2018 Emerging River Professional Award Finalists

Nantale Nsibirwa, South Africa

Nantale Nsibirwa is from South Africa and is currently completing a Master of Science in Hydrology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a short-term internship with the United Nations (UN) Environment agency. During the last two years, she has mapped diffuse pollution risk to prioritise ecological infrastructure protection in the uMngeni Catchment, South Africa.

Julie Francis, Australia

Ms Julie Francis (Australia) has a degree in science, a masters of agricultural science and completed the International Water Centre’s 9-month leadership program in 2016. Julie specialises in both collaboration and sustainable cities and has worked in a variety of Victorian state and local government roles. She was seconded to Melbourne Water in late 2016 to lead a collaboration of organisations working to transform the Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic waterway for Melbourne. 

Jose Fernandez, Peru

Jose Fernandez gained a degree in Forestry Engineering in 2015. He began lecturing to undergraduate students about the application of geographic information systems before taking on the position of Environmental Specialist for the Water Fund for Lima and Callao (AQUAFONDO). He is currently responsible for the management and conservation of water resources and has been involved in a project to develop an integrated water management system in the local peasant community of San Pedro de Casta, Lima Peru