Agenda 2018 – Day 1

Monday 16 April 2018

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Leading Utilities of the World

DAY 1, MONDAY 16 APRIL 2018
07.00 – 09.00

Registration

07.30 – 08.45

One-to-One Networking Meetings

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Capstone Headwaters

09.00 – 10.30

Day 1 Opening Plenary: Transcending Boundaries

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Zanny Minton Beddoes , Editor-in-Chief of The Economist.

Opening Plenary: Jeffrey Kightlinger , General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Jorge Moreira da Silva , Director, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate Gail Klintworth , Non Executive Director and Board Advisor – Partner, SYSTEMIQ

10.30 – 11.15

Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45

Roundtables – 30 tables with 4 x 20 minute rotations

The intense, fast moving roundtable sessions are consistently highly rated by our large constituency of returning delegates. Expert speakers lead tables of 10-12 in tightly focused discussions on what is new and trending in the international water industry.

  1. Choose a topic and join the table
  2. Meet the host and table guests
  3. Then participate in an intimate, face-to-face exchange of ideas
  4. After four table rotations, you’ll leave the session with a new set of contacts, a meeting set up for later that day and the next step towards your next deal.

Roundtables (More speakers and table topics to be confirmed):

TECHNOLOGY
 

Does forward osmosis still have a future?

Olgica Bakajin Chief Executive Officer, Porifera

A series of high profile corporate set-backs have cast a shadow over forward osmosis. Porifera’s Olgica Bakajin explains why the technology remains a good business despite the bad news.

TECHNOLOGY
 

Hamburg’s unique system for phosphorus recovery from sludge.

Nathalie Leroy Commercial Director, Hamburg Wasser, Germany

Looking towards the construction of a large-scale plant in 2018/19, what are Hamburg Wasser’s plans for recovering this scarce and valuable resource? Hamburg Wasser’s Nathalie Leroy explains.

TECHNOLOGY
 

How are digital systems revolutionising the delivery of chemical services?

Jordi Verdés Chief Operating Officer, Kurita Europe Group

Digital systems may have been slow to take off in the broader water sector, but they have already proven to be game changers in managing water chemistry especially regarding monitoring and control. Jordi Verdés, Chief Operating Officer of Kurita Europe explains their growing impact.

INDUSTRY
 

How can industrial-municipal symbiosis deliver smart green growth?

Per Møller Head of Symbiosis Center Denmark

Hans-Martin Friis Møller Director, CEO, Kalundborg Utility, Denmark

There is a revolution taking place in the way municipalities and industries work together to make the most of their shared water and wastewater resources. It is being led by the Kalundborg Symbiosis Center in Demark. Here Per Møller, who heads the center, joins forces with the CEO of Kalundborg Utility, Hans-Martin Friis Møller, to discuss the 20 different local symbioses they are developing.

INDUSTRY
 

What is the opportunity to create value from the food industry’s waste streams?

John Durkan Sustainability and Environmental Manager, ABP Food Group

ABP Food Group processes more than 100 million cattle per year with a strong commitment to quality, efficiency and innovation. From a water perspective, that has led it to the forefront of the food industry’s drive to generate value from waste. Sustainability and Environmental Manager John Durkan explains how.

INDUSTRY
 

How is the steel industry looking to drive its water efficiency?

Sanjiv Paul Vice President Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel Ltd

Tata Steel is one of the largest steel producers in the world. It has also been leading the way in reducing the water footprint of the production process. Sanjiv Paul, who is Vice President in charge of Safety, Health and Sustainability at the group, explains Tata’s approach.

INDUSTRY
 

How is IKEA changing the paradigm for water management?

Viktoria Granström Global Environmental Leader, IKEA Industry, Sweden

IKEA was built on the principal of thrifty use of resources and minimisation of waste. Global Environment Leader Viktoria Granström explains that the company has developed the concept of “fit for purpose water” to apply these principles to its environmental stewardship in the water sector.

INDUSTRY
 

How is biotechnology changing water management in the oil and gas industry?

Vicente Bernal Biotechnology Expert, Repsol, Spain

The biology of water management in the oil and gas industry presents a big problem, but an equally big opportunity. Repsol’s biotechnology expert Vincente Bernal explains why.

