Agenda 2019 – Day 2


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07.00 – 08.45


07.00 – 08.45

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.


09.00 – 10.30

Disrupting Cities: Catalysing The Future of Water

As technologies advance, and inhabitants migrate from rural to urban environments, cities are driving the disruption of the water sector. From increasing digitization and decentralisation, through to the breakdown of traditional silos such as water and energy and industrial and municipal, how will the future of water and sanitation provision in cities play out, and how will this disruption spread to the wider water sector? What opportunities will be created for service providers and for the utilities themselves? Is this an opportunity to fundamentally recreate the relationship between water and consumer?

Roger Harrabin, Environmental Analyst, BBC

Katrin Bruebach, Associate Director, Solutions Development and Innovation for Urban Water, 100 Resilient Cities
Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia
Gisela Kaiser, Executive Director: Utilities, City of Cape Town, South Africa
Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab & Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
Vincent Sapienza, Commissioner, NYC DEP, USA


10.30 – 11.00

Networking Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30

Session Strands


Uninvented Technologies

Is the water industry making enough effort to listen to the voice of the customer? The question of whether the water sector is too conservative and risk-averse or if it’s just the market’s lack of understanding what utilities are looking for is hovering in this session.
“Uninvented Technologies” is held for the sixth time, with the moderator, Booky Oren, a renowned technology implementation specialist. The session empowers utility leaders to share their unsolved challenges with technology vendors who have the chance to get exposed to their customers’ needs and with peer utilities that can find the right partners for addressing joint problems. A first glimpse of potential solutions addressing the utilities’ needs will be presented.

Booky Oren, Chairman & CEO, Booky Oren Global Water Technologies

Stefano Venier, CEO, Hera Group, Italy
Chau Sai-wai, Deputy Director of Water Supplies, Hong Kong SAR Government
Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, UK
David L. Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Engineering and Operations, Las Vegas Valley Water District/ Southern Nevada Water Authority, USA
Joke Cuperus, CEO, PWN, The Netherlands


Accelerating Private Finance for SDG6

Private finance has an important contribution to make towards the $1.7 trillion of investment required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals for Water and Sanitation, but if it is to make an impact we need to find a way of speeding up the deployment of capital. Major projects in emerging markets typically take around seven years to progress from conception to financial close. We need to reduce that by 75% to have an impact. This session looks at how it might be done.

Nico Saporiti, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Susan Goeransson, Director for the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Jean-Pierre Sweerts, Managing Director, Water Finance Facility Ltd
Rami Ghandour, Managing Director, Metito Utilities
Muminu Badmus, Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation


Halving the Cost of Wastewater

300 cities around the world with more than 1 million inhabitants have less than 10% sewerage coverage. There is an urgent need to find a way to meet SDG6 for sanitation by 2030 – at half the cost of a traditional sewer systems with centralised activated sludge treatment. Do innovative approaches such as on-site treatment, decentralised treatment with micro-networks, pressure/vacuum small bore sewer systems; and maximised resource recovery offer the positive disruptive potential to lower the operational and capital cost of traditional systems?

Piers Clark, Chairman, Isle Group Ltd

Bob Stear, Chief Engineer, Severn Trent
Ian McAulay, CEO, Southern Water, UK

Session Facilitators:
Fiona Griffith, Group Director, Isle Group Ltd.
Karyn Georges, Head of Consulting UK, Isle Group Ltd.
Cristina J. Ahmadpour, President, Isle Group Ltd.


Perfecting Recovery

Suddenly everyone wants higher recovery rates. Industrial users see cost savings and better environmental performance. Inland brackish water desalters want to reduce their discharges, while seawater desalters see an opportunity to get more product from less infrastructure. New technologies are continually changing the economics of the proposition. Customers and suppliers need to understand where this fast moving market is going.

