Jeff Goldberg (United States)
Water Program Advisor
USAID, United States
Master of Integrated Water Management
“Australia is recognised world-wide for its progressive approach to water management,” says American water specialist Jeff Goldberg. “I can think of no better place to prepare myself for a future in water, than in a country that has been simultaneously so afflicted and innovative in terms of water.”
For the past two years Jeff has been working on water projects that have taken him around the world, he but admits that a career in that field was never part of his plan.
“I landed my first job in water by chance, working for an international organisation supporting governments in Latin America and the Caribbean on transboundary IWRM projects. I was fortunate enough to be mentored by some great people there, all of whom taught me a great deal,” he says.
“As I became familiar with some of the more pressing issues facing the region - such as climate change, equity of access and food security - I became motivated to dedicate myself to a career in water.”
“Having worked in water for two years following completion of my undergraduate studies, I found myself wanting to deepen my level of expertise,” Jeff says.
“The MIWM program offers a fully integrated curriculum; the modules address a complex, intertwined set of topics that are essential for any future water practitioner.
“The MIWM class hails from all over the world, and this has provided us all with the opportunity to create a global network of like-minded professionals and friends.
“As global water issues - such as higher and more uneven water demand resulting from population growth, increased rates of urbanisation, agricultural over-use, and climate change - become more pressing, practitioners with a breadth of knowledge and skill sets will be needed to engage with the affected citizens, sectors and countries. I can think of no other program that provides such a holistic, internationally-applicable approach to confronting these issues.”
It isn’t all hard work, however, Jeff says. “Brisbane is totally true to its reputation as the Sunshine Capital of Australia. The weather here is gorgeous nine days out of ten, and everyone is so active, friendly and down to earth. It’s a fascinating place to study water.”