Policy (Singapore). Women, Water, and Leadership- Overview: Jeremy Bird Director General, IWMI Jeremy specialises in water resources policy, management and institutions and joined IWMI in October 2012 having been CEO of the Mekong River Commission for three years. He started his career as a chartered civil engineer before moving into the water sector in the mid1980s with Masters degrees in irrigation engineering and later water law and policy. Jeremy’s varied career includes research and consultancy work across Asia and Africa and experience with project development with the Asian Development Bank. From 1998 to 2001, he was a part of the Secretariat of the World Commission on Dams that looked into the governance environmental and social issues around dam planning and then coordinated the multi-stakeholder follow-up activity, the Dams and Development Project with UNEP. As an independent consultant, he has undertaken policy compliance assessments on hydropower projects for a number of development banks. In 2011, he advised the German Government on the Bonn Conference on Water, Food and Energy Security Nexus. At IWMI, he has been guiding the start-up of the CGIAR’s Water, Land and Ecosystem Program and leading development of the Institute’s new five-year strategy that focuses on ‘a water secure world’.



SESSION 2 What Lies Beneath: Why Women’s Leadership Matters in the Water Sector and Why Now? Chair: Sonomi Tanaka ADB Sonomi Tanaka is responsible for overseeing and providing advice on ADB-wide operations in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. As Co-Chair of Gender Equity CoP, she facilitates knowledge management on gender and development in ADB and coordinates gender-mainstreaming initiatives across different departments and through different CoPs. Sonomi has worked on gender and development, poverty reduction, social analysis, social protection, and community participation issues in Asia and the Pacific for nearly 20 years. She has covered a number of sectors including infrastructure, education, health, public sector management, finance, and natural resources management. Prior to working with ADB, Sonomi worked in the World Bank South Asia Department and in development institutions in Japan. She holds a Master of Arts on Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University and a post- graduate diploma on development studies from the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School in Japan. She has a bachelor’s degree on International Relations from the University of Tokyo. Speakers: Fraser Sugden IWMI, Nepal Fraser Sugden is a social science researcher specializing in the political economy of agriculture and water management. His specific research interests include the impact of farm size, landlord-tenant relations, and migration on agrarian change and irrigation uptake. Other interests include the intersection between climate change, gender and class relations, as well as opportunities for equitable adaptation and collective action. With IWMI he has worked extensively in the eastern Gangetic plains, with a focus on the Nepal Tarai and Bihar, and is also engaged in research in Nepal’s eastern and far-western hills. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Stirling where he worked for a cross-country project (HighARCS) on highland aquatic resources and livelihoods in upland regions of India, Vietnam and China. His PhD in Geography was completed from the University of Edinburgh, focusing on agrarian transition and land relations in the Nepal Terai. Bernadette P. Resurreccion Stockholm Environment Institute, Thailand Dr. Resurreccion has done research, teaching and consulting on gender, livelihoods, migration, climate change adaptation and natural resource management in the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. She has recently co-edited ‘Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions’ (Earthscan 2008) and ‘Water Rights and Social Justice in Mekong ! $!

Waters’ (Earthscan, 2011). She has advised doctoral students working on aspects of gender and climate change adaptation in Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh and Nigeria. She currently leads research projects on gender, disaster recovery and mobility in the Philippines (Research Council of Norway); gender, climate adaptation and water stresses in peri-urban Southeast Asia (IDRC); and a grants awarding program on water governance in the Mekong region (M-POWER-CPWF). Aditi Raina LKY School of Public Policy Aditi Raina is currently a PhD student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, with a research focus on gender, water and food security. She has extensive experience in community-based projects on biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement. She was the Coordinator for the Freshwater and Wetlands Programs at WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) India and the Coordinator for livelihood and advocacy at SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) Delhi, India’s largest trade union organizing and supporting women in the informal sector economy. She has a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Supported by Denis Wichelns Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore Dennis Wichelns is an agricultural and natural resource economist with many years of experience in production agriculture, and also in teaching, research, and policy analysis. He is presently Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Policy at the National University of Singapore. He has served on the faculty of several colleges and universities in the United States, and as a Senior Fellow with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). While with IWMI, Dennis worked with many international colleagues on a variety of studies regarding water, agriculture, and livelihoods in several countries across Asia and Africa. He is currently one of several Editors-in-Chief of Agricultural Water Management and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Water Resources & Rural Development. SESSION 3 Making Waves: Gender and Water Policy at International and National Level Chair: Madar Samad IWMI Dr. Madar Samad is presently an Acting Theme Leader at the International Water Management Institute. Previously, he was the IWMI’s Regional Director for South Asia and was also the Leader of IWMI’s research theme on Water Resources and Institution and Policies. Samad is an agricultural economist. He has considerable research experience on a wide range of issues ! %!

