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.

Dr 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 35 years’ experience in the water resources sector, in Australia and South Africa.

For 24 years, Juanita worked at the South African Department of Water Affairs, where she was involved in projects applying hydrological modelling, 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.


  • 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.  

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.

Chair, Connexxion Business Solutions
Director, Simplexiti International Holding Pty Ltd
Director, New Intelligence
Director, Avatar Green Energy Pty Ltd

Bob McMullan

Bob McMullan represented the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Senate from 1989 to 1996, resigning from the Senate to represent the ACT as a Member of the House of Representatives (1996-2010).

Bob held several ministerial positions, including the Minister of Arts (1993-94), Minister of Trade (1994-96) and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance (2007-10).

Since leaving parliament, Bob has been involved in a range of activities, with a focus on international development. Bob’s previous positions include Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum, Board Member for the Crawford Fund and Foundation for Development Cooperation and Executive/Alternate Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

David Dreverman

David Dreverman has been a director since May 2008.

David retired as the Executive Director, River Management, Murray-Darling Basin Authority in August 2017. David had joined the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in 2000 as Manager, Assets, and was appointed General Manager, River Murray Water of the Commission in 2003.

David transferred to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in late 2008 when all the functions of the former Commission were transferred to the recently formed Authority.

From 2003 to 2017, David was responsible for the operation of the River Murray System, which shares water for irrigation and communities across the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. During that time he was responsible to four governments for the effective investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a large portfolio of water management assets. Major investment programs included:

  • dam safety upgrades
  • workplace health and safety at locks and weirs and of the Murray Mouth Barrages
  • salt interception
  • river bank stabilisation
  • sea to Hume fishways
  • environmental works and measures

Prior to joining the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, David worked as a consultant in the engineering industry; with SMEC, Hydro Electric Commission, Tasmania and Australian Power and Water.  David has been involved with large dam and hydro power projects, both in Australia and overseas for more than forty years.

Trudy Green

Trudy Green has worked in water resource management and policy for 20 years.

She has worked across the water industry, including in urban water and wastewater management, catchment management, river operations and water policy. Trudy brings to eWater extensive experience working in bringing together diverse parties to solve complex water management issues.

Trudy holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of New England.

Stephen Cory

Stephen Cory is the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary of eWater Limited.

Stephen Cory, Chief Operating Officer, and Company Secretary of eWater Limited, and has been at since 2017.

With over 20 years’ experience in financial control, quality assurance and management systems, Mr Cory has held a range of senior executive management positions and roles within Corporate Services, Financial Control, Venue Management and Vocational Education and Training predominately within the not-for-profit sector.

Mr Cory holds an MBA is a qualified CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University, Cairns Campus.