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Voice of the Danube
13 October 2020

The Danube Water Forum will convene on October 27-29, 2020 and, given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the event will go virtual, holding its premiere edition as a three-day series of webinars.

Theme and Topic 

The Forum is themed “The Importance of Water Sector Data in the Digital Age” and will cover the availability of sound water sector data as an indispensable basis for providing smart policies, strong utilities and sustainable services in the Danube region.

Join an audience of distinguished stakeholders in the water service sector for comprehensive information and productive discussions.

The Danube Water Program, run by IAWD and the World Bank and co-funded by the Austrian Government, invites you to consult the draft agenda below (pre-event files) for further details. The full program will be launched soon. Register at www.iawd.at to receive regular updates.


Take your chance and register now using the "Register now" button. We are pleased to offer you free-of-charge Forum participation.


Opening and Keynote: 
The relevance of data for water management and sustainable service provision

27 October, 13:30 - 14:45

Welcome words
Prof. Boris Pasalic, Ph.D., Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republic of Srpska, BiH

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Mr. Igor Radojicic, Mayor of the City of Banja Luka, BiH

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Ms. Elisabeth Gruber, Director for International Financial Institutions, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria

Keynote "The relevance of data for water management and sustainable service provision"
Mr. Joachim D'Eugenio, Senior Expert, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission, EU

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Ms. Maja Medenica, Head of Asset Management Center, Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage, Serbia

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Mr. Dragan Zeljko, Secretary, International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), Croatia


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The Bigger Picture: 
The relevance of data for water management and sustainable service provision

27 October, 15:00 - 16:15

GWP experience in using data for integrated water resource management and water security content
Mr. Konstantin Ivanov, Regional Coordinator, Global Water Partnership (GWP) Central and Eastern Europe, Slovakia27 OCTOBER

Disruptive technology innovations for water management
Mr. Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep, Lead Environmental Specialist, World Bank, U.S.

Managing data for water management in Austria
Ms. Gabriele Vincze, Deputy Head of the Expert Team Groundwater, Umweltbundesamt, Austria

Data counts:
Sound data for smart policies

28 October, 13:30 - 14:45

Hungarian experience in application of data management for policy development
Mr. Gabor Kisvardai, PhD, Head of the Secretariat of the Vice President for Public Utilities, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, Hungary27 OCTOBER

Montenegro experience in the application of data management for policy development
Ms. Milica Petrovic, Communal Services Coordinator, Energy and Water Regulatory Agency of Montenegro, Montenegro 27 OCTOBER

NL experience in application of data analysis for policy development
Mr. Peter van Thienen, PhD, Chief Information Officer, KWR Water Institute, The Netherlands27 OCTOBER

COVID-19 monitoring and public health policy actions
Prof. Heribert Insam, PhD, Director, Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck, Austria27 OCTOBER

Data transparency:
The value of performance indicators for municipal governments and the general public

28 October, 15:00 - 16:15

Banja Luka Water Utility Commitment to Benchmarking and Data Collection
Mr. Miodrag Babic, Project Manager, Vodovod a.d. Gradiska, Bosnia and Herzegovina27 OCTOBER

Water Utility Performance Data for a Mayor and Local Citizens
Mr. Antonio Ratkovic, Mayor of the City of Sombor, Serbia27 OCTOBER

Data Collection as a foundation of the EBRD Green Cities Program 
Mr. Damir Cengic, Principal Banker, EBRD, United Kingdom27 OCTOBER

Utility strengthening:
Improving performance through data collection

29 October, 13:30 - 14:45

The use of performance indicator data as controlling tool – the case of Novi Sad
Ms. Sanda Nastic, PhD, Head of Business cooperation and International projects, PUC Novi Sad, Serbia27 OCTOBER

The value of data as solid basis for asset management – the case of Pristina
Mr. Sokol Xhafa, Acting Director, Regional Water Company Pristina, Kosovo 27 OCTOBER

Ensuring reliable data to inform sound management decisions – the case of Sofia Water
Mr. Lyubomir Filipov, Strategic partnerships and projects Director, Sofia Water, Bulgaria 27 OCTOBER

Closing Session:
Wrap up and reflections on key messages

29 October, 15:00 - 16.15

Wrap-up and reflections on key messages
Ms. Monika Weber-Fahr, Senior Advisor, World Bank, Austria27 OCTOBER

Ms. Vesna Muslic, President, AQUASAN Network, Bosnia and Herzegovina27 OCTOBER

Mr. Teodor Popa, Financial Director, APA Brasov, Romania 27 OCTOBER

Ms. Lindita Sotiri, Director of Development Programs on Water Supply and Sanitation, Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania 27 OCTOBER

Closing of the Danube Water Forum
Mr. Walter Kling, President, IAWD, Austria 27 OCTOBER

Closing of the Danube Water Forum
Mr. David Michaud, Practice Manager of Water Global Practice for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank, USA 27 OCTOBER