‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

3rd edition: Evaluation committee

All submissions complying with the reporting format have been forwarded to an independent international Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review. The TAC is formed by international experts of proven distinction in the water and communication sector from international organizations, initiatives, universities and Think Tanks, among others.

This advisory committee evaluates the submitted best practices based on a set of selection criteria and forwarded its evaluation to an international Jury. This international Jury will review all applications and vote for selecting winners of the 2013 edition.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Mr. Junguo Liu, Beijing Forestry University, ChinaJunguo Liu
Beijing Forestry University, China
Dr. Junguo Liu is a professor of hydrology and water resources at Beijing Forestry University (China) and a research scholar at the International Institutes for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria). His main research interests include hydrology and water resources, water-food relations, ecosystem services and management, and the impacts of climate change on water, food and ecosystems. Professor Liu is author of over 20 peer-reviewed papers. He published one original article in PNAS, two correspondences in Nature and one letter in Science. He also serves as an editor of the international journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). He is a recipient of a string of prizes including a prestigious Outstanding Young Scientists Awards of European Geosciences Union, a winner of the 2011 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award. He has working experience in many countries including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the USA and Canada.

Jayakumar RamasamyJayakumar Ramasamy
Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences for the East Asian cluster, UNESCO Office in Beijing
Dr. Jayakumar holds a Masters degree in Geology, Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, and earned a Doctoral degree in Hydrogeology (1993) from India. His postdoctoral research areas include conjunctive use of surface and groundwater for irrigation (under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India) and remote sensing and GIS application in natural resources management (from Osaka City University, Japan). As a Consultant hydrogeologist he has served with the Ford Foundation and with WS Atkins International Limited, (UK). He was Adjunct Professor of Geology at Anna University, Chennai, India. In July 1997, he joined UNESCO at its New Delhi Office, where he was in the charge of the Geology programme. Subsequently, he took over the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Geology and Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) programmes and officiating as Regional Hydrologist. In Since August 2004 he has been serving with UNESCO Office Beijing as Programme Specialist for Science, Technology, and Environment for East Asian cluster. In this capacity, he is responsible for the implementation of the intergovernmental programmes such as IHP, Man and the Biosphere (MAB), International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and Basic and Engineering Sciences, Science Policy and Analysis,. He is also serving as Guest Professor at the Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China.

Mr. Er. M. Gopalakrishnan, Secretary General Honoraire, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)Er. M. Gopalakrishnan
Secretary General Honoraire, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
A Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Er. Gopalakrishnan is a Gold Medalist of University of Roorkee with a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Development. Engr. Gopalakrishnan has over 47 years of experience and had handled many aspects of Water Resources planning, development and management. He is well-known to the global community on water with his links with World Water Council (2004-06) (Governor), UN-Water, ICOLD, IWRA, IWRS, Institution of Engineers (India) etc. Er. Gopalakrishnan is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee helping World Water Development Reports. He is a recipient of the ‘Life Time Achievement award’ from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers with the conferment of the ‘Honarary Diplomate’ Status in the Academy in 2010. He was also honoured by Indian National Academy of Engineering as a Fellow of National Academy of Engineering in 2011.  Mr. Mukuteswara Gopalakrishnan was Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage between 2003 and 2011 and has been endeavouring to enhance its partnering roles with other global organizations like IWMI, ICOLD, FAO, WWAP and the Global Water Partnership. He facilitated ICID’s contributions in the previous World Water Fora meetings.

Ms. Aysegul Kibaroglu, Professor at Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey.Aysegul Kibaroglu
Professor at Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey
Aysegul Kibaroglu is professor and faculty member in the International Relations Department at Okan University in Istanbul Turkey. Previously she was a faculty member and the Vice Chair in the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Dr. Kibaroglu spent a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Water Law Research Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Her areas of research include: transboundary water politics; international water law; political geography; environmental security and Turkish water policy. Ms. Kibaroglu has published extensively on the politics of water resources with an emphasis on the Euphrates Tigris river basin including a book volume entitled Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin by the Kluwer Law International (2002). She co-edited a volume, Water Development and Poverty Reduction with Olcay Unver and Rajiv Gupta published by the Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003). Her co-edited volume, Turkey's Water Policy: National Frameworks and International Cooperation was published by the Springer-Verlag in 2011. She published articles in the International Negotiation Journal, Water International and Journal of International Affairs. She has also worked as Advisor to the President of the Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Kibaroglu is founding member of the Euphrates-Tigris Initiative for Cooperation (ETIC), a track-two initiative, which was established in May 2005.

Mr. Víctor Pochat, International Consultant on Water Resources Planning and ManagementVíctor Pochat
International Consultant on Water Resources Planning and Management
Víctor Pochat is currently an International Consultant on Water Resources Planning and Management. From March 2010 to March 2012, he has been responsible of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was in charge of the coordination of the Regional Process of the Americas towards the 6th World Water Forum. Previously, he worked as a consultant for the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). He was also a Scientific Co-Director of the Thematic Plaza and Catalogue “Shared Waters” for ExpoZaragoza2008 and was a consultant for the Americas Regional Consortium for the preparation of the “Americas Regional Document” presented at the 5th World Water Forum. He has also held first-level positions in different national water institutions in Argentina related to science and technology and has also acted as Undersecretary and National Director for Water Resources, were his tasks included the planning and implementation of the national water policy. At international level, he was Chair y Vice-Chair of UNESCO’s IHP Intergovernmental Council and Member of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Steering Committee. He has also developed an extensive academic career as a Professor in various graduate courses in his country and overseas and presenting part of his experience in several publications and in numerous national and international meetings.

Ms. Kristine Tovmasyan, Programme Officer, Unit for Natural Disasters, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO Secretariat, ParisCristine Tovmasyan
Programme Officer, Unit for Natural Disasters, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO Secretariat, Paris
Kristine Tovmasyan is in charge of activities and programmes in disaster risk reduction at UNESCO Secretariat in Paris since January 2005. With an academical background in geology, Ms Tovmasyan acquired her master's degree of Natural Sciences in geology at the University of Latvia. With a PhD thesis in palaeoreconstructions of ancient tidal sedimentary basins, she has been working at the university as a teaching assistant and carrying out research in sedimentary geology and  has been involved in a number of international research projects in relation to sedimentary geology, stratigraphy and palaeobasin reconstruction. At UNESCO, she develops and executes activities concerning the study of natural hazards and mitigation of their effects. With specific focus on geohazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, she builds partnerships and collaborates with organizations, scientific communities and disaster risk reduction actors concerned with disaster preparedness and prevention. She also cooperate with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) system family in designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives with respect to the promotion of knowledge and education and policy support for disaster risk reduction as well as safety of schools from disasters.