relating to agriculture, irrigation management, and water resources development. He has done extensive research on water policy and institutional reforms in the irrigation sector, especially on the impacts of participatory irrigation management (PIM) and irrigation management transfer in Asia and Africa. He has published extensively on this subject. Samad was a member of the steering committee on the project on Irrigation Sector Reform in Central and East European Counties initiated by the European Regional Working Group (ERWG) of the International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). He undertook a consultancy for the Asian Development Bank to prepare a paper on the experiences with irrigation management transfer (IMT) in Asia. His other major research involvements are on linkages between access to water and land with poverty and, more recently, on the management of resettlement and rehabilitation of communities who are involuntarily displaced due to large-scale infrastructure projects. He has been extensively involved in capacity building activities and has organised various capacity building activities for policy makers and practitioners He has also provided academic supervision and guidance to students reading for Masters and Ph.D. degrees at leading universities. Speakers: Patricia Wouters Xiamen Law School, China Professor Patricia Wouters, PhD is an expert in international water law. She was founding Director of the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, the only UNESCO Centre in the UK. Professor Wouters now heads up the China International Water Law program at Xiamen University, China, where she has a visiting professorship under China's 1000 Talents Program. Professor Wouters has published extensively, continues to supervise PhDs and has presented her work globally. Ilaria Sisto FAO, Italy Ilaria works in the FAO Social Protection Division and leads the program that aims to strengthen the capacity of targeted member countries to develop and implement gender equitable policies, strategies, investment programs for rural development and food security; and supports the development of institutional frameworks and human resource capacities to ensure that FAO’s staff are able to support member countries’ initiatives to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her work mainly focuses on water resources management, land governance and livelihoods in humanitarian interventions. Since 1989, Ilaria has worked with the FAO, first in Latin America, and from FAO Headquarters since 1995, traveling all over the world to organize capacity developing activities, backstop projects and programs, and support countries with policy and strategy formulation and implementation. Over the years she has carried out many technical missions to Asian countries. Since 1991 she has promoted gender mainstreaming in the water sector in agriculture. She received her degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, and has a M.S. in



Environmental horticulture from the University of California Davis and a Certificate in Management from the John Cabot University. Ian Makin ADB Ian W. Makin is Principal Water Resources Specialist, Regional and Sustainable Development Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He helps coordinate implementation of the ADB water operational plan, focusing on water resources and agricultural water management including provision of support to ADB’s operations departments. He has been ADB’s focal point for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations. Prior to ADB, he was Regional Director at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) leading a range of research and capacity building initiatives in South East and South Asia. Before which he was a senior engineer at HR Wallingford, UK, leading water resource projects in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Jamaica. He holds a Masters degree in soil and water engineering from Cranfield, UK. SESSION 4 Water Security: Tapping Women Leaders for Improved Water Resources Management Chair: Ian Makin, ADB Speakers: Badra Kamaladasa Ministry of Irrigation & Water Management, Sri Lanka Badra is the Director General of Irrigation of Irrigation Department of Sri Lanka. She obtained B.Sc (Eng ) degree at University of Sri Lanka, Moratuwa University in 1978, and after a short spell of work at Urban Development Authority joined the Irrigation Department of Sri Lanka in 1979. She has held positions ranking from Irrigation Engineer and then Chief Irrigation Engineer, Deputy Director, Director and finally assumed the highest position of this 110 years old technical Department, creating history as the first lady to hold this position. Her specialization includes Dam Safety, Operation and management of Irrigation schemes, water management, training and capacity building, gender mainstreaming, legal and institutional aspects in water sector etc. She has more than 20 technical papers to her credit and many articles contributed to magazines and newspapers. She is the author of “Irrigation Development in Sri Lanka,” published by the Institution Engineers, Sri Lanka. She obtained M.Eng.Sc (Development Technologies) Uni of Melbourne, Australia in 1994 and is a Fellow member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.



