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The IWC is dedicated to providing the most advanced education and training, applied research and consulting to develop capacity and promote whole-of-water cycle approaches to Integrated Water Management around the world.
ABOUT US
OUR STORY
OUR PEOPLE
MISSION
OUR APPROACH
FOUNDING MEMBERS

ABOUT US

Water leadership for the future

Based in Brisbane, Australia with a global network of water practitioners and academics, we design and deliver education, research and training programs in Integrated Water Management and water leadership.

We are dedicated to providing the most advanced education and training, applied research and consulting to develop capacity and promote whole-of-water cycle approaches to Integrated Water Management around the world.

Our work can be categorised within our five core areas of expertise:

  • Water Leadership
  • Water Governance
  • Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Healthy River Basins
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

 “At the International WaterCentre, we believe tomorrow’s solutions lie in effective leadership, capacity building and approaches to integrated water management. We are united by a strong sense of community, multidisciplinary approaches, ethical values and a desire to build capacity to manage change in the water sector and beyond.”

Mark Pascoe, CEO, International WaterCentre

Our Story

The International WaterCentre (IWC) was founded in 2005 by four leading Australian Universities – The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and the University of Western Australia, with support from the Queensland State Government.

Since then the IWC has grown to become a key player in the global water sector and an important feature of the Australian ‘water landscape’. The Centre plays a central role in building relationships between Australian water experts and the international water sector, offering world-class professional education and training, capacity development and applied research services which promote integrated and whole-of-water cycle approaches to policy, planning and management.

The IWC is now supported by a network of 170 partners and associates worldwide, providing a breadth of expertise and experience rarely found in a single organisation. To date, over 1,000 water professionals from more than 75 countries have benefitted from the IWC’s education and training programs.

Our People

Business Management

Mark Pascoe

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Pascoe has worked for his more than 40-year career in the water industry – predominately in Brisbane, Australia. He spent many years with Brisbane City Council where his most recent position was as the Manager, Water and Sewerage. He was for a brief period the Queensland Operations Manager of Woodward-Clyde Pty Ltd, an environmental engineering consultancy. He left the BCC role to take up the position of Deputy Director, International Water Association in London, which he held for three years before returning to Brisbane.

Mark has held positions of President, Australian Water Association; Board Member, Water Services Association of Australia; Board Member, Co-operative Research Centre, Water Quality and Treatment; Board Member, Global Water Research Coalition. More recently he served as a Board Member of the Western Corridor Water Recycled Water Company and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Mark recently chaired the Queensland Government’s Water Expert Panel.

Mark is the CEO of the International WaterCentre where his role is to lead the development of the business in providing capacity building services  to water managers and their organisations and particularly to help develop our future water leaders.

Oksana Tkachenko

Finance Director / Business Manager

Oksana is a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (Snr), with a diverse background in financial control and operations management in Australia for over 15 years.

In her current role as Finance Director with the International WaterCentre, she uses previous experience obtained in commercial and residential construction, renovation, development, property and asset management, cattle, electrical and financial services industries with an objective to make an effective commercial difference.

Oksana oversaw a rapid expansion and a number of statewide rollout initiatives at the Master Builders Association and the Group Training Scheme in South Australia. She has managed financial and organisational requirements for a number of Australian businesses.

She is proficient in motivating and directing highly skilled financial and administrative teams to support the achievement of overall corporate goals and objectives. Her knowledge of financial legislation, standards and systems drives effective business compliance, relevance and brevity of reporting, improves efficiency and productivity, adding value to International WaterCentre stakeholders and business environment.

In pursuit of her passion for Impact Investing, Oksana participated at Oxford Impact Investing Programme (Saïd Business School).  This programme draws on the latest research conducted through the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, covering the broader areas of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social finance which encompasses the inspirational field of impact investing.

Her other core competencies include strategic planning, facilitating change, contract management and HR management.

Dr Regina Souter

Program Manager - Capacity development, Training, Research

Dr Brian S. McIntosh

Education Director

Brian is a highly experienced professional, inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural water management educator, having led and managed the development and delivery of water management Masters in the UK and Australia responsible for educating over 550 graduates now working globally. He has designed and delivered professionally oriented postgraduate water management education and training programs and courses to participants from 84 different countries.

