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Seth M. Siegel

Named UWM water policy fellow


Seth M. Siegel has been appointed the Daniel M. Soref Senior Water Policy Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. Siegel is the author of The New York Times best seller “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World.”

The appointment will enable Siegel to conduct research for a new book on water policy in the United States. A gift from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust will underwrite Siegel’s research.

“Linking the latest science with policy decisions is an enormously challenging task, but it is absolutely essential to protecting our water resources today and preserving them for the future,” said Val Klump, senior director and dean of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. “Seth Siegel’s nimble mind, along with his unique ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible manner, makes him an outstanding partner for the Center for Water Policy and our research scientists. We are very excited to establish this collaboration.”

In his role as the Daniel M. Soref Senior Water Policy Fellow, Siegel will serve as a resource for faculty, researchers and students, expanding the school’s impact on national and international water policy. Siegel will hold the inaugural senior water policy fellow position at the school. Senior fellows are distinguished professionals from government, academia or the private sector who have attained a singular record of achievement and public service. They will help advance the School of Freshwater Sciences’ Center for Water Policy’s mission to understand the rapidly growing challenges faced by policymakers in safeguarding fresh water.

“Our world is facing a fast-approaching water crisis, and research universities will play a major role in finding solutions to this threat,” Siegel said. “UW-Milwaukee has taken a lead role in championing freshwater resources, and I am excited to partner with its School of Freshwater Sciences in helping policymakers and others to understand the challenges ahead and solutions for them.”

Siegel is a writer, lawyer and entrepreneur. His book “Let There Be Water” focuses on Israel’s innovative response to water scarcity, and his essays on water and other issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, along with leading publications in Europe and Asia. In addition to his written works, Siegel is a highly regarded public speaker on matters of water policy, the Middle East and other areas. He is also a senior advisor to Start-Up Nation Central, an Israeli nonprofit that connects government, non-governmental organizations and business leaders to relevant people, companies and technologies in Israel.

“We are honored to support the research that Seth Siegel will be conducting at the School of Freshwater Sciences,” said Karen Strnad, a representative of the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust. “Siegel has remarkable insights into Israel’s response to water scarcity. His new project will focus on freshwater resources in the United States. Water quantity, water quality and water policy are among the most critical issues in our world today. We are very fortunate to have Seth Siegel’s expertise to help address these complex issues in the U.S.”

Chancellor Mark Mone expressed his gratitude to the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust for making the collaboration possible.

“The School of Freshwater Sciences is leading the way in Great Lakes research, and this knowledge will affect the stewardship of freshwater resources on a global scale,” he said. “I am proud of the strides we have taken and thrilled that we have an opportunity to partner with an internationally esteemed expert like Seth Siegel.”


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