Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. The Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories.
The 2017 Global Water Awards Ceremony was held at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain on the evening of 24 April 2017.
The 2017 Awards featured guest speaker Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and Antifragile) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36 languages.
In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also published, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 45 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability. He spent time as a professional researcher (Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU’s School of Engineering and Dean’s Professor at U. Mass Amherst). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder (“antifragile”).
Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence, the Global Water Awards recognise and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.
Nominations are shortlisted by a panel of industry experts and the winners are voted for by Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report subscribers, reflecting the views of the international water community.
Water Company of the Year
Desalination Company of the Year
Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year
Smart Water Company of the Year
Water Project / Wastewater of the Year
Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year
Industrial Desalination Plant of the Year
Industrial Water Project of the Year
Water Deal of the Year
Water Leaders Award
Water Technology Idol
7 November 2016 – Nominations open
31 January 2017 – Nominations close
16 February 2017 – The voting shortlist is released online and in GWI Magazine
6 March 2017 – Voting will open
7 April 2017 – Voting will close (3am GMT)
24 April 2017 – Winners announced