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Keynote Speakers  

Dr. Maya Trotz (University of South Florida)

Dr. Maya Trotz is a Guyanese born professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She directs STRONG Coasts, a National Research Traineeship program to foster food, energy, and water solutions with coastal communities, and leads the knowledge management component of a Green Climate Fund project, “Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados.” She is a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors and a board member of Fragments of Hope Corp, a coral restoration NGO in Belize. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  


Prof. Michelle Mycoo (The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad)

Professor Michelle Mycoo is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at UWI, St. Augustine, she has conducted extensive research and training on water management, climate change, disaster risk reduction and urban planning. She is currently the Coordinating Lead Author of the Small Islands Chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II, is a member of the International Science Council, the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations. She has conducted capacity building workshops for UNDP’s Global Water Partnership and holds a PhD (McGill University), MSc in Urban Planning (The University of Hong Kong) and a BA in Geography and Social Sciences (UWI).
Prof. Sarah Hainsworth (Aston University, Birmingham)

Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE CEng FIMMM FREng CSci is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), Aston University Birmingham, UK and is a Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering. Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, and a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society. She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to engineering and forensic sciences. Sarah is strongly committed to research and teaching in sustainability and the circular economy throughout several research institutes. Sarah holds a BEng (Hons) in Science of Engineering Materials and a PhD (both University of Newcastle upon Tyne).