‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

4th edition: Selection Committee (International Jury)

The Jury is formed by international experts of proven distinction in the water and communication sector from international organizations, initiatives, universities and Think Tanks.

After being evaluated by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), all applications are forwarded to this international Jury which reviews all applications and votes for selecting winners of the 2014 edition.

Members of the International Jury

Zafar AdeelZafar Adeel
President of the Jury of the 2014 edition of the "Water for Life" UN-Water Best Practices Award. Director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
Mr. Zafar Adeel is Director of the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) at the United Nations University in Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Adeel holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Adeel has experience in a variety of water and environmental issues, including monitoring and control of water pollution, water management in dry areas, solutions to industrial environmental problems, modelling of environmental systems and environmental policy formulation. Dr. Adeel joined UNU in 1998 and moved to UNU-INWEH in 2003.

Mr. Igor VolodinMr. Igor Volodin
Unit Chief, Environmental Management Branch, Program Development and Technical Cooperation Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Mr Volodin holds a MSc degree (equiv) in Machinery and Technologies of polymer materials processing and a post-graduate degree in world economics. He joined UNIDO in 1986 as a consultant and has held a variety of positions since then. He is presently responsible for the operation of the Water Management Unit in the Environmental Management Branch of the Program Development and Technical Cooperation Division of UNIDO, simultaneously managing technical cooperation projects, carrying out studies and participating in Global Forum activities. Mr. Volodin is also the Officer in Charge of the Stockholm Convention Unit in the same Branch. Prior to that, he worked in industry and research (R&D in chemical industry). He is fluent in Russian, English, French and German.

Jens BerggrenJens Berggren
Director, Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Prize, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Mr. Jens Berggren is Director for Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award as well as for SIWI’s engagement with major international processes such as the development of post-2015 goals. Mr. Berggren joined SIWI as Director for the World Water Week in Stockholm in July 2010, being responsible for leading the operation and development of SIWI’s annual World Water Week. In 2011 he was also assumed overall responsibility for SIWI’s Prizes. Prior to his appointment at SIWI, Mr Berggren served as Special Advisor in the Secretariat for the Commission for Climate Change and Development at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he focused on Development Policy within the fields of Environment and Climate Change. Mr. Berggren served as the first manager of the Secretariat of the Water Integrity Network at Transparency International in Berlin and has worked with energy issues, internationally and in Sweden, with Sweden’s largest power company. Mr. Berggren has also worked with water issues as a policy specialist, programme manager and advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) both at headquarters in Sweden and at Swedish embassies abroad. Mr. Berggren holds two Master Science degrees from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, one in Agronomy and the other in Technology.

Caridad Canales DavilaCaridad Canales Davila
Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Caridad Canales entered the United Nations system in June 2010, joining the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as Economic Affairs Officer. Since starting, Caridad has collaborated on various publications related to the management of water and sanitation services in the region and has participated in several conferences speaking on topics such as water and climate change, the human right to water and various topics related to the provision of sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation services. Prior to joining ECLAC, she was a specialist in corporate social responsibility at the Earthwatch Institute in England for over two years. During this time, she developed research programs in conjunction with companies from various sectors and contributed to the implementation and coordination of projects on sustainable agricultural practices and climate change adaptation. In 2006 Caridad was awarded the Shell-Chevening scholarship to pursue a Masters in Environmental Sciences at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She has also completed various postgraduate and specialist courses in sustainable development; water and environmental law and policy and water security, amongst others. She served for more than three years as an environmental specialist and coordinator of one of Latin America's largest telecommunications companies, contributing to the development of one of the pioneering environmental certification programs in that sector in Mexico. In addition to her specialization in water management and sustainable development, Caridad also has training in international relations and politics.

Shaoyi Li. Head, Integrated Resource Management Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Shaoyi Li
Head, Integrated Resource Management Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Mr. Li is managing the Secretariat of the International Resource Panel, a science-policy expert team engaged in scientific assessment of sustainable use of natural resources from a life-cycle perspective. Mr. Li is leading a team to develop and implement UNEP policy and programme for resource efficiency and environmental sustainability and contribute to policy discourse at the global and regional levels on sustainable management of natural resources. Before joining UNEP, Mr. Shaoyi Li was Officer-in-Charge, Environment and Development Division, and Chief, Energy Security Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP. In the capacity of Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Li directed environment and sustainable development work of ESCAP that included: the preparation and organization of intergovernmental conferences, conduct of in-depth policy analysis and implementation of technical assistance programmes and projects. As Chief for Energy Section, Mr. Li was responsible for the development and implementation of ESCAP’s energy programme with a focus on widening access to modern energy services to the poor and enhancing energy security in an environmentally sustainable manner. Before working for ESCAP, Mr. Li worked for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs responsible for the preparation and organization of intergovernmental negotiations and international conferences on sustainable development, policy study on energy and environment including climate change and the management of a number of large technical cooperation projects in the field of energy for sustainable development.

Léna SalaméRichard M. Taylor
Executive Director, International Hydropower Association (IHA)
Richard Taylor has been working in the energy and water sectors since 1985. In 2001, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) . Prior to this, he has served as a founding member of the IHA Board since its establishment under the auspices of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme in 1995. Since 2002, Mr Taylor was made a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI). In 2004, he became a Director of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), and, in 2012, he was appointed as a Steering Committee member of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). He has previously served on the World Water Council’s Board of Governors for two terms, and currently represents the Council in the ongoing research on the impacts of energy on water, a joint project with the World Energy Council. He has been, or is currently, engaged in various international initiatives on energy (UNIDO and UNDESA), water (UN-Water and UNEP ), and climate change (UNESCO, UNFCCC and IPCC). He has also contributed to the work of the International Energy Agency (IEA) , International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the World Bank, Global Environment Facility and Climate Investment Funds. With an emphasis on technical, developmental and sustainability aspects, Mr Taylor has written numerous papers and edited three technical journals in relation to water infrastructure and hydroelectricity.