Ambassador Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah is President of the Center for Strategy and Security in the Sahara Sahel (Center4s). Previously, the Ambassador was mediator for the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations. Prior to that, he was Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia.Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah
Doctor in Geology from Toulouse University (1968) and geophysicist trained in natural resources investigation (fresh water, mining), civil engineering and environmental surveys. 30 CGG years spent in surveys for village water supply followed by 17 years as a senior Consultant in charge of data acquisition, processing and interpretation control for selecting significant drilling sites. CGG member of the team establishing the Applied Geophysics Code of Practice (1992). Among several surveys aiming at selecting positive well targets, Sahelian aquifers were tested in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Mali (PNUD). European Geologist in charge of training hydrogeologists in applied geophysics (Tunisia, Mauritania, France). Today, Project manager within humanitarian surveys for controlling and evaluating survey programme and geophysical reports from European or African Companies leaving software to select drilling sites for them.Antoine Bouvier
Civil Engineer from MinesParisTech (Geology, 1972), and the French Petroleum Institute (Geophysics, 1972), he made his professional career with BURGEAP, as a water resource engineer in France and in developing countries, and spent 8 years of field work in Sahel countries (Mali, Burkina, Senegal, Mauritania, Benin). Trained in mediation (Paris V, 1998) and in water conflict management (UNESCO-IHE, Delft, 2015), he worked as international expert in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). Since 15 years he is giving training courses in water conflict management in Engineer schools and at the Paris Catholic Institute.Dominique Fougeirol
Civil Engineer from MinesTech (Hydrogeology, 1976), he made his professional career with BURGEAP, as a water resource engineer in France and in developing countries, and spent 6 years of field work in Sahel countries (Cap Vert, Benin, Cameroon). After 10 years dedicated to rural development , he left BURGEAP to join SUEZ Group where he held many operational positions In France and at International level (Marocco, Palestina, Brasil, Jordany). His last position was General Delegate of Aquassistance, humanitarian and development NGO of SUEZ. Now he Is member of board of NGO Water and Life supplying drinking water in Philippines , Bangladesh and Ivory Coast.Dominique Geoffray
Mr. Münger has a scientific background and holds several masters (EPFL, UNIL, UNIGE, UNINE) respectively in: geophysics, mineralogy, hydrogeology, environmental engineering and biotechnologies, as well as geological risk assessment and management.
From 2008 to 2015, he created, developed and headed the Global Water Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This period of time was the occasion for him to launch various initiatives with the private sector in particular with the aim to reduce the water footprint of large companies. Municipalities and governments were also involved by developing decentralized cooperation including several large-scale rural projects and, globally committed to a water SDG and began profiling the water-peace nexus.
He was also the special envoy for water of Switzerland. Previously he has worked as: (i) senior water specialist at the World Bank in Washington and Africa, (ii) regional director for water in Central America for the SDC, (iii) project manager for dams and deep boreholes in the Sahel and (IV) research scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) in a major international project for energy storage in groundwater where he was in charge of the development of mathematical models.François Münger
Mr Bosco Bazié is graduated in development studies at the Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES-Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) and in research and exploitation of groundwater at the Ecole des Mines de l'Aïr (EMAÏR) in Niger. Jean Bosco Bazié is Operational Director of Eau Vive Internationale, which brings together 6 associations from Burkina Faso, France, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo which are active in the fields of water, sanitation and economic and social development since forty years. He regularly shares his vast experience by designing and conducting conferences, workshops and training sessions in relation to water disciplines, particularly in terms of integrated resource management, organization and management of services, governance, local development and development cooperation.
Jean Bosco Bazié is a member of several organizations, networks and panels of experts on water issues, related to participatory approaches and more broadly to development issues.Jean Bosco Bazie
David Kreamer,Ph.D. is a Professor of Geoscience, and past Director of the interdisciplinary Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dave serves as Vice President for Science and Programme for the International Association of Hydrogeologists, is past Division Director of the National Groundwater Association, and is a past President of the Universities Council on Water Resources. Dave’s research includes work on water and international security, maintaining good water quality supply for people and ecosystems particularly in economically developing regions, combating environmental contamination, and water quality and quantity analysis and improvement.
He has authored over 65 professional publications, recently co-authoring the 3rd Edition of the textbook “Contaminant Hydrogeology” (Waveland Press). He has given over 150 invited lectures. David has served as a professional consultant/ expert witness, and testified before the United States Congress. He also has given presentations at over 40 Universities, and has been an invited speaker in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Pacific island nations, South America, Africa and the Middle East.David Kreamer
Mr. Michailof is currently associate researcher at IRIS, senior Fellow at the Ferdi Foundation For ten years he was international consultant and advisor to several governments. Having studied in France (HEC, BA Sociology, PhD Economics) and the United States (MIT), he was regional Director at the World Bank in the 90s and from 2001 to 2005 the Executive Director of operations of the French Development Agency (AFD) and Vice-President of Proparco. He is presently at the board of the Investors Council for Africa (CIAN) and the Research and Technology Exchange.NGO (Gret). His last book « Africanistan, Development or Jihad » (oxford UP 2018) will also soon be available in ItalianSerge Michailof
Sundeep Waslekar is President of Strategic Foresight Group, a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges. Under his leadership, SFG has worked with or on 50 countries from four continents creating new policy concepts in conflict resolution, water diplomacy and foresight for countries and societies. Sundeep Waslekar read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at St. John's College of the Oxford University on the Oxford JCR Scholarship. He was conferred D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) of Symbiosis International University, by the President of India in 2011. He was elected as Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflicts at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University in 2014.Sundeep Waslekar