Worldwide water and food issues are in the spotlight when Prof. Roberto Lenton presents February’s Heuermann Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Hardin Hall auditorium. A reception will begin at 3 p.m.
An internationally recognized expert in water management and development, Lenton is founding director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska as of Feb. 1, 2012.
He will discuss global challenges of water and food in the context of the world’s growing food needs and the rising competitiveness for scarce water resources. He’ll talk about how challenges may be global, but solutions must be specific to local conditions.
He’ll also talk about the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and its unique role in addressing global and local water and food issues.
Lenton comes to NU from serving as chairperson of the independent World Bank Inspection Panel. He served as chair from 2009 until assuming his new position, and remains a panel member until August 2012.
Lenton earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Past positions include chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership; lead author on the final report of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation, which he co-chaired; director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division of the United Nations Development Programme in New York; director general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka; and more.
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/bwj