Kalmah Eni Directorate General of Water Resources, Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia Kalmah is the section head of Performance Evaluation sub directorate of water resources programming. Her main tasks are assessing the benefit development outcomes of water resources projects; coaching, monitoring and evaluation of water resources policies and program; and implementation of quality assurance. Kalmah graduated from Unesco-Ihe Delft with a M.S.

Haslina Amer Integrated River Basin Management Section, Selangor Waters Management Authority, Malaysia Haslina Amer is the Head of the Integrated River Basin Management Section of the Selangor Waters Management Authority (SWMA). She has more than 13 years of experience in water resource management and has been a core staff member of the Selangor Waters Management Authority since its inception in 2000. Her work covers water resource management and conservation at the basin level, including the seven main river basins in Selangor, Malaysia. She also coordinates the Selangor Component of the ‘Integrated River Basin Management Project,’ which is a collaborative program between the Governments of Malaysia and Denmark (2002-2007). Haslina is also responsible for the implementation of the IRBM Plan and the development of the Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIMS). She has presented papers about the implementation of the IRBM in Selangor at the PEMSEA Network Local Government (PNLG), Sihanoukville, Cambodia and at a WEPA Dialogue in Putrajaya. In 2013, Haslina helped to build capacity as a trainer for Integrated Urban Flood Management in Jakarta. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science, Malaysia, a diploma in Integrated Environment and Water Management from the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI), Denmark and a Diploma in River Basin Management from the CEDDET Foundation, Spain in collaboration with the Network of Asian River Basin Organization (NARBO). SESSION 5 Treading Water: Women, Power and Disempowerment – Community Women Mobilizing Chair: Kusum Athukorala Global Water Partnership & NetWater, Sri Lanka A social scientist with research interests in community development, rural development, gender, and water, Kusum was a steering committee member at the inception of the Global Water Partnership in 1996. She went on to cofound and be active in several water related organizations where her work ranges from supporting gender and water activism at a global ! (!

level as co-chair of the gender expert group for the UNESCO World Water Development Report, to running “Jalavahini,” an empowerment initiative for women leaders in community based organizations in Sri Lanka. In 2013, she was the key speaker for the ADB’s Gender Day, Gender Day for India Water Week, Ozwater 13, and the UN General Assembly on World Water Day. At present, she is chair of the Sri Lanka Water Partnership, founder/core group member of SaciWATERS (Hyderabad), founder/president of NetWater (Sri Lanka), and steering committee member for the Women for Water Partnership. She won the International Water Association’s International Women and Water Award for 2012-14 and was made a trustee for the National Community Water Trust by the Sri Lankan government. Speakers: Lalitha Nanemearacchhi Shramashakthi CBO, Bisowella, Kegalle district, Sri Lanka Lalitha Nanemearchchi, formerly the secretary of the Shramashkthi community organization, is currently the manager of the pumping scheme in Bisowella, Galgamuwa, Kegalle district, Sri Lanka. The system was set up in 2000 under the ADB assisted third water supply and sanitation sector project in 1999. She is also a community resource person in the Jalavahini program for Empowerment of women leaders in the water sector. Lalitha passed the General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level in 1974. Yasomenike Mapagedera Randiya CBO, Balantota North, Nawalapitiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka Yasomenike Mapagedera is the secretary of the Randiya CBO managed water supply system in Balanthota, Nawalapitiya, Kandy district, Sri Lanka. This system was set up in 2007 under the Community Water Supply and Sanitation Project supported by the World Bank. She is also the secretary of the Joint CBO federation of the Kandy District and the Pasbage Korale CBO federation. Her organization is a member of the National Community Water Trust, set up under the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage. She passed the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level in December of 1983. Tari Bowling! Integrated WASH-Nutrition coordinator, Lao PDR Tari is an independent consultant for the Theun-Hinboun Power Company in the Lao PDR. Her work covers water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition in impacted villages, and project integration within the companies social and environment division. Tari has 12 years’ experience in Australia and Laos in the field of water resource management, participatory community development and WASH with a focus on project integration. She holds a Masters in Integrated Water Management from the International Water Centre, University of Queensland. ! )!


