Friday, November 8, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jared Diamond, PhD., Professor and Chair of Geography, UCLA
Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer‐prize‐winning author of five best‐selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution. As a professor of geography at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), he is known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. His prizes and honors include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize for Non‐fiction, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a director of World Wildlife Fund/U.S. and of Conservation International. As a biological explorer, his most widely publicized finding was his rediscovery, at the top of New Guinea’s remote Foja Mountains, of the long‐lost Golden‐fronted Bowerbird, previously known only from four specimens found in a Paris feather shop in 1895.
ICSI 2019 Conference Speakers
Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, ASCE
Jerry Buckwalter has more than 35 years of leadership in management, strategy, innovation, business growth and policy development in several markets. He has also served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council reporting to the White House and the Secretary of Homeland Security (leading two studies in infrastructure resilience), leads business strategy educational programs at the University of Chicago, and created the first global Innovation Contest for the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Gloria D. Gray took office as chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2019. She is the first African American to lead the board and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history. Gray began her career in water in 2006 when she was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors. She was the first African American woman elected to that board in its 65 years and served as board president in 2010. She represents the Division II cities of Inglewood, South Ladera Heights, Lennox and the areas of Athens, Howard and Ross-Sexton. In 2017, Gray was appointed chair of the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee which focuses on Metropolitan water projects, program and forward-looking planning for the region.
Director, Houston Public Works and Engineering Department
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner chose Carol Haddock, a licensed professional engineer who has worked in the private sector as well as city, county and federal governments, to serve as Director of the city Public Works and Engineering Department January 201 8.The department, with more than 3,900 trained employees and budget of $2.1 billion, is the largest of its kind in the United States with accreditation by the American Public Works Association. "To head a department that is so essential to the basic services upon which all Houstonians rely, the city needs a uniquely positioned Public Works chief who delivers customer-friendly results on an hour-to-hour basis while keeping an eye on a vision for an even better city in the future," Mayor Turner said. "Carol Ellinger Haddock is that person."
California State Treasurer
Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of its residents. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in payments within a typical year and provides transparency and oversight for an investment portfolio of more than $90 billion, approximately $20 billion of which are local government funds.
Dr. Debra Roberts
Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC
Dr. Debra Roberts is currently head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa. She previously established and managed the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the same municipality for 22 years (1994–2016) and was selected as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer in 2013. Dr. Roberts was elected as Co-Chair of Working Group II for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle in 2015.