Water Security in Africa II

Capacity Building for Research and Innovation

09:30-11:00 UTC | 11:30-13:00 Central Africa Time (UTC+2) | 04:30-06:00 US Eastern Time (UTC-5) | 17:30-19:00 Beijing Time (UTC+8)
Wednesday, 16 December 2020


Global water security challenges are the greatest in the African continent.  Education, capacity building, research and innovation in the hydro-environment sector are essential for enabling nations across Africa to face the challenges of water supply and management for all water uses including drinking, irrigation, energy industry and environment.

This session brings perspectives from leading universities as well as experts in innovation and water management to highlight in-country and regional situations in Africa and future potential and possibilities.


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Slim Choura

Samuel Nii Odai

Valerie Naidoo

Yilma Seleshi


Dalila Loudyi


Tom Soo


I. Introduction (5 mins)

  • Dalila Loudyi, IAHR Council Member, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco

II. Keynote Panelists (15 mins each)

  1. Enhancing African Nations' STI Systems to Challenge Current Issues of Water Security and Sustainable Growth

    Slim Choura, Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, National Engineering School of Sfax, University of Sfax, Tunisia

  2. Securing water for future generations: The power of Collaborations
    Samuel Nii Odai, Vice-Chancellor, Accra Technical University, Ghana

  3. Moonshots in Africa: Think Wrong and Maximize Innovation Capital
    Valerie Naidoo, Executive Manager for Innovation and Business Development, Water Research Commission, South Africa

  4. Water Security – Role of Education and Research in Africa
    Yilma Seleshi, Head of Civil Engineering, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

III. Open Q&A (10 mins)

IV. Session Chair: closes the session

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