Francisco Cubillo –  , Research, Development and Innovation Deputy-director at Canal Isabel II , International Water Association (IWA) Fellow

Francisco Cubillo is Research, Development and Innovation Deputy-director at Canal Isabel II, the company responsible for the water provision, distribution and treatment of Madrid’s (Spain) more than 6 million inhabitants and 170 municipalities. At IWA, Mr. Cubillo was president of the Urban Water Efficient Management Specialist Group between 2001 and 2011, and nowadays chairs the IWA cluster on Alternative Water Resources and the Water and Sanitation  Spanish Association (AEAS)’s Investigation, Development and Innovation Committee.

Mr. Cubillo has more than 30 years of urban water services and hydric resources management and planning experience, both in public entities and engineering private consulting firms. He has published 22 books and more than a 100 technical papers, as well as been a professor of a wide array of supply management systems, hydrology, technical development and environment courses.


Paul Hunter is Professor of Health Protection at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience of work in most fields of Health Protection. He has an honorary contract as Consultant Medical Microbiologist with the Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust. His primary interests are in food and waterborne transmitted enteric infections and emerging infectious disease, especially those with a zoonotic origin. He has also a strong interest on climate and infectious disease, especially waterborne and vector borne disease.


pier vellinga

Pier Vellinga

Professor emeritus on Climate Change, Water and Flood Safety, Wageningen University and Research. Director Water and Climate of the Wadden Academy, Leeuwarden; Member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Finance Organization for International Development (FMO); Chairman of the Board of Urgenda Foundation, the Netherlands’ non governmental organization for sustainable development. Member of the Board of the Climate Adaptation Services Foundation (CAS).

Pier Vellinga received his Ba. and MSc. in Civil Engineering from Delft University in 1976. His study included one year of Cultural Anthropology studies in the USA, and one year of work in Africa, as a development cooperation trainee. In 1976 he joined Delft Hydraulics (now Deltares). In 1986 he received his PhD for his work on coastal erosion during storm surges. In 1988 he joined the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and the Environment. He was one of the co-founders and (first) Bureau Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 1991 he took on the position of professor in Environmental Sciences and Global Change and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For some years he combined this work with a part-time position at the World Bank as Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF, of World Bank, UNDP and UNEP). In 2007 he joined Wageningen University and Research as professor in Climate Change, Water and Flood safety, simultaneously he joined the Knowledge for Climate research program as chairman of the board of the foundation and as scientific director of the research program. He has been an ad-hoc advisor to the Netherlands government on Delta and Water Management issues for more than 40 years. In 2014 he joined the board of the Wadden Academy, with Water and Climate as his portefolio. This “think tank” advises on research and policies regarding the management of the Unesco World Heritage: the Waddensea and it’s adjacent coastal areas.

Since 1996 Pier Vellinga has been, on an ad hoc basis, an advisor to the EU commission. In 2012 he was part of a small group directly advising commission president Barosso on the notion of “evidence based policy”. More recently he is vice chairman of the Advisory Committee on Green Growth for Europe of EU, DGRI. He is a member of the Ufficio di Piano supervising the works protecting Venice and it’s lagoon. At intervals he is engaged as scientific advisor in the development of climate policies in Vietnam, Indonesia, California and Florida.