Introductions

Hi everyone! Please introduce yourselves here.

My name is Nick, I’ll be managing the online community for this Prize Design. I’m from the Netherlands but live in Barcelona. My background is in political risk analysis, crowdsourced consultancy and journalism.

If you have any community-related questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to message here or email me at mailto:nick.ottens@xprize.org.

Hello! My name is Jordan Shapiro, a Research Analyst with the Impact & Design Team at XPRIZE.

I am a Global Peace Ambassador with the Institute for Economics and Peace and my background focuses on the nexus of inclusive global institutions and conflict resolution.

Prior to XPRIZE, I completed a MA at Aberystwyth University, worked for an international development organization focusing on sustainable agriculture and water resources in Latin America and California, and worked in constituent support for the US Senate and the Plaid Cymru.

Looking forward to brainstorming with and learning from water experts.

Hi everyone! I’m Eti, a senior researcher with XPRIZE, and the lead researcher on the Infinity Water XPRIZE. My background is in global policy, politics, and international development, specializing in peace & security and climate risk. Just before XPRIZE, I worked at the UN on Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and here, on the Wildfire XPRIZE. I have an MPP from the University of Cambridge and over the past decade worked with / advised governments, IGOs, startups, and nonprofits across the MENA region and global hubs to include London, Brussels, and New York. Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts and expertise!

Hello and welcome to the Infinity Water XPRIZE Design Online Expert Community!

I’m Caroline, a Project Manager with XPRIZE’s Impact & Design Team. During my time at XPRIZE, I worked on the Future of Food Impact Roadmap, Feeding the Next Billion Prize Design (focused on alternative proteins), and a Prize Design tackling Alzheimer’s Disease.

Prior to XPRIZE, I worked in sustainable international development and conflict resolution with a specialization in gender, human rights, and democratic governance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

I look forward to working with you all on this new and exciting prize design!

Hello Infinity Water XPRIZE Design Online Expert Community!

I’m Terry, a Product Manager with XPRIZE’s Impact & Design Team. During my time at XPRIZE, I have managed the prize design teams for the Rainforest XPRIZE, launched in 2019, and the Clean Air XPRIZE.

Prior to XPRIZE, I worked in international development, technology management consulting and corporate strategy. I’m passionate about ending global poverty, and have led efforts in education, global health, and social enterprise development in Africa and South America.

I am eager to share and learn how a prize can help address this global problem!

Greetings, fellow water enthusiasts! I direct a multi-institution research center called Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (AMEWS), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and have an active research program in new materials-based technologies for clean water (Google Scholar). Our team at Argonne National Laboratory strongly believes in rethinking the water use cycle, closing the loop by recycling and reusing wastewater locally. This prize could be a powerful tool for incentivizing novel innovations toward this goal.

Hi everyone, my name is Kimberly Duong and I am a civil engineer at the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles, working on large-scale water recycling projects. I have a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Irvine, with a concentration in Water Resources Management. I focused on wastewater reuse, stormwater capture, and urban water conservation programs.

I am also a co-founder and executive board member of a climate communications nonprofit called Climatepedia.

Outside of work and studies, I am very involved in science communication and science policy, which has led me to meeting many wonderful people.

You can find more information about me on my website, itskimberly.com.

Thank you so much for joining us, @SethDarling and @kimbed2! We’re happy to have you in the community.

If you have any community-related questions or need help, just let me know!

Hi everyone
It’s great to see another key project of great worth. I did a report on innovative water and irrigation systems. [I’ll post it in a suitable section here.]

Hi. My name is Fabian Chang from Ecuador. I founded Aquaintel, a consulting firm specialized in market intelligence for water, energy and infrastructure projects in Ecuador: http://www.aquaintel.com.ec/home
Prior to Aquaintel, I worked for 10 years in the water utility of Guayaquil as manager of planning, commercial and regulatory affairs departments and 5 years as Director of economic outlook for a consultancy firm.
My background is Economics (Master degree from Francisco Marroquín University of Guatemala), sustainable development, and water issues.
We promote circular economy and share knowledge among water professionals.

