Liana Ardiles has a degree in civil engineering since 1992. She was appointed Director General for Water in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2012. She started her professional career as a researcher in the CEDEX Hydrographic Studies Centre (1994-1997). She then entered the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, where she has held different positions: Technical Expert in the field of security of water infrastructures (1997-2003), Technical Director of the Douro River Basin Authority (2005-2010), and Advisor and later Head of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Climate Change (2010-2012).
Between 2003 and 2004 she was trained, as part of a Fulbright programme, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the USA. From 1998 to 2008 she was a representative of the Spanish General Directorate of Water in the working groups on developing National Plans on Civil Protection against Flood and Seismic Hazards, at national level. She was also a member of the working group tasked with drafting the technical guidelines to develop both a dam classification based on potential risks, and the dam emergency planning in Spain.
Day 2: Tuesday 25th April 2017
10:45 – 12:15 – Latin America – Wastewater Management for Latin American Megacities