SESSION 6 A Fish Out of Water? Women’s Leadership and Water Utilities Chair: Shireen Lateef, ADB Speakers: Rodora Gamboa Maynilad Water Academy/Services, Philippines Rodora N. Gamboa is currently the Head of the Maynilad Water Academy. Prior to this, Ms. Gamboa was the General Manager of the Davao City Water District. During her more than 25 years in the water sector, she has held managerial positions in the fields of Information Technology, Corporate Planning and Human Resources. She is a resource speaker and facilitator in trainings/seminars/conferences on topics such as Strategic Planning, Corporate Planning, Water District Operations, Non-Revenue Water, Gender and Development, Watershed Management, Integrated Water Resource Management and Rainwater Harvesting, in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Netherlands, Africa and other countries. Ms. Gamboa also holds the position of President of the Philippine Capacity Building Network and Chair-Elect of the Philippine Water Partnership, Philippine Toolbox Hub Coordinator of Global Water Partnership Toolbox and Secretary of the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition. She is a licensed Chemical Engineer and possesses a degree in Master in Environmental Planning. In January 2007, she was awarded as the Outstanding Chemical Engineer in the Government Service Category by the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers. In May, the Board of Chemical Engineering of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) officially recognized her as Outstanding Chemical Engineer. She was an Institutional Awardee of the University of Mindanao. Zailan Shariff Information Technology, Ranhill Utilities, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Zailan Shariff is the Head of Information Technology Department. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA and a Diploma in Management from Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM). She has more than 15 years involvement in water operation and management. Her work experience covers project management within the company or outside ranging from operational systems to hardware/network projects. She implements, develops, supervises and monitors overall company’s IT Business Plan to its objectives including risk management, governance and security control. She has presented papers in few of SCADA security conferences, International Water Associations/Malaysia Water Association conferences in Malaysia and outside (Amsterdam). She has been involved in capacity building project in Kathmandu, Nepal (2011-2012) for 10 months, and twinning programs in few countries such as in Philippines (Davao), Thailand (Bangkok), and Indonesia (Jakarta). ! *!

Nino Abuladze United Water Supply Company of Georgia Nino Abuladze is an Investment Project Manager at Project Management and International Relations Department; she works for infrastructure projects in water and sanitation, which are funded by Donor organization, Particularly by Asian Development Bank. Her responsibility includes managing, monitoring guiding and reporting ongoing projects. Since, gender issue is one of the most important components for ADB projects, she works for facilitate and enhance gender equity within the company. During one year she worked for Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, as Senior Specialist at minister’s office, where she used to work for Urban Service Development Projects for Regions of Georgia, currently from May 2012, she works for United Water Supply Company of Georgia. She holds BA in Social Sciences from Caucasus University. SESSION 7 The Last Drop: Women’s Leadership for More Sustainable Water Supply Chair: Nicoline de Haan IWMI Nicoline de Haan is a rural sociologist with expertise and interest in gender, natural resources and small holders. She holds a master’s degree in development sociology from Wageningen Agricultural University and was awarded a PhD in rural sociology, with a minor in economics, from University of Missouri, Columbia. She started her working career in Nigeria at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, which is part of the CGIAR), researching the interaction between gender and natural resources, including issues of resilience and adaptive capacity. In 2007, she joined FAO, to work on the avian influenza pandemic as socio-economic coordinator on animal health, initially at regional level, later at global level. In this role, she was actively involved in ensuring that the impacts of animal diseases on women and smallholder were kept at a minimum, working with national governments and national veterinary services in the process. She was also engaged in understanding how women deal and integrate risk within their livelihood strategies. At the start of this year, she joined IWMI and WLE, as coordinator for the gender, poverty and institutions portfolio, where her role is to provide guidance and inputs on gender within the strategic research on water, land and ecosystems within agriculture, where issues of gender inequity play an important role.