Happy to have you on the team, @akb, and thank you for joining us, @fabchang! I think your expertise could be enormously helpful to us in this design process.

Hello
My name is Delia. I am Living in Austria but I´m born in Romania.
I am environmental and water management engineer. I am working in the field WWTP and DWTP and i am specilized in taking plants into operation ( WWTPs) as well as design and construction.
I hope to be a helping hand in this Project. This water related problems will be a major risk in the near future. Thats why I think it is one of the most important topics nowadays.

Hi all! My name is Cinzia Cabboi, 28yo from Italy. I’m a chemical engineer, made in Sardinia but based in Berlin. Here I have been working for a water technology Start-Up. I love programming and modeling, and I have also some experience at sales. I just got the invitation to join the team and I’m really happy. I will have a deeper look now, in the meantime: thank you!

Best,
Cinzia

Thank you for joining the community, @cinzia91 and @delia! We’re happy to have you and look forward to reading your insights!

If you have any community-related questions, or need help, please let me know.

Hello! My name is Francisco Fechine, from Brazil. I am an electronic engineer, with a PhD in Process Engineering, and a professor for 30 years at the Federal Institute of Paraíba, a public institution that offers technical and undergraduate courses in several areas (similar to American College). I am passionate about appropriate technologies, especially those related to the water problem in the Brazilian semiarid region. I am available to contribute to this excellent discussion group. Thanks for the invitation!

Hi Everyone
My name is Onita Basu - I am an Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Interested to see how this category develops with time. Certainly believe that decentralized treatment options are key for access to improved water on a global scale but also believe that social integration, policy, and local/specialized education are also important factors.
Cheers, Onita Basu

Good day everyone

My name is Sean Wells. I am glad I was invited for I will come every time when somebody mentions working in harmony with nature. Although I was born in South Africa and are currently living there, I have lived for a great portion of my life in another country, Namibia. Living in more than one place has somehow taught me that I cannot just focus on one place without neglecting the other or in fact the whole planet for all are interconnected. Further, I don’t have much formal credentials except for a Diploma in Fisheries Resource Management. However, my interests in green energy has come a long way. I have been designing and tinkering in the field since my school days and I actually have lost count of the many and different types of research I have read, studied and also tried. Projects to with water has been one of my research areas and I am glad to be part of any such ventures. Further, basically I am just somebody who is grateful for the experience to be part of this community and hopefully we may solve at least one of the problems facing humanity.

Welcome @FECHINE, @onitabasu and @Earthphoenix! We’re happy to have you. You can find our active discussions under Key Issues. If you have any questions or need help, just send me a message.

Hi everybody

I’m Dr. Geoff Parker and am an Environmental Engineering academic and consultant currently based in Liverpool, UK.

Did my Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa Canada and then was awarded and took up a Senior Fellowship with a 1M-USD endowment at the University of Cambridge where I had my first PI-role and research group and where I worked until joining LJMU in Liverpool as Senior Lecturer of Water Engineering.

(Where opinions are expressed on this personal account, they are my own and not that of any other organisation.)

I’ve got a couple of books out. At Cambridge I was leader of the module Environmental Engineering in the Centre for Sustainable Development and others. I agree with my fellow Ottawan Onita, that appropriate solutions are very important. I was also a named researcher on several CUED bids e.g. for the very succesful FIBE-CDT and several UK government and industry grants as well.

I’ve worked quite a bit internationally (I’ve lived and worked in Canada, the UK, the MENA, France, etc.) and my expertise and interests are varied. I have worked quite a bit on understanding resilience/adaptive measures (including formally, through e.g. coupled models which lots of people still get wrong) and on improving our (also still imperfect) understanding of well-known treatment methods as well as novel treatment techniques.

Nice to see so many other enthusiastic and interesting people on here, excited to be on the team!

Hello everyone.
My name is Vesa Lius.
I am an engineer and innovator from Finland who lives in northern Sweden near the Arctic Circle.
It will be interesting to share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people.
I am sure that I will gain new insights from you all and I believe that I can contribute constructively as well.