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Sanctuary
Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide SA 5000
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DINNER
(6 for 6.30pm Wed 8th)

Registered attendees only

Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda
Adelaide Zoo
  adelaidezoo.com.au/venues/sir-thomas-elder-rotunda

KEY AWP CONTACTS

Katharine Cross profile photoPartners Workshop lead
Katharine Cross ⋅ email

Shreya Gyawali profile photoProgram and logistics
Shreya Gyawali ⋅ email

Communications
Zoe Talsma⋅ email

Workshop Agenda Details

Click on the session titles below for more information.

Tuesday 8 March (pre-workshop training)

Summary

In this session we will explore the experiences, lessons, knowledge and principles of adaptive management under climate change in the water sector. The training will also explore how they could be applied in different contexts beyond Australia.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Time

Tuesday 7 March, (lunch included for participants 12:00–1:00pm).

Program facilitators

Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Summary

This session, facilitated by WaterAid Australia, includes an introduction to key GEDSI concepts and their relevance to water resources management (WRM), and development of participants’ understanding and capacity to practically incorporate and implement GEDSI in activities.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Time

Tuesday 7 March, 1:00–4:00pm (lunch included for training participants 12:00–1:00pm)

Summary

This networking reception will take place the evening before the official AWP Partners workshop. The event will at the Stamford Plaza Hotel from 5:30-7:30pm on 7 March. This is an opportunity for Partners to get to know each other in a more informal setting and build networks to form consortia for future cooperation through AWP and other development initiatives.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Location

Stamford Plaza Hotel

Time

Tuesday 7 March, 5:30–7:30pm

Wednesday 9 March (Day 1)

Session Summary

9.00 – 9.30am | A Welcome to Country will be undertaken by Traditional Owners.

9.30 – 9.50am | South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, Susan Close will be delivering the opening address of the AWP Partners workshop with a focus on adapting water management to climate change and perspectives and experiences in South Australia.

9.50 – 10.00am | AWP General Manager Sarah Ransom will give an overview of AWP changes and achievements over the last year and plans looking forwards.

10.00 – 10.30am | This icebreaking session facilitated by our MC, Tamerlaine Beasley aims to identify who is in the room, where they are from and the expectations for the workshop

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 9:00–10:30am ACDT


Master of Ceremonies

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Tamerlaine Beasley
Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Tamerlaine speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. She has studied Asian Studies at the ANU, International Business at Penn State University and Thai at Chulalongkorn in Thailand. She lectures at Australia’s leading universities with a focus on global and cross-cultural leadership and communication.

Welcome to Country

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The Welcome to Country will be undertaken by Traditional Owners.

Speakers


Susan Close MP

South Australia Deputy Premier
Minister for Climate, Environment and Water

Before entering Parliament, Susan was an executive in the SA Environment Department.  She previously worked at the University of Adelaide running student services and holds a PhD from Flinders University. Susan is focused on protecting South Australia’s unique natural environment, ensuring we are properly meeting the challenges of climate change and addressing skills shortages and economic diversification.


Sarah Ransom
AWP General ManagerSarah is a former Australian diplomat with a background in international development with DFAT, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank and in the UN system. As General Manger of the Australian Water Partnership, Sarah leads a multidisciplinary team managing two DFAT grants focussed on supporting climate resilient sustainable water resource management across the Indo-Pacific region.  She engages with AWP’s network of partners across Australia, the region and the globe to support Australia’s role in the critical issues of water for development.

Session Detail

  • Welcome to Country – 30 mins
    To be undertaken by Traditional Owners.
  • Opening remarks – 20 mins
    SA Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate, Environment and Water Ms Susan Close MP
  • Update from AWP – 10 mins
    AWP General Manager Sarah Ransom
  • AWP Partnership: connecting partners – 30 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley

Session Recording (will be available after the session)

Session Summary

This 1-hour session will be facilitated by Michael Wilson, CEO of eWaterGroup, with speakers Dr. Cate Rogers, the Acting First Assistant Secretary, Climate Diplomacy and Development Finance Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as a representative from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water. The session provides an opportunity for our partners to become familiar and updated on what changes are taking place around water and climate policy including how does this translate to our international engagement in water and development. There will also be opportunity for questions and answers with the workshop participants.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 11:00–12:00pm ACDT


Facilitator


Michael Wilson
eWater Group Chief Executive

Michael commenced as Group Chief Executive of eWater Limited in January 2022, having previously served as Chief Executive of the Australian Water Partnership.

