Nile Talk Forums

An outgrowth of the 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Nile Talk Forums bring together experts in Nile and other transboundary river issues of the world to discuss experiences in diffusing tensions, sharing the common good, building trust and developing collaboration and cooperation.

The Nile Talk Forums are a monthly event, happening virtually over Zoom and open to interested academics and the public. Each forum includes one expert speaker touching on a specific relevant topic and a moderated, open-floor question and answer session at the end.

Please see below for past and upcoming Nile Talk Forums. You can register to each forum below or view the webinar recordings of past forums. 


Nile Talk Forum 13: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Under-Reported Issues on GERD Impacts on Sudan
 October 8, 2021 @ 8AM EST
 Dr. Asaad Y. Shamseldin | Associate Professor, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Nile Talk Forum 12: Evaluating International Transboundary Water Management Practices for Contextual Lessons for the Nile Basin
 September 13, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Ms. Mekdelawit Messay Deribe | PhD Student, Florida International University (FIU)
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Nile Talk Forum: Special Panel Discussion - Data Sharing and Information Exchange in the Face of Upcoming GERD Operation and Management
 August 31, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Wossenu Abtew, PhD
 | Principal Civil Engineer, Water and Environment Consulting LLC, USA
Mohammed Basher
| PhD Candidate, University of Manchester
Alem Gebriel, PhD
| Water Resources Technical Director with WSP, USA
Kevin Wheeler, PhD
| Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Watch Special Panel Discussion recording

Nile Talk Forum 11: Eastern Nile System Under Three Different Water Apportionment Alternatives: Colonial Era, the Washington DC and Equitable Share
 August 10, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Mr. Yared Bacha Gari | Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT), Bahir Dar University
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Nile Talk Forum 10: Shedding Light from Space on Dam Operations: Introducing Nile Basin Reservoir Advisory System (NiBRAS)
July 20, 2021 @ 8AM EST
 Dr. Hisham Eldardiry | Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Nile Talk Forum 9: Hydroegoism and Misinformation in the way of Nile/GERD Negotiation: Transcending the traditional approaches to a long-term progressive cooperation
 June 30, 2021 @ 8AM EST
 Dr. Semu Moges | Consultant and Associate Research Professor, University of Connecticut
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Nile Talk Forum 8: GERD Reservoir Impacts on the Year 2020 Flood
June 8, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alem Gebriel | Water Resources Technical Director, WSP USA
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Nile Talk Forum 7: Understanding the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on floods in Sudan
May 17, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Speaker: Mohammed BasheerUniversity of Manchester
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Nile Talk Forum 6: New Insights on the Water Storage in the Nile River Basin Using GRACE/GRACE-FO, Data-Driven and Modeling
Date: April 29, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Speaker: Dr. Emad Hasan | Research Fellow, Center for Space Research, UT Austin
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Nile Talk Forum 5: Panel
Date: March 15, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Mohammed Basheer | Potential Opportunities and Risks of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to Sudan
Mekdelawit Messay Deribe | Towards Long Term Equitable and Sustainable Use of the Nile River
Hisham Eldardiry | Future Operation of High Aswan Dam: Challenges and Opportunities
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Nile Talk Forum 4: Downstream Upstream Relationship and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Filling and Operation Agreement Flexibility
January 28, 2021 @ 8AM EST
Speaker: Dr. Wossenu Abtew | Principal Engineer, Water and Environment Consulting
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  • 2020

    Nile Talk Forum 3: Dam Safety Management in Ethiopia
    Date: December 21, 2020 @ 8AM EST
    Speaker: Michael Abebe | Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)
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    Nile Talk Forum 2: GERD Negotiation Challenges and Ways Forward, Technical Aspects
    Date: November 30, 2020 @ 8AM EST
    Speaker: Dr. Yilma Seleshi | Associate Professor in Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, AAiT, Addis Ababa University

    Nile Talk Forum 1: The Changing Geopolitics in the Nile Basin, Avoiding Conflict and Building Cooperation
    Date: October 28, 2020 @ 9AM EST
    Speaker: Dr. Ashok Swain | Director of Research, School of International Water Cooperation, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Watch Forum 1 recording