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Sandra Postel 

Sandra Postel, founder and director of the Global Water Policy Project, is recognized as one of the world's most respected authorities on freshwater issues and hailed for her "inspiring, innovative and practical approach" to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water. A Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, Postel was awarded the "Scientific American 50" for her contributions to water policy in 2002. She is the author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and the award-winning Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, and co-author, with Brian Richter, of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature.

Sandra Postel has served as consultant to The Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, and the U.S. National Intelligence Council, and an advisor to American Rivers. From 1988 until 1994, she was vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute. She has served as a commentator on CNN's "Futurewatch," appeared on major U.S. television networks and on National Public Radio, as well as in numerous documentaries, including the BBC’s Planet Earth and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour. In 2010, Postel was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she is lead water expert for the Society’s freshwater initiative.

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