INDUSTRY
 

What is next for water efficiency at L’Oréal?

Hans-Ulrich Buchholz Environmental Compliance, L’Oréal, France

As the world’s leading beauty company L’Oréal has always put itself at the forefront of the battle to ensure the planet remains beautiful too. Hans-Ulrich Buchholz talks about the next frontiers in recycling and the DRY factory concept.

INDUSTRY
 

What does the power industry need from water?

Sarah Le Gallou Technical Lead Engineer – Water Resources, EDF

The power industry uses more water than any other industrial sector. It adds up to a huge challenge for the world’s biggest power company, EDF. Sarah Le Gallou is the Lead Engineer for Water at the Company and fully engaged with the solutions.

REGIONS
 

What does Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan mean for water?

Hank Habicht Managing Partner, SAIL Capital Partners, USA

With just $200 billion of federal funding behind a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, the White House is clearly relying heavily on the private sector to fix America’s infrastructure. Investor and former EPA administrator Hank Habicht explains what to expect.

REGIONS
 

How can foreign technology companies get China to work for them?

Zhu Ming Managing Director, China Channel Partners, China

China continues to set the pace for investment in both industrial and municipal water technology, but as state owned enterprises steadily squeeze out private companies in project delivery, accessing the market is not becoming any easier. Channel development specialist Zhu Ming looks at how to develop routes to market which are both cost and time effective.

REGIONS
 

What is the future for Mekorot?

Eli Cohen CEO, Mekorot, Israel

Israel’s National Water Carrier is facing a big drought, renewed calls for privatisation and increased scrutiny of its operational effectiveness. Eli Cohen, who was appointed CEO last August, explains how the agency is preparing for change.

REGIONS
 

How are Oman’s wastewater treatment needs evolving?

Hussain Abdulhussain CEO, Haya Water, Oman

In the long term, Oman wants to recycle all of its wastewater, but in the short term households need connecting to sewer networks and wastewater treatment plants. Making this happen is the responsibility of Haya Water. CEO Hussein Abdulhussein is looking for private sector partners to help.

REGIONS
 

Is this the moment for private capital in the US water market?

Disque Deane Co-founder, Water Asset Management, USA

Investors have a strong appetite for US water infrastructure, and utilities need a lot of investment, but somehow the spark has never jumped between the two. Disque Deane, co-founder of Water Asset Management, outlines how the market might now be opening up.

REGIONS
 

What does the future hold for Pittsburgh’s water system?

Howard Neukrug Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group and Chair of the Leading Utilities of the World Advisory Board

A number of major US cities water systems are not aging gracefully – the story of Flint, Michigan is a well known example. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is just now coming out of decades of disinvestment, poor management, and political challenges. The mayor brought in from various advisors and consultants to review new forms of governance, but has settled on granting the authority and its board more independence, ability to hire, a 50% rate increase, a new multi-billion dollar CIP, and the trust of the city. Will this be enough? Howard Neukrug who serves as an independent third-party observer and advisor to PWSA, the mayor’s office, the blue ribbon panel of local decision makers, and various citizen groups, leads the discussion. Funding is provided by the Heinz Foundation.

REGIONS
 

What are the opportunities for foreigners in Japan’s sector liberalisation?

Kenichiro Fukuda Senior Manager, Infrastructure Advisory, EY Japan

The Japanese government is overhauling legislation to incentivise local governments to introduce private sector expertise through water and wastewater concessions. But although Japanese companies are strong in technology, they have little experience of managing water utilities – is there an opening for foreigners?

FINANCE
 

What does the World Bank expect from blended finance?

Joel Kolker Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank, USA

With limited public funding available to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, finding ways of mobilising commercial finance and private investment is a priority for the World Bank. Lead water and sanitation specialist Joel Kolker is leading the Bank’s efforts to develop blended finance for water infrastructure.

FINANCE
 

What do investors expect from water in 2018?

Deane Dray Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, USA

Money piled into specialist water funds last year, but overall the sector underperformed largely because of weakness in Europe. While confidence in pure play water technology stocks seems to be growing, the threat of higher interest rates casts a shadow over the investor owned utilities sector. There is no better person to explain the trends than Wall Street analyst Deane Dray of RBC Capital Markets.

