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Advisory Board
Prof. Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Prof. of International Political Economy at IMD

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, founding director of the Evian Group, has been a Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, International Institute for Management Development, since January 1997. His main areas of expertise are the socio-economic and business dynamics of East Asia, the impact of globalization on developing countries and the government-business interface, especially in respect to global trade and investment policy process. He acts in various leading capacities in several public policy forums and organizations.

In 1995, Jean-Pierre Lehmann launched the Evian Group, which consists of high-ranking officials, business executives, independent experts, and opinion leaders from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Evian Group's focus is on the international economic order in the global era, specifically the reciprocal impact and influence of international business and the WTO agenda.

Prior to joining IMD, Jean-Pierre Lehmann has had both an academic and a business career, which over the years has encompassed activities in virtually all East Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. He was (from 1992) the founding director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics and Professor of East Asian Political Economy and Business. From 1986 to 1992, he established and directed the East Asian Operations of InterMatrix, a London-based business strategy research and consulting organization. During that time, he was operating primarily from Tokyo, with offices in Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, and Jakarta, and was concurrently an Affiliated Professor of International Business at the London Business School.

Other previous positions include: Associate Professor of International Business at INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration) in Fontainebleau, France, Visiting Professor at the Bologna Center (Italy) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, twice in the 70s Visiting Professor and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tohoku, Sendai (Japan), and Founding Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling (Scotland), where he also taught East Asian History in the University's History Department. From 1981 to 1986, he directed the EC-ASEAN 'Transfer of Technology and Socio-Economic Development Programmes,' held in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala-Lumpur, and Manila.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and his doctorate from Oxford University (St Antony's College). He is the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with modern East Asian history and international political economy.

Dr. Dietrich Bartlet
Founder/Associate DB Sediments GmbH
Dr. Dietrich Bartelt (born in 1964) founded DB Sediments GmbH together with a friend and former colleague in Duisburg, Germany, in March 2009. Currently he works for DB Sediments as an Associate, and for its subsidiary company, Ferrostaal DB Sediments, as the General Manager. He studied Civil Engineering and Business Administration at the Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen), Germany. He specialized in hydraulic engineering, water resources management, soil mechanics and environmental management.
For 21 years, Dr. Bartelt worked for the German utility company RWE and held various technical and management positions, including project leadership of large international renewable energy project studies. As Senior Manager, he had been Global Coordinator of Occupational Safety of the RWE Group for more than 1,000 companies and more than 130,000 employees, and was responsible for the coordination of environmental issues for several hundred companies within the RWE Group. While working on topics on the human resources strategy within the department of the Chief Human Resources Officer of the RWE Group, Dr. Bartelt obtained his PhD at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the field of Economic Psychology. In 2006, he was a founding member of the German Demographic Network. In 2012, he published his doctoral thesis titled, “Trust of Employees? in their Management.”
In the field of renewable power generation, he has been active in setting up multinational projects, project management structures, site development, authorization
procedures, plant operations, and joint implementation projects with a focus on hydropower, wind power, and solar energy. For a number of years, he had been elected Secretary of the European utility organization, EURE (European Utilities for Renewable Energies).
After leaving the global utility business in March 2013, he has been focusing his life on the sustainable storage of water and its importance within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. He has been giving special attention to water in the anthropocene, the epoch that begins when human activities start to have a significant global impact on Earth's ecosystems.
Keeping the people and (eco-) system(s) in balance is his great challenge. No challenge is too big and too global not to be addressed! His personal aim is to reach sustainability in using water as drinking water, for irrigation and flood protection, and for hydropower generation. With DB Sediments he developed a sensitive system approach to midigate the impact of using water resources while simultaneously providing a solution for sedimentation and siltation issues in reservoirs.


Dr. Moustapha Kamal GUEYE
Policy Specialist-Green Jobs, ILO

Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye is Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, working to promote positive employment outcomes of policies on climate change, green economy and sustainable development. Previously, Kamal served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Senior Programme Manager-Environment at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. Earlier, Kamal spent twelve years across Asia, managing policy research projects on renewable energy, environment and sustainable development at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Social Observatory and participates in the World Economic Forum-ICTSD Expert Group on “Measures to Address Climate Change and the Trade System”. A citizen of Senegal, Kamal holds a Ph.D. and Master degrees from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University; and Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute, Washington; Columbia University, NY; Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan; and Integrated Research and Action for Development, India. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Tokyo and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Kamal speaks Wolof, French, English and Japanese.

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Razzak
Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Abdul Razzak holds a PhD in Civil Engineering, with specialization in Hydrology and Water Resources Management, from Colorado State University in the United States. He has more than 35 years of experience in the academic, technical and managerial fields. Upon joining ESCWA in 1995, he worked as Chief of the Natural Resources Section. He later worked at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Director of the Regional Office for Science in Arab States before returning to ESCWA in April 2007.

Mr. Mbaruku A. Vyakweli
Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited

Mr. Vyakmeli is a Board Member of the World Water Council as well as a member of the International Water Association (IWA), and holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations from the University of Bombay, India. He also holds a MA in Mass Communication from University of Nairobi, Kenya and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Panjab University, India. He is currently in charge of Corporate Affairs and International Relations at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited, Kenya. He is the current Vice President of Africa Water Association (AfWA-STC) and is serving his second term as a member of UNHABITATs’ Global Water Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) International Steering Committee (ISC)—representing the Africa region.

Dr. Khalid Qahman
Project Manager and Senior Advisor

During the last 20 years, Dr. Qahman built broad professional experience as an infrastructure planner, project manager, and senior advisor in water resources and civil/environmental management projects. As team leader, Mr. Qahman worked on numerous engineering, water resources management, and environmentally-related assignments. Dr. Qahman also works (part-time) as an Assistant Professor in Water and Environment at Alquds University, Al Azhar University, and Gaza Islamic University (Master study programs). Dr. Qahman also works as a Senior Consultant at Engineering & Management Consulting Centers. He has carried out several studies and research projects in the field of Water and Environment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, a master's degree in Hydrological Engineering from the IHE-Delft University, the Netherlands and a PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Mohamadia School of Engineers (EMI)-Mohammad V University, Rabat, Morocco.

Dr. Senthil Kumar
PG & Research Department of Biotechnology

Dr. Kumar currently works at the PG & Research Department of Biotechnology within the National College. His scientific work focuses mainly on the biological treatment and environmental impacts of textile effluent. With 13 years of teaching experience, 11 years of research experience, 18 research publications, and two published books, Dr. Kumar has established himself as an expert in Bioremediation and Microbial Ecology, and Water Resource Management.  He has given four international presentations, consulted the Parliament of India, and received many honors and awards—including ‘Best Presentation’ at the National Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Molecular Cell Biology in India, and the Tamil Nadu State Council Young Scientist Fellowship.