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Global Water Summit 2015 | Athens, Greece | 27-28 April

Pre-Summit, Sunday April 26th | Global Water Summit 2015 | Athens, Greece

Pre-summit
  • GWI Workshop:
    Beating the burn rate: the route to rapid technology commercialisation in the water industry
    14:00 - 18:00

     

    Session leaders:

    Jeff Green, Founder and CEO, NanoH2O
    Thierry Noel, Managing Partner, Amane Advisors
     
    The water business often seems resistant to innovation, with many start-ups burning cash while potential customers procrastinate over whether or not to adopt a new technology.  It doesn’t need to be that way if you know how to work the market to your advantage.
     
    This half day workshop led jointly by one of the industry’s most successful entrepreneurs and the leading advisor on market development shows the road map to rapid commercialisation avoiding the pitfalls, money traps, and dead ends that destroy shareholder value for too many technology companies. A must-go experience for water technology companies and their investors. 
  • Isle Utilities' Global Technology Approval Group Conference *Invitation only*
    09:00 - 17:00

     

    In ​celebration ​of ​Isle’s ​100th ​Technology ​Approval ​Group ​meeting, ​the ​Global ​TAG ​Conference ​will ​be ​taking ​place ​alongside ​the ​Global ​Water ​Summit ​in ​Athens. ​Leaders ​in ​innovation ​and ​R&D ​from ​water ​and ​wastewater ​utilities ​across ​the ​world ​will ​come ​together ​to ​share ​experience ​and ​best-practice ​in ​the ​implementation ​of ​change ​and ​improvement ​through ​new ​technological ​solutions.

    Isle Utilities' Technology Approval Group Awards Dinner
    19:00 - 22:00 

     

    The ​TAG ​Awards ​will ​recognise ​innovation ​leadership ​in ​the ​global ​water ​industry. ​Nominations ​will ​not ​only ​recognise ​peer-reviewed ​Technology ​Companies ​for ​their ​step-change ​inventions ​and ​contribution ​to ​the ​industry ​but ​also ​water ​and ​wastewater ​utilities ​and ​associations ​for ​their ​work ​to ​break ​down ​barriers ​and ​address ​challenges ​in ​the ​water ​sector ​through ​innovation. 

18:30-20:00
Global Water Summit 2015 Registration
19:00-20:00
Global Water Summit 2015 Welcome Reception and Cocktails

Day 1, Monday April 27th | Global Water Summit 2015 | Athens, Greece

07:00-08:40
Registration
08:50-10:30
Opening Plenary

THE WATER VALUE REVOLUTION

Today water is recognised as one of the top three development risks. We also recognise that it is finite and its connection to economic growth and the sustainability of our well-being is crucial.

This opening session will set the scene and provide an overview of what is changing in the world of water. We will focus on the circular economy, climate change, developing technologies, bringing investment into the sector and new models for financing. We ask our panel what role water business leaders will play in taking the industry forward and what future scenarios they envisage for water.

Christopher Gasson, publisher at Global Water Intelligence, introduces the keynote speaker and panellists.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC: Water and Climate Change

Dame Ellen MacArthur, the MacArthur Foundation: Building the Circular Economy

Other speakers to be confirmed

10:30-11:00
Refreshments and networking break
11:00-12:30
Insight Exchange

Insight leaders will lead 45 tightly focused Round Table discussion groups on new trends in desalination,  water treatment and re-use in oil, mining and gas, produced water technology, smart water sensors, new models for public-private finance, infrastructure investing, emerging regions, new markets and more. Each delegate will be able to participate in four 20 minute discussion groups to engage with the top minds in the water market.

Discusssion leaders:

Malinne Blomberg, Chief Financial Analyst, Water and Sanitation Department / African Development Bank

Richard Mattison, CEO, Trucost

Lydia Whyatt, Asset Management practise Leader, Amane Advisors, France

Other Round Table discussion group leaders to be confirmed

 

12:30 - 14:00

To help you get the most out of your Summit use structured appointments during this break-time to meet with other delegates of your choice. No more ‘not being able to find’ the person you want to meet, because now you can arrange it all beforehand and we make it happen. Using our Summit App you promote your profile, see the list of registered delegates and request your One-2-One meetings. Book your place at the Summit now and we'll let you know as soon as this service is open.

  • One-2-One Pre-Arranged Networking Meetings

    To help you get the most out of your Summit use structured appointments during this break-time to meet with other delegates of your choice. No more ‘not being able to find’ the person you want to meet, because now you can arrange it all beforehand and we make it happen. Using our Summit App you promote your profile, see the list of registered delegates and request your One-2-One meetings. Book your place at the Summit now and we'll let you know as soon as this service is open.

  • Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Strands
  • WATER TREATMENT: DESALINATION

    New Frontiers for Desalination

    Desalination is rapidly regaining its position as a sector to watch as the market responds to increasing water scarcity and high levels of industry demand. A session to examine large scale projects, new approaches and where the industry is headed.

