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Professor Tony Allan Head of the London Water Research Group  Kings College London

Professor Tony Allan addressed a private boardroom event for 22 senior business executives where he discussed The Importance of Water in Global Food Security. This Boardroom lunch was proudly hosted by Nubian Water Systems.

Professor Tony Allan heads the London Water Research Group at King’s College London and School of Oriental and African Studies. He specialises in the analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and on the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. He notes that the water short economies achieve water and food security mainly by importing water intensive food commodities.

Professor Allan coined the concept of virtual water and also works on the water/energy nexus. His ideas on water security are set out in “The Middle East Water Question: Hydropolitics and the Global Economy” and in a new book entitled Virtual Water. He is currently working on why the accounting systems in the food supply chain are dangerously blind to the costs of water.

In 2008 Professor Allan was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in recognition of his contribution to water science and water policy. In 2011 he became Académico Corrsepondiente Internacional of the Academy of Sciences of Spain. In 2013 he received the international Environmentalist Award of the Florence based Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron.



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