Scientific Commitee

Anne Jost

Anne is graduated from the higher education institution Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon and obtained her PhD at the Pierre and Marie Curie University. She is also lecturer in hydrogeology at the Sorbonne University of Paris. Her researches are based on numerical modeling tools for a better understanding of the functioning of continental water systems, from local to the global scale. In particular, she participates in the supervision of PhD students from Burkina Faso on issues related to the assessment of groundwater resources.

Anne Jost

Antoine Bouvier

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

Ariane Kirtley

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Ariane Kirtley

Bernard Allenbach

Graduated from Strasbourg’s University, PHD in Geology, Bernard Allenbach is engineer at SERTIT, a Service dedicated to remote sensing, a component of ICUBE the Engineering science, computer science and imaging laboratory of Strasbourg’s University. He is involved in projects dedicated to the operational exploitation of remote sensing data, mainly space data, for territorial management, risk management and natural resources. He is also in charge of A2S, a high computing platform of Strasbourg University dedicated to Satellite Survey Applications based on massive streams of Earth Observation data.

Bernard Allenbach

Cecile Coulon

Cécile Coulon is a PhD student in hydrogeology at the Laval University (Quebec, Canada). She is developing sustainable groundwater pumping scenarios for the Magdalen Islands, minimizing the risk of seawater intrusion and anticipating the effects of climate change. Cécile Coulon is also a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and has a research experience on water obtained with different French universities. She also has environmental consulting experience with a specialized company, the US Geological Survey and the International Water Management Institute.

Cécile Coulon

Cecile Renouard

A graduate of ESSEC Business School, Ph.D. in political philosophy and HDR, Cécile Renouard is professor of philosophy at Centre Sèvres-Jesuit Faculties of Paris, director of the research program CODEV - Enterprise and development at ESSEC, associate professor at the Ecole des Mines de Paris and at Sciences Po. She is President and co-founder of the Campus de la Transition (Campus for Transition), an experimentation, research and training institution for ecological and social transition, aimed at students, teacher-researchers from different schools and universities and professionals, anchored in the territory of Forges in Seine et Marne.

Cécile Renouard

Christian Leduc

Christian Leduc is a senior hydrogeologist, specialist in semi-arid regions. He is director of research in IRD and a member of the G-EAU research team based in Montpellier (France). He works on changes affecting water resources and their uses in semi-arid regions, under the constraint of anthropogenic and climatic factors. He studies physical processes and also interactions between society, environment and techniques linked with water resources. Always firmly rooted in the field reality, his research often considers simultaneously various spatial and temporal scales. His main objective is the reconstruction of past dynamics, the understanding of present trajectories and the identification of the changing importance of the major factors with time by mixing heterogeneous sources of information (hydrology, history, environment). He regularly teaches hydrogeology and water resources in universities of Europe and Africa.

Christian Leduc

Dr. Cristiana Bàrsony-Arcidiacono

Chargée de mission identification et financement de projets

Cristiana is a scientist specialized in scientific and environmental projects connected to development issues. She holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Development related to the management of environmental resources (School of Oriental and African Studies), a PhD in Physics (University College London) and a diploma in politics focused on complex emergencies (London School of Economics). She has worked both as a researcher and consultant for several international organizations (IAEA, UNESCO, CARE). She has been a board member of Earth Child Institute since 2018 and a member of Humascop since 2017.

Cristiana Bàrsony-Arcidiacono

Christophe BRACHET

Christophe is graduated in 1988 from the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He has a 27 years of experience in the fields of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), hydrology, large dams, adaptation to climate change and the fight against floods. Mr Brachet is Deputy Director General of the International Office for Water.

Christophe Brachet

Dominique Fougeirol

Civil Engineer from Mines ParisTech (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 Fougeyrol

Dominique Gibert

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Dominique Gibert

Dominique Geoffray

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

François Bertone

Graduated in 1991 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie, François has 27 years of experience in the fields of water wells, groundwater resources and more generally water resources management. During his career at Egis and later at Schlumberger, he has worked in more than 40 countries. François is currently an independent consultant for private industrial operators, engineering consulting firms or funders such as the World Bank or UN agencies.

François Bertone

François Grünewald

François Grünewald

François Münger

Since 2015, Mr. Münger is the founder and Director of the Geneva Water Hub. The Geneva Water Hub is a global center for hydro-policy and hydro-diplomacy which is located in Geneva and hosted by the University of Geneva. The Hub is based on three functions, that is to say: networking, research and academic training, think-tank. It has a global influence through strategic platforms including the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace – established by 15 co-convening countries- for which he is the Secretary.

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

Frédéric Girault IPGP

With a PhD in geophysics, Assist. Professor at Paris Diderot University (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) since 2015, after post-docs in physical volcanology and rock mechanics at ENS Ulm, he focuses his research activities on hydrothermal systems in the context of active tectonics (volcanoes, orogens), especially in the Nepal Himalayas.