    Moderator: Borja Blanco, CEO, Aqua Advise

    Speakers:

    • Mohammad El-Ramahi, Associate Director, Utilities Interface, Operations and Engineering , MASDAR, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company
    • Ali Asghar Ghane, Deputy for Planning and Development / Iranian Ministry of Energy, National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company
    • Hamid Reza Kashfi, Manager, Bureau for Procurement and Funds and Development of Non-Governmental Participartion / Iranian Ministry of Energy, National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company

    Other speakers to be confirmed

     

  • REGIONS

    Water markets on the new Silk Road: Central Asia rises again

    A session to explore how private players can best harness the flood of investment in Central Asia’s expanding water sector. 

    • Ahmet Marasli, Managing Director, Akkon Construction, Contracting & Consulting Co, Turkey

    Other speakers to be confirmed

  • TECHNOLOGY

    The Wastewater Revolution

    New technology solutions for wastewater treatment are rapidly transforming the economics of running WWTPs and the opportunities to realise profits will be huge. Our panel of technology entrepreneurs, contractors, end-user utilities and investors will identify the market dynamics and strategies that lower operating costs and make money out of waste.

    Moderator: Thierry Noel, Managing Partner, Amane Advisors

    Speakers:

    • Sudhir Murthy, Innovations Chief , DC Water
    • Per Lillebø, CEO,/ Cambi ASA and Cambi Group AS
    • Steve Wirtel, Senior Vice President of Technology Sales / Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies
    • Marius van Aardt, Managing Director / Sembcorp Silulumanzi, South Africa

    Other speakers to be confirmed

  • INDUSTRY

    Making more by using less: water in the circular economy

    Water is the medium which enables the circular economy to deliver value from our waste streams; and thereby creates a whole new field of opportunity for water technology in industry. Where is the greatest scope to deliver value?

    • Greg Koch, Director, Global Water Stewardship / The Coca-Cola Company
    • Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, Director of Water Resources / Freeport McMoRan
    • Brigitte Dittrich-Kraemer,  Senior Sustainability Manager, BASF.

    Other speakers to be confirmed

By invitation only:

GLOBAL WATER LEADERS GROUP: Workshop on New Models for Access 1 

 

 

The Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum has the mandate to develop a new economic model to accelerate access to improved water and wastewater utility services. In this joint workshop with the Global Water Leaders Group, members of the GAC evolve the solution set to put forward to the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos. Contact Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group for further details. 

15:30-16:00
Refreshments and networking break
16:00-17:30
  • WATER TREATMENT: DESALINATION

    Tech Idol Award

    Nominated companies with early stage technologies that could change the way industries use water will present their claim to be the Water Technology Idol of 2015. Our panel of expert judges will lead the lively Q & A before the audience votes for the winner.

    Moderator: Tom Pankratz, WDR Editor, GWI

    Judging panel:

    John Tonner, COO, Consolidated Water Co Ltd, USA

    Rick Stover, Executive Vice President, Desalitech, USA

    Lydia Whyatt, Asset Management Practise Leader, Amane Advisors, France

     

  • REGIONS

    Latin America: Water impact strategies in oil, mining and petrochemicals

    A workshop session to examine the growing market for the production and reuse of municipal wastewater for oil, mining and petrochemical operations in the Latin American region.

    Speakers:

    • Mike Jacobs, Director for Water & Tailings / Goldcorp Inc
    • Emyr Costa, Engineering Director, Odebrecht/ Foz do Brasil
     
    Other speakers to be confirmed

  • TECHNOLOGY

    2015: The Year for Ballast Water?

    With the international shipping community gearing up for implementation in 2015 of the IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water,  this session will look at emerging technologies, implementation strategies, the regulatory drivers and the potential for a huge new market. 

  • INDUSTRY

    Corporate Water Stewardship Award

    Nominated companies will present their water stewardship initiatives undertaken during 2014 before our panel of judges. Tough questions from the panel followed by Q & A with the audience will be followed by a live vote to decide which project showed the most inspired and effective approach to water stewardship during the previous year.

    Judges:

    Cate Lamb, Head of Water, Carbon Disclosure Project

By invitation only:

GLOBAL WATER LEADERS GROUP: Workshop on New Models for Access 2

 

 

The Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum has the mandate to develop a new economic model to accelerate access to improved water and wastewater utility services. In this joint workshop with the Global Water Leaders Group, members of the GAC evolve the solution set to put forward to the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos. Contact Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group for further details. 

18:00 - 23.30
The Global Water Awards - Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry, voted for by readers of Global Water Intelligence (GWI) magazine and the Water Desalination Report (WDR), and members of the International Desalination Association (IDA) and the International Private Water Association (IPWA).

