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    Wednesday 22nd May


    Session 1: Directions for Hydropower

    Plenary Session


    Reflecting the spirit of diversity and dialogue of the Congress, this first session will set the scene for the discussions that will follow. Thought-leaders from government, international finance, academia and industry bring their perspectives to the challenges and opportunities for hydropower.

    Dr Refaat Abdel Malek Mr Yan Zhiyong Prof Arthur E Mynett Mr Jean-Michel Devernay Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani Mr Torstein Sjotveit


    Chair: Dr Refaat Abdel Malek, President, International Hydropower Association (IHA)

    Mr Yan Zhiyong, Vice Chairman of the Board PowerChina
    Prof Arthur E Mynett, Department Head, Water Science and Engineering UNESCO-IHE
    Mr Jean-Michel Devernay, Chief Technical Specialist Hydropower, World Bank
    Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, State Secretary, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Mr Torstein Sjotveit, Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)

    Session 2a Is sustainability constraining economic development?

    Focus Session



    In today’s closely interconnected world, all activities are viewed with intense scrutiny wherever they happen. Contemporary development is subject to expectations that were not imposed in the past. While continuous improvement is desirable, some voices are questioning whether this is a fair burden on the developing nations. This session will explore this dilemma and discuss possible ways to strike a balance, with developers and civil society.


    Dr John Dore
    Mr Arun Sen Ms Cecilia Tortajada H.E. Viraphonh Viravong Mr Emmanuel Boulet Mr Eugenio Barrios
    Dr Joerg Hartmann
    Dr John Dore, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
    Mr Emmanuel Boulet, Senior Environmental Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
    Dr Joerg Hartmann, Independent Consultant
    Mr Eugenio Barrios, Director Freshwater Program, World Wildlife Fund Mexico
    Mr Arun Sen, Chief Executive Officer, Lanco International
    Ms Cecilia Tortajada, President, Third World Centre for Water Management
    H.E. Viraphonh Viravong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Lao P.D.R.

    Session 2b:  Regional interconnections

    Focus Session


    Regional interconnections: Making it Work and Maximising Value

    Thinking outside of national boundaries offers new perspectives for the optimisation of hydropower development, along with plenty of challenges. Multilateral financial institutions, river-basin authorities and power pool architects will offer their insights on three types of experiences: (1) bringing regional activities to the resource (2) interconnecting electricity grids and (3) river-basin planning.

    Mr Raghuveer Sharma Jean-Michel DevernayMr Anthony Jude Mr Isaac Kirk Koffi Mr Simon Krohn Mr Sameer Kumar Singh Ms. Tracy Lane

    Mr Raghuveer Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
    Mr Jean-Michel Devernay, Chief Technical Specialist Hydropower, World Bank
    Mr Anthony Jude, Director, Energy Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Mr Isaac Kirk Koffi, Chief Executive Officer, Volta River Authority
    Mr Simon Krohn, Chief Technical Advisor, Mekong River Commission
    Mr Sameer Kumar Singh, Environmental Specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Ms Tracy Lane, Programme Director, IHA

    Session 3:  Water and Energy Policies

    Plenary Session


    Hydropower must help bridge the gap between energy and water availability. Managing water in this century is humanity's biggest challenge; at the same time, energy is a primary driver for human development. Water and energy planning conducted separately is potentially disastrous. New ways of integrating policies are desperately needed. Policy-makers will discuss ways in which joined-up policies can lead to a more strategic approach to the water and energy nexus.

    H.E. Simon D Ujanga H.E. Yamfwa Mukanga,Mr Xavier UrsatMr Jeremy BirdDr James Dalton Mr Zhou Shichun Mr. Oivind Johansen
    H.E. Simon D’Ujanga, Minister for Energy, Uganda
    H.E. Yamfwa Mukanga, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Zambia
    Mr Oivind Johansen, Deputy Director, Ministry for Petroleum and Energy, Norway
    Mr Xavier Ursat, Deputy Director Hydropower Division, Electricité de France (EDF)
    Mr Jeremy Bird, Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
    Dr James Dalton, Coordinator Global Initiatives, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Mr Zhou Shichun, Secretary General, Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers (ESCIR), China