FINANCE
 

How does the IFC invest to promote public private partnerships?

Jean-Marc Arbogast Senior Investment Officer, IFC, USA

The International Finance Corporation is the World Bank’s private sector development arm. It invests in both companies and projects to support public private partnerships in water, and it is looking to expand its impact.

FINANCE
 

What is KfW IPEX’s strategy in the global water market?

Norbert Gasten Project Manager, KfW Ipex, Germany

The German bilateral finance institution is a leading player in the Middle East project finance market already, and now it is expanding its portfolio to public private partnerships in the Americas and South Africa. Project manager Norbert Gasten outlines how KfW can help European developers build the market.

FINANCE
 

What will be the next big M&A deal in water?

Thierry Noel Managing Partner, Amane Advisors

The last couple of years have seen a string of big deals consolidating the water technology and engineering sectors. Are we to expect more of the same, or are new trends emerging in the M&A market? Amane Advisors Managing Partner Thierry Noel explains.

DESALINATION
 

How does solar power change desal?

Thomas Altmann Vice President, Technology, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia

Solar power is turning the energy industry in the Middle East and North Africa on its head. What does it mean for the way we desalinate seawater in the region? Thomas Altmann, VP for technology at ACWA Power, the GCC’s biggest solar power and desalination company, has the answers.

DESALINATION
 

How will Cape Town survive Day Zero?

Rolfe Eberhard Public Policy Consultant, Catalyst

The city has been racing against the clock to reduce demand and increase supply to ensure Day Zero – the day it becomes necessary to turn off the municipal supply – never comes. It has been a tough fight against a long drought and historic underinvestment in water infrastructure. Consultant Rolfe Eberhard, who has been deeply involved resolving the crisis, outlines what has been done for now and what will need to be done for the future.

DESALINATION
 

Will desalination work for Mombasa?

Hon. Fatma Awale Minister of Water, Mombasa County, Kenya

Demand for desalination has historically been concentrated in high and middle income countries. However, big cities in lower income regions are increasingly finding that they have no alternative. Minister of Water Fatma Awale outlines how Mombasa County is getting the numbers to add up.

DESALINATION
 

What is next for desalination in Tunisia?

Mosbah Helali CEO, Sonede, Tunisia

Sonede currently tendering a 100,000m3/d desalination plant serving Sfax and a number of smaller brackish plants across the country. Mosbah Helali, who is CEO of the national water utility outlines the country’s future water needs.

12.45 – 14.00

Lunch

13.00 – 14.00

One-to-One Networking Meetings

Your facility to booking key appointments during the Global Water Summit

Meet the people you want to meet using our One-to-One networking facility. No more missed opportunities. You arrange it all beforehand and we make it happen.

As a registered delegate to the Global Water Summit, you will be able to upload your professional profile, see the list of registered delegates and send requests for structured One-to-One appointments with your target delegates.

Capstone Headwaters

14.00 – 15.30

Session Strands

Industry

Industry Focus Session: Oil and Gas

Environmental impacts, unconventional plays, and water scarcity have all increased pressure on the Oil & Gas sector to improve its water management practices. What are the strategies of the national oil companies and oil & gas majors to meet these challenges? What role should the technology companies play, and what are the current disconnects between the two sectors?

Chair: Dr Cheng Chen , Fluid Separation Scientist, Chevron

Speakers: Leo Bräuer, Head of New Technologies, OMV Upstream María Masa Lorenzo , Senior Technologist, Downstream Technology Division, Repsol Hani Al-Khalifa, Senior Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco Saada Al-Shukaili , Water Management Lead Engineer, Petroleum Development Oman Patrick Baldoni-Andrey , Environment Team Leader, Total

SUEZ

Desal

Water Technology Idol

What are the big ideas that have the potential to change the face of desalination and water reuse? Picking winners at an early stage is extremely difficult but Tech Idol has a remarkable success rate, highlighting the potential of breakthrough technologies such as NanoH2O, Voltea and Gradiant, well before the rest of the market had twigged to their advantages. We bring together five of the hottest ideas in desalination and water reuse, and pitch them against each other in front of our lethal judging panel to help uncover the game changer. It will be elected Tech Idol 2018. With a compelling new presentation and voting format introduced this year, attendance is mandatory session for for anyone wanting to stay ahead of the future of desalination and reuse.

