Agenda 2017 – Day 2 OLD

Tuesday 25 April 2017


07.00 – 09.00

One-to-One Networking Meetings

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09.00 – 10.30

Day 2 Opening Plenary: CEO Forum

The CEOs of six of the world’s most important water businesses join a panel to discuss the key issues for the future of the water sector.

What is the outlook for the global water market in a world which wants to turn its back on globalisation? Will the digital revolution bring dramatic change to the water sector or merely incremental change?

Is the future going to be about providing assets, technologies or services? What is beyond the water – food – energy nexus, and how can the water industry align itself with new themes in the global economy? What will be the most significant drivers of growth in 2018 and beyond?

Our Opening Day 2 session will bring together some of the world’s most progressive private sector thought leaders to outline how they see the world of water shaping up for the 21st century and what innovations and creative approaches are going to get us there.

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30

Individual Strands

Latin America

Transforming Argentina’s Water Sector

With rising hopes for Argentina as an emerging investment destination within the international community, we bring together a high level delegation to discuss what they are planning to do and how they plan to do it.


Rafael Sardella, President, Agua Bonaerenses S.A

Guillermo Mingolla, Independent Consultant

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Closing the Bankability Gap

How can we lower the barriers to infrastructure investment?


Digital Sustainability for industry

How will the digital revolution impact the industrial water space?

Chair: Ralph Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Water & Process Technologies


Josep Molas Pages, Corporate Spring and Mineral Water Quality Manager, The Coca Cola Company


Desal’s changing business model

Can desalination position itself to be a better solution for drought as well as scarcity? Our answer is that it can, with flexible business models.

This session will look at the increasing trend in the desalination industry for bringing in private finance and moving towards the BOT contract model in response to limited budgets, a greater need for the monitoring and control of projects and optimizing life cycle costs. From Latin America, through the Middle East and on to China, we believe these trends (among others) will drive growth in the desal market between 2017 and 2020.


Borja Blanco, CEO, Aqua Advise

Carlos Cosín, CEO and Founder at Almar Water Solutions


Hon. Fatma Awale, Minister of Water and Natural Resources, County Government of Mombasa, Kenya.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30

Individual Strands

Latin America

Achieving the Breakthrough for International Participation in Brazil

Brazil’s water and sanitation sector needs serious levels of investment. To hit the Temer government’s target of universalising water and sewerage coverage by 2030, water industry experts estimate that as much as $9.2 billion will be required for the state of Rio de Janeiro alone. With federal and state budgets severely hit by the country’s economic crisis, government plans to streamline approval for public-private partnership projects have been widely seen as an effective first step towards bridging the gap.

A session to look at Brazil’s new incentives for PPPs in the water and sanitation sector and assess where the biggest opportunities for private sector investors, developers and companies will be.

Chair: Gesner Oliveira, Partner at GO Associados

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Water, Waste, Energy Synergies

The urge to optimise the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment has driven innovation across the globe, and the prospect of wastewater treatment plants being net contributors of energy to the grid is no longer a pipedream.

This session will explore the role of sewage sludge and other organic wastes as fuel sources of the cities of the future. From biogas to biocoal or bio-crude, technological advances mean that liquid and solid waste management has a key role to play in delivering carbon-neutral societies. How can the case-studies of today be replicated and scaled-up?


Steve Clark, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ Asia

Ole P. Johnsen, Chief Executive Officer, Billund Water

Working Group

Internet of Things

Are you the internet or are you the thing? This interactive working group style session will pick up on the debate of communications carriers, data platforms and cyber security.

Chair: Manuel Parra, General Manager for Smart Water Software, Schneider Electric

Working Group

Water for Mining

After a few challenging years, commodity prices have started to increase driving new investments in mining operations. Mining companies in Chile and Peru are faced with various water-related challenges: water shortage is a critical challenge in the region which is driving desalination opportunities as well as water reuse initiatives in mining operations. In addition, obtaining the social licence to operate is another critical factor. This session will begin with a panel consisting of mining industry representatives who will focus on their main water challenges followed by a lively discussion involving the panel and the audience.

Chair: Hubert L. Fleming, Ph.D., Independent Consultant


Jorge Cantallopts, Director of Research and Policy Planning, Chilean Copper Commission

Jose N. de Piérola Canales, Water Resource Manager, Southern Peru Copper Corporation

Martin Brown, Tailings, Water and Slurry Pipeline Manager

15.30 – 16.30

Closing Plenary: Ministerial Panel

Global vs. Local: The Next Generation of Water Management

The United nations has launched the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Water where water has never before received so much attention. Heads of State are recognising its value, but how will their governments make a real change, and what value is there in working together under a global institution for water management?

This session brings together ministers from the countries represented in the HLPF, plus additional perspectives from other ministers from around the world, in order to address the key question: should water be managed locally or globally? This will determine policy and regulations for generations to come…


HE Dr. Hazim El Naser, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jordan
Hon. Ek Sonn Chan, Secretary of State, Royal Government of Cambodia