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The Annual Symposium offers attendees the chance to network and have exposure to world class speakers in all aspects of water science, policy, and beyond. Speakers have been involved in the private, public, and other sectors, yielding a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Students help select and plan effective panels, keynotes, and breakouts packed with influential and knowledgeable speakers. Moderators are also selected to help steer conversations in fruitful directions.


Marta Domini

Tufts University School of Engineering; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Postdoctoral Scholar and lecturer

Marta Domini is a WASH specialist, with focus on water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) for emergency contexts and low and middle-income countries. She graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin (IT) in 2006 and received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at university of Brescia (IT) 2017, with a research on sanitation planning tools for peri-urban areas in developing countries. Marta has more than 8 years of experience as environmental engineer and more than 6 years’ experience in the WASH sector within international development projects, as researcher, trainer and field engineer. She joined the Lantagne group at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University in 2018, where she is conducting researches in lab and in field on the evaluation of WASH interventions in humanitarian emergencies.


Sara Burns

The Nature Conservancy 
Water Resource Scientist 

Sara Burns is a water resource scientist with the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Sara works with a range of partners and technical experts around Massachusetts to plan, fund, and construct nature-based solutions to improve water quality, reconnect aquatic ecosystems, and reduce natural hazard impacts. Sara is a certified MVP service provider, and has a MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Sara planned emergency tree work around power lines in Chicago, managed an organic vegetable farm in Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kenyon College.


Annette Huber-Lee

Stockholm Environment Institute

Dr. Huber-Lee has more than 25 years of professional experience in international and domestic planning and management of water, with a focus on improving both the livelihoods of people and the sustainability of the associated ecosystems. Climate change is a central component of her work, as it affects every aspect of human and ecosystem sustainability. She currently leads three major programs of work at the intersection of water, energy, agriculture and the environment using robust decision support techniques in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the US to understand how to plan for resilience in the face of climate change. She also has extensive experience in program leadership, project supervision, fund raising, team leading and team work with multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams. Her work also includes economics and the use of long-range multi-disciplinary scenarios in planning for resilience at basin, national and continental scales.


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