His practice as an educator focuses on using participant centred, problem-based and experiential approaches to developing skills and knowledge required to drive integration and innovation in water management. He has significant expertise in strategic program development, curriculum design, marketing and recruitment as well as in operational management and the design and delivery of learning sessions.

A recipient of international and national research awards, Dr. McIntosh has active research interests in water sector innovation, collaboration and capacity building for change and adaptation, along with extensive international, inter-disciplinary experience. His research work has involved academic and industrial collaborations from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United States.

Dr. McIntosh is a Board Member of the IWC Alumni Network (IWCAN) and holds an Adjunct Senior Lectureship at The University of Queensland (Australia), an Adjunct Industry Fellowship at Griffith University (Australia) and has held a Visiting Fellowship at the Cranfield Water Science Institute (UK). Finally, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM), and a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Declan Hearne

Senior Program Officer

Education

Peter Wegener

Lecturer and Flexible Delivery Manager

Dr John Kirkwood

Lecturer & Master's Thesis Manager

John is a Lecturer in IWC’s Master or Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program, and manages the thesis component of that program. He is an experienced tertiary educator, having taught courses in ecology, fisheries and environmental management at three universities over a period of 20 years. John’s teaching focusses on using experiential, problem-based approaches to motivate students to learn. He engages student interest through facilitating diverse learning activities such as the conduct of field research, participation in stakeholder workshops and the use of interactive computer models. He has also supervised numerous postgraduate research projects in aquatic ecology and fisheries science.

John’s research career has focussed on aquatic ecological research in Antarctica, and fisheries science and management in Australia. He has also contributed to the development of ecosystem health report cards. He holds a BSc Honours degree in Zoology from The University of Queensland and a PhD in Marine Ecology from Monash University.

Jennifer Ball

Education Operations Manager

Shelley Okamoto

Education Officer

Flavia Becke

Education Marketing Officer

Capacity Development & Training

Kylie Milligan

Senior Project Officer

Kylie is passionate about improving the livelihoods of communities through capacity building and enhancing the quality of the environment. She actively applies principles of integrated water management to research and training events to achieve positive outcomes for clients. Her passion is enhanced by knowledge and experience gained from 5 years working for the Queensland Government across the disciplines of water planning, management, allocation, policy, research, compliance and assessment.

Since joining IWC in 2015, Kylie has a proven track record for effective and agile project management for high profile clients across the research, capacity development and training portfolio, for example, leading the delivery of the ADB – Australia Water Learning Week 2016 and 2017 for the Asian Development Bank in partnership with the Australian Water Partnership and project managing the upcoming WASH Futures Conference 2018 on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Kylie completed IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management (International Development) through the University of Queensland in 2016. She also has a Bachelor of Natural Resource Economics (Ecological and Environmental Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (Peace and Conflict/Geographical Sciences) from the University of Queensland.

Pablo Orams

Project Officer

Edith Kamundi

Project Officer

Diana Gonzalez Botero

Project Officer

Diana is passionate about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the integration of different aspects of water and water systems management, and working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6. She has worked with NGOs, research organisations, government institutions, universities, and the private sector on different water and environmental projects in Colombia, India, Spain, the UK, Tanzania, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati.

As a Project Officer at the International WaterCentre, Diana works on monitoring, evaluation, learning and response for WASH programs in the Pacific. She also works on designing and conducting research in communities and translating research into practical actions for practitioners. Her work involves traveling to different Pacific island countries, where she works closely with local staff, providing training and supporting the work they do.

Currently her projects are on different aspects of WASH and water management, particularly focusing on research for behaviour change for improved hygiene practices, sanitation marketing in informal communities, integration of WASH and sports for development and WASH in schools. Other of her interests are: water security, water and gender, menstrual hygiene management, community management of water systems and leadership skills in the water sector, especially for young people.

Diana is also an active young water professional, committed to advocating for young people’s voices to be heard and represented. She is currently serving as the Young Water Professional representative in the International Water Association Australia committee, and a member of the organising committee for the upcoming Australian Young Water Professionals conference.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) and a Master’s of Science in Water Security and International Development from the University of east Anglia (UK).

Kerryn Devenny

Training Support Officer

Starting her career in the retail world, Kerryn has a history of working in the education and retail management industry. Skilled in operations management, coaching, sales, retail, and workplace safety & compliance.

Since joining the IWC in March 2017 Kerryn has been involved in the development and logistics of custom training programs to improve the capacity of water professionals around the world, and also manages the Online Training programs at IWC in supporting individuals further their professional development.

Kerryn completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management focused in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Griffith University and has a particular interest in Sustainable Business Practices.

Business Services

Dominic Vedhamanickam

Accounts Officer

Dominic came to Australia to study, after successful completion of a Business Degree in Finance and Accounting. He has worked in a number of chartered accounting firms throughout his career, gaining experience in various accounting systems.

Dominic joined the IWC team in April 2010 a Graduate Accounts Officer.

Vera Magazzeni

Executive Assistant

Sinéad Lehane

Communications & Engagement Manager

Sinéad is an Integrated Water Management (IWM) and Communications professional with five years experience working exclusively in the water sector in the space of communications and research. Her core function at the IWC is to support the organisation engage and communicate effectively with it’s international IWM community.

She has spent the past five years working across a number of projects on water security and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) providing research/data collection, policy analysis and communications support. Sinéad is passionate about improving human health through WASH interventions and using digital platforms to advocate and inform, and believes that good storytelling has the power to change the world. To achieve universal access and sustained management of water and sanitation for all, we need to effectively tell the stories, challenges and triumphs of our work in a way that informs, engages and inspires action.

Sinéad completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Information, and a Masters in International Relations from Curtin University, Western Australia and a Masters in Integrated Water Management (MIWM) from the University of Queensland.

Our mission

Our mission is to change the way people think about, act and solve complex water management challenges.

We empower individuals, communities and organisations to solve complex water management challenges to improve human health and wellbeing within resilient ecosystems and robust economies.

Our Approach – Integrated Water Management

We see Integrated Water Management as a process to promote the coordinated development and management of water to achieve maximum value for people, the environment and the economy.

Integrated Water Management (IWM) places a strong emphasis on collaboration between all stakeholders, including the community. Being process-focussed, IWM is concerned with triggering and managing change within the water sector, and in other sectors in which water plays a role.

Our approach:

  • acknowledges the environmental, ecological and human processes that water undergoes from catchment to coast
  • clarifies and manages the multiple values of water
  • considers the impacts of decisions systematically across environment, politics, law, science , culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

We build capacity to drive the necessary change in the water sector by developing the knowledge and leadership skills of water professionals. Our IWM expertise focuses on three thematic areas:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Healthy River Basins

And two overarching themes:

  • Water Leadership
  • Water Governance

Founding members

Founding members

When professional organisations combine their individual strengths, and work together towards a vision of sustainable water management for the future, the result is something greater than what could be achieved separately.

The University of Queensland, University of Western Australian, Griffith University and Monash University, with support from the Queensland State Government came together to create the International WaterCentre. Each institution plays a significant role in developing the future of Integrated Water Management and creating water leaders.

Griffith University is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most influential universities. Griffith prepares future leaders equipped to manage tomorrow’s global issues.

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Griffith University is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most influential universities. Griffith prepares future leaders equipped to manage tomorrow’s global issues.

Since opening its doors in 1971, Griffith has pioneered many innovations – offering Australia’s first environmental science and Asian studies degrees, and being the first Australian business school to sign the United Nations principles of responsible management education to name a few.

Griffith’s Research and Teaching strengths cover many hot button issues – health, water and the environment alongside Asian politics and trade, sustainable tourism, criminology, and music and the arts.

The University’s strong international standing is built on highly-regarded research and teaching staff, international partnerships and the calibre of its programs and graduates.

Griffith’s long-standing national and international reputation in research in the environmental sciences affords it the largest group of environmental professionals of any university in Australia, and it will soon host the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

Its five campuses span three cities across Australia’s fastest growing corridor from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. With more than 37000 students from more than 122 countries, Griffith is now Australia’s ninth largest higher education institution in terms of student load.

Read more about Griffith University.

University Research Centres:

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. It is the oldest university in Queensland and has produced generations of graduates who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of society and industry.

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The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. It is the oldest university in Queensland and has produced generations of graduates who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of society and industry.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, an alliance of research-strong “sandstone” universities committed to ensuring that Australia has higher education institutions which are genuinely world class. It belongs also to the global Universitas 21 alliance. This group aims to enhance the quality of university outcomes through international benchmarking and a joint venture e-learning project with The Thomson Corporation.

