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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 1

    Date: October 28, 2020 @ 9AM EST

    Title: The Changing Geopolitics in the Nile Basin, Avoiding Conflict and Building Cooperation

    Speaker: Dr. Ashok Swain | Director of Research, School of International Water Cooperation, Uppsala University, Sweden

    View the webinar recording ->

  • Nile Talk Forum 2

    Date: November 30, 2020 @ 8AM EST

    Title: GERD Negotiation Challenges and Ways Forward, Technical Aspects

    Speaker: Dr. Yilma Seleshi | Associate Professor in Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, AAiT, Addis Ababa University

  • Nile Talk Forum 3

    Date: December 21, 2020 @ 8AM EST

    Title: Dam Safety Management in Ethiopia

    Speaker: Michael Abebe | Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

    View the webinar recording ->

  • Nile Talk Forum 4

    Date: January 28, 2021 @ 8AM EST

    Title: Downstream Upstream Relationship and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Filling and Operation Agreement Flexibility

    Speaker: Dr. Wossenu Abtew | Principal Engineer, Water and Environment Consulting

    View the PPT presentation -> | View the webinar recording -> 

  • 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

    View the webinar recording -> 

  • Nile Talk Forum 6

    Date: April 29, 2021 @ 8AM EST

    Title: New Insights on the Water Storage in the Nile River Basin Using GRACE/GRACE-FO, Data-Driven and Modeling

    Speaker: Dr. Emad Hasan | Research Fellow, Center for Space Research, UT Austin

    Register here ->

  • Nile Talk Forum 7

    Date: June 8, 2021 @ 8AM EST

    Title: GERD Reservoir Impacts on the Year 2020 Flood

    Speaker: Dr. Alem Gebriel | Water Resources Technical Director, WSP USA

    Register here ->