AWP Partners Workshop 2021

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Canberra
When: Postponed – new dates in 2022
Cost: Free (travel and accommodation must be covered by AWP Partners if attending in person)

UPDATE: 15/07/2021 – POSTPONED: AWP Partners Workshop 2021

The theme of the workshop is: Water security in a changing world. 

AWP partners attend this annual event to explore strategic approaches to contribute to enhancing sustainable water management in the Indo-Pacific region and share lessons learned. This year, the Partners Workshop aims to build on last year’s workshop and focus on the challenges and solutions around water security and climate change adaptation.

The workshop will be delivered in Canberra face-to-face with key presentations being streamed online.

Please contact us if you are a partner and would like more information.

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Sarah Ransom
AWP Partnerships & Impact Lead

Day 1 Opening Remarks

Headshot photoSenator the Hon Zed Seselja is the Senator for the Australian Capital Territory and was sworn in as Minister for International Development and the Pacific on 22 December 2020. Prior to entering the Senate in 2013, he was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2004 and served as Leader of the Opposition from 2007-2013. Minister Seselja recently signed a new 10-year Partnership Arrangement with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), reaffirming Australia’s commitment to practical programs supporting climate change resilience and adaptation, and protecting the vital ocean ecosystems of the Pacific. View full bio.

Day 1 Keynote

Headshot photoBushra Nishat has over 20 years’ experience in water and environment resources management in Bangladesh and the South Asia region. Her background in environmental sciences and mathematical modelling coupled with involvement in socio-political dialogues gives her a uniquely integrated understanding of the complexities in natural resources management in the region. Ms Nishat graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and completed her masters from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands. She has more than 7 years’ experience in using numerical modelling tools and advanced technology to support water and environmental resources planning. As a water resource engineer and basin modeler, she was responsible for the development of a basin model for the entire Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin. Ms Nishat has co-authored books on water and hydrodiplomacy, authored several journal papers, and developed a River Atlas which documents 54 rivers including the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers shared between Bangladesh and India. LinkedIn

Day 2 Keynote

Headshot photoLusia Sefo-Leau has been the CEO of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) since late 2016 and helped establish PWWA as a permanent regional organisation for Pacific water and wastewater in Samoa. Lusia has over 30 years’ experience in finance and tax policy development, and development program management in the public sector. She has held senior leadership roles in several government Ministries. Prior to joining PWWA, Lusia was the CEO of the Samoa Ministry for Revenue for six years, and before that the Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance. In these two posts, she was instrumental in putting in place sector-wide public finance reform programs and drove tax administration and customs reforms which earned the Ministry for Revenue recognition from the IMF for innovation and excellence in tax administration. Her long career as a public servant included work in other Ministries of the Samoa government such as the Prime Minister’s Office, and 3 years as Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank. She is a recipient of the Samoa Public Service prestigious excellence award for Inspirational Leadership. LinkedIn

Training Leader: GEDSI

Headshot photoJen Blyth is a proud Deaf woman and works as a Disability Inclusion Advisor with the Inclusive Advisory Group at CBM Australia. Jen has worked within the disability sector for the last decade and a half. She is a dedicated international and domestic development practitioner with a passion for inclusive development, especially for Deaf people. Jen has worked closely with Deaf people and Deaf Associations within the Asia-Pacific and is a strong advocate in undertaking a rights-based approach to intersectionality and diversity within the communities CBM works in internationally and domestically. Jen is looking forward to brainstorming with partners to ensure people with disabilities are included in water programs. LinkedIn

Training Leader: Thinking and Working Politically

Headshot photoDr Lisa Denney is a researcher, trainer, and advisor with fifteen years of experience working in international development. She regularly designs and leads research projects and conducts program design and evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Her specialties are development, political economy analysis, conflict, fragile states, security and justice reform, non-state policing and justice, gender, civil-military relations. LinkedIn

Training Leader: Thinking and Working Politically

Headshot photoPeter Yates is the Associate Director for Governance at The Asia Foundation. In this role, he advises and supports programming across the Foundation’s 18 country offices, as well as developing and delivering a range of training and workshops focused on contemporary development practice. Prior to this, Peter managed a portfolio of projects including work on sub-national governance, political governance, economic governance, and civil society engagement. LinkedIn