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About IDC 2019

The Asian Institute of Management - Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (AIM-ZSDM) and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) are organizing the International Disaster Conference 2019 which will be held on 21 November at The Peninsula Manila, Makati City, Philippines.


Building on the foundation of the previous Forums, this year, the IDC series will bring a sharper focus on WATER with the theme "Future-Proofing Water through Innovation," which is designed in a two-pronged approach on Water Risks and Crisistoo much water (natural disasters that result in floods, storms, hurricanes, and rise in sea levels), and too little water (lack of clean water, drought).


With water crisis being among the top five most damaging global risks, IDC 2019 aims to tackle water-related issues in line with the UN-SDGs, particularly SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 13: Climate Action and SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, which hopes to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.

Program

November 21, 2019

Event Agenda

8:00 AM
Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks + Setting the Context
Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go (Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management at Asian Institute of Management)
Dr. Jikyeong Kang (Dean at Asian Institute of Management)
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Message of Support + Keynote Speech
Patrick Wesner (Deputy Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines)
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Plenary Session | Too Little: Water Crisis
In a world of 7.7 billion people, 844 million people have no access to clean water, which positions water crises as the 4th global risk in terms of societal impacts. This session will focus on the global risks, challenges, and potential counteractive measures to address having too little water, as well as the potential for worsening water scarcity issues. This will also highlight actions to help achieve the UN-SDG#6 geared towards clean, accessible water for all.
Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go (Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management at Asian Institute of Management)
Rep. Ryan Yamane (Chair, Committee on Water & Land at State of Hawaii)
Frankie Arellano (Senior Technical Consultant and Practice Leader for Water at Maynilad Water Services)
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee + Networking Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Plenary Session | Too Much: Water Risks
Climate change and urbanization have drastically escalated the frequency and intensity of disasters globally. Ninety per cent of all these natural disasters are water-related such as floods, storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and sea-level rise. Nine out of 15 countries in the world with the highest exposure and risk are in the Asia and the Pacific. This session will discuss the global risks for climate-induced water-related disaster, and facilitate a discussion on possible counteractive measures to alleviate the negative impacts of worsening water-related disasters in the various phases of disaster management.
Butch Meily (President at Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation)
Dr. Vinod Thomas (Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Management)
Dr. Min-Hao Wu (Director, Science and Technology Center for Disaster Prevention and Reduction of National University of Kaohsiung)
Benjamin Horton (Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore)
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Coffee + Networking Break
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Synthesis Session
Sreenivas Narayanan (Managing Director of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST))
Stephane Bessadi (Senior Water Utility Specialist at Asian Development Bank)
Saroj Srisai (Expert on ASEAN Water)
Geoffrey Wilson (Senior Water Resources Specialist at Asian Development Bank)
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Emmanuel De Guzman (Secretary at Climate Change Commission)

PRACTICES | The Ripple Effect: Best Practices on Water Crisis Management

1:00 PM
Deep Dive Session | Too Little: Water Crisis
Venue: Rigodon Ballroom This session aims to highlight responsible and sustainable best practices, and emerging innovations to address the issues of too little water.
Stephane Bessadi (Senior Water Utility Specialist at Asian Development Bank)
Swapnil Bora (Practice Lead at ECC International)
Rohit Nara (CEO and Founder of Agua Wireless Systems)
Renato
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Deep Dive Session | Too Much: Water Risks
Venue: Rigodon Ballroom Learning from sustainable practices and emerging innovations to create the most substantive and germane solutions to issues of too much water.
Stephane Bessadi (Senior Water Utility Specialist at Asian Development Bank)
Dr. Reynaldo Ebora (Executive Director of DOST-PCAARRD)
Adam Switzer (Associate Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore)
Dr. Min-Hao Wu (Director, Science and Technology Center for Disaster Prevention and Reduction of National University of Kaohsiung)

POLICIES + PARTNERSHIPS | Better Governance and Making Waves Together: Water Policy Reforms for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Water Resilience

