Agenda 2019 – Day 1

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DAY 1, TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2019
07.00 – 09.00

Registration

08.00 – 09.00

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

09.00 – 10.30

Opening Plenary: Disruptive Designs

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30

Roundtables – 35 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. 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 a step towards your next deal.

Acciona

12.30 – 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

14.00 – 15.30

Session Strands

Industry

Industrial Opportunities in Asia

Stringent wastewater regulations and expanding economies are leading to huge opportunities in providing water services to industrial end users in Asia. We explore the opportunities and provide the contacts to break into this lucrative market.

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. We bring together five of the hottest ideas in desalination and water reuse and pitch them against each other in front of our judging panel. Which game changer will be crowned Tech Idol in 2019?

SUEZ

Digital

Digital Strategy Part 1: ROI Framework

The market for digital solutions is evolving rapidly in terms of platforms and players. A key problem now for expanding digital in water is the lack of a common framework for evaluating digital solutions. How does the lack of clear understanding about their return on investment impact procurement and the development and implementation of new offerings? Join a panel of utility and industry leaders as they discuss the challenges at the frontier of water’s digital revolution.

Finance

The Future of Water Finance

The appetite for water infrastructure investment is at an all-time high, but the supply of attractive new projects is distinctly limited. In this session we aim to forge the key to unlock the potential of private finance in the water sector. It means learning the lessons from 30 years of privatization in the UK, and understanding how the private water proposition has been redefined with new relevance for the rest of the world. With key players from global frontier of water finance in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia joining the panel discussion we are looking to open the door to growth.

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. Since the initiative’s launch in 2017, 36 Gold Standard utilities have been inaugurated, and now four new nominees will present their outstanding innovations and 5-year plans to be inducted into the network.

Speakers:
Jeorg Simon, CEO, Berlin Wasser, Germany
H. E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, DEWA, United Arab Emirates
Jean-Didier Berthault, Vice President, SIAAP, France

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

Session Strands

Industry

Defining Environmental Best Practice

Big corporations with a commitment to the environment are all too often working in the dark as they look to improve their performance. They know what they do, but unless they share their best practices it is difficult to identify where there is room for improvement. This bring and share session invites major consumer brands to work together with water industry specialists to build create framework for delivering excellence in water stewardship.

Desal

Desalination Operations Olympics

How do the world’s best desal operators run their plants? The true geniuses of the desalination industry are not sitting in labs experimenting with new processes. They are the ones at the frontline, battling each day with difficult water conditions, imperfect systems and demanding off-take customers to uncover the true art of desalination. Here we bring together six of the top rated desal plant operators to explain challenges and achievements as they compete for gold in the Operations Olympics. It is a unique opportunity for everyone in the industry – equipment suppliers, EPC contractors, and developers – to understand how the real challenges of desalination are being met every day on the front line.

SUEZ

Digital

Digital Strategy Part 2: Roundtable discussion challenge

Adopting the standards that will determine how ROI is measured for generations to come. In this session we get to grips with the multi-stakeholder dialogue surrounding the positive disruptive potential unlocked in understanding the ROI of digital technologies. Following the dynamic panel debate, the audience is divided into discussion teams chaired by Utility leaders and assigned challenge topics related to accelerating the adoption of digital technologies. Teams are asked to give their perspective through live voting on key questions and will report back with updates on individual discussion points periodically throughout the session.

Finance

Making Local Currency Finance Work

Financing water projects in local currency is a priority for the water industry in 2019. With governments in emerging market over burdened with dollar denominated debt and currency trading showing greater volatility, we urgently need to develop local sources of capital for water infrastructure investment. In this session we will explore the structures that work, gauge the capacity of local institutions, and assess the implications for contractors, international financial institutions and other stakeholders.

Leading Utilities of the World

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 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 can progress to an even higher level of performance, both as individual organizations and through collaboration.

19.00 – 22.30

Global Water Awards Gala Dinner

Celebrating excellence across the international water industry at the Natural History Museum.

Nominations now open

Official Global Water Awards Sponsor

Evoqua Water Technologies

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