Nadja Kunz

University of British Columbia - Canada

Nadja Kunz is an Assistant Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She obtained her PhD from the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland, Australia where she remains an Adjunct Fellow. She also spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eawag Aquatic Research Institute in Switzerland. Nadja has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Business Management (Dean’s Honour Roll), both from the University of Queensland. Nadja is driven by a passion for transitioning the private sector towards more sustainable water management practices, and she is widely published in academic journals including The Journal of Cleaner Production, Environmental Science and Technology, and Water Science and Technology. In addition to her academic credentials, Nadja maintains close links to practice. For the past two years she has consulted as a Water Specialist for the International Finance Corporation where she has provided technical expertise to a Voluntary Code of Practice on Water Management for the South Gobi Region in Mongolia, as well as other projects globally. Throughout her career Nadja has also gained extensive operational experience in the mining, oil and gas sector within Australia, including at the Northparkes copper/gold mine, Yarwun Alumina Refinery and BP’s Bulwer Island refinery. She has also worked in corporate sustainability reporting for Rio Tinto and consulted for Anglo Gold Ashanti in South Africa.


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