Valuing Water (Bonus Episode)

Valuing water is about much more than price. In this bonus episode (a condensed version of our Let's Talk About Water virtual forum on World Water Day), Jay talks with three individuals each with a unique perspective on valuing water. Featuring Kirsten James (Ceres), Gidon Bromberg (EcoPeace Middle East), and Dr. Karen Kidd (McMaster University).

Show Transcript

Guest Bios

Kirsten James

Kirsten James directs Ceres strategy for mobilizing leading investors and companies to address the sustainability risks facing our freshwater and agriculture systems. Her work includes leading the Valuing Water Finance Initiative, an investor-led effort which seeks to drive corporate action on water-related financial risks.

Previously, Kirsten served for five years as the director of California policy and partnerships at Ceres, where she led strategy development for Ceres’s California-focused policy work, engaging companies and investors in support of public policies that call for sustainable water management, clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in California.

Prior to Ceres, Kirsten worked for nine years at a regional water resource-focused NGO, Heal the Bay, as their Science and Policy Director. In her personal capacity, she serves as a committee appointee for the Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Water Program and an appointee of the Speaker of the California Assembly to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Council. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree in environmental science and management from the Bren School at University of California Santa Barbara.

Gidon Bromberg

Gidon Bromberg is the co-founder and 25 year Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Mr. Bromberg has written extensively on the relationship between water issues and Middle East peace and has presented before the UN Security Council, UN Climate Summit, US Congress, European Parliament and other international forums. Mr. Bromberg, an attorney by profession, is an alumni of Monash University in Australia, Washington College of Law at American University and Yale University's World Fellows program.

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Ramallah, and Tel-Aviv.

Karen Kidd

Karen Kidd is an Ecotoxicologist, studying how the health of aquatic organisms and food webs are affected by human activities and the fate of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems. She is the Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health at McMaster University and held a Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs from 2004-2017 at the University of New Brunswick. She leads a multidisciplinary research lab at McMaster which includes ecology, biogeochemistry, chemistry, and toxicology - and works on lakes, rivers, wetlands, and coastal zones spanning tropical through Arctic climates.

Full Virtual Forum on World Water Day 2021

Additional & Related Links


EcoPeace Middle East

Karen Kidd Lab


Kirsten on Twitter; Ceres News on Twitter

EcoPeace Middle East on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube

Karen on Twitter