1:00 PM
Deep Dive Session | Too Little: Water Crisis
Venue: Balagtas Function Room Discuss existing Asian water policies for a unified approach in pushing for better water policy reforms and build synergies for a roadmap on national & regional actions to enhance the adoption of sustainable and best practices in water supply management.
Saroj Srisai (Expert on ASEAN Water)
Kathleen Almonte (Manager, Engagement Platform at Philippine Business for Social Progress)
Kevin Lee (Executive Director of A Single Drop of Water)
Geoffrey Wilson (Senior Water Resources Specialist at Asian Development Bank)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Deep Dive Session | Too Much: Water Risks
Venue: Balagtas Function Room Applying lessons learned from existing Asian water policies to propose governance-driven solutions to water disasters and their socio-economic and human impact, and transcending differences to create synergies and build partnerships towards regional cooperation and national actions that will enhance the adoption of responsible and best practices in water disaster management.
Saroj Srisai (Expert on ASEAN Water)
Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Country Representative and Programme Manager at Wetlands International)
Dr. Ephraim Cercado (Vice President at Sustainable Tree Farmers Group of the Philippines)
Geoffrey Wilson (Senior Water Resources Specialist at Asian Development Bank)

Resource Persons

Dr. Jikyeong Kang (Dean at Asian Institute of Management)

Dr. Jikyeong Kang

Dean at Asian Institute of Management

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go (Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management at Asian Institute of Management)

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go

Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management at Asian Institute of Management

Patrick Wesner (Deputy Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines)

Patrick Wesner

Deputy Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines

Butch Meily (President at Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation)

Butch Meily

President at Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Stephane Bessadi (Senior Water Utility Specialist at Asian Development Bank)

Stephane Bessadi

Senior Water Utility Specialist at Asian Development Bank

Saroj Srisai (Expert on ASEAN Water)

Saroj Srisai

Expert on ASEAN Water

Kathleen Almonte (Manager, Engagement Platform at Philippine Business for Social Progress)

Kathleen Almonte

Manager, Engagement Platform at Philippine Business for Social Progress

Frankie Arellano (Senior Technical Consultant and Practice Leader for Water at Maynilad Water Services)

Frankie Arellano

Senior Technical Consultant and Practice Leader for Water at Maynilad Water Services

Swapnil Bora (Practice Lead at ECC International)

Swapnil Bora

Practice Lead at ECC International

Dr. Vinod Thomas (Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Management)

Dr. Vinod Thomas

Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Management

Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Country Representative and Programme Manager at Wetlands International)

Dr. Annadel Cabanban

Country Representative and Programme Manager at Wetlands International

Dr. Ephraim Cercado (Vice President at Sustainable Tree Farmers Group of the Philippines)

Dr. Ephraim Cercado

Vice President at Sustainable Tree Farmers Group of the Philippines

Emmanuel De Guzman (Secretary at Climate Change Commission)

Emmanuel De Guzman

Secretary at Climate Change Commission

Dr. Reynaldo Ebora (Executive Director of DOST-PCAARRD)

Dr. Reynaldo Ebora

Executive Director of DOST-PCAARRD

Benjamin Horton (Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore)

Benjamin Horton

Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore

Kevin Lee (Executive Director of A Single Drop of Water)

Kevin Lee

Executive Director of A Single Drop of Water

Rohit Nara (CEO and Founder of Agua Wireless Systems)

Rohit Nara

CEO and Founder of Agua Wireless Systems

Sreenivas Narayanan (Managing Director of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST))

Sreenivas Narayanan

Managing Director of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)

Adam Switzer (Associate Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore)

Adam Switzer

Associate Chair, Asian School of Environment at Earth Observatory of Singapore

Renato

Renato "Abong" Tayag

Former Director of Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Geoffrey Wilson (Senior Water Resources Specialist at Asian Development Bank)

Geoffrey Wilson

Senior Water Resources Specialist at Asian Development Bank

Dr. Min-Hao Wu (Director, Science and Technology Center for Disaster Prevention and Reduction of National University of Kaohsiung)

Dr. Min-Hao Wu

Director, Science and Technology Center for Disaster Prevention and Reduction of National University of Kaohsiung

Rep. Ryan Yamane (Chair, Committee on Water & Land at State of Hawaii)

Rep. Ryan Yamane

Chair, Committee on Water & Land at State of Hawaii

Sponsors and Partners

Venue

Venue

The Peninsula Manila Hotel
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

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