Women Working in Water Forum

Date: 6th October 2022

On Thursday 6th October at our combined Irrigation Australia conference and the 24th ICIC International Congress we are convening a ‘Women Working in Water Forum’. The purpose of the forum is:

Invitation Only Breakfast

The program which consists of an Invitation Only Breakfast Chaired by the Hon Karlene Maywald, the South Australian Water Ambassador at South Australian Government – Dept of Environment & Water.

Hon Karlene Maywald - Chair

From 2004 until 2010 Karlene was South Australia’s Minister for Water Security and the River Murray during one of the worst drought periods in living memory. She has a proven, long-standing track record in water management and is passionate about water reform in Australia. Ms Maywald has served on numerous national ministerial councils including the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council, the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council and the Regional Development Ministerial Council. Karlene is also the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing water policy and government relations advisory services.

Expression of interest to the invitation only breakfast

Keynote Speaker - Rosalie Auricht GCPA

Rosalie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Renmark Irrigation Trust in South Australia. She has extensive business management experience acquired through executive roles in a wide range of not-for-profit and public organisations. Coming from a farming background, Rosalie has a strong interest in the health of the River Murray and its communities. Since joining the Trust, Rosalie has established the innovative Renmark environmental water program and achieved global recognition for the Renmark irrigation community’s good water stewardship.

Event Sponsor

The Women Working in Water Forum is kindly sponsored by the Agricultural Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) and Professor Andrew Campbell FTSE FAICD, CEO of ACIAR will speak at the breakfast.

Professor Andrew Campbell FTSE FAICD, CEO of ACIAR

Professor Andrew Campbell is directly responsible to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. As agency head, the CEO manages the administrative and financial affairs of ACIAR and its staff, with direct accountability to the Australian Government for use of Commonwealth resources. Since 1982, ACIAR has supported research projects in four regions – eastern and southern Africa, East Asia, South and West Asia and the Pacific. Their research projects focus on agribusiness, climate change, crops, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, livestock systems, social systems, soil and land management and water. To date ACIAR has commissioned and managed more than 1,500 research projects in 36 countries, partnering with 150 institutions along with more than 50 Australian research organisations.

Panel Discussion

A Panel Discussion, moderated by Karlene Maywald will follow and each panellist, chosen for their particular skills and experience, will comment on their water journey and experience as a woman working in water and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. (We will announce further details on the panellists soon).

World Café

At the conclusion of the panel session the panellists will move to a World Café format and each table hosted by a panellist,  and attended by young irrigation professionals both local and international encouraged to participate, will move around at a designated time to hear and share experiences.

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