MyCDNet Forum 2019 Announces its Keynote Speakers

MyCDNet Biennial National Forum 2019 “Water for Sustainable Development: What’s Next” which will be held on 9 & 10 July in University Malaya, confirmed its two experts who will deliver the keynote messages

Bekithemba (Themba) Gumbo is a Civil Engineer and holds a PhD in water and sanitation. He is a national of Zimbabwe, and a permanent resident in South Africa since 2001. He was trained in Zimbabwe, England and the Netherlands.

He has more than 20 years of working experience, firstly, during the late 1980’s early 1990’s where he worked for the City of Bulawayo as a water and sewerage engineer. He joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in 1995. During his ongoing tenure in academia he has been a lecturer, visiting researcher, and external examiner at various institutions and universities in southern Africa. He has published widely in water and environmental management.

In 2004 he worked for the Training and Instructional Design Academy of South Africa (Tidasa) a consulting company based in Pretoria, South Africa. In the beginning of 2005 he joined WaterNet as a Manager, a network affiliated to Cap-Net comprising of 60 university departments, training and research institutes in 17 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa working together to build and strengthen capacity in integrated water resources management.

Before joining Cap-Net in 2011, Dr Gumbo held the position of Project Manager for a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) regional water demand management (WDM) programme being implemented by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

His passion is on networking, capacity development and empowering young people to take-up a career in water and environmental engineering and management.



Ian Douglas began research at the University of Oxford and completed his Ph.D. at the Australian National University. 

His first experience of the tropical hydrology and water resources was in North Queensland, Australia. He then worked in Malaysia in the nineteen sixties, returning in the mid-nineteen eighties to establish a hydrological research programme at the Danum Valley Field Centre in Sabah with which he was involved for 20 years. He was a consultant on hydrology, erosion and sedimentation to the Mekong River Commission and the Science Co-ordinator of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council’s Lowland Catchment Research Programme that integrated hydrogeological, hydrological and freshwater ecological studies in rivers mainly fed by groundwater. 

His books include Humid Landforms (1977), The Urban Environment (1983), Cities: an Environmental History (2013) and (with Philip James) Urban Ecology (2014). Now Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester, where he was Professor of Physical geography (1979-97) after being Professor of Geography at the University of New England, Australia (1971-78). 

He is proud to have had Ph.D. students who are (or have been) Professors at Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tekonologi Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.



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