Angela De Duonni (Australia)
Access Management IQ
Master of Integrated Water Management
Angela's undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Adelaide and postgraduate studies in Infrastructure Management from the Australian National University have led her to develop expertise in financial and commodity markets, risk management and governance and work across multiple industry sectors including mining, agriculture, manufacturing, banking, financial markets and the water industry.
My interest in water began while I was the Treasurer for SA Water, where in addition to managing the debt/asset portfolio I participated in the development and analysis of various renewable energy projects and waste water reuse projects. After SA Water it was to be another seven years before I found myself back in the water industry. This time as the General Manager of Waterfind, there I leveraged my knowledge of commodity and financial markets to assist in the development of a water trading platform for irrigators and irrigation companies in the Murray Darling Basin.
The knowledge I acquired whilst developing the trading algorithms (algorithms are based on translating state and federal legislation, policies and water plans into trading rules) led to work with the Bureau of Meteorology and a role in in the national water reform agenda where I project managed the development of the water markets online portal and the release of Australia’s first National Water Account in 2010.
My professional path has always been based on a long standing interest in financial and environmental markets and the governance frameworks that support them in their ability to hedge risk, optimise outcomes and provide opportunity for commodities to move to their highest value use in resource constrained environments.
In researching the Murray Darling Basin and working with irrigators and industry on the development of water markets, two parallel worlds collided and I began to view water not so much as a commodity but an environmental asset. I wanted to learn more about the governance, risk management and compliance frameworks (GRC) that support the allocation and prioritisation of water resources particularly in over allocated river systems and explore whether further development of water as an asset class could provide the basis for improved water market mechanisms that could contribute to the optimisation of water sharing outcomes in such river systems.
There is so much I don’t know about water as a physical resource and the complex environment within which water resource management decisions are made and the Master’s program provides access to not only diverse but integrated insights into water resource management delivered by academics and industry experts.
I hope that in doing the program I can contribute to and be effective in changing the support frameworks required by water managers to collect, analyse, evaluate and make decisions regarding the application of integrated water management solutions and in particular the enhancement of water sharing outcomes through the application of water market mechanisms.
The International WaterCentre Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a transdisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach to water management.