Keynote Speakers

Dr.Dwane Jones
(Director of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience, University of the District of Columbia, USA)


Dwane is currently the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience (a start-up Sustainable Development Program) at the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences. He is a leader with over nearly 20 years of combined experience in leadership, green infrastructure programs, research, urban design, environmental planning and program management with government, academia, nonprofit and community based agencies and international governments and universities. Dwane uses design thinking to problem solve, innovate, prototype, execute, and research human-centered challenges while using sustainability as a lens to address these problems.

He was Founder of the Low Impact Development Certification Program at North Carolina State University (which became a national model for certification programs in green infrastructure), has led national and international innovation programs, and most recently led the launch of a PhD Program in Urban Leadership + Entrepreneurship, aimed at developing the next generation of innovative thinkers to address issues that are primarily urban.

Dwane is an Executive Leadership Coach who also specializes in launching + scaling start-ups. He has degrees in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Urban Design, and Evidence-Based Coaching.

Richard Batiuk
Coastwise Partners, USA

Rich-BatiukRich Batiuk was the Associate Director for Science, Analysis, and Implementation at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.  In his 33 years with EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, he led the integration of science into multi-partner policy-making and collaborative decision-making.

Rich has now teamed up with Holly Greening, former Director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, as co-founders of CoastWise Partners to apply their combined 70+ years of experience to provide help with development and implementation of collaborative watershed management strategies. They are working with a wide array of agencies and organizations across the country and around the world, all for only good food!

He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1984 and his M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from American University in Washington D.C. in 1985.

Chris Digman
Stantec UK

Prof.-Chris-DigmanProfessor Chris Digman is a Technical Director at Stantec. He has significantly influenced stormwater management practices in the UK and beyond through authoring industry leading guidance in the areas of wastewater and stormwater management, sustainable

urban drainage (green infrastructure) and flooding over his 20 year experience. Based in the UK, he is a nationally recognised technical leader in urban drainage specialising in flood risk management (from rainfall and blockages), strategic drainage planning, pollution control, sewer solid movement and wastewater and surface water management.

Chris has provided leadership and expertise for many significant projects including one of the largest integrated urban drainage models and risk assessments across Glasgow, as well as developing an approach to Strategic Drainage Management Plans for Yorkshire Water. In 2018 he co-authored the 4th Edition of Urban Drainage which is used internationally.

Chris plays an active role at the University of Sheffield, lecturing as a visiting professor and providing strategic advice. He sits on the Industrial Advisory Board, the ICE Water Management Journal Editorial Panel, and the Leadership Board Member for the TWENTY65 Programme.

Craig Mcilroy
Healthy Waters, Auckland Council

Craig-McilroyCraig Mcilroy, General Manager Healthy Waters for Auckland  Council, is a Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience across all facets of Three Waters senior management, including operations management, asset management, project planning and delivery and strategic planning.

Craig’s overarching passion is the need for publically owned council departments to be run along similar lines as corporate businesses, with appropriate governance arrangements and a well-defined set of performance expectations. He is particularly interested in the “whole of business” model where all the moving parts are nurtured and managed in an integrated manner.