'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award

2nd 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 2012 edition.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Ana Laura Cervantes QuirozAna Laura Cervantes Quiroz
Emergency Program Care Assistant Manager. Comision Nacional del Agua, Mexico.
Ana Laura was born in Mexico City. She holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Mexico, Mexico City; she also holds a M. Eng degree in Environmental Engineering. She joined the Comision Nacional del Agua in 2008, working as a Subject Matter Expert in the Department of Rainwater Hydraulic Infrastructure. Over her carrier, she has participated in many projects with different scope of work, letting her acquire cutting-edge knowledge in many environmental engineering fields, supervising laboratories monitoring water quality up to Municipality wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) design. In 2010 she joined the Transboundary Basins/watershed department in Conagua as an Emergency program care assistant manager; nowadays she is responsible for following up the Atotonilco's WWTP contract, which will be one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Latin America.

Er. M. GopalakrishnanEr. 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.

Guillermo V. DonosoGuillermo V. Donoso
Full Professor Department of Agricultural Economics at Pontificia Universidd Católica de Chile
Environmental and Natural Resource Economist specializing in Water Economics, Water Allocation Mechanisms, Economic Valuation, Economic Appraisal of Development Projects and Micro-econometrics. At present a full professor at the Agricultural Economics Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has held the position of Director of the National Agricultural Research Institute of Chile from 2010 to 2011, Dean of the Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería Forestal of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from 1998 to 2007. Previously was Chair of the Agricultural Economics Department between 1995 and 1998. Has over 16 years of experience, as grants and contract manager in various social and economic sectors as consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the GTZ and the World Bank in projects for Latin America on water economics, allocation and management, economic valuation, economic appraisal of investment projects, and economic impact assessment of public programs.

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.

Keizrul bin AbdullahKeizrul bin Abdullah
Chairman, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation
Dato' Paduka Prof. (Dr.) Ir. Hj. Keizrul bin Abdullah has been involved in the field of water and water resources engineering for the past 36 years. From 1997 to 2007, he was the Director-General of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia. Ir. Keizrul pushed for a more environment-friendly approach to solving water issues and he changed the traditional approach of dealing with water problems from supply management (project biased) to demand management (conservation of resources). He advocated the need to manage water and environment problems in a holistic and integrated manner and made mandatory a control at source approach for urban storm water management through the introduction of the Malaysian Storm Water Management Manual. As the Chairperson (1997-2007) of the Malaysian National Committee on the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, he represented Malaysia in the IHP Intergovernmental Council and organised the annual celebration of World Water Day in Malaysia. In 2006, he was elected into the UNESCO IHP Bureau, as Vice-Chairperson for Region IV covering Asia and the Pacific region. He was a member of the Governing Board of the Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM) under the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), and a member of the Steering Committee for the 1st Asia Pacific Water Summit held in Japan in 2007. He was a member of the ASEAN Focal-Point Team that oversaw the production of the ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action on Water Resources Management. Ir. Keizrul was the President (2002-2005) of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), the international body for irrigation and drainage. He is a member of the Consultative Group of the International Programme on Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID), a collaborative programme of the ICID, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank, and was actively involved with IPTRID and FAO in the setting up of an Asian Drainage Programme (ADP). Presently Ir. Keizrul is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, a company incorporated under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia. He is a Member of the OIC Advisory Panel on Water tasked to identify major challenges, priorities and framework for future cooperation on water issues with a view to developing a Water Vision for the OIC. He is the Secretary General of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), the Chairperson of the Network of Asian River Basin Organisations (NARBO) and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Wetlands International Malaysia. He also sits on the Advisory Board of ICHARM (the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management) - a UNESCO Category 2 Centre jointly set up by UNESCO and the Public Works Research Institute Japan (PWRI).

Mark W. RosegrantMark W. Rosegrant
Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Mark W. Rosegrant is Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has over 30 years of experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other critical natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods and environmental sustainability. Rosegrant developed IFPRI's International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT), which has become a standard for projections and scenarios for global and regional food demand, supply, trade and prices; and IMPACT-WATER, which integrates a detailed water supply and demand model with the food model. He currently directs research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy. He is the author or editor of 7 books and over 100 refereed papers in agricultural economics, water resources and food policy analysis. Rosegrant has won numerous awards, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2007 was elected Distinguished Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association.

Sergey LazarevSergey Lazarev
Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty and Representative to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Born in 1954, Mr. Sergey Lazarev holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He also has the title of Senior Research Fellow. Mr. Lazarev began his professional career as a Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. He then moved to the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences as Scientific Secretary responsible for the conception, monitoring and management of social and human sciences. Mr. Lazarev's work in UNESCO started in January 1988. In October 1994, he became Chief, Section for Tolerance. In this capacity coordinated the preparation and implementation of the celebration programme for the United Nations Year for Tolerance, including the drafting of the milestone Declaration of Principles on Tolerance adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1995. From December 2000 to March 2002, Mr. Lazarev was entrusted with the responsibilities of Chief, Executive Office of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences. Since April 2002, Mr. Lazarev has been the Chief of the Struggle against Discrimination and Racism Section. In this context, he led the preparation of UNESCO's Integrated Strategy to Combat Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance adopted by the 32nd session of the General Conference in 2003 and of the UNESCO contribution to the Durban Review Conference held in Geneva in April 2009. Among his responsibilities in this position is the global coordination of the Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination project. From November 2009 Mr. Lazarev is the Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty and Representative to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.