WE talk: Innovation
2 September 2018

Women Leading Change in the Governance of Shared Waters

Isabelle Fauconnier, Water Policy & Sustainability Advisor - IUCN Global Water Programme

In her position’s capacity, Ms. Fauconnier has been spearheading the mainstreaming of gender and inclusion issues in IUCN’s water portfolio and has led the development of new tools and research on this topic. She also leads programmes on transboundary water management and on sustainable growth. Isabelle has over 20 years of experience on the governance of water services provision and water resources management, having conducted policy research, project design, implementation and evaluation in urban and rural settings in Latin America, Africa and North America with IUCN, the World Bank and other organisations. She has a special interest in linking social inclusion and economic development concerns with the improved management of water services and resources.

Women & Political Representation: Scandinavian Experience

Erik Ullenhag, Swedish Ambassador to Jordan – Sweden Embassy

Mr. Ullenhag has been Sweden's Ambassador to Jordan since September 2016. He previously served as Minister for Integration in the Swedish Government from 2010 to 2014. A member of the Liberal People's Party, now the Liberals, he was a member of parliament for Uppsala County from 2002 to 2006, from 2009 to 2010 and again from 2014. He is also second vice chairman of the Liberal People's Party since 2010. He was chairman for the Liberal Youth of Sweden between 1997 and 1999 and a member of the Riksdag between 2002 and 2006, and again from 2009 to 2010. He was party secretary for the Liberal People's Party between 2006 and 2010.

Situating Gender in Sustainable Economic Growth

Raouf H. Dabbas, Environmental Activist

Actively involved with environmental NGOs since 1994, Mr. Dabbas is an environmental lobbyist and activist. Between 2003-2007 he worked as the Prime-Ministry Advisor following up environmental issues and representing Jordan at High-Level environmental meetings. From 2007-2015 he was the Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Environment focusing on building the Ministry’s institutional capacities, promoting the development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, assisting in the development of Cleaner Production Legislation, The Green Economy Strategy And Action Plan and providing necessary advice and support to the Eco-Cities Forum initiative. He is a member of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Advisory Board. He is a founding member of several NGOs such as the Federation of Jordanian Environmental NGOs and Jordan Green Building Counsel and a Board Member of several environmental and cultural NGOs and the Vice President of the Friends of Environment Society in Jordan working with youth and rural communities building environmental awareness and developing Green Business.

What Does Gender Mean to Me? Stereotypes, Generational Bias and Leadership

Lulwa Saffarini, Project Manager – Royal Scientific Society (RSS) / National Energy Research Center (NERC)

Currently, Lulwa is working as the MINARET Project Manager (MINARET is the MENA Region Initiative as a model of NEXUS Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies). Previously, Lulwa was the Director of Projects at EDAMA Association for Energy, Water & Environmental.

Duha Ali, Programme Coordinator – Jordanian Peace Building Organisation

Duha currently works as a Programme Coordinator for a Jordanian peace-building organization, on an Advocacy and Dialogue for Peace programme in which she mentors volunteers to help them design, implement, and evaluate activities that enable participants to transform conflict within their communities. Previously, Duha worked in Clean Technology as Membership Officer with EDAMA Association for Energy, Water and Environment.

To celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day, our first talk will address the concept of gender in the water & energy sector: How and why gender can be understood as an approach rather than an activity?

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