Idrica Water Security Day Middle East

Idrica Water Security Day Middle East

Water is definitely a strategic resource for Middle East countries, and water security a growing concern among key stakeholders in the area.

In this online meeting, international experts will discuss the challenges faced by the region, amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the role that technology can play.

The dialogue took place on the 4th of May and was moderated by Sarmad Qazi, one of the main communication experts of the Persian Gulf. It featured the following speakers:

  • Jaime Barba, CEO Idrica and Water Technology Expert.
  • Dr. David J. Kilcullen, one of the most important global thinkers, specialized in counterinsurgency and water.

Los ponentes responden

Los panelistas recibieron más de 50 preguntas de espectadores de 15 países del mundo, principalmente de América Latina.

Compartimos las respuestas de Jaime Barba, CEO de Idrica, a algunas de las preguntas de los asistentes. Pronto podrán consultar las respuestas del resto de ponentes.

Expert Talks

According to David Kilcullen, access to water is one of the leading indicators of the impact of coronavirus, which will bring conflicts over access to water around the world.

In this context, Jaime Barba argues that the pandemic has taught us the need to increase technological processes in the management of water systems.

Both experts discuss about security problems in the post-COVID19 world. In their interviews with Sarmad Qazi they reflect on the following aspects:

  • How is water connected to crisis?
  • What information can water give us to manage the coronavirus pandemic?
  • How can technology help citizens and governments?
  • Is critical water infrastructure at risk?
  • What measures can we take to prevent cyber attacks?
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Idrica Water Security Day: Materials

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Check the speakers’ presentations and discover the challenges faced by the Middle East in this new scenario.

  • «Water security and technology in a time of Covid-19», Dr. David Kilcullen.
  • «Technology and water security in a crisis context», Jaime Barba.

You ask the questions

What do we need to know to follow the road to digital transformation? Are there specific technologies available for the post-coronavirus world? Is global water security threatened? The global leaders answered the participants’ questions during the event.

Watch the video

During Idrica Water Security Day Middle East, one of the most relevant worldwide military experts, Dr. David Kilcullen, dialogues with Jaime Barba about water and conflict in a post COVID-19 Middle East.

Global thought leaders share their view on how to fight water-related risks.

About the speakers

Dr. David J. Kilcullen

  • Named one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, the world’s leading international policy journal.
  • Dr. Kilcullen is famous for his TED Talk on the future of coastal cities.
  • He is considered the world’s leading expert on counterinsurgency. His latest book, Dragons and Snakes, was published last month, receiving reviews in the global and print edition of the Financial Times.
  • All his public interventions have worldwide media coverage. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, he was contacted by international media outlets to explain the upcoming problem, such as the Washington Post, Bloomberg or The Australian. He has been repeatedly interviewed on Charlie Rose’s show, one of the most important television journalists in the world.
  • He served in Baghdad as a member of the Joint Strategic Assessment Team, and as Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor, Iraq’s multinational force in 2007, before becoming Special Counterinsurgency Advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2008.
  • He was the U.S. State Department’s representative to the 2008 Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy Review and lead author of the U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Handbook.
  • In Afghanistan, he founded the ISAF Counter-Insurgency Advisory Assistance Team in 2009, served as an advisor to the ISAF Commander, and was a senior research scientist in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) country program for Afghanistan.
  • He has taught at universities and military schools in the United States and Europe, making academic contributions to guerrilla warfare theory, insurgency and counter-insurgency, future conflicts, human geography, urban studies or the problems of access to water resources.
  • He holds a BA with honors in Politics and English from the University of New South Wales, an MA in management from the University of Canberra, a postgraduate diploma in linguistics from the Australian Defence Force Language School and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.
  • His books, The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency, are used by several universities, as well as by policymakers, the military, intelligence services and development agencies around the world. Accidental Guerrilla was a Washington Post bestseller.
  • See profile

Jaime Barba

  • Global CEO of Idrica, one of the world leaders in technology applied to water resources management. He has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).
  • More than 20 years of experience in the water sector. Throughout his professional career in the world of water resources, he has held positions of responsibility for over a decade, including CEO of GoHub, the open innovation hub for deep tech, industry 4.0 and smart cities, Director of Digital Transformation at Global Omnium and Director of Information Systems at Grupo Aguas de Valencia, a 130 year-old company that manages the water of 400 municipalities in Spain.
  • He is considered one of the most relevant figures in the water world, a leader in the digital transformation of the industry.
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Moderator: Sarmad Qazi

  • One of the most relevant international journalists and experts in the area.
  • Has worked directly with companies such as the Qatar First Bank, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development, Qatar Rai, Al Khaliji Bank, Etihad Airways, Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar Fuel Additives Company, Qatargas, HSBC, the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, the Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar Solar Technologies or Qatar Shell.
  • Educated in the United States, he worked for five years in Europe and currently lives and operates from Qatar.
  • He studied at the Rome Business School, the University of Punjab and Austin Community College.
  • See profile

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