Michael joined eWater following a 25-year career in international development, national security and sustainable development policy, including as head of the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia (2011–14) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He then headed practices within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on political governance; water resource management, sanitation and hygiene; and the effective delivery of development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Read more


Dr Cate Rogers
Assistant Secretary, Climate Financing and Programming Branch, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Cate has over 20 years experience working in development, economics and foreign policy, spanning Asia and the Pacific and multilateral engagement. Most recently, this included co-chairing the G20 Infrastructure Working Group in 2021. Cate recently led the Indo-Pacific and National Security Branch at Treasury, where she managed the National Security team, established a China Policy unit and delivered bilateral loans to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Cate holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with a research focus on Papua New Guinea.

 

Session Recording (available following the session)

Session Summary

Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat will be speaking about water management problems and climate risks in the Mekong region, how these are being approached and how partnerships are supporting action. He will also touch on areas where partners could provide support to address climate risks and water management. There will be Q&A following the keynote.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 1:00–2:00pm ACDT


Facilitators


Sarah Ransom
General Manager, Australian Water Partnership (AWP)

Sarah Ransom is AWP’s General Manager. She has a broad range of experience in international development, including postings in Laos and Vietnam, where she worked on multi-stakeholder partnerships in development. Sarah holds a Master’s of International Law (Melbourne), an Honours degree in Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Asian Studies in Mandarin.

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Katharine Cross
Strategy and Partnerships Lead, Australian Water Partnership Katharine Cross bio here. Katharine has a Master’s in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, and additional academic background in environmental engineering and science.

Speakers


Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun
Chief Executive Officer, MRC Secretariat

Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat. He was unanimously selected by the MRC Joint Committee and appointed to the office on 17 January 2022 by the MRC Council of Ministers, representing the governments of the four MRC Member Countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. He is the 3rd Riparian CEO, the 8th CEO overall, and the first from Lao PDR.

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Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 minutes
    Sarah Ransom
  • Detail of presentation – 40 minutes
    Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat
  • Q&A – 40 minutes*
  • Summary and close – 5 mins*
    Sarah Ransom

* In person only


Session Recording (available following the session)

Session Summary

A cultural group representing Kaurna Country will provide guidance for the experience, including their knowledge and experience in water planning.

Location

Meet outside workshop venue

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 2:00–5:00pm ACDT


Cultural Guide

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Organisation

Bio


What to bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing + rain jacket (just in case)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Valuables (laptops, bags, etc) – these can be left on the bus during the tour otherwise should be secured with hotel concierge/guest rooms.

What we provide

  • COVID-safety: masks & hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Afternoon tea

Workshop participants are invited to join for the the AWP Partners dinner, which will be held at the Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda at the Adelaide Zoo. We will be joined by the South Australian Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, who will give an address to  participants.

Thursday 10 March (Day 2)

The second day of the workshop will kick off with a recap from Day 1 by Tamerlaine Beasley including a visual summary from Gavin Blake the workshop visual scribe.

Session Summary

Michael Wilson introduces Bob McMullan, Chair of the AWP Advisory Committee, who will give welcome remarks for Day 2.

Time

Thursday 9 March, 8:45–9:00am ACDT


Speakers

Michael Wilson profile

Michael Wilson
Chief Executive, eWater Ltd Group

Michael commenced as Group CEO of eWater Limited in January 2022. Michael has a career spanning 25 years in international development, national security and sustainable development policy, including as head of the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia (2011–14) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He then headed practices within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on political governance; water resource management, sanitation and hygiene; and the effective delivery of development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

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Bob McMullan
Chair, Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee (AWPAC)Robert (Bob) Francis McMullan is the Chair of AWPAC and has a background in international development. His previous positions include Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum; Board Member for the Crawford Fund and the Foundation for Development Cooperation; and Executive Alt Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Bob represented the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Senate from 1989 to 1996, resigning from the Senate to represent the ACT as a Member of the House of Representatives (1996–2010). He held several ministerial positions, including the Minister of Arts (1993–1994), Minister of Trade (1994–1996) and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance (2007–2010).

