Agenda 2019 – Day 1

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DAY 1, TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2019
07.00 – 08.45

Registration

07.00 – 08.45

One-to-One Networking Meetings

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Capstone

09.00 – 10.30

Opening Plenary: Disruptive Designs

Welcome Address:
Steve Robertson, CEO, Thames Water, UK

Keynote Speaker:
Gillian Tett, Chairman of the US Editorial Board and America Editor-at-Large, Financial Times

Speaker:
Bertrand Camus, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Africa, Middle East, India, Asia and Pacific, SUEZ
Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent
Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Water, Urban Development, Mobility, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

10.30 – 11.15

Networking Coffee Break

10.35 – 11.05

One-to-One Networking Meetings

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Capstone

11.15 – 12.45

Roundtables – 40 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.

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Roundtables:

INDUSTRY

How is the semiconductor industry pushing the limits of water technology?

Slava Libman
Founder, FTD Solutions
Alex Milshteen
Senior Facilities Engineering Manager, Intel

In order to keep up with the requirements of Moore’s Law, the semiconductor industry is continually redefining the capabilities of water purification and water quality monitoring technology. Here we bring together Slava Libman and Alex Milshteen, two of the world’s leading experts on ultrapure water for the microelectronics industry, to discuss what the rest of the water industry can learn from their rapid deployment and disruptive designs.

INDUSTRY

What does the water-energy nexus mean for the paper industry?

Matti Korhonen
Energy and Material Efficiency Manager, Metsa Board

The pulp and paper industry is a water industry in disguise. Almost all of its processes involve the treatment, conditioning, movement and removal of water. Along the way these processes involve heavy energy investment. Matti Korhonen from Metsa Board explains how the need for greater energy efficiency in paper’s water processes is creating opportunities for water solution providers.

INDUSTRY

How are GCC countries prioritising produced water management?

Hani Al-Khalifa
Senior Process Engineer, Aramco

Produced Water volumes are increasing in the oil fields of the GCC region, bringing challenges for transport, management and disposal. Hani Al-Khalifa from Saudi Aramco looks at the obstacles and the opportunities that are arising in Produced Water handling and reuse.

INDUSTRY

How much desalination does the Chilean mining industry need?

Jorge Cantallopts
Director of Research and Policy Planning, Cochilco

New regulations in Chile require mines to use desalination if their water demands exceed certain limits. How large an opportunity is this for desalination companies, and how can they get involved? Jorge Cantallopts from the Chilean Copper Commission Cochilco provides the answers.

INDUSTRY

What do industrial utilities need from the private sector?

Ahmed Al-Mazrouy
CEO, Majis Industrial Services

The role of industrial utilities is expanding around the globe. Ahmed Al-Mazrouy, CEO of Majis Industrial Services in Oman, discusses the needs of the Industrial Utility sector to ensure this growth continues, and the opportunities this presents for private sector participation.

INDUSTRY

Where is the smart money in the North American Oilfield water services market?

BJ Walker
Managing Director, Investment Banking, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co

The water midstream in the Permian basin has been the single biggest focus of private equity investment in the global water industry over the past four years – attracting more than $3.5 billion of new capital. Which investment strategies look smart and which are failing? Where will the next wave of investment be directed, and who will be the ultimate winners and losers?

INDUSTRY

Will Lithium change the economics of water in the oil field?

Jared Lazerson
CEO, MGX Minerals

The switch from fossil fuels to renewables has created massive demand for lithium in the battery industry. Ironically this shift is creating new opportunities for water management in the oil field. Jared Lazerson, CEO of MGX Minerals, explains how lithium extraction from produced water is potentially a game changer.

INDUSTRY

Where is the opportunity in water risk for the beverage industry?

Nils Deecke
Group Water Resources and Technology Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Suddenly everyone wants higher recovery rates and industrial users see this as a means to cost savings and better environmental performance, with customers like Coca-Cola at the forefront of this trend. Coca Cola’s Nils Deecke explains their water sustainability strategy and the challenges and solutions implemented by the bottling industry.

