Our Twinning program

Our Twinning program pairs Riverprize winners with communities who can benefit from their knowledge and expertise in sustainable river management, improving management of, access to and quality of water globally. It focuses on long-term, peer-to-peer relationships between organisations and communities at the local level. The program has an extraordinary impact on people and communities around the world, with one project alone providing education and access to clean water for more than 10,000 people in three villages in rural Kenya.

The benefits

Twinning is a critical component of our work to replicate best practice river basin management. In addition to river basin management, Twinning has achieved outcomes in community development, education and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health).

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    Michael has over 30 years’ experience across the resources & industrial industries in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Prior to being appointed to the joint role of Executive Chair and CEO of Thiess, Michael was the CEO of ASX listed CIMIC Group, responsible for leading Sedgman, UGL, CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia and Thiess. He joined Thiess in 1998, starting as a Project Manager, and has held leadership and operational roles in the mining, construction and services sector, giving him expertise across operations, technical, commercial and strategy.

    Michael is a highly regarded and innovative leader focused on delivering value to clients and inspiring operational excellence by building strong, safe and performance-driven teams. He serves as a Director of the Minerals Council of Australia and the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

    He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Civil from the University of Sydney and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales.