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International WaterCentre celebrates 10 years of building global water leadership

More than 70 guests, partners, supporters and collaborators from universities, governments and industry gathered at a special function on Thursday, 29 October 2015, in Brisbane to celebrate International WaterCentre's (IWC) 10th anniversary and to reflect on the organisation's remarkable and unique journey over the past decade.

"IWC is a truly unique organisation, because of the way it brings together the expertise of Australia’s best universities with the best of what government, industry and the NGO sector have to offer. Unique because of the way it is both formed of collaboration and utilises collaboration with a wide range of partners and associates worldwide to foster leadership, learning, dialogue and action to meet the complex water challenges of the 21st century", said Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC's Senior Lecturer and Education Program Manager, who expertly led proceedings as MC.

During the official part of the event at Griffith University's Webb Centre at South Bank, IWC's CEO Mark Pascoe said that he was very pleased to see so many of IWC's partners and collaborators – among them Queensland's water industry key figures from research to practice – gathering for this special occasion. "IWC owes its success to the vision and championship demonstrated by individuals such as Paul Greenfield, Paul Lant, Jürg Keller, Stuart Bunn, Barry Hart, Peter Davis, Eva Abal and Bronwyn Powell who played key roles in creating the vision of an international hub for integrated water management. But IWC's success is also testament to the hard work and dedication of IWC's team, the best team I have ever worked with, which helped shape the organisation into what it is today – a key player in the national and international water arena", said Mark Pascoe.

"Our education program has generated a global alumni network of over 800 members drawn from 76 countries; and nearly 400 government officials from 23 countries have graduated from our capacity building and leadership programs." Board member Prof Ned Pankhurst

IWC's board members also reflected on the organisation's unique vision and the impact it has had over its decade-long journey in a special anniversary video: "Over the last decade the IWC has been engaged in over 500 projects with 170 collaborators both nationally and internationally. IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) students have delivered 200 projects in 45 countries in collaboration with over 140 organisations", said IWC board member Professor Ned Pankhurst from Griffith University.

IWC 10 year anniversary video

Louise Dudley, CEO of Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU), spoke in her keynote address about leadership and the need for innovation and change in the Australian water sector. She acknowledged IWC’s education and training programs which have achieved a great reputation in the industry and mentioned, in particular, the positive results QUU's employees gain from participating in IWC's award-winning Water Leadership Program as well as the many opportunities offered to IWC Masters students to undertake placements within QUU.

“At IWC we believe tomorrow’s solutions lie in effective leadership, capacity building and integrated whole-of-water cycle approaches to water management. We have a strong vision of continuing to build this capacity in the next decade ahead to enable and empower water practitioners to manage change in the water sector and beyond.” Mark Pascoe, CEO of IWC

The official part concluded with networking, drinks and canapés on the balcony offering stunning views of Brisbane's skyline.

The event ended with a special song performed by IWC Project Officer and MIWM alumnus Pablo Orams as a tribute to the late Dr Peter Oliver, much loved Senior Lecturer and dedicated long-time member of IWC's team.

Each guest was offered a bottle of high-quality Chardonnay wine and wine tour and tasting vouchers from Queensland's premier Sirromet Winery as a special gift. IWC would like to acknowledge and thank Sirromet Winery for its sponsorship of the special anniversary gift, and Griffith University for kindly providing the venue.


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IWC CEO Mark Pascoe (centre) with his team

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CEO Mark Pascoe reflecting on IWC's decade-long journey                  Dr Brian McIntosh as MC

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More than 70 guests and water industry key players attended IWC's 10th anniversary event celebrating its success story                    

Photos: Judit Losh



Published 4 November 2015.





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