Usman Khalil

Usman is a water resources engineer, interested in water resources management, flood adaptation, and water storage. Usman has worked with Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan and National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK) on World Bank and Asian Development Bank-funded projects, including the Dasu Dam Project, Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project, and Water Sector Capacity Building of Indus Basin. Usman has a teaching experience in Water Resources courses at the University of Wollongong Australia.

Usman holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Masters of Hydraulics and Irrigation Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan. Usman recently submitted his PhD Thesis in Water Resource Engineering at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Usman is highly motivated to use his skills and experience to increase economic development through sustainable water resource management.

Dr Sudeep Nair

Dr. Sudeep Nair is a water resources engineer with experience in urban water systems modelling. Sudeep has been part of projects related to water-energy nexus modelling, sustainability assessment of urban water systems and life cycle assessment. He has advanced skills in simulation and optimisation modelling of integrated urban water systems, which encompass centralised and decentralised water supply systems.  Sudeep is also skilled in data analysis and interpretation using various tools to enable decision making in the water sector. He has strong knowledge and interests in water and wastewater management and agricultural engineering.

Vanessa O’Keefe

Vanessa O’Keefe joined the eWater Board in September 2020.

Vanessa has been intimately involved in water resource management for 27 years, both as a senior public servant in the NSW government, and as an independent consultant. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Science at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Water, having re-joined the public sector in 2018 after 14 years as a consultant. In this role Vanessa drives the development, implementation and review of water resource management policies and plans based on best practice science, analytics and modelling across the state.

As a consultant she provided results focused advice to Governments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region on water and environmental and disaster risk management regulatory frameworks, governance, policy, planning, and implementation. She also advised the private sector on the water resource management aspects of both large and smaller developments.

Dr Jin Wang

Dr Jin Wang is a Senior Hydrologist in eWater.

His combined knowledge and work experience in areas of hydrology, computer science and GIS are unique. He has over 20 years of experience in hydrology, water resource planning and management, and environmental information management.

He is an expert in using hydrological and hydraulic models for flood forecasting, hydrological and hydraulic analysis, stormwater analysis, and water resource assessment. His expertise also includes analyzing large spatial and non-spatial data to provide water/environment-related advice to policy areas within the Australian government agency.

Education  BEng and Meng (Water), MSc(Eng. Hydro), PGDip(IT), PhD

2007 Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University, Australia

1999 PG.Dip. in Computer Science, Victoria University, Australia

1995 M.Sc. in Eng. Hydrology (First Class Honours), National University of Ireland, Ireland

~1989 M.Eng. and B.Eng.  in Water Resources and Hydrology, Hohai University, P.R. of China

Marcus Tessema

Tom Roberts

Praveeni Prematilleke

Felicity Paul

Felicity has worked in office administration for more than 20 years, with 10 years corporate knowledge of eWater and its operations.

She worked previously as Executive Assistant to Gary Jones (Chief Executive), initially with the CRC Freshwater Ecology then eWater CRC.

In her present role as Executive Officer eWater, her goals are to develop a professional and approachable culture, with quality customer service. Her current focus is ensuring that eWater maintains ISO 9001 accreditation.

James Naughton

James has a Bachelor of Business, specializing in Economics.

Throughout his career, James has shown a keen interest in environmental protection, focusing on implementation of sound Economic policies and practices in the field of Environmental protection.

Currently James is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Management Development policy.

Kuan Bartel

Russell Rollason AM

On joining eWater in October 2019, Russell Rollason brought 14 years’ experience in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade designing and managing international development programs in water resource management in the Indo-Pacific region.  He was instrumental in establishing the DFAT funded Australian Water Partnership.

A science honours graduate from the University of Queensland (Geology and Mineralogy), Russell also holds a Master in General Studies from the UNSW.  In 1998, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, for services to international development and humanitarian aid through the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) and promotion of social justice in Australia.

In 2010-13, Russell served as First Secretary in the Australian High Commission to India where he expanded Australia’s technical cooperation program with India in water resource management.  He managed Australia’s partnership with the World Bank regional South Asia Water Initiative.  After joining AusAID/DFAT in 2005, Russell drafted Australia’s first Mekong Water Resources Strategy and strengthened relations with the Mekong River Commission.

Russell has more than 20 years’ experience in civil society organisations, having served 12 years as Executive Director for ACFOA (now the Australian Council for International Development) and four years as the elected Chair of the Geneva based International Council for Voluntary Agencies.  He has also worked as a consultant and team leader for two Asian Development Bank technical assistance projects in Asia.

Mukta Sapkota

Dr. Mukta Sapkota is a Civil and Water Engineer. Mukta is an experienced water modeller, who has worked in urban water systems and hydrology in Australia and Overseas.

Mukta has advanced skills in the use of simulation models and Arc GIS for evaluating urban water systems and is skilled in working with large datasets and numerical tools to solve complex hydrological problems for strategic decision making.

Juanita Moolman

Juanita is a Hydrologist and Spatial Scientist with 27 years experience in the water resources sector.

