Deborah Chapman is currently Director of the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, based in the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. She established the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre in 2015 to provide capacity development for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) global water quality monitoring programme, GEMS/Water. She has 40 years experience in research and teaching on water quality issues. In recent decades her research interests have focused on water resources management, especially recreational and amenity lakes and reservoirs, developments and current practice in design and implementation of water quality monitoring programmes, and human health risk assessment in relation to the use of freshwater resources and wastewater disposal. In her current role in the GEMS/Water Centre at UCC, she is responsible for the development and delivery of in-situ and on-line training courses on water quality monitoring and assessment at global level.
Jacqueline is an energetic and ambitious WASH expert with many years’ experience in complex development projects. Her work has focused on community organization and empowerment, civil society engagement and capacity building of WASH actors for effective service delivery. She has worked on assignments for the Dutch Government, USAID and GIZ pre-dominantly in Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan. In her recent role in a project for the Dutch Embassy in South Sudan, she succeeded to oversee the establishment and strengthening of community based management structures for over 700 decentralized water systems. She is convinced of the need for and viability of sustainable development even in fragile contexts. She is currently working with Civil Society Organisations in South Sudan to enhance citizen participation in water governance.
I'm a physical geographer, specialised in GIS and Remote Sensing for water applications. In my teaching and capacity-development projects I actively promote the use of open source tools and open data by young professionals from the water sector in the Global South. For this purpose I have developed free and commercial educational products and am coordinating eLearning with partners of IHE Delft. In this symposium I'm the lead of Track 8.