Speakers: Nuon Pichnimith Department of Rural Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia Nuon Pichnimith is the Deputy Director of the Department of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia. In this capacity, he has worked with many development partners to bring about positive changes in water management in the Cambodian countryside. From 2000- 2005, he was the Deputy Director of a community based rural development project, funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and from 2005-2010, he worked as a project manager for the ADB funded Tonle Sap Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project. Currently, he is acting as a project manager for the Second Rural Water Supply-and Sanitation Sector Project, also funded by ADB. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director, Mr. Pichnimith was Chief of the Small Skill Irrigation Office of the Department of Rural Water Supply, starting in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Irrigation Engineering in 1990, and a Master Degree in Administration and Management in 2003. Dr. Bilqis Amin Hoque Uttara University, Bangladesh Professor Bilqis Amin Hoque is Dean of the School of Civil, Environment and Industrial Engineering of the Uttara University, Bangladesh and President of Environment and Population Research Centre. She is Adjunct Faculty of Department of Environmental Health, Emory University, USA and Former Visiting Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan. She has led numerous national and internationally funded basic and applied research in water, waste-water, hygiene, food security, integrated disaster risks management, environmental health and its related social and institutional fields and, in a variety of set-ups, including households and communities, as well as rural and urban areas. She has also been involved in coordinating regional networks on management of applied knowledge/capacity building in hundreds of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Her main research interests include intervention, technology development, capacity building (with a particular focus on women and institutions), and monitoring & impact evaluation in the fields of environmental engineering, water, public health, food security, education and environmental disaster risks management, and related social and policy aspects in rural, urban and climate variability perspectives.



Phomma Veoravanh, Department of Housing and Urban Planning, Ministry of Public Works, Lao PDR Mr. Veoravanh is currently the Deputy Director General of Department Housing and Urban Planning and is the Water and Sanitation Focal Person for the Ministry of Public works and Transport for the government of Lao PDR.! ! ,-./0! 2004, he has also acted as the Project Director for two ADB Funded Projects: the Northern and Central Regions Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project; and the Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project. He is also the Project Leader for the Norad supported Capacity Building project for Water and Sanitation Sector. He graduated with a degree in Urban Planning from Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany in 1986, and received his Regional Science and Planning degrees from Karlsruhe University in 1996. Respondent: Anupma Jain ADB Anupma is the ADB’s project team leader for infrastructure projects in water and sanitation, urban development, and hygiene promotion. Her specialization includes corporatization of public utilities, community-driven development, and strategies to enhance gender equity. Anupma has worked in Asia for more than 10 years. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. SESSION 8 Dirty, dangerous and degrading (the 3Ds): Is Sanitation Only a Woman's Business? Chair: Amy S.P. Leung ADB Amy S. P. Leung is an urban planner with over 20 years of experience in managing multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary projects in Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Philippines, and Uzbekistan. She is an expert in urban development, water resources management, project design and monitoring, and public-private partnerships. Amy currently helms the loan, grant, and technical assistance portfolio for urban development and water supply and sanitation as Director for Southeast Asia Department's Urban Development and Water Division in Asian Development Bank (ADB). Here, she started the “Green Cities Initiative” in Southeast Asia in October 2012 and strategized a clear direction to support client governments in building competitive, green, and inclusive cities, with a focus on urban environmental infrastructure and services. Prior to her current position Amy managed loans, grants, and technical assistance projects for education, health, and social protection as former Director for East Asia Department’s ! "#!

