Agenda 2018 – Day 2

Tuesday 17 April 2018


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07.00 – 09.00


07.30 — 08.45

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

09:00 — 10.30

Day 2 Opening Plenary: CEO Forum

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.


Verity Mitchell,  Director, HSBC Global Research

Jerson Kelman, Chief Executive Officer, Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP, Brazil
José Díaz-Caneja, Director General, ACCIONA Agua
Jean-François Nogrette, Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Water Technologies
Rafael Pérez-Feito,  International Operations Director, Aqualia
Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Water Business, Black & Veatch

10.30 — 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 — 12.30

Session Strands


Industry Focus Session: Textiles

Textile manufacturers are facing wastewater treatment challenges like never before as customers demand more environmental accountability, against a backdrop of stricter wastewater regulations, particularly related to hazardous chemicals. Bringing together key stakeholders from fashion brands, NGOs, and the industrial supply chain, this session will outline the challenges confronting the sector. Can these challenges be turned into a positive opportunity for all parties?

John Rydzewski, Director of Water Programs, Sustainable Manufacturing and Sourcing, Nike Inc.

Nany Kusuma, Programme Project Manager, ZDHC
Richard Woodling, Senior Vice President, Water Services, TÜV SÜD
Jimmy Summers, VP – Sustainability, American & Efird
Francesco Pianca, Senior Manager Sustainable Manufacturing, Burberry
Didier Perrin, Global Technology Leader, Suez
Rahul Ganju, Sustainability Manager – Textiles, IKEA



The Desal R&D Olympics

Is desalination technology hitting middle age and slowing down? We haven’t seen desal water delivered at less than $0.55 in over a decade. There are two explanations. Either it is because companies have been cutting back on R&D since the market softened and price competition became more intense, or it is because R&D has had to broaden its focus beyond the price of water to address issues such as environmentally friendly intakes and outfalls, red tides, and difficult pretreatment conditions. This session gives several of the major players in the industry the opportunity to prove that they are at the top of their game in terms of R&D. Each gets seven minutes to make the case to the judges and jury that their activities are delivering real value to the industry. Points are scored for having a credible plan, a creative approach, and delivery of results. The winner takes gold.

Neil Palmer, Australia Editor, GWI
Thomas Altmann, VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power

Jorge J. Malfeito, R&D Director of Acciona Agua S.A.U.
Boris Liberman, Chief Technologies Officer & Vice President, IDE Technologies Ltd
Miguel Angel Sanz, Director of Strategic Development, Suez Treatment Infrastructure
Veronica Garcia Molina, EMEA TS & D and AD Leader, Dow Water Solutions
Jorge Salas, Vice President for Water Business Development, Abengoa Agua


The Next Evolution

The interplay of technological innovation and proactive attitudes is spurring on global water companies to extend their smart water initiatives towards an integrated approach for improved operational efficiency. Smart integrated infrastructure is the next step in the digital revolution. With access to rapid granular data, new questions are emerging from the smart water space: What are the prospects and opportunities for new digital tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI)? With the expanded role of IOT how can operators address cyber threats?

Alain Staron, Senior VP Digital Strategy, Offers and Partnerships, Veolia

Yair Poleg, CTO of Ayyeka Technologies
Zvika Gleichman, Chief Information Officer, Mekorot, Israel
Thierry de Lumley, Chief Business Development Officer, Cosmo Tech
Francis D’Souza, VP – IoT Services, Gemalto
Jan Gooijer, Innovation Manager, Vitens, The Netherlands
Shen Xiaodong, Head of IoT Marketing, Huawei Technologies


Water Finance Council: Better Collaboration

Global Water Intelligence, together with Aquafed are proposing to set up a new industry group – the Water Finance Council – to bring together the key stake holders involved in blended finance. The objective is to galvanise the development of new procurement and finance models to attract more investment, lower life-cycle costs, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6. This panel asks what are the obstacles to better collaboration between the private sector and the public sector in water infrastructure delivery, and how can they be addressed?

Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Chairman, fWE
Kathleen Dominique, Environmental Economist, OECD
Carlos Cosin, CEO, Almar Water Solutions
Usha Rao Monari, Co-Founder, Water Finance Round Table
Hon. Hassan Ali Joho, Governor, Mombasa County, Kenya

Sumitomo Mitsui


Un-invented technologies

There is a mismatch between the challenges that water utilities are facing and the solutions that technology providers currently offer. In this session, Booky Oren and a group of water utilities explore the areas of new technology demands which are not met by currently available products and services. The discussion focuses the spotlight on where the next innovation challenges for this industry lie.

Booky Oren, Chairman and CEO, Global Water Technologies

Terri Benson, Managing Director, South East Water, Australia
Ken Hutchison, Managing Director, Scottish Water International, UK
Andrew Kricun, Executive Director & Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, USA
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, USA
Benjamin Gestin, General Manager, Eau de Paris

12.30 — 14.00


12.30 — 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

Big Plans – 15 tables with 4 x 20 minute rotations

A tightly focused roundtable session highlighting the context and emerging opportunities within key markets including Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

  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):


How will the rationalization of constitutional restrictions on foreign investment in the Philippines change the landscape of public services and investment opportunities for water supply and sanitation?

Estrellita Suansing
Representative, House of Representatives Nueva Ecija, 1st District, The Philippines

Angelina Tan
Representative, House of Representatives Quezon, 4th District, The Philippines



How will the City and Province of Buenos Aires address the water and wastewater challanges they face?

Jose Luis Inglese
Chairman of the Board, AySA

Raffaele Sardella
President, Agua Bonaerenses S.A

The Metropolitan area of the city of Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires require investmens to solve the infrastructure delay in water and sewerage sectors. Today the two largest utility companies, AySA and ABSA, both in the drinking water and wastewater areas, are working towards very ambitious plans. Here the CEO’s of the two organisations, Jose Luis Inglese and Rafael Sardella respectively, outline their projects and how they will involve the private sector.


