Karlene Maywald is Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing specialist advice to the private and public sector. Karlene has extensive experience in the area of water policy development and reform and was appointed Chair of the Australian, National Water Commission in 2012. She is an experienced company director and is currently a board member with SA Water and Chair of the International Centre for Excellence for Water Resource Management. Elected to the South Australian Parliament between 1997 and 2010, she served as a Cabinet Minister from July 2004 until March 2010. Her ministerial responsibilities included: The River Murray, Water Security, Small Business, Regional Development, Consumer Affairs, Science and Information Economy, and Assisting the Minister for Industry and Trade. Ms Maywald was a Member of the Ministerial Council of the Murray Darling Commission for 6 years during the period of the Millennium drought. Ms Maywald is most noted for her significant contribution to progressing national reforms to the management of the Murray Darling Basin and setting the direction for long term water security in South Australia.