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Water resourcing in South Africa and the UK shale debate

Date From: 09 March 2016
Date To: 09 March 2016
Description: SAIChE IChemE, CIWEM, and WRC would like to invite you to join us online or in person at a multinational event focusing on water resources in South Africa and the latest UK perspective on the shale gas debate. This free event will link two events being held in Pretoria, South Africa and the CIWEM offices in London UK, as well as our guests who wish to join us online to view the two presentations and participate in a question and answer session afterwards.
Event Type: IChemE Event
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons (Building 53),Ulwazi Conference Room, CSIR Pretoria CIWEM London offices UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Lisa McDonald
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Our two presenters on the evening will be Professor Mike Muller and Professor Mike Bradshaw who's biography's are listed below and will present from Pretoria and the UK respectively.

Prof Mike Muller will present on Managing water in the anthropocene - South Africa offers a peek into the future, addressing the issues around South Africa facing the biggest drought since the 1980’s and other factors influencing water shortages.

The world-gas market has been dominated in recent years with the development of shale gas resources in North America. In the UK, the debate continues and drilling for shale gas is at the exploratory phase. Professor Bradshaw will provide an overview on the latest shale gas debate from a UK perspective.

             Mike Bradshaw                Mike Muller 
  Professor Mike Bradshaw     Professor Mike Muller

Professor Mike Bradshaw

Prof Bradshaw's academic background is in human geography. He competed his undergraduate training at the University of Birmingham (BSc) and he has an MA from the University of Calgary (Alberta) and he gained his PhD at the University of British Columbia. He works at the interface between economic and political geography, energy studies and international relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (and past Vice President) and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Mike Muller

Mike Muller is a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Witwatersrand graduate school of governance. He was commissioner of South Africa's first National Planning Commission (2010 - 2015( and chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on water security (2012 - 2014). He also advises a range of national and international organisations on water development and issues.

Mike was the Director-General of South Africa's department of water affairs and forestry (1997 - 2005). He was responsible for the development and implementation of policy and legislative reform and initiation of a range of national water programmes and projects that gave 10 million people access to safe water. He also co-chaired water sharing negotiations with Mozambique and Swaziland which produced the 'IncoMaputo Treaty' and led the South African side in the on-going Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Before that, he was responsible for infrastructure and policy programmes at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1988-1994) and managed water and sanitation programmes for the Government of Mozambique.

A registered professional engineer in South Africa, he is a Fellow od the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) and the Water Institute of Southern Africa and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). He holds a BSc (Hons) from City University London and an MSc from the University of Witwatersrand.

Schedule UK time SA time 
Arrival for drinks reception (South Africa)

Arrival for tea & coffee 15:30

Mike Muller presents 16:00 18:00
Mike Bradshaw presents 16:45 16:45
Questions & Answers 17:30 19:30
After event drinks and networking (UK and close for SA) 17:45 19:45
Close for UK 18:30


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