“Israel’s water management the finest in the world”
It is no longer bread but now WATER which is the staff of life. Across the world, the shortage of water looks set to become the raison d étre for World War lll.
Some 71 percent of the earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96 percent of all of earth’s water. Yet most of this water is not drinkable, and there are hundreds of millions of people for whom water is the ultimate luxury. In South Africa, unless urgent and stringent measures are taken to secure, protect and increase our water reserves, a cataclysmic catastrophe around the lack of water may create the final Armageddon for our children and grandchildren. It is a crisis which goes beyond politics and religion: it is a crisis facing all mankind.
Israel is today internationally acknowledged to be a world leader in water management.
The South Africa Israel Network (SAIN), formerly the South Africa Israel Chamber of Commerce (SAICC), has pleasure in inviting you to participate in a challenging, informative and stimulating evening presenting top international and local speakers from Israel and in South Africa on water.
Who should attend?
Mining magnates; Industrialists; CEOs of water companies; members of the agricultural sector; journalists; government ministers; and anyone concerned and perturbed by this massive problem.
Prof. Eilon Adar, is a world-leading hydrologist and one of Israel’s leading researchers in water sources, use and technology. He is the director of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research and serves as an Associate Professor of the BIDR-Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research.
Adar conducts cutting-edge research on complex groundwater flow systems and arid basins. His Mixing Cell Model (MCM) approach utilizing hydrochemistry and environmental isotopes coupled with a flow model has been applied in hydrological basins in Israel and worldwide, from the Kalahari Desert (Namibia) to the Ili basin in Kazakhstan.
“If we managed to overcome our water problems in Israel, in the Middle East, it can be done almost anywhere else in the world,” Adar said.
The Zuckerberg Institute was founded in January 2002 in the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, at the university’s Sde Boker campus. The Institutes unite under one roof all aspects of water resources research, including groundwater production, desalination technologies and treatments for marginal water sources.
Prof. Adar holds a B.Sc in Geology, Physical Geography, and Climatology and an MSc in Physical Geography and Hydrology from the Hebrew University. He has a Ph.D in Hydrology and Soil Water Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in the United States.
Mr Itai Melchior holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Haifa. Mr Melchior has 20 years of experience in the private sector, filling different business development and management positions mainly in the high-tech sector. Mr Melchior also holds a teaching diploma and has taught in different colleges and high-schools in the city of Haifa.
He graduated from the Economic Representatives course of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour of Israel and served in the Northern European Department of the Foreign Trade Administration of Israel. Mr Melchior arrived in South Africa in August 2012 to take over as the Head of Trade and Economic Office in the Embassy of Israel in South Africa.
Arthur Lenk began his assignment as Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland in early August 2013.
Previously he served as the Director of the Department of International Law at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was responsible for providing legal advice to the Ministry’s International Organizations and Policy Planning Divisions, on multilateral and regional issues ranging from human rights and UN affairs to bilateral and security matters. He also coordinated the Ministry’s activities on international criminal law matters and has played an active role in representing Israel before international organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council. He also worked as a staff member on the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident.
From 2005 – 2009, Mr. Lenk served as Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan. During that period, political, strategic and economic relations between the two countries grew dramatically including growth of Israeli exports from $5 million in 2005 to $264 million in 2009. Israel massively increased its oil import from Caspian Sea to Israel. He has also served in diplomatic postings in New Delhi, India and Los Angeles.
Mr. Lenk was born in the United States (New Jersey) and made aliyah to Israel in 1983. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. and LL.M. degrees) and is a member of the bar in Israel and New York. He is married to Ruth and they have three teenage daughters.