Diana Madrigal (Costa Rica)
Executive Director and Founder
Lifting Hands Foundation, Costa Rica
Master of Integrated Water Management
Why did you choose this program?
There is no resource more vital than water and every day more and more issues emerge regarding it. However, the only way to face these challenges are by having the appropriate tools to address the challenges through integrated approaches.
What were the best parts of the program and why?
The MIWM provides tools to face emerging water challenges. With the collaboration of students and professionals from all over the world you learn to work together and seek holistic solutions taking into account scientific, political, social and economical aspects. You are also challenged to think outside of your own context and try and solve problems from countries which are very different to yours.
Australia also provides an amazing opportunity to learn from, since it has advanced water treatments facilities, some of the biggest trans-boundary River Basin Management interventions and programs for the protection of the Reef that needs to cope with the pressures from mining, gas exploration and intensive agricultural practices and farming.
How do you plan to use what you’ve learned in either your current job or future career?
The Masters has provided me with strong leadership principles and developed my awareness to face future water challenges. It gave me tools to address emerging issues in a holistic way with collaboration of many stakeholders. I know that I will be able to apply the integrated water management principles in any future job and project throughout my career.
More information about Diana’s Lifting Hands Foundation and her work.