Keynote Speakers

Manuel Sapiano

Manuel Sapiano

Manuel Sapiano is the Chief Executive Officer of Malta’s Energy and Water Agency with responsibilities for the development of National Policies and Management Plans for the Energy and Water Sectors and the undertaking of stakeholder engagement initiatives.

From a water management perspective, he coordinates the implementation process of EU related water legislation in the Maltese islands, and in this role is currently coordinating the implementation of Malta’s 2nd River Basin Management Plan.  He also coordinates the Agency’s identification of and participation in research and development initiatives in the water sector, mainly focusing on issues such as the water demand management, coastal aquifer management, optimisation of groundwater monitoring methodologies and innovative water re-use solutions.

Within the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive, he fulfils the role of Water Director for Malta.  He also represents Malta as one of the co-chairs of the Water  Re-Use Task Group and since 2004 has been the national representative on the CIS Groundwater Working Group.

Mr Sapiano is a hydrogeologist, with specific specialisation in island hydrogeology.


Andreo-Navarro Bartolomè

Andreo-Navarro Bartolomè

Professor of Hydrogeology and Director of the Centre of Hydrogeology at the University of Malaga (Spain). Since 2015, President of International Association of Hydrogeologists – Spanish Chapter.

  • Successful supervision of 12 past PhD students, most in Karst hydrogeology.
  • Participant in IGCP projects (379, 448, 513, 598 and 661) of UNESCO (Co-leader of IGCP-513 and IGCP-598 Projects), all they concerning on Karst media.
  • Participant in projects supported by European Union, International Atomic Energy Agency and UNESCO-United Nations (GEF), most on Karst media.
  • Principal investigator on 7 major grant awards from the Spanish Research Ministry and participant on more than 40 international and national projects.
  • Author of more than 300 scientific publications, 70 in journals included in Journal of Citation Report, most of them concern on Karst Hydrogeology.
  • Member of IAH Karst Commission, as well as of international academic staffs such as of International Research Center on Karst of UNESCO (China).
  • Organizer of 5 International Symposium on Karst
  • Experience of work in 15 countries worldwide and invited professor in universities from 4 continents.


Marco Bianchi

Marco Bianchi

Marco Bianchi is a solute transport modeller at the British Geological Survey (BGS) with 10 years’ experience in developing numerical models applied to hydrogeological investigations.

Research interests and publication record include topics such as modelling of fluid flow and solute transport in heterogeneous geological media, theoretical and field investigations of contaminant transport in groundwater, geostatistical approaches for characterization and representation of heterogeneity, and application of statistical methods for the geosciences. During his Ph.D. work at the University of Alabama (USA), he conducted field and numerical analyses to investigate the effect of connected highly permeable sediments on contaminant transport mechanisms in heterogeneous alluvial aquifers. Before joining BGS in 2014, he was a post-doc researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) where he developed numerical models of groundwater flow and solute transport to study the environmental impact of geological carbon sequestration on groundwater quality, and to simulate the transport of radionuclides from deep radioactive waste repositories into shallow aquifers. From 2014 to 2017, he was recipient of the BGS Research Fellowship to develop methods of integration of geological data into numerical models for improving simulations of fluid flow and solute transport in the subsurface.


Daniel T. Feinstein

Daniel Feinstein

Hydrogeologist at United States Geological Survey and researcher at Wisconsin Water Science Center.


  • Simulation of groundwater/surface-water interactions
  • Development of statistical metamodels from detailed numerical models for decision support
  • Construction of regional and local ground-water flow models
  • Contaminant transport modeling; modeling of heat flow
  • Particle tracking for capture zone analysis and age calculations
  • Groundwater flow system analysis to estimate water budgets and design pumping schemes
  • Development and application of inset models for management objectives
  • Development of analytical and numerical procedures to outline capture zones
  • Determination of hydraulic parameters by field, laboratory and analytical methods
  • Design and construction of monitoring well networks
  • Interpretation of aquifer pump test data
  • Mathematical models of multiphase and unsaturated flow
  • Statistical models to incorporate uncertainty


Mr. Feinstein has taught many ground-water modeling short courses since 1989 in Italy and England (most recently at the University of Milan-Bicocca in October 2018 and at the University of Roma Tre in October 2011) and occasionally teaches a semester-long groundwater modeling course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he is an Adjunct Professor.  His recent publications for the U.S. Geological Survey have focused on use of advanced numerical techniques to simulate groundwater/surface-water interactions, quantitative studies of water availability at the regional scale as well as targeted studies of transport mechanisms at the local scale. He is currently active in developing research codes aimed at use of flexible grid design (including unstructured grids) to enable regional models to simulate local water budgets.