Urban and Social Sectors Division for ADB. Since July 2012, Amy has held Institutional Gender Champion post. As one of the four senior level staff representatives, she has served as a channel for communicating institutional gender initiatives to departments. Amy also presently chairs the Water Committee within ADB’s formal Water Community of Practice, which is comprised of ADB staff recognized as technical leaders in the field; provides the overall strategic direction of ADB’s water operations; and oversees the implementation of ADB’s Water Financing Program and the administration of the Water Financing Facility. Specifically, the Water Committee undertakes peer reviews of water projects and technical assistance projects; promotes knowledge management and capacity building; facilitates regional cooperation in the sector; and monitors the Water Financing Program, the Water Financing Partnership Facility, and the Cooperation Fund for the Water Sector. Speakers: Hasin Jahan, WaterAid, Bangladesh Ms. Hasin Jahan is a development professional having specialized work experience in ‘Water Supply and Sanitation sector. She graduated in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 1993. She completed her MSc in Water & Environmental Management in 1995 from WEDC, Loughborough University of Technology, UK. She worked for Danida, WSP-the World Bank and Local Government Engineering Department, Bangladesh. Currently she is working for WaterAid in Bangladesh as the Director Programmes. She leads designing, implementing and monitoring of water and sanitation projects/ programmes of WaterAid in Bangladesh. She contributes significantly in policy dialogues with different stakeholders of water and sanitation sector in Bangladesh. Neeta Pokhrel ADB Neeta Pokhrel is an Urban Development Specialist with ADB's South Asia Urban and Water Division and works as the team leader for urban projects mainly in India and Nepal. She has worked in most South Asian countries and some South East Asian countries in water supply and sanitation projects. Prior to joining ADB, she worked as a consultant and advisor for many organizations including non-governmental organizations on urban water supply and low cost sewerage systems in developing countries, and as a project manager in a private company in Australia involved in construction, project management and water utility management. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from RMIT University in Australia and a master’s degree from Imperial College London.



Akhila Sivadas Centre for Research and Advocacy & Research, Delhi, India Over the last forty years, Akhila Sivadas has had a variety of work experience, ranging from assisting and undertaking academic and action research projects to founding the Centre for Advocacy & Research (CFAR), an NGO that specializes in strengthening strategic engagements around gender and empowerment with a special focus on community-led advocacy and leveraging media as a strategic tool. For the last eight years, Ms. Silvadas has led the CFAR initiative on empowering communities most-at-risk of HIV. This initiative has been an integral part of the Avahan Project on HIV prevention. To this end, Ms. Silvadas collaborated with state lead partners and community-based organizations to strengthen media advocacy support to all stakeholders and organizations across six high prevalence states on HIV prevention. Having achieved some success, the CFAR is now fashioning a social accountability intervention to strengthen community-led advocacy on social entitlements. Prior to serving CFAR, Ms. Sivadas was the Media Consultant to UNAIDS from 2000 to 2005. Since 2006, she has been actively involved in leading a seven-city project on empowering urban poor communities and improving access to sanitation services for the most marginal and at-risk communities. All the while, Ms. Sivadas has been conducting research, undertaking systematic policy advocacy, documenting best practices, preparing a Learning Site on HIV prevention in rural Karnataka, and developing strategy papers for national and regional level nodal institutions on Gender, Child Rights, Reproductive & Child Health and HIV/AID. Through this work, she has been actively involved in capacitating women’s groups and grassroots organizations across states in India and in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on advocacy and communication. SESSION 9: The Next Generation: Young Women Taking the Lead for Water Security Session Partner: TAYO Foundation, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, National Youth Commission Chair and Moderator: Christopher Morris, ADB Chris Morris heads the ADB NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) and oversees ADB’s overall engagement with civil society organizations (CSO). He leads the design and implementation of the CSO program at the ADB Annual Meetings. Before joining the NGOC, Chris was Senior Water Resources Specialist, responsible for processing and administration of ADB water projects in the Philippines and Indonesia. Prior to joining the ADB, Chris was Vice President within the water division of the global engineering firm Black and Veatch. A British citizen, Chris holds an MSc degree in irrigation engineering from the University of Southhampton, UK and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. ! "%!