Frédéric Girault

Frédéric Perrier IPG P

Frédéric Perrier

Jean Bosco Bazie - Burkina Faso

Jean 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

Jean François Ghienne

With a PhD from the Strasbourg University (1998), Jean-François Ghienne is a geologist, working as researcher at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg (CNRS). He is interested in deciphering formation processes of sedimentary rocks (Europe, Africa, Canada, Middle East), more particularly in understanding the stratigraphic architecture of Paleozoic sandstones, which are the framework of some major aquifers from Mauritania to Chad.

Jean François Ghienne

Jean-Pierre Triboulet

Mr. Triboulet is a graduated engineer of the Catholic School of “Arts et Métiers” of Lyon and of the School of Hydraulics of INP Grenoble. JP Triboulet also obtained a Master degree in hydrology at the Laval University of Quebec City. He has worked during seven years in Quebec (1970-1977) respectively in the provincial water administration, as researcher in the Centre de Recherches sur l’Eau (CENTREAU) of the Laval University and as hydrologist for hydropower dams and plants projects. Mr. Triboulet also worked for more than 30 years in West Africa on the basis of long term missions for the World Meteorological Organisation, the French Ministry in charge of the Cooperation and Development, and the Danish Agency for the international Development. He was detached as technical adviser to the Directorates in charge of hydraulics of some of sahelian and coastal countries, and to two inter-governmental institutions, the CIEH in Ouagadougou and the AGRHYMET Regional Center in Niamey. His expertise was focused on hydro-meteorological networks, IWRM, water supply and sanitation, organisation of the national water institutions.

Jean-Pierre Triboulet

Jean Willemin

Jean Willemin holds a Master's degree in Sociology and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water Policy and Management from the University of Geneva. He works as a Senior Project Officer for the Geneva Water Hub, an centre of excellency specialised in hydropolitics and hydrodiplomacy attached to the University of Geneva. In the frame of this mandate, he contributes to the development and implementation of the global agenda and is in charge of organising roundtable sessions on current water governance challenges. Before joining the Geneva Water Hub, he worked in the field of human rights, both for international organisations and NGOs with an increasing engagement on water governance issues since 2014. Furthermore, he is specialised in facilitation methods that he performs in the frame of mandates for international organisations, NGOs and public administrations.

Jean Willemin

Karina Cucchi

Karina is graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is currently a research engineer specializing in hydrogeology (stochastic modeling and data assimilation). She devotes her researches to the assimilation of data for the mapping and quantification of water resources, from the combination of direct data (in-situ measurements), indirect data (telemetry) and numerical modeling.

Karina Cucchi

Lucien Bourguet (MH )

Lucien Bourguet

Mathieu Schuster

Mathieu is a researcher at the CNRS and works at the Institute of Physics of the Globe of Strasbourg. He is a specialist of the paleoenvironments of the Sahara and his researches are aiming to better understand the impact of climate change in the Sahara landscapes, through the characterization of its former drainage systems (rivers and lakes). His main research subject is the Megalake Chad, which fossil shorelines are beautifully preserved in the desert and provide an original record of the last major climatic optimum in Africa (African humid period). Mathieu was awarded the bronze medal of CNRS. He is currently vice-director of IPGS.

Mathieu Schuster

Patrick Goblet

Research Director at MINES Paris Tech / PSL University. Mr. Goblet holds a Ph.D. obtained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris / Pierre and Marie Curie University (1981) and obtained a degree in civil engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Paris (1974). Since 2012, he is Research Director at Mines Paris Tech where he is also Professor of Hydrogeology. His researches focus on the modeling of water, energy and mass transport inside aquifers. Pr. Goblet also develops numerical tools applied for example to water resources. He is the author of numerous scientific articles in specialized journals, both national and international, and regularly intervenes in professional and specialized conferences.

Patrick Goblet

Pierre Arnaud

Philippe Arnaud

Ministère des Armées

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Philippe Arnaud

Raya Marina Stephan

Raya is an international consultant, with an expertise in water law. Since more than 20 years, she has been involved in international projects related to water governance at a nation /local and transboundary levels. She has collaborated with many organizations such as UNESCO-IHP, EU, UN-ESCWA or GWP-Med. She has experience in many countries and regions of the world such as South-East Europe, the Mediterranean region or the Arab countries. She has a specific expertise in shared groundwaters, especially transboundary aquifers such as the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System or the Northern Sahara Aquifer System. She is Director of the International Water Resources Association and member of its publication committee. She is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Water International and author of numerous publications about water law and international water law.

Raya Stephan

Sophie Violette

Enseignante-chercheuse en Hydrogéologie

Professor / Researcher on hydrology, ENS / Sorbonne University. Sophie has joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure for her research activity in 2014. She received a PhD (1993) then a HDR (2003) on Hydrogeology from the UPMC. She is Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology at the Sorbonne University since 1995. She was invited as visitor scientist at John Hopkins University (1999) then at Stanford University (2005). The main goal of her research activities is the understanding of groundwater flow at various spatial and time scales (watershed to sedimentary basins and daily to 106 years, respectively) by identification of: 3D geometry (from geological and geophysical data), properties and physical processes involved (mechanical, hydrodynamic, heat and solute transfers) and boundary conditions (Natural forcings: Tectonic, eustatism, climate and; Anthropogenic forcing: Pumping).

Sophie Violette

Elhadji Mama GUENE

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Elhadji Mama GUENE