FINANCE

What do investors expect from water in 2019?

Deane Dray
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Water underperformed in 2018, but the year was also the best year ever for fundraising by specialist water funds. It suggests that investors are expecting a lot in 2019. Deane Dray, the doyen of Wall Street Water analysts explains what is going on.

FINANCE

How is the IFC growing the opportunity for private sector investment in water?

George Butler
Principal Water Specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Ana Trujillo
Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The International Finance Corporation is the World Bank Group’s private sector development arm, and it is looking to expand its impact on the water sector. IFC’s George Butler and Ana Trujillo explain the strategy.

FINANCE

How can blended finance approaches support nature based solutions?

Sophie Trémolet
Senior Water Advisor Europe, The Nature Conservancy

There is a growing consensus that Nature Based Solutions hold the key to climate change adaptation. The challenge is finding a business model to finance them. The Nature Conservancy’s Sophie Tremolet discusses how investment can be scaled up to support nature-based water management.

FINANCE

Where is the smart money in the water M&A market?

Ian Elkins
Editor, GWI

More than 3,800 mergers and acquisitions have been completed in the global water industry since the year 2000. The market is more dynamic than ever, as companies look to beat sluggish organic growth and fast-track R&D to get ahead of the competition. Not all M&A strategies are born equal, however – what separates the winners from the also-rans?

FINANCE

What is the European Investment Bank’s strategy for water?

Karine Méasson
Head of Water Management, European Investment Bank Edouard Pérard
Economist, Water Management Division, European Investment Bank

The EIB outstrips the World Bank as the biggest lender to water projects. With a debt portfolio which encompasses stretches from the Thames Tideway tunnel to Dhaka WASA in Bangladesh. Karine Méasson and Edouard Pérard from the Water Management Division, outline what the bank looks for in a project.

FINANCE

Who will succeed in the Gulf PPP market?

Christophe Guillet
Managing Partner, Amane Advisors – Middle East and South East Asia

Private finance is now absolutely central to water infrastructure investment across the GCC region, creating an opportunity for investors which is greater than the rest of the world put together. It is a competitive market however and success depends on choosing the right projects and partners. Christophe Guillet, who advises many of the key players in the market, talks through strategies for success in each country market.

FINANCE

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

Matthew Diserio
President and Co-Founder, Water Asset Management LLC.

Investors have a strong appetite for US water infrastructure, and utilities need a lot of investment, but politics have historically created a barrier between the two. Matthew Diserio, president and co-founder of Water Asset Management, and one of the savviest water equities investors, has been raising an infrastructure fund.

FINANCE

Can we make utilities bankable?

Christopher Gasson
Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

There is a great deal of willingness to invest in the infrastructure the world needs to meet the Sustainable Development Goals for Water and Sanitation. In theory. In practice there are very few projects which are bankable because the weak performance of utilities makes them unattractive propositions to both donors and lenders. GWI’s publisher explains how the Urban Water Catalyst Fund might solve this problem.

UTILITIES

How is customers’ disruptive technologies adoption impacting utilities’ revenues?

Kishia Powell
Commissioner, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta, USA

Disruptive technologies are being introduced not only by utilities, but also by the customers themselves. Kishia Powell clues us in on how customers’ disruptive technologies adoption is impacting the Department of Watershed Management’s revenues and their approach to implementing smart solutions for revenue enhancement.

UTILITIES

Is consolidation in the US water sector a pipe dream?

Bill Teichmiller
CEO, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc.

With 53,000 separate water systems, America’s water sector is impossibly fragmented, but as the financial and regulatory pressures on small systems increase, consolidation looks unavoidable. But how will it happen? Bill Teichmiller, whose EJ Water cooperative is leading the trend, gives his insight into what could be the most significant development in the US water sector this decade.

UTILITIES

How is Oman’s Diam building partnerships in the water utility sector?

