IWA Emerging Water Leaders Virtual Forum 2021: Online Panel B

IWA Young Water Professionals

Target Audience

Young Water Professionals


The IWA Emerging Water Leaders 1st Virtual Forum, which took place on 9-11 November 2021, is a virtual event setting an open platform for YWPs to connect with their peers from around the world. The Forum is a place to share professional experiences and to highlight the important responsibility of Young Water Professionals (YWPs) working on the solutions for a water wise future.

The current pandemic has created many challenges for all. In order to move forward, we need to openly address these and revaluate current approaches to collaboratively create solutions to the constantly transforming water sector. For this to happen, cross-sectoral and transgenerational collaboration is required.

This online panel of the Virtual Forum highlighted a very significant question: How are young professionals leading the water industry through disruptive change?

Within this context, the following topics were debated:

  • Disruptive change. Pandemic Perspective (Joone Kim-Lopez)
  • Evolving Technology. Evolving Leadership (Walid Khoury)
  • Fundamentals, ingenuity, and being data- driven: Lessons for 21st century water professionals (Siddhartha Roy)

Learning Objectives

Following this online panel, participants will be able to:

  • Find out the importance of applying trans-generational and diverse approaches in the face of disruptive changes
  • Learn about the significance of communication and connections
  • Applying or developing leadership at all levels
  • Identify how data-driven approaches may enhance connectivity as well as improve existing monitoring technologies
  • Learn about the importance of social media presence and the ways to establish and maintain meaningful connections
  • Advance knowledge on digitisation and data-driven strategies relying on machine learning


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