Water Industry 101 - Enter the classroom

Tom Mollenkopf

Tom is an experienced executive and director with national and international exposure across several industries as well as in professional practice. In recent years he has held leadership roles in the water sector in Australia and overseas. Between 2007 and 2013 he was CEO of the Australian Water Association, having previously been Deputy Executive Director of the International Water Association in London.

Tom commenced his professional career in private legal practice, following which he was Head of Legal at Australian Airlines, before accepting a Legal & Company Secretarial role with RACV Limited. He then spent ten years in various Executive Management Team roles at South East Water in Melbourne before moving to the UK for two years.

He is President and Chairman of the Board of Life Saving Victoria and holds Directorships with Western Water, WaterAid Australia, Water Australia Solutions Ltd. and Surf Life Saving Australia. He serves on numerous International Water Association committees: member of the Governing Assembly; Governance Committee; and Host Committee for the 2016 Brisbane World Water congress. He is a member of the International Council of the American Water Works Association.


Chris Davis

Chris Davis has worked in the field of water since 1973 and has been involved in operations, design, research and policy, as well as not-for-profit management. His most recent appointment is as one of the National Water Commissioners (2008-2012) advising government on water policy and growth for Australia. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Australian Water Association (1992-2007). He is currently Technical Editor for the Water Journal, the peak industry and research publication for the country.

Previous roles have included service as the Independent Chair of Advisory Management Board at Clearwater; Chair, Independent Water Advisory Panel for Sydney Metro Water Plan and Lower Hunter Water Plan at Metropolitan Water Directorate and Past Chairman at Urban Water Security Research Alliance.

He edited a joint AWWA-AWA book, 'Watershed Management for Drinking Water Quality'; wrote two editions of an AWA book, 'Water in Australia - Facts & Figures, Myths & Ideas'; and a short history of water in Australia.

Having a broad range of roles and experience, Chris is acutely aware of current threats to water and the need to embrace more holistic management of water. His ambition is to see Australia move to an integrated water management model before he fully retires.

Chris Davis


Erin Cini

Erin Cini is a Director at Element Solutions Pty Ltd where she is responsible for leading consulting engagements and ensuring Element Solutions delivers high quality independent professional consulting services to the water, infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources and environment sectors. Prior to that she was Sustainability Coordinator, Asia Pacific at KBR Infrastructure & Minerals following time as Project Manager, Water Engineer at KBR Infrastructure & Minerals.

Erin's areas of expertise in the Australian water and infrastructure sectors include: Project management, stakeholder engagement, regulatory and policy development, planning and project approvals, design management and construction of infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation and infrastructure sustainability assessments. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and belongs to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lecture 1: The Australian Context Lecture 2: History of Water Management in Australia

Erin Cini


Clare Porter

Clare Porter has had a long history with the water sector and is very much engaged with all things 'urban water'. Her early career was with the Australian Water Association (AWA) where she worked on community education and capacity building projects including running technical tours to Europe on integrated water cycle management and Singapore to investigate indirect potable reuse. From 2005-2008 Clare worked on secondment to Melbourne Water in their newly formed Sustainability Team and upon returning to AWA worked with various committees on industry programs, specialist networks, conference and training initiatives and most recently as Technical Editor of AWA's Water Journal. Clare continues her focus on urban water issues at the National Water Commission in their Industry and Sustainability Team. Lecture 1: Players in the Australian Water Sector Lecture 2: Where is Water Used

Clare Porter


Diane Wiesner

Diane Wiesner is key consultant at Science Plus where her main focus is on water industry training and water quality. She previously worked for 13 years for AWA in the role of Principal Scientist. She has a Doctorate (University of NSW), MA (Adelaide University) and M.Sc (University of Wollongong) in environmental health. She has six years tertiary teaching in science & behavioural medicine with nine years consulting in science, water & environmental management for corporate clients.

While at AWA Diane worked to improve opportunities for people in the industry to upgrade their technical knowledge and skills. She initiated the use of professional skills programs for members and develop the first specialist interest conferences in biosolids, membranes and desalination. Of late, she has completed work for National Centre of Excellence in Desalination. Lecture 1: How is Water Managed / Treated Lecture 2: Water Quality

Diane Wiesner


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