Keynote Speaker: Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aguirre Aquino IV Senator, Republic of the Philippines Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aguirre Aquino IV (born May 7, 1977) is a Filipino social entrepreneur and public servant. He is a former TV host, and chairman of the National Youth Commission (Philippines). He was the former President of MicroVentures, Inc., an investment bank for start-up businesses, which runs the The Hapinoy Program social enterprise. He is one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons for 2012 and is also a Board Member of Rags2Riches, Venture for Fundraising, and the Coca-Cola Foundation. Bam was proclaimed senator-elect on May 17 and was the only Liberal Party (Philippines) candidate to enter the Magic 12 in the 2013 mid-term elections. At the age of 36, Bam Aquino, the only social entrepreneur to enter the senate, is also considered to be the next youngest senator of the Philippines next to his uncle Ninoy, who was 34 when he became a senator. Presenters: Ms. Noreen Marian C. Bautista CBS Social Enterprise Asia Through programs run by organizations such as the Institute for Social Enterprise and Development, Noreen assists social enterprises at crucial stages of growth. Holding a business degree from Ateneo De Manila University, she believes in the power of business to create positive and significant social change. Noreen is the young innovator behind Jacinto and Lirio, the social enterprise known for high-end fashion bags and planners made from water lilies, a pest in many rivers in the Philippines. Jacinto and Lirio showcases Filipino innovation and ingenuity and helps community partners all across the Philippines work towards sustainable livelihoods. Ms. Cherrie Atilano Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm Agricool Social entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano is on a mission to make farming “cool, smart and sexy.” Having graduated magna cum laude from Visayas State University with a degree in Agriculture, she makes agriculture a trendy, fashionable and desirable career option for young Filipinos through Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm Agricool. She transforms non-farmers into farmers and trains experienced farmers on the practices of sustainable Agriculture. Agricool operates a scholarship program for the children of farmers while instilling valuable life skills and important values into these young potential farmers. A proud farmer and nature-lover, Cherrie is a fulltime Gawad Kalinga volunteer and alumnus of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.



Ms. Cara Tizon Initiatives for Social Action Cara Tizon is a young development professional and an active member of Initiatives for Social Action (ISA). ISA, which means “one” in Filipino, is a group of young professionals in the Philippines who volunteer for projects that facilitate social involvement and nation-building. By harnessing the idealism and enthusiasm of young professionals, ISA helps improve the lives of marginalized communities in areas such as education, disaster-relief, water, sanitation and hygiene. ISA’s two-fold mission consists of empowering young professionals to actively participate in nation building through volunteerism and resource sharing and creating initiatives for social action for the benefit of depressed communities. SESSION 10 Hope Springs Eternal: From the Shallows to the Deep Chair and Facilitator: Jayne Curnow IWMI Jayne Curnow is an anthropologist with extensive experience in action research and research for development. At IWMI she leads research projects and works across the IWMI portfolio to integrate social science perspectives and gender equity at all levels. Prior to joining IWMI she lectured in the disciplines of anthropology and development studies at the University of Adelaide and was a research leader at the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre. Jayne continues to be affiliated with the University as a Visiting Fellow and supervises PhD students. In her previous position at the World Bank she managed a baseline study on legal empowerment and provided analysis and substantive input on gender issues in programming and strategic planning. At the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing she contributed to government directions and strategic planning while managing multimillion dollar programs. This role also involved managing relationships and capacity building with NGO board members. Jayne’s experience spans the water, natural resource management, legal, economic and health sectors and the crosscutting areas of gender, governance, adult education and training. Closing Remarks: Imrana Jalal, ADB / Nicoline de Haan, IWMI Ms. Imrana Jalal is a Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender) at ADB. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees in law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Masters degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a lawyer by profession, and was formerly a Commissioner of the Fiji Human Rights Commission. Imrana is the author of Law for Pacific Women, and architect of the Family Law Act 2003, which removed formal legal discrimination against women in Fiji. Law for Pacific Women is a recommended textbook at the law school of the University of the South Pacific. Imrana is a founding ! "'!

member of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), which in 1998 received the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for its cutting edge work in women’s rights. She has also served as a barrister and solicitor in the Attorney General's Office of Fiji, as Public Legal Advisor, as a social/political columnist in the daily newspaper, The Fiji Times, and as an advisor to many UN agencies. She is a founding member of the NGO, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Imrana is also a member of the regional networks - Women Living Under Muslim Law, and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. She is also a Commissioner on the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, as one of its 60 Commissioners, and continues to sit on it Executive Board.



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