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    Prof Paul Bertsch

    Chief Scientist, Queensland

    Professor Paul Bertsch was appointed as interim Queensland Chief Scientist in February 2019.

    Paul is also Deputy Director-Science of the Land and Water Business Unit at CSIRO where he led a team of approximately 650 scientists and technical specialists from across CSIRO working on the stewardship of land and water resources, ecosystems and the built environment.

    He has championed interdisciplinary and cross-agency science approaches to address the significant challenges facing Australia and the world, specifically around the environment, natural resource management and sustainability.

    Prior to joining CSIRO in 2013, Paul was the Director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

    Prof Bertsch has 30 years of experience in the fields of soil science, environmental geochemistry and toxicology.

    He has significant international science administration, leadership and policy experience, and has built links to key leaders in federal and various state science agencies.

    Paul has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and technical publications, and has held numerous executive roles for national and international scientific committees.

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    Prof Makoto Taniguchi

    Deputy Director-General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan

    Integrated Management of Groundwater-Energy-Food Nexus for Sustainability

    Professor Makoto Taniguchi is a hydrogeologist at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan. He received his PhD in the field of groundwater hydrology from University of Tsukuba, Japan in 1987. He was a visiting scholar at the Division of Groundwater, CSIRO, Australia (1987-1988, 1996-1997), Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, USA (1991-1992), and Department of Oceanography, Florida State University (2001-2002, 2002-2003). He has worked on groundwater research and teaching of hydrogeology in universities including The University of Tsukuba and Nara University of Education. He moved to RIHN in 2003, and became a full professor of hydrogeology in 2009.

    He is currently the president of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology (2015-present). He served as a coordinator of the UNESCO GRAPHIC Project (2004-2011) and GWSP-Asia network (2005-2009), Associate Editor of Ground Water (2003-2008) and Hydrological Processes (2010-2013), and Vice President of the International Committee of Groundwater of IAHS under IUGG (2007-2011).

    He has worked on groundwater projects around the world, in particular Asia, authoring or co-authoring over 120 articles and 8 books including “Subsurface Hydrological Responses to land cover/use changes (Kluwer, 1997)”, “Land and Marine Hydrogeology (Elsevier, 2003)”, “Groundwater system responses to changing climate (Taylor and Francis, 2009), “Groundwater and subsurface environment (Springer, 2011)”, and “Groundwater as a key for adaptation to the changing climate and society (Springer, 2014)”. He has published widely in some of the top journals in hydrogeology and geophysics, such as Hydrogeology Journal, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, Water Resources Research, Groundwater and Journal of Hydrology.

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    Ms Laura Tyler

    Chief of Geoscience and Asset President, Olympic Dam, BHP

    Sustainable Water Management in Modern Mining

    Laura Tyler began her career in the British civil engineering industry, before moving into mining in 1994. She has worked across three continents in operations spanning civil engineering, open pit mining and underground mining. Laura joined BHP in 2004. In 2018, Laura was appointed Asset President Olympic Dam, responsible for the safe and sustainable operation of one of the world’s most significant polymetallic resources producing copper, uranium, gold and silver in remote South Australia. Laura also holds the role of Chief Geoscientist, responsible for BHP’s global team of technical experts in geoscience and resource engineering. Laura has held this accountability since 2016, and in this capacity is a member of BHP’s Executive Leadership Team. 

    Immediately prior to leading Olympic Dam, Laura spent three years as Chief of Staff to the CEO, working closely with Andrew Mackenzie and other senior executives on delivering the company’s strategic plan. Previously, Laura has worked in various technical and operational leadership positions, including at the Cannington Mine in Queensland as Asset President, at the EKATI Diamond Mine in Canada and in BHP’s corporate HSEC team in London. Prior to joining BHP, Laura worked for Western Mining Corporation, Newcrest Mining and Mount Isa Mines.

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    Mr Chris Langton

    Vice President, Klohn Crippen Berger, Australasia

    Chris Langton is the Vice President of Klohn Crippen Berger, Australasia, and has over 25 years’ groundwater and environmental project experience in the mining, industrial and commercial infrastructure sectors. He has managed multi-disciplinary teams for mine feasibility, operations and closure studies, and has participated in due diligence assessments for mining and financial institutions. He also has experience in mine water balance studies, mine dewatering and depressurization, seepage management system designs, including groundwater interception / cutoff systems, tailings and waste rock dump water budgets, mine closure plans and liability assessments. Chris  has been involved in key projects throughout Australasia, Canada, Russia, South America and South Africa, including mines in Papua New Guinea, several mines in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, in Australia and several oil sands mines in Alberta, Canada.

