Keith advises on water sector reform and public-private partnerships. From June 2015 to February 2018, Keith was employed by the Government of Oman to manage the design and implementation of a new structure for the country’s water supply and wastewater sector including (i) restructuring five incumbent water only and wastewater only service providers into three vertically integrated water supply and wastewater businesses; (ii) introducing economic regulation; and (iii) bringing together all Government policy-making for water supply, wastewater services and water resources in one ministry. The purpose of this restructuring is to increase the cost-effectiveness of the sector and provide a framework for increasing private sector participation.
During his 41-year career, Keith has worked in the water sector in 40 countries including the World’s poorest and richest countries. Keith has postgraduate qualifications in water, management and economic reform. In his early career, Keith worked as a researcher, water engineer and hydrologist in research organisations and private companies in UK, South Africa and France. From 1990 to 1997 he held several senior executive positions in the world’s largest private water company, Veolia Water and established Veolia’s water businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997 Keith has focussed on water sector reform and private sector participation and has worked with international funding agencies including the World Bank, national and local governments including in Australia, Ireland, Oman and China, and with private companies. Keith is a national of UK, France and Australia and is based in France and Australia.
Day 1: Monday 16th April 2018
11:15 – 12:45 – Roundtables