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mahrouqi
Chairman, Diam, Sultanate of Oman

Oman’s water and wastewater sector is on the cusp of a major reorganisation that could rewrite its relationship with the private sector. Mohammed Al-Mahrouqi, the head of major utility and regulator Diam, explains how the Sultanate is expanding its service coverage, and how things will change in the years to come.

UTILITIES

Where are India’s plans for a Clean Ganga?

Vinod Tare
Founding Head, Ganga Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies

The Namami Gange river clean-up programme is possibly the most ambitious environmental project in Asia, but despite the scale of the challenge, the commission responsible for delivering it has been struggling to deploy funds over the last 12 months. Dr. Vinod Tare outlines the learning points from this experience and points to the opportunities in the way ahead.

UTILITIES

How is the Emirates Water and Electricity Company reshaping water supply in the UAE?

Bruce Smith
Acting Managing Director, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC)
H.E. Mohammed Bin Jarsh
Undersecretary, Department of Energy

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Power has set up the Emirates Water and Electricity Company to lead the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, from thermal desalination co-production to stand-alone membrane desalination plants and from decentralised water management to networked production and supply. It is a huge undertaking. Bruce Smith and H.E. Mohammed Bin Jarsh explain how it is going to happen.

UTILITIES

A Storm in a World Cup: How is Qatar preparing for Big Events during The Event?

HE Dr. Saad Al Muhannadi
President of Ashghal, Qatar

The 2022 World Cup will be the the largest global event hosted ever hosted by Qatar, and with so little margin for error every contingency has to be expected. This puts the pressure on Ashgal, the country’s wastewater and stormwater management agency H.E. Dr Saad Al Muhannadi explains how the utility is preparing for everything – including extreme weather events.

UTILITIES

What’s next for Qatar’s national water strategy?

HE Eng. Essa bin Hilal AL-Kuwari
President, General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), Qatar

How do you provide water for a major global sporting event like the World Cup in a country of 2.7 million with almost no natural water resources? It is perhaps the greatest logistical challenge any water agency anywhere in the world is facing today. The president of KAHRAMAAexplains how the organisation is delivering the seemingly impossible.

UTILITIES

How is Albania’s capital closing its infrastucture gap?

Redi Molla
Director General UKT, Tirana
Evis Gjebrea
Deputy Director UKT, Tirana

The EBRD has loaned $30 million to the municipal water company of Albania’s capital Tirana, UKT, to finance improvements in the city’s water supply system. The funding is required to cover construction of new pipeline from Bovilla water treatment plant to Yzberisht, expansion of Bovilla water treatment plant, project implementation unit support, procurement and contract supervision and a financial and operational performance improvement programme. How will UKT’s General Director, Redi Molla, steer the utility’s investment decisions to get value for money and also the most transformative improvement in Tirana’s water services?

UTILITIES

How is the world’s third largest city fixing water?

Asadullah Khan
Managing Director of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Pakistan

Pakistan’s largest city is looking to engage with the private sector as it seeks to reverse decades of chronic under-investment in water services. The World Bank, the AIIB and the Government of Pakistan plan to invest up to $640 million to improve water and wastewater services in Karachi, using the resourcing study as a guide to prioritise investments and reduce non-revenue water from its current level of 50-60%.

DESAL

Could reuse be bigger than desalination in the GCC by 2025?

Miguel Angel Sanz
President, International Desalination Association & Director of Strategic Development, Suez Treatment Infrastructure

2019 will be the biggest year ever for the desalination industry, driven primarily by growth in the GCC region. This explosion of desal demand is obscuring a more significant trend which is growing in the background: the transition from a single use water supply paradigm to the creation of a circular water economy across the Gulf region. Miguel Angel Sanz, the president of the IDA offers his unique insight into this rapidly growing market.

DESAL

How will renewables impact desalination?

Corrado Sommariva
Founder & CEO, SWPC

The GCC desalination market has long been dependent on electricity and water co-generation with thermal desalination. The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy is already driving the adoption of reverse osmosis as the technology of choice for desalination. In the longer term it will have much more significant implications as Corrado Sommariva, one of the most respected engineers in the region explains.

