About the Water Policy Group

The Water Policy Group is a facility for governments and international bodies to access water sector experts with direct experience in working with water policy issues within governments and international bodies.

The Water Policy Group is comprised of water sector experts who have been decision makers and trusted advisers within governments and international bodies handling complex water policy and strategy. They are able to advise governments and influencers on water policy options and implementation strategies.

Members of the Water Policy Group have the common goal that their knowledge, networks and experience can help achieve the sustainable development of water resource.


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The Water Policy Group was formed in November 2018 as a facility for water sector experts with a common interest and direct experience in working with water policy issues within governments or within inter-government bodies, and a common goal to continue to serve the public interest.

Members of the Group offer their services as independent consultants on their own terms. The Group is not an incorporated entity. Members can be engaged individually or in combination according to the client’s need.

Areas of exertise and experience of current group members includes:

  • National water policy objecitves and high level strategies
  • Institutional arrangements for water
  • Cross-border water sharing
  • Frameworks for water alllocation
  • Frameworks for implementing water rights
  • Frameworks for implementing water trading
  • Frameworks for implementing water pricing
  • Water Quality issues and frameworks
  • Working with communities and water users
  • International cooperation to achieve strategic goals
  • Strengthening the science-policy interface for improved decision making


 Tony Slatyer Water Policy GroupTony Slatyer
Anthony (Tony) Slatyer is a consultant in water policy and governance. Until 2017, Tony has served successive Australian Governments in national water policy and administration, as head of the Water Division in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. He was directly involved in the making of Australia’s National Water Initiative, the Murray-Darling Basin reforms and ‘Millenium drought’ response. He has also held senior Australian Government roles in environment and transport policy including as head of the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics and has served multilateral organisations, as Deputy Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and Legal Counsel to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). He has degrees in Law and in Arts from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony is currently engaged on an ‘as needs’ basis as Special Adviser on Water to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is also a member of International Technical Committee of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, a member of the Steering Committee of the World Meteorological Organisation’s World Water Data Initiative, and a member of the ACT Branch Committee of the Australian Water Association.


Tom Soo Water Policy Group

Tom Soo
Tom Soo is an executive and consultant in water resources management. He brings over 20 years of international experience in leadership, institutional development, providing technical and management expertise as well as programme coordination. He has been Executive Director of IWRA and the World Water Council and also has a background in consulting to international institutions, public authorities, academia, as well as private industry. Tom’s current focus areas include institutional arrangements, strengthening the link between knowledge generation and policy making; water quality; building networks between private industry, research and government stakeholders; as well as strategy and technical consulting in the sector of water and natural resources. Over the years, Tom has participated in numerous international committees and task forces.  He holds a research masters degree in geography; and also has a degree in computer systems engineering (electrical).  He currently heads up the International Association of Hydro-Environmental Engineering and Research; as well as chairs the International Advisory Committee of the UNSW Global Water Institute and the Membership Committee of the IWRA.


Dr Jane Doolan
Dr Jane Doolan has over 25 years experience in sustainable water resource management, providing policy advice at senior levels to both the Australian and state governments on issues such as urban and rural water supply and security, national water reform, river health, environmental water allocation, catchment management, and the management of water during drought and climate change. Her career encompasses intergovernmental policy development and negotiations, particularly in relation to the management of the Murray–Darling Basin, and the oversight of major water projects and programs.   Jane is currently the Environment Commissioner with the Australian Productivity Commission as well as a Director of Western Water Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. Previous positions include Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra, Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Commissioner with the National Water Commission and Chair of the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre.


Anne Castle Water Policy Group

Anne Castle
Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado, focusing on western water policy issues.  From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.  While at Interior, Castle spearheaded the Department’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies, and was the driving force behind the 2010 federal MOU addressing sustainable hydropower.  Castle also provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and was the Chair of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group and a champion of Minute 319 between the US and Mexico.  Castle is a recovering lawyer, having practiced water law for 28 years with the Rocky Mountain law firm of Holland & Hart.


Dhesigen Naidoo Water Policy GroupDhesigen Naidoo
Dhesigen Naidoo is a leader, a scientist and an activist for social change. He has, as CEO, led the Water Research Commission(WRC), South Africa’s dedicated national water and sanitation Innovation, Research and Development Agency since 2011. He has previously served in senior positions in the South African national government and South African universities having begun his career as a medical scientist in a specialist paediatric hospital. He is also a Councillor of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and a Fellow of the Mapangubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.


Felicia Marcus Water Policy GroupFelicia Marcus
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant with 35 years of expertise in organizational management, policy development, program implementation, and public engagement at the federal, state, and local level. Most recently, she was Chair of the California State Water Board, with regulatory responsibility for water conservation, groundwater management, wastewater recycling, stormwater capture, and desalination, water rights laws, and the state’s drinking water program. Felicia helped lead the board through the state’s worst drought in modern history. Prior to this, Felicia led US EPA’s Southwest and Pacific Region–working extensively on air, water, and toxics issues while helping negotiate agreements, develop policy, and implement projects on state, tribal, US-Mexico border, and Pacific Islands issues. She also headed the Los Angeles Department of Public Works which under her leadership gained national awards for environmental initiatives and performance. She has also held senior leadership positions with national non-profit organizations and has been a practicing attorney in the private and non-profit sectors. She currently serves on the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada). Felicia has a law degree from NYU and an AB cum laude from Harvard College in East Asian Studies.

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