The Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health has established an Advisory Board to help guide and support our work.
Advisory Board members will provide recommendations and guidance as we develop new projects and help us ensure that our work has the potential for high impact and broad relevance for rural areas in China, the USA, and elsewhere. We will also provide Advisory Board members with regular updates on our ongoing projects so that they may help us evaluate our progress and share our findings, lessons learned, and achievements.
Vivian Ou was born in Yunnan Province, one of China’s most remote rural regions, but grew up in Guangzhou Province at the forefront of China’s modernization. It was there that she first saw both the astonishing benefits which accompanied China’s rapid economic development, as well as early signs of the environmental costs. After graduating from university, Ou spent two years in Hong Kong before moving to the US to pursue a career in recycling and waste management.
Over the last decade, she ran the US operations for Lee & Man Paper, one of Asia’s largest container board mills, and also supported the operations of solid waste transfer stations and recycling facilities across the USA, Europe, central America, and China. In the course of this work, Ou came to deeply appreciate the impact global production and consumption has on the earth’s natural resources, and thus the urgency of better safeguarding our shared environment.
After eight years as the CEO for a leading recycled material exporter, Ou now serves as a senior advisor to Waste Management, the largest solid waste processor in North America, and volunteers her time supporting a variety of environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. In particular, she is passionate about initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods and the environment in rural China.
Vincent Resh is a Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Resh is one of the world’s leading experts on the biological assessment of water quality (bio-monitoring), the control of vectors for waterborne diseases, the aquatic ecology of rivers and wetlands, and the geopolitics of water allocation and use in Africa and Asia.
Resh has managed numerous research studies over the past 30+ years including those in California coastal streams and on the diadromous fauna in oceanic island streams near UC Berkeley’s research station in Moorea, French Polynesia. Among his many achievements, Resh led a World Health Organization project to control the vectors of river blindness (onchocerciasis) in West Africa – work which continues to save hundreds of thousands of people from river blindness. In collaboration with various international agencies and governments, he has also conducted research on the evaluation of the impact of large dams on the Mekong and other Southeast Asian rivers.
Resh and his team have published over 300 research articles on topics ranging from riverine ecology and habitat restoration to design of biomonitoring programs. He has served as a long-term consultant on advisory boards of international and intergovernmental agencies, such as the Mekong River Commission.
Roxanna Samii is Chief of the Digital Strategy Section at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Communication and Public Information.
Samii has 30 years of experience working in the development sector on a variety of projects and has created and implemented numerous strategic communication plans using both traditional and new media. Prior to joining UNEP, she managed Web, Knowledge and Internal Communications at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome, Italy.
A social media advocate, Samii conceptualized and rolled out IFAD’s social media strategy, social media engagement plan, and guidelines for raising awareness about rural development, water resources management, agriculture and food security related issues. Samii also led the development of IFAD's knowledge management strategy, providing guidance on how and when to use and apply knowledge management methods and tools to address rural development challenges, influence policy, and bring about change and transformation.
Thanks to her efforts promoting and discussing the work of the United Nations via her own social media platforms and channels, Samii is also one of the United Nations Social 500's top ten most influential people.