Christoph Aubrecht (Moderator)
Senior Geospatial Strategist, European Space Agency Representative to the World Bank
Chris Aubrecht represents the European Space Agency (ESA) at the World Bank, providing strategic advice and coordinating collaborative activities. ESA’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development #EO4SD initiative provides support to International Financial Institutions in increasing uptake of Earth Observation with the aim of long-term mainstreaming and transfer into development operations. Prior to joining ESA, Chris was leading the spatial analytics efforts under the WB CDRP disaster resilience initiative. For 10 years he worked at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, in the end serving as senior advisor on geospatial strategy development.
Rita E. Cestti
Practice Manager, Water, The World Bank
Rita E. Cestti is the Practice Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean Region with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Ms. Cestti is responsible for managing and leading the work of the SLCWA Unit involving lending, analytical, advisory and knowledge exchange services; for ensuring the World Bank is providing the highest quality support to clients in the region; and for providing a leadership role in the setting of the strategic vision for water resources management and water for agriculture in the region. Her previous assignment was Global Lead on Water for Agriculture, providing direction to operational teams for ensuring best technical and operational knowledge is imbedded into their projects, and facilitating knowledge exchange and learning. She holds a professional degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Peru, and Master’s degrees in Engineering Administration and Economics from the George Washington University, USA. In addition, she completed course work in Economics at the Ph. D. level, and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Peru.
Lead Water Resource Management Specialist, The World Bank
Greg Browder is the Global Lead for Water and Resilience with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Mr. Browder is responsible for overseeing the World Bank’s knowledge program on Water and Resilience and helps to ensure that global best practice is incorporated into World Bank projects and studies. In his 20+ years at the World Bank, he previously performed as the Global Lead for Water Resources Management, he has been involved in numerous large-scale water projects in East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America and has published studies related to water resources management and urban water supply and sanitation. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Senior Economist, Water, The World Bank
Christian Borja-Vega is a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Global Water Practice with more than 13 years of experience in development organizations. His experience in the World Bank focuses on water operations, and economic analytics. He was sector’s program coordinator of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) where he managed Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Impact Evaluations in Africa, Latin America and East Asia Regions. Prior to working in the World Bank, he held positions as a research analyst at the Social Development Secretary in Mexico and the Mexican Health Foundation. Christian has co-authored several publications in academic and policy journals, as well as in specialized publications on water topics. He earned a B.A. of Economics at ITESM in Mexico, a Master in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.