The Global Business and Politics of Water: A Crisis of Supply? Or a Crisis Born of Bad Management and Poor Policy Choices?
May 17, 2012
Hosted by Té Revesz
“The so called global water crisis is really a crisis of water management and water finance,” says this week’s guest, renowned international environmental expert, Albert F. (Al) Appleton. Having worked on water resource management and sustainable development on 6 continents, Al knows how groundwater is mismanaged worldwide. Water is underpriced in all uses—and therefore it’s often wasted. The tradeoffs of water use in agriculture and energy production (as in shale gas fracking) have not been subjected to rigorous cost benefit analyses. Water infrastructure is underfinanced, water management institutions are obsolete and much touted public-private partnerships have not provided a "magic bullet." So what are the solutions? Tune in as Al explains the economic benefits of good water management. Why there is a crying need for private- and public-sector managers with "entrepreneurial flair," and where investment steams can best be directed to find lost economic opportunities.
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Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.
As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.
Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.
An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.