Drawing from management theory and the knowledge acquired through the Master’s in Food Studies, Demo Demandante explained the problem of water security to students of a course on Principles of Management (MGT201) and students of the course on Sustainable Food: Governance, policies and practices (FS301). He defined it as a wicked problem, namely an issue on which there may be a large number of contradictory views and interests, interconnected with other problems and changing through time. He asked students to play the roles of negotiators from different regions and countries of the world, ranging from Colorado to Egypt, Ethiopia and Lesotho, to discuss issues related to water distribution, the high water consumption by the agricultural sector, the sub-national laws and international agreements of the major river basins. He also showed data on the ‘virtual water’ that we eat every day with beef, pork and other products, of which we are not fully aware. Finally, he highlighted studies showing the expected high water demand by 2025 and the shortage of water which may lead to conflicts and mass migrations. By showing how water security is a wicked problem, Demo Demandante also showed how consensus about the problem and the factual knowledge base, communication and negotiations among stakeholders can help towards circumscribing the problem so as to make it more manageable.

Godfred “Demo” Demandante has a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the U.S. National Intelligence University and a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was an assistant professor in mathematics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is now a student of the Master in Food Studies at AUR where he brings a wealth of experience.

He was commissioned as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. During his career, he flew C-130s in Germany and was posted in NATO. He served as a strategy officer for the European Command in Stuttgart and was a primary advisor during the initial phases of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. While there, he also led the Command Action Group in developing a new U.S. engagement strategy for Africa. In his last job, “Demo” assumed the duties of the military attaché in Bern, Switzerland. In this function, he served as the key conduit for cooperation and engagements between the U.S. and the Swiss militaries and between U.S. and Swiss defense agencies.

Since retiring from the Air Force in 2010, Demo has been a ski and snowboard instructor in Colorado during the winter and a boat inspector in the summer.