The Water Rooms’ testimonials are selected experts and personalities that share their views on freshwater resources
and the importance of translating scientific messages to the general public for awareness raising.
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil’s Minister of Culture.
Cartoon animator and director creator of many short pieces, mainly of a political or satirical nature since 1958. Some of his works are: Grasshoppers (Cavallette) in 1990 which received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Short; Europe and Italy; Allegro Non Troppo; and “Signor Rossi”.
Geographer and professor. Inventor of the “Virtual Water” concept, he was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008. Although being an emeritus of the School of Oriental and African Studies and King’s College London of the University of London, he still acts as a teaching Professor at King’s College London.
Min. GIANLUCA GALLETTI
Minister, Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea since 2014
Meteorologist and climatologist, President of Società Meteorologica Italiana and editor in chief of Nimbus journal. He is also a TV host and member of the Climate Broadcaster Network-Europe to disseminate knowledge on climate change.
Marco Paolini is a stage actor, theatre director, dramaturge and author. His performances usually consist of monologues with frequent use of the Venetian dialect, irony and satire. His activity is based on a continuos research of very complex social thematics (from the Vajont Dam tragedy to impoverished uranium) that he meticulously enacts and describes in his performances.
Professor of Environmental Economics and Econometrics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been President of the University of Venice from 2009 to 2014 and Director of the Department of Economics from 2005 to 2008. He is Director of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Program of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, and Director of the International Centre for Climate Governance.
PIER PAOLO BARETTA
Trade unionist and politician, he is currently Undersecretary of State for the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance.
Mr. Montalto directs the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Laboratory in Drexel’s College of Engineering. He is an civil/environmental engineer and hydrologist with a background in applied and theoretical approaches to solving complex environmental problems. His research focuses on the development of ecologically, economically and socially sensible solutions to urban environmental problems with a focus on sustainable water resource engineering.
RODA NUVUNGA LUIS
Roda Nuvunga Luis is the Director of the Water Research Institute. She has a Master in Food Studies by the University of Queensland (Australia) and she is currently working in the Ministry of Science and Technology of Mozambique. She is also deputy coordinator for Biosafety Inter- Institutional Working Group.