Water Leader Summit - Vision for Water

10/23 (Mon.) 14:00-17:00


  • Director, International Water Association

    Tom Mollenkopf

    Tom Mollenkopf took up the Presidency of the International Water Association in April 2021, having been a Senior Vice-President and a Board Member for seven years. He is an advisor on water sector strategy, policy and governance; a Senior Associate with the Aither consultancy; and a Member of the Australian Water Partnership Expert Review Panel.

    Tom is passionate about the central role played by water and sanitation in the social, environmental, and economic well-being of society. He is also a firm believer in the power of constructive engagement and evidence-based decision-making as the foundation of sustainable water policy.

  • Director-General, Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs

    Chien-Hsin Lai

    Dr. Lai has been the Director-General of Water Resources Agency since 2016. Responding to climate change, he accomplished legal works of Reclaimed Water Resources Development Act and Runoff Distribution and Outflow Control policy. He also promotes Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program for water environment to establish industrial sustainability and water resilience in Taiwan.


  • Creative Director, Common Wealth Magazine

    Fu-Yuan Xiao

    Educational Background
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Comparative Literature, Master
    National Taiwan University, Department of Chinese Literature, Bachelor
    Work Experience
    Global Views Monthly/ Managing Editor
    CommonWealth Magazine/ Editor-in-Chief & Director of the Publishing Department
    CommonWealth Magazine/ Editor at Large
    CommonWealth Magazine/ Senior Director of Research & Development
    CommonWealth Magazine/General Consultant


  • Executive Director, International Water Association

    Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy

    Kala Vairavamoorthy is an internationally recognised water resource management expert, with particular expertise in urban water issues. He combines a strong engineering background with practical international experience. He has published extensively and has a strong international profile working closely with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, GWP, SIWI and the EU. This includes leading several urban water management projects for the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and DFID.

    Prior to joining the International Water Association, he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute. Kala was also the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida (USA). Prior to that he was a full professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK), and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands). He is currently Professor (adjunct) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM).

    The title of speech

    Scarcity as a Prompt to Pivot to a New Water Paradigm

    Short abstract of speech

    Climate change is adding to concerns regarding future water availability. There are uncertainties around these prospects, but enough clarity that we need to rethink our water use. To do this, there is a need for a focus on productivity. Technology can be an enabler for this productivity, including treatment technologies that can facilitate multiple uses of water and digital technologies that allow us to increase efficiency. Factors beyond technology include society’s readiness to take up the options. As we look to the future, there are huge opportunities with the infrastructure and urban areas that are yet to be built, where we can combine water, climate and circular economy agendas in a new water paradigm.

  • VP, Taiwan Front End MFG Operations, Global Operations, Micron Technology, Inc.

    Lian Bin Zhong

    26 years in semiconductor manufacturing and technology deployment in Micron. Global working experiences with 20 years in Singapore (TECH Semiconductor, Intel Micron Flash Singapore and Micron Singapore), 3.5 years in Micron Japan Hiroshima, and Micron Taiwan since Nov 2021.

    Take on roles with increasing responsibilities from Process & Equipment Engineer, Process Integration Engineer, Real-time Defects Analysis, Product Integration Engineering Director, ATE (Alpha Technology Engineering) Director, Senior Director of Advanced Technology Japan, High volume manufacturing (Micron Hiroshima), and currently VP of Taiwan Front End Manufacturing Operations.

    The title of speech

    Envisioning a sustainable future for water for all

    Short abstract of speech

    Water is one of the most basic and important elements on the earth, and it is also one of the important nature resources for semiconductor manufacturing. As a leader in semiconductor manufacturing, Micron Technology has always been aiming to transform how the world uses information to enrich life as our corporate vision. Therefore, how to use precious water resources more efficiently and manufacture advanced memory products more innovatively and environmentally to promote humankind progress of life is the most important thing that we commit to thinking and improving.

  • Director, Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers

    Joe Manous

    Prior to becoming IWR Director, Joe served as a Water Resources Engineer and Manager for International Activities at IWR, where he specialized in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. As Director of the Institute for Water Resources, he oversees a multi-disciplinary Field Operating Agency that supports USACE’s Civil Works (water resources) missions.

    The title of speech

    Making Decisions Under High Uncertainty: Robustness versus Efficiency

    Short abstract of speech

    Exploring how to analyze risks in decision-making processes amidst high uncertainty, and subsequently establishing sustainable, robust, and resilient solutions. Using infrastructure construction as an example, this discussion introduces risk assessment models and decision-making guiding principles. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a comprehensive evaluation of decisions.


  • 13:00~14:00
  • 14:00~14:10
    Opening Remarks
  • 14:10~14:20
    Welcome Remarks
    International Water Association(IWA) Tom Mollenkopf Director
  • 14:20~14:35

    Vision for Water

    Dr. Chien-Hsin Lai, Director-General Water Recourses Agency
  • 14:35~15:05
    Keynote Speech

    The challenges & opportunities for the future of water

    Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy Executive Director at International Water Association
  • 15:05~15:35
    Keynote Speech

    Envisioning a sustainable future for water for all

    Lian Bin Zhong VP, Taiwan Front End MFG Operations, Global Operations, Micron Technology, Inc.
  • 15:35~15:50
    Tea break
  • 15:50~16:20
    Keynote Speech

    Making Decisions Under High Uncertainty: Robustness versus Efficiency

    Dr. Joe Manous Director, Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 16:20~17:00
    Panel Discussion

  • Advisor: Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C.
  • Organizer:Water Resources Agency, MOEA, Taiwan
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