Keynote speakers


Prof. Zhiguo Yuan
University of Queensland (Australia)

Short bio

Prof Zhiguo Yuan AM is the Director of the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology at The University of Queensland. He is an ARC Laureate Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and an IWA Distinguished Fellow. He was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019.

His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. His research areas include corrosion and odour management in sewers, resource recovery from wastewater and integrated urban water management. He published over 500 fully refereed journal papers including papers in Nature and Science, and attracted nearly 40,000 citations, giving an h-index of 107 (GS, June 2022). He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards including the 2015 ATSE Clunies Ross Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award.


Eva Martinez Diaz
Aqualia (Spain)

Short bio

Eva Martinez Diaz- Responsible for the Project Management Office and the Smart Services area within the Innovation Department at Aqualia.

At Aqualia, she takes part in the assessment of state of the art of smart technologies, implementing and evaluating them within the integral water cycle through international research and development projects. Additionally, she leads the Project Management Office for the financial and administrative justification of R&D funded projects, IPR and consortium agreements.

Eva has more than 15 solid years of professional experience as leader in strategy development, innovation, leading and conducting business with public and private entities in the field of water management, water processes, environment and sustainability first in Germany and later in Spain.

She works as an expert for evaluation of R&D projects for the European Commission, leads the Action group of Business models of the ICT4water cluster in Europe and belongs to several expert councils on the subject of digital transformation in water (Smart Water Network Forum (SWAN) and Aquatech).

Speaker at various water congresses (eg: keynote at International Young Water Conference 2019, keynote at the International Water Association (IWA) LET 2016, speaker at the Water business forum at Dubai2020, participant at SWAN 2020 and 2019, EIP Water 2017, IWA Ideas 2018 …).

She studied Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.  She holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences at Coventry University and MSc in Integrated Environmental Management at Nottingham Trent University.

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