UQ continues to attract the vast majority of the state’s highest academic achievers and is renowned nationally and internationally for the quality of its teaching and research. In 1998-99 it was named Australia’s University of the Year and it continues to enjoy the highest overall rating for Queensland universities in the annual Good Universities Guide.

UQ remains the most successful Australian university in winning and being shortlisted for Australian Awards for University Teaching since they were established in 1997. On a variety of measures it is one of the top three or four research universities in the country and this success was underlined last year when it celebrated its 5000th PhD graduation. UQ also is building a cluster of international-quality research centres and institutes that will keep it at the frontiers of emerging research fields, particularly the biosciences.

The University of Queensland’s graduates have a strong record of success in attaining employment and income levels well above average. UQ qualifications are highly regarded by employers everywhere and our graduates form a powerful network of success across all industries and endeavours in all corners of the globe. In recent years, the international standing of UQ has been reinforced with a rapid growth in fee-paying students from abroad, as well as strong growth in postgraduate studies.

University Rankings

QS World University Rankings

According to the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, UQ is ranked #46 in the world and #4 in Australia.

UQ is also ranked #12 in the world for Environmental Studies (read more).

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

According to the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UQ is ranked #65 in the world.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Rankings of World Universities UQ is ranked #3 in Australia and  #77 in the world (2015)

The 2012 Australian Good Universities Guide: UQ received the maximum five-star rating for student demand, research grants, and research intensivity.

UQ also earned four stars for getting a job, positive graduate outcomes, graduate starting salaries, student-staff ratios, staff qualifications, access by equity groups, gender balance, proportion of school leavers, and non-government earnings.

UQ has more specialised fields of research “well above world standard” than any other Australian university, according to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment released in December 2012. UQ was the only university to achieve the maximum rating in environmental engineering and environmental biotechnology.

Read more about The University of Queensland on UQ website

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. A member of the Australian ‘Group of Eight’ research universities, it is also among Australia’s leading research universities. The University’s Vice Chancellor is Professor Alan Robson supported by a five member Executive.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. A member of the Australian ‘Group of Eight’ research universities, it is also among Australia’s leading research universities. The University’s Vice Chancellor is Professor Alan Robson supported by a five member Executive.

Sitting on the banks of the Swan River, the UWA Crawley campus is the oldest in Western Australia and among the most picturesque in the nation with its grand sandstone and terracotta buildings sitting among elegant heritage-listed gardens.

Highest quality graduates

UWA has the highest quality undergraduates of any university in Australia. This is underpinned by the fact that the proportion of UWA graduates accepted into full-time employment within five months of completing their course is the highest of all Western Australian universities and among the highest in Australia.

Coupled with this success is our high-quality intake of students. Western Australia’s top-achieving school leavers choose to study at UWA as do high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate students from around Australia and the world, particularly South-East Asia.

World-class education

UWA is ranked second in Australia for the quality of its undergraduate programs. Our students benefit from the strong knowledge base and experience of teaching staff, many of whom have substantial international experience.

The University’s strong foundation in research and teaching creates a scholarly environment which promotes the pursuit and rigorous critical interpretation of new information as well as the acquisition of knowledge.

Apart from regular delivery of information (lectures, tutorials, supervised research, field trips and student placements), the University also provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge on collaborative projects with business, industry, government and the wider community.

UWA students are also involved in more than 75 student exchange or study abroad programs in north America, Asia and Europe.

Read more about the University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia research centres

Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education and a commitment to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.

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Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education and a commitment to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.

Monash University’s Vision

Monash Directions 2025 is a 20-year strategic directions statement which was approved by the University Council in February 2005.

Monash University’s statement of purpose

Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education and a commitment to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. It values:

  • excellence in research and scholarship
  • excellence in education
  • excellence in management
  • international focus
  • innovation and creativity
  • diversity
  • fairness
  • engagement
  • integrity, and
  • self-reliance.

Aims

By 2025 we will be one of the best universities in the world, distinctive because our research-intensive, international focus enables us to address important theoretical and practical challenges, and develop graduates who will wish to do the same.

For more detailed information about the university’s vision, strategy and aims, see the Monash Directions 2025 website.

Read more about the Monash University.

Monash University