The Future of Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Breakout Session #2
12:45 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
This breakout session is focused on water infrastructure in urban contexts. Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. In 2016, nearly half of schools in sub-Saharan Africa had no drinking water service. What are the best ways to finance and maintain sustainable urban water projects? Besides the challenge of potable water, how should the U.S. work with developing country governments to tackle issues around sanitation and sewage?
Mike Ashford is Director of Chemonics International’s Water, Energy and Sustainable Cities Practice headquartered in Washington, DC. He is an energy and water infrastructure professional with over 20 years’ experience in project development and program management. His current work focuses on the financial sustainability of infrastructure development and utility services in water and energy on behalf of donor agencies. He has previously worked in senior positions at two clean technology start-ups, as well as co-managing a public fund that invested in projects and companies mitigating GHG emissions on behalf of the State of Oregon.
Sergio I. Campos G. is the head of the water and sanitation team at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. He is responsible for the drinking water, sanitation, water resources management and solid waste portfolio which accounts to approximately $9,000 million in 100 projects in the IDB’s 26 member countries. In addition, he manages the Spanish Water and Sanitation Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean ($1.1 billion) and the AquaFund, a multi-donor fund for technical cooperation. He has led the design and implementation of initiatives and special programs with strategic partners in areas such as behavioral change (Lazos de Agua), green infrastructure (Latin American Water Funds Partnership), and recycling (Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling), among others. In addition, he oversees the application of AquaRating, a platform that evaluates the performance of public utilities, and Hydro-BID, a hydrological simulation tool that has mapped water availability in more than 280,000 watersheds across Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also in charge of the overall WASH knowledge and communications agenda (including publications, blogs, MOOCs, SPOCs, presentations), with an average of 12 technical publications a year. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Campos led the structuring of large water and sanitation infrastructure programs with sovereign guarantee and worked on structuring merger and acquisition projects in transport, energy, water and sanitation and telecommunications, as well as in reengineering projects, business consulting, and microfinance. Mr. Campos is an economist with master’s degrees in Finance and Public Policy.
Dr. Annie Feighery is a behavioral health scientist specializing in management systems, behavior change, and global health. She is the co-founder and CEO of mWater, a tech startup that leverages real time, cloud-based management tools to catalyze the work of health professionals and governments around the world. mWater is a free management operating system used to map and monitor critical points of infrastructure including water sources, sanitation facilities, and healthcare facilities. In six years, the platform has grown to serve 6 national governments and 743 local governments, and 45,000 users in governments, NGOs, and local communities in 158 countries. Dr. Feighery is the mother of three children and lives in New York City.
Jeff Goldberg is Acting Director of USAID’s Office of Water with global responsibilities for coordinating all water- and sanitation-related foreign assistance, valued at $400 million annually. In this role, he also acts as a technical expert and authority, advises Agency leadership, and leads the implementation of USAID’s Water and Development Strategy under the whole-of-government U.S. Global Water Strategy. Previously, Jeff served as Deputy Director and Water and Sanitation Advisor for the Office of Water. He has also held roled in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, WaterSHED-Asia in Cambodia, and the Organization of American States. Jeff holds an M.Sc in Integrated Water Management and a B.A., magna cum laude, in International Relations and Economics.
Moderator: Kimberly Flowers
Kimberly Flowers is director of the Global Food Security Project and the Humanitarian Agenda at CSIS. The Global Food Security Project examines and highlights the impact of food security on U.S. strategic global interests and provides long-term, strategic guidance to policymakers to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance programs are efficient, effective, and sustainable. The Humanitarian Agenda is a center-wide initiative that leverages the expertise of CSIS programs to explore the most complex humanitarian challenges of the twenty-first century.
Prior to joining CSIS in 2015, Ms. Flowers was the communications director for Fintrac, an international development company focusing on hunger eradication and poverty alleviation through agricultural solutions. From 2005 to 2011, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving overseas as a development, outreach, and communications officer in Ethiopia and Jamaica, supporting public affairs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and leading strategic communications for the U.S. government’s global hunger and nutrition initiative, Feed the Future. Ms. Flowers began her international development career in 1999 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria, where she founded a young women’s leadership camp that continues today. She also served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Jamaica in 2004. She is a magna cum laude graduate of William Jewell College, studied at Oxford University, and is an alumna of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development.
This breakout session on "The Future of Sustainable Water Infrastructure" is made possible by generous support from Chemonics International.