Keynote Speakers

Two prominent individuals from academia and the environmental community have been announced as keynote speakers for the upcoming IWA Digital World Water Congress. Professor David Sedlak of UC Berkeley (USA), and Emma Howard Boyd of the Environment Agency (England), will be speaking during the virtual event. David is set to speak during the opening ceremony, while Emma will give her keynote during the session opening week two.

David Sedlak is a renowned academic and water engineering researcher at UC Berkeley, California, where he also acts as Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center. Sedlak is a recipient of numerous awards including the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research.  He is also the author of “Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource.

Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, a public body responsible for the protection and enhancement of the environment in England. Emma is also a board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). She has a background in finance and has been involved as board member or advisor to numerous environmental organisations such as the Green Finance Institute, the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, and the European Climate Foundation.

IWA Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Morgan-Giles commented:

“IWA is delighted to confirm that David Sedlak and Emma Howard Boyd will be keynote speakers at our virtual water congress. Emma and David are strongly committed to improving how water is managed and protecting the environment.”

“We anticipate their speeches will inspire and engage congress delegates and the next generation of young water professionals looking to embark on a journey towards a water-wise world.”

Find out more about the thought-leaders

David Sedlak

David Sedlak Professor, UC Berkeley

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Emma Howard Boyd

Emma Howard Boyd Chair of the Environment Agency, England

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