DESAL

How will designer membranes unlock the future of water?

Tom Pankratz
Editor, Water Desalination Report, USA / Global Water Intelligence

Improving membrane performance has been an innovation priority for the water industry for decades, but as improvements in flux rates become ever more incremental, innovators are starting to think in radical new directions. Tom Pankratz looks at how the next generation of water membranes will impact water and wastewater treatment and desalination.

DESAL

How many seawater desalination plants will there be in Corpus Christi?

Paul Choules
CEO, Water Cycle

Since the port city of Corpus Christi signaled its interest in desalination as a solution to its water supply deficit five years ago, multiple projects, both solicited and unsolicited have been promoted. It represents the most realistic major opportunity for desal plant suppliers in North America, but it is difficult to see through the confusion of projects to understand what is real and what is not. Consultant Paul Choules has the best insight.

DESAL

How will Saudi Arabia’s new desert city spend $10 billion on water?

Gavin Van Tonder
Water Sector Head, NEOM

Neom is Saudi Arabia’s vision for a new eco-city on the northern Red Sea coast promoted by the Public Investment Fund. Eventually it will need 1 million m3/d of desalinated water, but there is a catch. All of it will have to be generated on a carbon neutral basis without brine discharge into the delicate marine environment of the Red Sea. Gavin Van Tonder, who heads Neom’s water sector strategy explains how this will become a reality.

TECHNOLOGY

Can we still be surprised by the potential of membrane bio-reactors?

Simon Judd
Consultant, Judd Ltd

Over the past fifty years membrane bio-reactors have steadily revolutionised wastewater treatment delivering higher quality product water on smaller plant footprints with lower energy consumption than anyone could have imagined. But does the technology still have ambitions to do more? Professor Simon Judd – the leading authority on MBR technology explains the opportunities.

TECHNOLOGY

How much of the waste can we take out of wastewater?

Frank Rogalla
Director of Innovation and Technology, Aqualia

Producing biofuel from municipal effluents can now be achieved with a productivity 4 times higher than that of Bioethanol from sugarcane or Biodiesel from Palm Oil. The rising production of biofertilizers or bioplastics marks further steps towards realising the value of residuals. Aqualia’s Director of Innovation and Technology discusses the ongoing evolution towards a circular economy for water.

TECHNOLOGY

How can desal technologies save the Sea of Galilee?

Guy Sagie
CEO, IDE Projects, IDE Technologies

Guy Sagie, CEO of IDE Projects, IDE Technologies, explains a visionary plan for saving the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea through a collaborative international approach and a combination of reverse osmosis and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO).

TECHNOLOGY

What can the rest of the world learn from Germany’s sludge revolution?

Gauke Reitsma
CEO, Eliquo Water Group GmbH

Germany has led the way using regulation to drive utilities to develop beneficial uses of sewage sludge. It has created a buoyant market for value from waste technologies which is likely to become a global phenomenon as other countries follow suit. Gauke Reitsma shares his experience from the front line of the transformation.

TECHNOLOGY

How is automation and advanced modelling reinventing industrial wastewater treatment?

Dr. Cosima Sichel
Account Manager, Water and Wastewater, Siemens
Julio De la Rosa Jurado
Acciona Agua, Middle East Director

Digital systems are having a dramatic impact on the way industrial water users manage their wastewater systems and the municipal wastewater sector may soon follow this lead. Dr. Sichel of Siemens and Acciona’s Julio De La Rosa share their perspective on how this fresh wave of digitalization is creating value for water customers.

TECHNOLOGY

How can we make infrastructure as a service work?

Jens Skødt
Chief Business Developer, Grundfos

The availability of continuous performance data enables customers to pay for outcomes rather than inputs. This creates the possibility of new service-based business models that will benefit customers and suppliers alike. Grundfos, the worlds largest pump manufacturer has been leading the way in developing new performance based propositions for its industrial customers. Chief Business Developer Jens Skødt explains what the future looks like for municipal and industrial water users and their suppliers.