Judges: Tom Pankratz , Editor, Water Desalination Report John Tonner , COO, Consolidated Water

 

Speakers:

Devesh Bharadwaj , CEO, Pani Energy

Shreya Dave , CEO, Via Separations

Qiaoqiang Gan , Founder, Sunny Clean Water LLC Haomin Song , CTO, Sunny Clean Water LLC

Evelyn N. Wang , Gail E. Kendall Professor and the Associate Department Head, Mechanical Engineering Department MIT

Manoj Dadlani, CEO, CosmosID

Gradiant

Digital

Digital Strategy Roundtables

Hosted by foremost utility and industrial technology experts, these tightly focused roundtable discussions offer a crucial customer perspective regarding the real-world impacts and leading-edge developments of digital and smart technologies and their future prospects worldwide.

Roundtable hosts (More speakers and table topics to be confirmed):

George Theo , Chief Executive Officer, Unitywater, Australia

F. Javier Fernández Delgado , Subdirector de Telecontrol, Canal de Isabel II S.A., Spain

Cecil McMaster , Chief Information Officer, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, USA

Jacques Euler , Beauty Division – Manufacturing Sustainability, Procter & Gamble, France

Andre Fourie, Global Director: Water Sustainability, AB InBev Will Sarni , Founder and Principal, Water Foundry, LLC Digital Water Strategy in the Beverage Sector

Salvatore Molè , Group Manager – Innovation, Hera Group, Italy

Lucia Cade , Chair, South East Water, Australia

Vetrivel Dhagumudi, Global Water Program Leader, Kimberly-Clark

Finance

Introducing Blended Finance

Governments and financial institutions across the world are looking to maximise the impact of their access to low cost finance, by using it to mobilise larger volumes of private investment in infrastructure. They call it “Blended Finance” and it could be a game changer for the water sector.

This workshop, hosted by the World Bank, aims to create the blueprint for how the sector should proceed in developing structures that bring together public and private resources to deliver water infrastructure projects in emerging markets. It brings together some of the top performing utility leaders and government officials from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia with the key bilateral and multilateral funding institutions and potential private sector partners.

Facilitators: Joel Kolker , Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank Bill Kingdom , Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank George Butler , Principal Water Specialist, IFC

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Leading Utilities of the World

Inaugurating New Members

The Leading Utilities of the World is a global network of the world’s most successful and innovative water and wastewater utilities.

2017 saw 22 Gold Standard utilities inaugurated and now 5 new nominees will present their outstanding innovations and 5-year plan to be inaugurated into the network.

In addition, existing members will take part in an innovations lightening round as part of LUOW’s first anniversary celebrations and to provide updates on how far they have come since joining the network.

New Members: Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, UK Joke Cuperus, Managing Director, PWN, The Netherlands Adel H. Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, LA Sanitation, USA Stefano Venier, CEO, Hera Group, Italy David L. Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority / Las Vegas Valley Water District, USA

Advisory Board: Howard Neukrug , Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group and Chair of the Leading Utilities of the World Advisory Board, USA Biju George, Chief Operating Officer, DC Water, USA Ross Hughes , Chief Financial Officer, Water Corporation, Australia Roelof Kruize , CEO, Waternet, The Netherlands Kiyama Satoshi, Director of Water Services, City of Kitakyushu Bureau of Waterworks, Japan Kevin Shafer , Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, USA Peter Ng, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore

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CH2M

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

Session Strands

Industry

Lessons from High-Tech End Users: Increasing Technology Synergies and Innovation in Water

Water technology development has been constrained by low margins and high regulation. While the challenges around water are growing, developing solutions for those problems is difficult and slow. But not all areas of water are struggling to the same degree. High margin, hi-tech end users demonstrate a niche where new technologies are piloted and commercialised rapidly, and where effective synergies exist between end users and technology providers. What can the rest of the water sector learn from their success?

