Water scarcity compels water institutions to excel in innovative thinking and display cutting edge leadership that contributes to the African continent’s ability to address critical water challenges. Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the Water Research Commission (WRC) leadership style reflected this and he is therefore the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Africa Water Leadership Award in the upcoming Award Ceremony to be held in Mauritius, Le Meridien Hotel on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.
The Africa Leadership Awards honours Achievers, Super Achievers and Future Business Leaders and attracts the best of the best from Africa. Although the award is the highlight for the Water Research Commission, it is also a highlight for the continent of Africa.
Dhesigen’s award recognises leaders who can steer their businesses through turbulent times while applying the best of business modules to manage and keep their missions afloat. The water sector in south Africa and Africa are proud of Dhesigen’s nomination to receive such a prestigious award.
The criteria that were considered for this nomination were the impact Mr Naidoo’s leadership has made to the lives of others within the water sector and the quality of the WRC research outputs, their global reach and ability to contribute to social change.
Mr Naidoo receives the award for outstanding leadership, management skills, professionalism and vision in leading his organisation to make a difference and achieve innovative results.
The WRC is one of 13 members of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC), which operates on a mandate of information sharing and collaboration to drive the water deficit down, leading to a surplus on a global scale. The GWRC is the gel leading to cohesive and inclusive solutions to the fight against threats to global water assurance. Mr Naidoo believes strongly in the expansion of cross-border partnerships: “Phenomena like climate change have no respect for national boundaries; in fact, 60% of South African rivers are shared with our neighbouring countries.” This point illustrates the need for global partnerships to eradicate the global water assurance challenges. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has, over the past few years, included water as one of the top risks for business. Naidoo sees this as a positive step in educating nations and their respective industries on their water footprint.
The event was attended by senior business and other leaders, and top educational institutes from African countries.
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