Lisa Henthorne, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Water Standard

Dimitris Xevgenos, Innovation Manager, ZERO BRINE
Sigrid Scherrenberg, Manager Operations, Evides Industriewater
Sanjay V Patil, Technical Adviser & Head, Department of Alcohol Technology and Biofuels Vasantdada Sugar Institute Manjari
Grant Page, Founder, Chairman & President, Magna Imperio Systems Corporation
Thomas Altmann, Vice President, Technology, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia


12.30 – 14.00


12.30 – 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.


14.00 — 15.30

Big Plans roundtables – 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.


How will Israel finance the next generation of desalination plants?

Yitsik Marmelshtein
Head of Energy and Water Unit, Infrastructures and Projects Division, Ministry of Finance, Israel

With the future of seawater desalination back on the agenda in Israel, Yitsik Marmelstein, Head of Energy and Water Unit, Infrastructures and Projects Division, Ministry of Finance discusses the countries approach to tendering projects and the timescale in place for projects beyond Soreq 2, as well as the most productive angles for international private sector cooperation for water and wastewater infrastructure in years to come.


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

Disque Deane Jnr.
Chief Investment Officer & Co Portfolio Manager, Water Asset Management, LLC.


Spending Tirana’s multi million dollar water budget: How will Albania’s capital address its infrastructure 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?


What are the investment opportunities in Karachi?

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


What does Turkey need from the international water sector?

Fatih Turan
General Director, İSKİ


How will LA achieve its target for 100% wastewater reuse?

Martin Adams
Director of Water Operations, LADWP
Richard Harasick
Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP


Is desalination part of the solution for a comprehensive water planning in Latin America?

Andres Zancada
Business Development Director, Aqua Advise


How can desal technologies save the Sea of Galilee?

Guy Sagie
CEO, IDE Technologies

Guy Sagie, CEO of 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).


What are the opportunities arising from Uzbek water opening up to foreign investment?

Ekaterina Miroshnik
Director, Head of Infrastructure, Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, EBRD


What do Taiwan’s reuse developments mean for its Water Resources Strategy towards 2031?

Chen Jyh-Woei
Deputy Director, Sewerage Systems Office, Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior
Dr. Chien-Hsin Lai
Director General, Water Resources Agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs

Under pressure to serve Industrial water demand, the Taiwanese government’s plans to increase reuse capacity from 424,000 m³/d in 2015 to 1,320,000 m³/d by 2031 are well underway. Director-General of the Water Resources Agency Dr Lai Chien-Hsin and Mr Chen Jyh-Woei, Deputy Director of Sewage System Office of the Construction and Planning Agency share the next stages of Taiwan’s wider water and sanitation strategy including specific technology needs, smart NRW management and resource recovery prospects.

The Next Generation Water Future

The future of the water industry depends on the vision of a new generation of utility executives. How do these young leaders dream of reshaping the water sector? What are their priorities and how will they remodel how the sector does business?

Each of our Young Leaders is matched with a utility mentor prior to the event and will present their vision of a water utility in the year 2050.

Taqsem A Khan, Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA)
Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternet
Erin Mahoney, Commissioner of Environmental Services, The Regional Municipality of York
Dr. Silver Mugisha, Managing Director, NWSC
Louise Dudley, CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities

Next Generation Leaders:
Titilola Bright-Oridami, Procurement Specialist, Lagos Water Corporation
Kimberly Cipriano, Chief of Staff, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Andreas Bassett, Director of Operations & Maintenance, VCS Denmark
Chris Thurston, Head of Sustainability, Watercare

water leaders
14.00 – 15.30

Saudi Water Roadshow

Inviting the key proponents of the Saudi Arabia water sector reform to update delegates on progress and give details of the project pipeline.

Tom Scotney, Editor, GWI

Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim, Deputy Governor for Planning and Development, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)
Mohammed Al-Mowkley, CEO and Deputy Minister, National Water Company
Khaled Al-Qureshi, CEO, Water and Electricity Company
Gavin Von Tonder, Water Sector Head, NEOM

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, GWI

Heidi Mottram, CEO, Northumbrian Water
Christophe Cros, Chairman of Water Technologies & Solutions, SUEZ
Carlos Cosín, CEO, Almar Water Solutions

16.45 – 17.45

Closing Drinks