Chair: Slava Libman , Chief Executive Officer, FTD Solutions

Speakers: Reinhard Hübner , Investment Manager, SKion GmBH Alex Milshteen , Senior Facilities Engineering Manager, Intel Israel Lothar Till , Managing Director, Ovivo Switzerland Bob McIntosh , Consultant, Enviro-Energy Solutions John Painter , Senior Director of Facilities Operations, GlobalFoundries Fab 8

SUEZ

Desal

Customer Driven Innovation

What do desal customers really want? It should be simple: low cost water. In fact it is very complicated. Increasingly it is other concerns which are driving procurement however. Issues like risk, resilience, environmental impact, capital budgeting and coping with variable demand are increasingly shaping major projects. These all make the innovation more complex and difficult to target – unless we make an effort to listen to what the customer really needs. Here we bring together those involved in procuring major desalination projects to share their views on where they see the greatest need for change in what the supply chain offers.

Chair: Paul Choules , CEO, The Water Cycle

Speakers: Khaled Al Qureshi, Managing Director, WEC, Saudi Arabia Corrado Sommariva , Managing Director, ILF Consulting Engineers, Middle East Hon. Fatma Awale, Minister of Water, Mombasa County, Kenya Jim Bentley , Managing Director, Hunter Water, Australia

Kurita

Digital

Smart Solutions Platform

A selection of the leading-edge smart water and digital solutions and technologies from software and communications to sensors and instruments, are showcased through recent case studies at the Digital Expo.

Moderator: Albert H. Cho , Vice President and General Manager Advanced Infrastructure Analytics, Xylem

Speakers: Gerald Sturm-Ofenböck , General Manager, Siemens Industry Software GmbH Uwe G. Seebacher, Global Marketing & Communications Director, Pumps, Andrtiz AG Colin Blou, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Claroty

Finance

Establishing Bankability

The biggest obstacle to any kind of water finance is bankability. Most utilities generate insufficient cashflows to service a debt. Many don’t even have their own balance sheets on which to borrow. Others are so poorly run that international donors fear that any grants they might make would be unauditable. Establishing utility bankability is a particularly pressing issue for blended finance. Without it commercial lenders and equity investors cannot get involved. This session addresses first the challenge of making utilities bankable, and second on the dynamics of attracting private finance into public private partnerships in emerging markets.

Facilitators: Rami Ghandour , Managing Director, Metito Utilities William Muhairwe , Founder, 2ML Consulting, Executive Director, Global Water Leaders Group

Speakers: Martin Proos , Director, Investec Asset Management Pablo Bereciartua , Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Policy, Ministry of the Interior, Argentina Rolfe Eberhard , Public Policy Consultant, Catalyst Benson Ajisegiri, Head of Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria

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Leading Utilities of the World

Pathfinding Future Innovation: Leadership Roundtables

What makes the ‘Leading Utilities of the World’ innovation network different is the development of a truly innovative culture within and across utilities. In this session, the speakers from the first innovation session (2:00pm-3:30pm) will receive prepared and structured feedback on their presentations from the Advisory Board of the ‘Leading Utilities of the World’ innovation network. Attend this session to join with the leaders of the world’s most innovative utilities at roundtables, and hear their insights on how the water sector and progress to an even higher level of performance, both as individual organisations, and together.

New Members: Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, UK Joke Cuperus, Managing Director, PWN, The Netherlands Adel H. Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, LA Sanitation, USA Stefano Venier, CEO, Hera Group, Italy David L. Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority / Las Vegas Valley Water District, USA

Advisory Board: Howard Neukrug , Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group and Chair of the Leading Utilities of the World Advisory Board, USA Biju George, Chief Operating Officer, DC Water, USA Ross Hughes , Chief Financial Officer, Water Corporation, Australia Roelof Kruize , CEO, Waternet, The Netherlands Kiyama Satoshi, Director of Water Services, City of Kitakyushu Bureau of Waterworks, Japan Kevin Shafer , Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, USA Peter Ng, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore

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CH2M

19.00 – 22.30

Global Water Awards Gala Dinner

Celebrating excellence across the international water industry at the Pavillon d’Armenonville, Paris.

 
2018 Awards Shortlist
 

Official Global Water Awards Sponsor

Evoqua Water Technologies

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