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 3 mins
    Michael Wilson
  • Welcome – 12 mins
    Bob McMullan

Session Summary

This session will be a facilitated process for Partners to engage with peers across the industry on areas that are important to them. The approach is to start with a marketplace where Partners bring their ideas and areas of interest, followed by dynamic conversations to be driven by partners on key issues around climate resilient water management.

Time

Thursday 9 March, 9:00am–12:00pm ACDT


Topics & hosts

  • Presentation details here

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 15 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley
  • Detail here – 2 hours 30 mins
    Presenter names here
  • Themes emerging & wrap up – 15 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley

Photos of each table’s key points will be available here

Session Summary

AWP Senior Partnerships and Impact Officer Lucía Gamarra will moderate an interactive panel of thought leaders speaking about climate challenges and responses across the international and domestic policy spheres. Panellists include:

  • Kaneka Keo, Oxfam Mekong Water Governance Program
  • Ashley Kingsborough, South Australian Department of Environment and Water
  • Seth Westra, University of Adelaide
  • Neeta Pokhrel, Asian Development Bank
  • Representative from ICIMOD

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 9 March, 1:00–2:30pm ACDT


Speakers

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Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
  • Name
  • Panel XX mins
  •  Names
  • Close 5 mins
  • Name

Session Recording (available following the session)

Session Summary

Ms. Rhonda Robinson, Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific Community and her team will be highlighting issues from the Pacific which intersect across water and climate. This includes around flooding risk and how it is being addressed, water scarcity, as well as engagement on water security. The keynote will also touch on the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, the benefits of a collaborated approach of WASH and WRM.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)


Facilitator

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Sarah Ransom
General Manager, Australian Water Partnership (AWP)

Sarah Ransom is AWP’s General Manager. She has 18 years’ experience in international development, including postings in Laos and Vietnam, where she worked on multi-stakeholder partnerships in development. Sarah holds a Master’s of International Law (Melbourne), an Honours degree in Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Asian Studies in Mandarin.

Panellists


Rhonda Robinson
Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific CommunityRhonda Robinson is the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division. She leads one of the organisation’s largest Divisions that support Pacific countries and territories with scientific and technical solutions to address some of the region’s greatest challenges.
Neal Forster

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Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Sarah Ransom
  • Keynote title – 25 mins
  • Ms. Rhonda Robinson Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific Community.
  • Q&A – 20 mins
  • Summary and close – 5 mins
    Sarah Ransom

Q&A

Submit your questions at mentimeter [link]


Session Recording (available following the session)

Tamerlaine Beasley will provide a wrap-up incorporating a visual summary from Gavin Blake.

General Information

Registration/sign in

Registration on Day 1 is from 8.30am with the opening session starting at 9am. On Day 2, registration is from 8am with the first session starting at 8.30am. Upon arrival at the Sanctuary, follow the signage to our registration desk, pick up your workshop pack and settle in with a tea or coffee.

For participants joining online, register for individual sessions any time before a session starts. View sessions above with the video icon for the link.

COVID safety

AWP will provide disposable masks and Rapid Antigen Tests, and hand sanitising stations are located throughout the venue. Please follow the latest SA health advice below and if you are feeling unwell please get tested and do not attend if you return a positive result.

  • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Please do not attend the workshop in person if you:

  • Are feeling unwell
  • Have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID-19
  • Have travelled overseas in the previous 14 days
  • Have been to a COVID affected area in the previous 14 days.

Parking

Paid underground parking is available at the Crowne Plaza (boom gate operated PayPass). Rates: $17.00 for 6-9 hours / $25.00 for a full day or overnight. Street parking and many public transportation options are also available.

Workshop participants

117 people from 69 organisations are participating and/or attending the 2022 AWP Partners Workshop (a detailed participant list has been made available to partners via email).

Visual scribes

Visual summaries of each workshop day will be posted below following the event. Graphic scribing by Gavin Blake.

Photo gallery

A link to photos will be available here after the workshop. If you do not consent to being in these photos, please let us know via email.

Social media

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