Our Guest of Honour for this evening’s ceremony is José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004). After his speech José Manuel Barroso will present the Global Water Awards trophies to the winners and runners-up. For further details about the Awards see www.globalwaterawards.com.

Coaches will leave from The InterContinental Hotel Athenaeum for the Awards night venue (The Nasioutzik Museum), at 18:00 prompt.

The evening will finish at 23.30.

Day 2, Tuesday April 28th | Global Water Summit 2015 | Athens, Greece

07:30 - 08:50
One-2-One Pre-Arranged Meetings

A second structured opportunity for pre-arranged individual meetings with other delegates of your choice. Book your place at the Summit and we'll let you know a soon as this service is open.

09:00 - 10:30
Day Two Opening Plenary: Starting a water value revolution

Our panel of industry experts will provide a roundup of the main issues from Day 1, and ask what needs to change in the water industry if we are going to manage supply effectively, reduce water risk and sustain economic growth?

Keynote speaker: Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC, India
 

Speakers:

  • Antonios M. Vartholomeos, President and CEO / Athens Water and Sewerage Co SA (EYDAP:ATH)
  • Patrick Decker, President & Chief Executive Officer, Xylem, Inc.

 

  • Our panel of industry experts will provide a roundup of the main issues from Day 1 and explore the technologies, water management strategies and investment models currently having the most impact on their industries.

10:30 - 10:45
Refreshments and networking break
10:45- 12:15
  • One-2-One Pre-Arranged Meetings

    Pre-arranged individual one-2-one meetings with other delegates

  • ‘Is the water sector viable as an investment proposition?’

    This session will be an Oxford Union style debate on the future of private sector funding in the water sector, with the above proposition proposed, seconded and opposed.

    Q & A with the audience will be followed by a live vote to determine the winning argument.

12:15-13:15
  • One-2-One Pre-Arranged Meetings

    Pre-arranged individual one-2-one meetings with other delegates

  • Lunch

13:15-14:45 Strands
  • WATER TREATMENT: OIL & GAS

    Topics include:

    Water treatment technologies for oil and gas

    Rising water volumes and increased treatment needs in the oil and gas sectors are creating new markets and opening new regions for water technology companies. 

    Speakers:

    • Mohammad Zahedzadeh, EOR Reservoir Engineer and Project Manager / IOR Research Institute, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC R&D)
    • Hani Al-Khalifa, Technical Senior Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

     

  • REGIONS

    South Asia

    A session to probe the region’s response to increased industrial demand amid unevenly distributed water supplies. We ask what the current prospects are for enabling water treatment projects through private finance in the South Asian water sector.

    Speakers:

    Ek Sonn Chan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, Cambodia

  • TECHNOLOGIES

    Smart Green Cities

    A session for identifying the world’s smart green cities and the utility leaders, water technology companies and water fund investors who are leading the breakthrough.

    Session chair:

    Shaun Cox
    Inxure Strategy Group | Director

    Speakers:

    Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternet, Amsterdam

    Halla Razak , Director, San Diego Public Utilities

     

  • INDUSTRY

    High performance Industrial utilities

    Industrial clients of utilities have distinct and highly specialised needs (compared to municipal ones) and the centralised utility model for providing services dedicated  to these clients is gaining traction as a vital component of economic growth. This session asks a select group of  industrial park utilities from around the globe to share their approach to using advanced water technologies to maintain sustainable and profitable operations, and what is the scope for industrial water utilities to lead the way in corporate water stewardship?

    Speakers:

    • Abdullah Khalifa Al-Buainain, President and CEO / Marafiq, Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
    • Ahmad Saif Al-Mazrouy, CEO, Majis, Oman
    • Sjack van Agtmaal, CTO, Evides Industriewater BV, Rotterdam
     

     

Register your interest:

Scaling Finance in Water (workshop session)

 

The International Finance Corporation hosts a workshop bringing together water utility leaders and private investors to address the obstacles to private sector participation in water in an interactive workshop session. How can we attract the levels of investment required to bring water out of its current under-funded time warp and into the 21st century?

Chair: Elena Bourganskaia, Global Head of Water & Municipal Infrastructure,  International Finance Corporation (IFC).

 

15:00 - 16:00
Closing panel: Is water going to be the next investment revolution?

From now through 2030, providing a sustainable  water supply to the world’s businesses and communities is going to require hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure and technology investment.  Where will those billions come from? Our most precious - and fundamental - resource for economic growth remains significantly under-financed.

Our Global Water Summit 2015 will ask our panel: what needs to change in the water industry before we get the value - and the price - of water right?

Q & A with the audience followed by a live vote from the audience.

Moderator:

Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, The Financial Times

  • The Global Water Summit 2015 will end with an Oxford Union style debate on private sector funding in the water sector, with the proposition ‘Is the water sector viable as an investment proposition?’ proposed, seconded and opposed. Q & A with the audience followed by a live vote to determine the winning argument.

16:00-17:00
End of Summit reception, with light refreshments