Gender & Youth Hub

at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference in New York City



March 20, 2023

Youth & Gender Hub

Main Stage Program co-hosted by German House, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs and WaterWoman Project, a program of WaterRising Institute

1:45 PM

Doors Open + Greeting – Diana Jones Ritter, Emcee

2:00 PM

Welcome from German House – Mariella de Carvalho, Head of Cultural Affairs and Science Department

2:05 PM

Welcome from NYC Mayor’s Office of International Affairs – Edward Mermelstein (he/his), Commissioner

2:09 PM

Welcome from WaterRising Institute – Alicia Douglas (she/her), CEO/Founder and Program Director, WaterWoman Project

2:12 PM

Call to Action 1: Youth – NYC Junior Ambassador alumna, Piper Nguyen (she/her), United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Under Water)

2:18 PM

Call to Action 2: NYC NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice, Jessica Colon, Senior Policy Analyst (she/her)

2:21 PM

Call to Action 3: Cities – C40 Cities, Rebecca Ilunga (she/her), Head, Adaption Research & Performance 

2:27 PM

WaterWoman Table 1: Water Utilities are Using Smart Tech to Address Climate Change – Pam Elardo (she/her), Senior Client Advisor, Brown & Caldwell and Reginald Joseph (he/his), NYC DEP Assistant Commissioner, Digital Transformation, Bureau of Wastewater Treatment

2:48 PM


3:03 PM

Call to Action 4: Gender British Water, Charles Shachinda (he/his), Technical Officer – International

3:14 PM

WaterWoman Table 2: Youth, Young Professionals and the Water Career Journey – Victoria Johnson (she/her), Global Equity Director, HDR; Adina Rivera (she/her), Engineer in Training, Henry Coe (he/his), Assistant Environmental Scientist, Hazen and Sawyer, HDR; NYC Junior Ambassador

3:34 PM

WaterWoman Table 3: Jobs with Purpose at the Water/Energy Nexus –Jennifer Steffens (she/her), Director, Strategy & Marketing, SUEZ Smart & Environmental Solutions; Jane Gajwani (she/her), NYC DEP Director, Office of Energy & Resource Recovery Programs; Clara Latini, EU Focal Point – UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth

3:54 PM

Call to Action 5: Gender Inclusion for Water Resilience – WaterRising Institute’s WaterWoman Project
Alicia Douglas CEO/Founder, WaterRising Institute


March 21, 2023

WaterWoman Awards Reception

Invite-Only Event   |    Email [email protected] for more info