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    Ms Jane Coram

    Land and Water Director, CSIRO

    Groundwater Forever – Water for Life

    Jane’s career in natural resources science delivery spans nearly 30 years. It has focused on applying scientific solutions to natural resources management challenges, particularly in relation to groundwater and groundwater-dependent ecosystem management. Her experience and technical knowledge spans a range of issues including coal seam gas, coal and unconventional energy resources, uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal, groundwater sustainability, dryland salinity, groundwater-surface water dynamics; forest ecology and management; reserve design and biodiversity management.

    With formal qualifications in hydrogeology and earth sciences, Jane has a broad multidisciplinary understanding of land and water sciences. She is Director of CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit, and has also held senior leadership positions including as Acting Chief Scientist and leader of the groundwater capability at Geosciences Australia, and Chief Executive of the National Measurement Institute. Jane’s multidisciplinary perspective has also seen her provide scientific advice across numerous committees and boards.

    Jane’s interests include science communication, mentoring emerging science leaders, and working to provide inspired, innovative and impactful science solutions to national problems.

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    Prof Shahbaz Khan

    Director, UNESCO Jakarta

    Groundwater for a Water Secure World - Leaving No One Behind

    Professor Shahbaz Khan is Director Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. He has multidisciplinary academic background and professional experience in engineering, environmental law, economics and international diplomacy. He is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, Hon Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineers, Hon Fellow of the Myanmar Engineering Society, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World and Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Shahbaz is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and Western Sydney University, Australia, Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln University, New Zealand, Visiting Professor at Wuhan University, Distinguished Professor at the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan and Distinguished Professor at the Capital Normal University, China. 

    Professor Khan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Civil Engineering (1990) from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan); a Master of Science in Water Resources Technology and Management (1992) and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering (1995) from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom); Graduate Diploma in Applied Geographic Information Science (2001) and a Grad Certificate in Information Technology (2003) from the Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga (Australia). In 2005, Shahbaz obtained a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Law from the Macquarie University (Australia) and in 2007 a Master’s Degree in Applied Environmental Economics from the Imperial College London (United Kingdom). In 2016, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Environment & Development by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for his outstanding work on water, environment and sustainable development. In December 2018 Professor Khan was awarded Doctor of Science by the University of Birmingham for his eminent contributions to solving global water engineering and management issues.

    Prof Khan has worked in Australia, France, Indonesia and Pakistan in various research, consultancy and policy positions. Before joining UNESCO, Shahbaz was Professor and Director at the Charles Sturt University, Research Director Irrigation Systems at CSIRO and Programme Leader, System Harmonisation for Regional Irrigation Business Partnerships at the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures, Australia. His work has been widely recognised through receipt of many awards such as the Great Wall Friendship Award China 2017, FEIAP Engineer of the Year Award 2016, UNESCO Team Award for Managing Hydro Hazards 2009, Land and Water Australia’s Eureka Prize 2007, CSIRO Medal 2007, Biennial Medal of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has widely published in the area of water, environment and sustainable development and received several outstanding publications awards.

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    Mr Anthony Lane

    Technical Director - Land Quality & Remediation and Hydrogeology, SLR Consulting Australia

    Make Hydrogeology Great Again

    Anthony has been a professional hydrogeologist and member of the International Association of Hydrogeologist (IAH) for over 40 years. Anthony obtained a Diploma of Applied Science (Geology) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1976 and a Master of Science (Hydrogeology) from University College London in 1980. Anthony initially worked in the public sector and then with groundwater consulting firms and more recently, given the development of the contaminated environments sector, as an environmental hydrogeologist and as a site contamination auditor accredited by EPAs in Vic, NSW, SA and ACT and by DEWR in WA. He is also a Certified Environmental Practitioner and Site Contamination Specialist accredited by the Environmental Institute of Australia & New Zealand. Anthony is a Past-President of the Victoria branch of the IAH. Anthony holds the position of Technical Director, Land Quality & Remediation and Hydrogeology with SLR Consulting in Asia Pacific.

    Anthony is committed to the development of hydrogeological education, primarily at RMIT where he developed and delivered the hydrogeology program for several years from 1984. He also assisted the university to develop its Environmental Engineering degree program and designed their initial course in Contaminated Land Management in 1993. He was Chair of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Engineering at RMIT for more than a decade, championing the cause for hydrogeology content. Anthony still delivers guest lectures in contaminated groundwater risk assessment at RMIT.

    He has worked on groundwater related projects in all states and territories of Australia and several other countries including New Zealand, New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Oman and Pakistan.  His full range of experience in applied hydrogeology includes land and groundwater contamination assessment and auditing; health & environmental risk assessment and communication; waste management and landfill life cycle; landfill gas risk and energy developments; groundwater resources development; mine dewatering investigation and design; groundwater supply engineering, including design and installation of high yield, deep waterwells/bores as well as village-scale water supply technology.

    Anthony remains passionate about hydrogeology education and use of sound hydrogeological assessments as the foundation for understanding and communicating about environmental contamination and resource management risk management.