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Expert Hour: “How engineering is critical for Sustainable Development Goal success”

The webinar link will be emailed to you upon registration. You will also get the opportunity to provide us with some pre-webinar questions we can present to the authors.

The Warren Centre is proud to present Dr Jacqueline Thomas in a discussion titled, "How engineering is critical for Sustainable Development Goal success."

The Expert Hour Webinar hosted by Ashley Brinson from The Warren Centre


Dr Jacquie Thomas

Dr Jacqueline Thomas is passionate about improving peoples' lives and protecting the environment, as evidenced by her research into water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in developing countries. She has a Bachelor of Science with honours in microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and international relations from the University of New South Wales, followed by a PhD in Environmental Engineering in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency and UNSW. Whilst working as a policy analyst for the Water Unit with the NSW Health Department, which included exposure to remote Aboriginal communities, she came to understand firsthand the critical importance of effective translation of research into policy and practice.

Dr Thomas followed her passion and started a WaSH research group at the Ifakara Health Institute - an NGO based in rural Tanzania - where she lived and worked for nearly four years, before joining the University of Sydney in 2016 to teach in the new Humanitarian Engineering major, the first of its kind in Australia. Dr Thomas maintains active research collaborations with partners in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Dick Kell

Mr Richard Kell AM, Chair, The Warren Centre - Dick Kell has more than 50 years’experience as a civil engineer, project manager and manager/director/chairman of a major international consulting firm listed on the ASX and operating in the infrastructure sector throughout Australia and internationally. He was Chairman of Cardno 1999-2004 and is now a consultant in their International Development team. Dick is a Former World President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC.

He has specialised in major bridge, road, marine and building projects, working for Cardno in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and Vietnam, and has continued as project director of various projects.

Aaron Opdyke

Aaron’s research seeks to improve international humanitarian response to better assist developing communities to recover in the aftermath of disaster and conflict, with a focus on safe and equitable shelter. His work focuses on how project organisation, local knowledge, and engineering can inform more effective humanitarian programming to reduce disaster risk and build resilience. He previously worked for non-governmental organisations as an engineer on both the implementation and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs in the Philippines and Haiti and is a past United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Fellow. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Aaron’s current research includes projects in the Philippines, Haiti, Fiji, Nepal, and in the Middle East and North Africa region. More information on his research can be found here

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