International Secretariat

The International Secretariat for the Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) has been established in Brisbane, Australia. It is hosted by Griffith University and is supported by  its’ nodes, Water-Future Australia and Water-Future Canada, each comprised of a consortium of leading universities and organisations, respectively.

Sir Samuel Griffith Centre
Photo courtesy of Griffith University

The International Secretariat is located in the Sir Samuel Griffiths Griffith Centre (N78), a six-star green energy rated building, at Nathan Campus, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

The International Secretariat is managed by the Executive Director, Associate Professor Anik Bhaduri, and is supported by research, marketing, communication and administrative staff at Griffith University.

The International Secretariat plays a key role in implementing the strategic priorities of the programme and facilitating communication processes. To support Water Future’s networking role, the International Secretariat functions as a node and information hub, collecting information, ensuring communication flow and organising events relevant to the entire programme.

The International Secretariat is further responsible for the dissemination of outcomes and results of the Programme’s activities. Staff members represent the programme at important scientific and programmatic meetings, lobbying and initiating new activities and partnerships and fostering research activities. Equally important, the International Secretariat serves the governing body of Water Future, namely The Planning Committee, and also attends to the Scientific Committee through the coordination and implementation of decisions.

In collaboration with the Working Groups and its broader network of scientists, the International Secretariat is responsible for attracting third party funds and preparing research proposals. Communication and outreach activities for the programme are concentrated within the International Secretariat, which also supports selected activities of the projects in this realm. It’s main responsibility is to provide services of crosscutting interest for the entire programme.

Anik Bhaduri

Executive Director and Member of the Planning Committee

Anik Bhaduri is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Water Future Programme (SWFP), member of the Planning Committee and is an Associate Professor within the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. Previously, he served as Executive Officer of the Global Water System Project (GWSP).  With a background in environment and natural resource economics, Anik has specialised in water resource management. He has worked on several topics and projects, ranging from transboundary water sharing to adaptive water management under climate change. Anik also serves as a senior fellow at the Centre of Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany.


Kathleen Roy

Project Officer

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. With almost 20 years in Australian Universities,  Kathleen has a wealth of experience in the higher education sector. She also works as a casual academic for the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle.

Liz O’Brien

Associate Director of Research

Prior to taking up her current position as Associate Director of Research for the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Liz worked with the Queensland State Government as a strategic investment analyst and as a policy officer. This built on her experience as a research team leader applying pure and applied research in partnership with industry. Her wide ranging background provides a broad knowledge base to develop the strategic research interests of the Sustainable Water Future Programme.

Nadine Painter

Institute Manager, Australian Rivers Insitute

Nadine has overall management responsibility for the financial, administrative and operational support functions of the Australian Rivers Institute and Water Future.

Holm Voight

Programme Coordinator

Holm is a geographer by training and holds a Diplom Geograph from the University of Bonn in Germany, and is currently a Junior Researcher within the Center for Development Research (ZEF). His main research interest concerns the hydrology of arid areas where he has vast field experience in Central Asia and Iran. He has been working for the Water-Future predecessor, the Global Water System Project (GWSP) 2009 – 2011 and joined again in 2015. He has been accompanying the transition from GWSP to SWFP and is now working as a contact point for the German SWFP community, facilitating interaction with the SWFP International Secretariat.

Chris DeBeer

Programme Coordinator, Canada Node

Further information will be available soon.

Phani Adapa

Senior Programme Coordinator, Canada Node

Further information will be available soon.