TECHNOLOGY

Is total nitrogen removal going mainstream?

Sylvain Donnaz
Development Director Wastewater & Biosolids, Suez International

The eutrophication of surface water bodies has become a global environmental disaster, but despite the urgency many utilities have preferred to turn a blind eye, largely because of the cost – in terms of both capex and opex – of nitrogen removal. This may be about to change. Suez’s Sylvian Donnaz presents how the up-grade to the Boneo wastewater treatment plant turned the economics of nitrogen removal upside down.

TECHNOLOGY

Will mercury kill off UV disinfection as we know it?

Martin Padley
Water and Scientific Services Director, United Utilities

UV disinfection has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the water treatment sector, but it could be about to change direction dramatically as LEDs become cost competitive with traditional mercury lamps. United Utilities Water and Scientific Director Martin Padley explains why he is now backing LED technology over the mercury alternative and why other utilities should follow.

TECHNOLOGY

How to break data paralysis?

Snehal Desai
Chief Growth Officer, Evoqua Water Technologies

Many utilities are data rich but information poor – collecting huge amounts of data that goes unanalysed. While a major issue for utilities, Snehal Desai, Chief Growth Officer of Evoqua Water Technologies discusses what digital solutions providers might also stand to gain by tapping into the dark data to realise value for customers – driving insights and supporting decision making.

TECHNOLOGY

Are micropollutants the next big challenge for the water industry?

Philippe Drouet
Technical Director, Saur International

Water quality regulators all over the world are turning their attention to micropollutants, but the treatment of these micropollutants is notoriously complex and expensive. How great a challenge do these micropollutants present, and what technologies and strategies are required to combat them?

12.45 – 14.00

Lunch

12.45 – 14.00

One-to-One Networking Meetings

Your facility to book 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.

Chair:
Eric Zhang, Chairman of Directors, GreenTech Environmental Co., Ltd

Speakers:
Jin Wei, General Manager, Yanshan Petrochemical Water Company
Ma Jiangjun, Deputy Director, Environment Department, BOE Technology Group Co., LTD.
KC Chou, Senior Vice President, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Group
Jimmy Summers, Vice President – EHS & Sustainability, Elevate Textiles
Zhang Tao, Research Associate, Water Environment Institute of Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
Luan Jinyi, Director of Environmental Protection Institute, Professor-level Senior Engineer, Sinopec Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry

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. 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?

Judges:
Tom Pankratz, Editor, Water Desalination Report
John Tonner, COO, Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
Lisa Marchewka, Vice President – Brand and Strategy, Evoqua
Lisa Henthorne, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Water Standard

Presenters:

WATER TECH IDOL

Aqua Membranes

Craig Beckman
CEO
Sarah Beckman
Marketing Manager

A 3D-printed RO membrane spacer that can be printed directly on the membrane to provide tighter packing that can result in up to 25% more membrane area per element.

WATER TECH IDOL

Hydro Wind Energy

Lee King
Founder and CEO

A seawater desalination concept that combines the use of subsea hydrostatic pressures to drive the reverse osmosis process with the power of offshore, low-altitude wind to recover product water and convey it to shore.

WATER TECH IDOL

NanoSun

Darren Sun
Founder

Ann Chai Wong
Managing Director

A 3D-printed flat-sheet PVDF MF/UF mem-brane that can be inexpensively manufactured with no chemicals or solvents.

WATER TECH IDOL

University of Connecticut

Jeffrey McCutcheon
Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research & Education, University of Connecticut Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

A 3D-printed polyamide desalination membrane in which the surface thickness and smoothness are ‘tunable’ so that they can be tailored for different applications without changing selectivity.

WATER TECH IDOL

WaterSurplus

Dileep Agnihotri
CTO

A new and innovative patented process design for multistage BWRO systems that addresses fouling, uptime and maintenance, flux-balancing and energy consumption while simultaneously allowing for operations near maximum recovery limits imposed by the solubility limits of the water chemistry.