What are the opportunities in Oman’s water sector restructuring?

Keith Stallard
Executive Manager, Nama Holdings, Oman

Oman is replacing its fragmented water and wastewater utilities with three regulated and integrated units ahead of a move towards greater private sector participation. Keith Stallard is the Executive Manager responsible for driving the restructuring. He explains what it means for the future.


How will Sri Lanka deliver its water and wastewater programme?

K.A. Ansar
Chairman, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Sri Lanka

Hon. Minister Rauff Hakeem
Minister of City Planning & Water Supply, Sri Lanka

With $2.8 billion of projects on the drawing board Sri Lanka’s National Water Supply and Drainage Board has a lot of work to do. But it will not be doing it alone. Minister of Water Supply and City Planning Hon. Rauff Hakeem and NWSDB Chairman K. A. Ansar are pushing ahead with public private partnerships.


What is Hyderabad’s wastewater strategy?

Dana Kishore
Managing Director, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board, India

The city has been developing a multi-level approach to wastewater which incorporates 600,000m3/d of centralised treatment capacity, 300,000m3/d of decentralised facilities and privately financed water reuse projects to meet industrial needs. Hyderabad MWSSB Managing Director Dana Kishore tells how it will all fit together.


What are Morocco’s plans for water investment?

Adil Hasnaoui
Financial Director, ONEE, Morocco

ONEE is widely recognised as one of the most effective bulk water suppliers in Africa, but the pressures on the country’s water resources are rising. Adil Hasnaoui who is responsible for finance at the agency explains ONEE’s next objectives.


How will Lagos reach 100% service coverage for the first time and under conditions of further population increase?

Engr. Muminu Badmus
Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation, Nigeria

Now that the Lagos Water Corporation has successfully completed its ‘100 Days’ soft-metric transformation it also needs to make sure it can maintain performance and expand services. The utility’s Managing Director, Engr. Muminu Badmus, discusses the plans for the city’s water development, and what the opportunities are for private financiers and infrastructure developers.


Is Dhaka serious about its $1.7 billion sewerage spend?

Taqsem A Khan
Managing Director & CEO, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), Bangladesh

The utility serving the Bangladeshi capital pulled in $1.8 billion to upgrade its drinking water system over the past decade. Now it wants to spend a similar amount on wastewater treatment. Dhaka WASA managing director Taqsem Khan explains how it will happen.


How is Hong Kong Water Supplies Department improving its energy efficiency?

Chau Sai-wai
Assistant Director of Water Supplies, Hong Kong SAR Government

To provide a water supply to a city of 7 million with mountainous topography, a vast amount of energy is necessary. The Hong Kong Government has reduced its energy use per capita of water consumers by 8.3% over the past decade, implementing a number of innovative renewable energy projects including hydropower at water treatment works and floating photovoltaics panels at its impounding reservoirs – another step towards sustainability. Mr Chau will also discuss Hong Kong’s current desalination plans in this context.


What is Bangalore’s water future?

Tushar Giri Nath
Chairman, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), India

It might be India’s most dynamic city with a fast growing population and economy, but it is running out of water faster still. Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board Chairman, Tushar Giri Nath, outlines the utility’s strategy.


The development of water PPP projects in Mexico and the wider Latin American region.

Rafael Pérez Feito
International Operations Director, Aqualia



What next for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

Sylvester Hsu
Senior Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China

The AIIB has brought a Chinese dimension to the world of development finance. Senior officer Sylvester Hsu explains how its strategy for the water sector is developing.


What is the World Bank’s strategy for achieving SDG 6 in South Asia?

Sumita Misra
Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank, India

South Asia is one of the most challenging regions of the world for financing water and sanitation, not least because of the very low tariffs which are the norm across the subcontinent. Smita Misra, the World Bank’s lead water and sanitation specialist for the region, explains how the Bank is working in the region.


Who will build the next generation of desalination plants in Israel?

Hila Gil
Director of Desalination Division in the Water Authority and Head of Water Desalination Administration, Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage, Israel

Despite building of about 2 million m3/d of desalination capacity over the past 15 years, Israel’s water authority has still been caught out by a prolonged drought. Director of Desalination Division in the Water Authority Hila Gil explains how the government of Israel has revolutionised the water sector in the last 15 years and how Israel is planning to develop the water sector so it meets the water demands until 2050.

Session Strand

Perfecting Procurement

Bad procurement blights the water sector. It stifles innovation, creates combative relationships between customers and suppliers and in the long run significantly adds to the cost of owning infrastructure. There has got to be a better alternative. Proponents of different models make the case for change:

  • The Australian Alliance model
  • The UK framework model
  • US alternative project delivery
  • French partnership and performance models
  • Independent Water Projects in the UAE

Which one can deliver the most impressive innovation, low lifecycle costs and effective risk management? You decide.

Marshall Davert, Executive Vice President, Water, Stantec

Steve Capewell, General Manager, Operations Services, Water Corporation in Western Australia
Alan Thomson, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), UAE
Richard Harasick, Senior Assistant General Manager – Water, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mathieu de Kervenoael, Head of Global Strategy & Development, Treatment Infrastructure, Suez International


15.45 — 16.45

Closing Plenary: Global Water Market- GWI Insights

Join the Global Water Intelligence team and industry executives as we discuss the major global trends and new opportunities in the world of water.

Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

Patrick Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xylem Inc.
Ron Keating, CEO, Evoqua Water Technologies
Lisa Marchewka, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Gradiant Corporation
Bertrand Camus, Group Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) in charge of Africa, India, Middle East, Asia and Australia