Twenty-four of those years was in the South African Department of Water Affairs. She was involved in projects applying hydrological modeling, water quality analysis, monitoring network design and the provision of spatial solutions for aquatic habitat assessments and information to support catchment- and national-scale decision making. This often required working in multidisciplinary teams with scientists from various universities and research institutions to achieve technical solutions. From 2010 to 2012 she was part of the team which produced the Bureau of Meteorology’s first Australian Water Resources Assessment report. She also has experience as a trainer and in providing client software support.

Education  BSc(Hons) Hyd, BSc(Hons) / MSc Geog

2012  MSc (Geography), University of the Free State, South Africa
2005  Higher Diploma in Education, University of Natal, South Africa
1998  BSc (Hons) Geography-GIS, University of Pretoria, South Africa
1984  BSc (Hons) Hydrology, University of Natal, South Africa


Dr Paradis Someth

Dr Paradis Someth specialises in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering with nearly two decades of experience working on water resources management issues in the Greater Mekong region.

Paradis is a principal hydrologist at eWater, specialising in the Greater Mekong. Previously, Paradis held senior roles at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat and the Institute for Technology Cambodia. Paradis has a deep connection with water resource engineering and profound understanding of the work of the Mekong River Commission and water resource development in the individual Mekong countries.

Paradis’ expertise includes water balance analysis from plot-scale to basin-scale, irrigation and hydropower development, hydrological analysis and modelling of the Tonle Sap Lake and Mekong Basin. He is also interested in scientific data/information management, web-based river monitoring, basin development and planning, Decision Support System.

Paradis holds an Engineer Diploma in Rural Engineering from Cambodia/Belgium, Master’s degree and PhD in International Environmental and Agricultural Engineering from Japan.  

Dr Geoffrey Adams

Geoffrey is an experienced hydrologist, water system modeller, model developer, water system operator and water system manager with over 30 years experience in these fields.

He has extensive experience in both managing and modelling water systems for multi-objective purposes, including urban and rural water supply, hydro-electric power and environmental requirements.  He has been involved with the management and modelling of water systems involving different jurisdictions and different owners.

He instructs in the use of Source, water system modelling, and hydrological modelling and has delivered numerous training courses and seminars in water management and modelling.

Geoffrey was previously the Technical Director for the development of the National Hydrological Modeling Platform – Source.

Education  BEng (Civil), MEngSci, PhD, MIEAust, CPEng

2010  Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Australia
1992  Master of Engineering Science, Monash University, Australia
1983  BE (Civil), University of Melbourne, Australia


Member Institution of Engineers, Australia, CPEng

Geoff Davis

Geoff leads the Software Development Team at eWater.

He has significant experience in both the management and technical disciplines of agile software development. He has managed a successful team of more than 30 developers’ testers and hydrologists on the Source modelling platform project for eWater CRC. Prior to joining eWater he worked as a software development team leader at CSIRO.

Dr Ashis Dey

Dr Ashis Dey is the Executive Manager for Software Products at eWater.

Before joining eWater he worked with several consulting companies and universities in various senior technical and leadership roles. Dr Dey has over 20 years experiences in hydrology, hydraulics and flooding. Dr Dey has extensive experiences in leading the development of several well recognised stormwater modelling tools. He has lead various national and international stormwater modelling and flood study projects; worked with councils, water authorities and consultants around Australia. He trained water professionals on various water modelling software and delivered more than 100 training courses in various countries in recent years.

Dr Dey has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering; Masters and PhD on flow and sediment modelling in rivers and floodplain. He has been the recipient of several academic awards though out his career. He has authored many technical papers in various journals and peer reviewed conferences. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and several other professional bodies.

Dr Robert Carr

Robert Carr is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of the eWater software and modelling business incorporating the products and services relating to Source, Toolkit and MUSIC.

Robert, who holds a PhD and MSc from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland, was President of DHI Inc (2007-2011), founder and Managing Director of DHI Australia and New Zealand (1999-2007).  Prior to this he was a Director of Lawson and Treloar Pty Ltd.

Robert is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has worked in practice and advised extensively on the numerical modelling of floods, wastewater and IWRM for river basin systems around the world.

Robert is an Adjunct Professor, Victoria University College of Engineering and Science, a Churchill Fellow in 1990 and also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2005).  He received the research excellence award from Iowa State University for his PhD thesis.

Education  BE MSc PhD GAICD

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds joined the eWater Board in 2018, as the representative for the Australian Government.

Andrew is the Executive Director, River Management at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Andrew Reynolds has over 24 years’ experience in the water industry managing major water supply infrastructure. He has extensive knowledge in the fields of engineering project management, dam safety and construction management. Prior to joining the MDBA Andrew held various roles with Goulburn-Murray Water which included management of the Headworks business responsible for 16 large dams and associated infrastructure, delivery of a number of major dam safety upgrade projects and leading the business’ engineering and scientific resources. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural) Hons. from the University of Melbourne. Andrew is currently the deputy chairman of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams.

Murray Rankin

Murray founded The Distillery Software in 1997 and, as Chief Executive Officer, grew it to 130 staff globally with operations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

He has won numerous national business awards including the Telstra Small Business of The Year. He is an occasional lecturer in business strategy at the Australian National University, Macquarie University and Melbourne Business School. Murray is a director and chair of numerous boards of innovative Australian companies and also sits on a number of government boards as a technology adviser. Murray was awarded an Australia Day Medal for achievements in the national security and intelligence sector.

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