MI

Digital

Making a Moonshot from a Trainwreck

Digital transformation is a long term imperative for the water utility sector, but in the short term the market looks more like a train wreck. Brilliant new concepts are developed, financed, and launched only to crash painfully into the brutal reality of the water utility market. Here we bring together some of the most successful digital visionaries on the utility side to help change that reality. Can we create a framework for digital strategy, procurement and assessment that other utilities can use to understand and access opportunities in digital technology?

Chair:
David Henderson, Founder, XPV Water Partners

Speakers:
Per Holm, CEO, BlueKolding, Denmark
Frederico Fernandes, CEO, Águas do Porto, Portugal
Daniel Sullivan, iota Services General Manager, South East Water, Australia

Investment

The Future of Water Infrastructure Investment: Landscape, Challenges & Opportunities

The infrastructure investments in water and wastewater needed are huge: over $350bn will be required annually to upgrade, renew and develop infrastructure and to meet SGD goals. There are billions allocated from multiple sources: tariffs, grants, institutional funds, blended finance, lenders, infrastructure funds, and private investors. Yet the infrastructure gap is growing, many projects are not bankable, and needs are not being met. The panel will review the current outlook and trends for investment in water infrastructure assets across a world market with varied needs, discuss what is shaping the future of water infrastructure investments, what are the hurdles to overcome, and some of the solutions being implemented and developed. Hear from the players shaping the future of water infrastructure investment.

Chair:
Thierry Noel, Director, Amane Advisors

Speakers:
Rafael Pérez Feito, International Operation Director, Aqualia
John Russell, Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, OFWAT
Lydia Whyatt, Managing Director, Resonance Asset Management Limited
Ryan Miller, Director, Energy & Infrastructure, KKR
Mark Barnett, President, National Water Commission, Jamaica

Content facilitator: Amane Advisors

Aqualia

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:
Jörg Simon, CEO, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Germany
Eng. Abdullah Obaidullah, EVP Water and Civil, DEWA, UAE
Alexandra Serra, CEO, Águas de Portugal International, Portugal
Jean-Didier Berthault, Vice President, SIAAP, France
Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water, Australia

Advisory Board:
Howard Neukrug, Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group and Chair of the Leading Utilities of the World Advisory Board
Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive, Watercare Services Limited, New Zealand
Terri Benson, Managing Director, South East Water, Australia
Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternet, The Netherlands
John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority, USA

An Initative of:
WaterLeaders

Foundation Partner:
Jacobs

14.00 – 17.30

Introducing the Urban Water Catalyst Fund

How do we make the urban water utility sector more bankable? This is a crucial challenge. The need for investment is there, and the willingness to invest is there, but there are simply not enough investible opportunities. That is largely because the utilities that need the money most are also those with the weakest record of operational performance. The Fund brings together technical assistance and early stage funding to break the cycle of utility decline, giving the partner utilities the forward momentum they need to secure and deploy funding for large-scale infrastructure investment.

SESSION DETAILS

WaterLeaders
15.30 – 16.00

Networking Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30

Session Strands

Industry

Defining Environmental Best Practice

Big corporations in the FMCG sector with a commitment to the environment have all set long term, ambitious targets for water use and reuse in their manufacturing sites. This bring and share session invites major consumer brand companies to outline their strategies for achieving these targets, to highlight what works and then to present the barriers that they are encountering along the way. What technological needs are currently not being met? How can break-through innovation be increased? What opportunities does this present for creative and collaborative solutions?

Chair:
Jacques Euler, Beauty Division – Manufacturing Sustainability, Procter & Gamble

Speakers:
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz, Environmental Compliance, L’Oréal
Vetrivel Dhagumudi, Global Water Program Leader, Kimberly-Clark
Ian Knight, Global Sustainability Senior Manager, Mars Inc.
Paul Kennedy, Head of Sustainability – Specialized Nutrition, Danone

Suez

Desal

Desalination Operations Olympics

Operations experience holds the key to the future of desalination, but the industry rarely gets the feedback it needs from the front line. This session brings together four of the world’s most proficient desalination plant operators to tell their stories and we’ve made it a competitive format to give an incentive to open up. Each participant gives a presentation answering three questions

  • What is the toughest challenge you have faced as an operator, and how did you overcome it?
  • What is the most significant innovation that you have introduced to improve performance?
  • What should the desalination industry learn from your experience?

