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"Innovation, Research and Development around Water issues in Africa"

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14:00 - 16:30

The objective of this round table is to discuss the shared challenges in terms of technological partnerships between companies and the academic community in Africa.


Co-organized with the support of the Aqua-Valley Cluster, it will be a question of discussing the possible interactions between scientists and entrepreneurs, thus making it possible to increase structuring collaborations for the entire water sector. The participants benefit from their contributions and share their feedback in order to identify avenues of collaboration to face the major issues linked to climate change and its consequences on the environment and metropolitan areas for example (flood control, development sanitation, access to a quality resource, etc.)

Moderator: Yvan Kedaj


  • Marc Héran

  • Fatimatou Sall

  • Jacques de La Rocque

The experts

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Yvan Kedaj

Yvan Kedaj is the Managing Director of the Aqua-Valley Cluster, which brings together a network of 230 members (companies, research and training organizations, associations) whose skills and know-how cover all trades and the water cycle.

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Marc Héran

Marc Héran is a professor at the University of Montpellier.

He heads the Membrane Process Engineering team of the IEM laboratory.


His research theme focuses on the integration of processes  membranes in Liquid / Solid separation with a view oriented towards effluent treatment.

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Fatimatou Sall

Fatimatou Sall works at LEIDI at Gaston Berger University (Senegal) on issues related to water and the environment in urban areas. She is also president of the Association of Young Water and Sanitation Professionals of Senegal (AJPEAS) and youth representative on the international steering committee of the 9th World Water Forum.

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Jacques de La Rocque

Jacques De La Rocque is Managing Partner of Cereg, Head of the Environment Department and Chairman of NaïaGaïa. Jacques De La Rocque is an expert in approaches linking water and environmental management with town planning and land use planning.

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