The session co-chairs will lead questions to the presenters after each speaker with audience voting on the most impressive presentation at the end. The winner will be recognised with a gold award at the Global Water Awards ceremony

Moderator:
Paul Choules, CEO, Water Cycle
Jose Luis Talavera, Independant Desalination Consultant
Neil Palmer, Australia Editor, GWI

Speaker:
Pedro Miranda, International Production Manager, O&M Desalination, Acciona Agua
Veronique Bonnelye, Head of Technical – Water, SUEZ Water
John D Thompson, General Manager, Desalination Company of Trinidad & Tobago
Barak Horvitz, CEO, Maagan Desalination

MI

Digital

Digital-driven Growth Strategies

The digital opportunity in water represents a $29.2 billion market, according to GWI WaterData’s latest analysis. It is growing at three times the rate of the overall water sector. But size and growth don’t guarantee success: the sector is still flowing with red ink as businesses bleed cash on propositions that fail to scale. A better understanding of the opportunity is the key. Here GWI’s Digital Editor talks through our latest digital market forecast with a panel of industry analysts with the objective of identifying the richest markets, opportunities and strategies which are crucial during the next phase of the industry’s development.

Chair:
Manuel Parra, Business Development Director, Software Solutions – Americas, AVEVA

Speakers:
Rory Weaver, Digital Editor, GWI
Aude Giard, Chief Digital Officer, Veolia Water Technologies
Kevin Klau, President, Hach
Mike Ballard, Vice President Industry Strategy, Utilities Global Business Unit, Oracle
Darren Bentham, Executive Partner, UKI E&U Customer Leader, IBM

Investment

Top Investment Opportunities in the Water Industry: Where is the money going?

Discussing some of the current investment trends in both listed stocks and private equity, as well as a discussion of where things may be headed next. Panelists will address a number of timely and relevant investment topics.

  • What will be the impact of the recently launched NASDAQ Water Index for investment and stock-picking in the water industry?
  • How and why is private equity creating value in water?
  • Venture capital (VC) has seemingly abandoned the water space. Have strategic investors become the new early stage investors of choice?
  • For strategic investors, does value creation now have to be a digital play?
  • Does this fragmented market need a new wave of consolidators?
  • Chair:
    Bill Malarkey, Managing Partner, North America Region, Amane Advisors

    Speakers:
    Deane Dray, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
    Ron Keating, CEO, Evoqua Water Technologies
    Justin Winter, Director of Listed Equities, Impax Asset Management
    HP Nanda, Global Vice President & General Manager, Water Solutions, DowDuPont
    Brendan Tierney, Managing Director, Head of the Global Water Practice, Raymond James

    Content Facilitator: Amane Advisors

    Aqualia

    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.

    Speakers:
    Jörg Simon, CEO, Berlin Wasser, Germany
    Eng. Abdullah Obaidullah, EVP Water and Civil, DEWA, UAE
    Alexandra Serra, CEO, Águas de Portugal International, Portugal
    Jean-Didier Berthault, Vice President, SIAAP, France
    Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water, Australia

    Advisory Board:
    Howard Neukrug, Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group and Chair of the Leading Utilities of the World Advisory Board, USA
    Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive, Watercare Services Limited, New Zealand
    Terri Benson, Managing Director, South East Water, Australia
    Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternet, The Netherlands
    John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority, USA

    An Initative of:
    WaterLeaders

    Foundation Partner:
    Jacobs

    17.30 – 18.00

    One-to-One Networking Meetings

    Your facility to book 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

    19.00 – 23.00

    Global Water Awards Gala Dinner

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

    Visit the website

    Official Global Water Awards Sponsor

    Evoqua Water Technologies

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