In September 2016, Global Water Intelligence held its first inaugural Iranian Water Summit in Tehran in partnership with the Iranian Ministry of Energy. Hosting over 300 domestic and international delegates, this event built the foundations for international participation in the Iranian water sector – key relationships and networks were established and a panel of key international players and Iranian water companies discussed avenues for international cooperation and for overcoming the financial barriers.

The Next Chapter:

Building Bridges, creating partnerships: what next for Iran’s water sector takes the progress made in September 2016 one step further. Hamid Chitchian last year revealed the eight key areas where a target of just under $2 billion of investment from private partners has been earmarked for investment. The eight areas outlined are largely focused on the construction of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure, including the seawater desalination facilities that are set to form a growing part of the country’s water supply strategy. However, the success of the government’s plans largely hinges on cooperation with the private sector – this workshop will make significant steps towards catalysing international involvement in this market, bringing together:

  • The key government agencies including The Ministry of Energy and The National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company to provide exclusive updates on the changing political and financial situation of the country and the progress of the sixth national five-year plan.
  • Multilateral and bilateral funding agencies who are willing to lend to projects and will play a key role in funding infrastructure going forward – if you can find a way of working with them then your fortunes are made.
  • International players who have invested or participated in Iranian projects 
  • Local water and wastewater companies seeking international partners, equipment and expertise. A series of roundtables hosted by local companies will allow delegates to identify partners who are most suited to their business offering

The Iranian water sector can offer some of the best profit margins in the world if you can commit capital and manage the political risk. This workshop will set out to mitigate some of the risks associated with participation in the Iranian water market, finding the right partners and agencies is critical to success. If your business can be an early mover, the returns will be great.

View our Pre-conference Agenda below:



14.00 – 15.00

Session 1:

What is happening, what are the opportunities and challenges in Iran?

Representatives of the Iranian political and utility sphere discuss the opportunities for international water companies, and the changing political and financial situation in the country. Also a chance to look at upcoming plans for spending and procurement of new water and wastewater infrastructure.

Hamid Reza Kashfi,Director General, Development of PPP and MDB Affairs, National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company (NWWEC), Iranian Ministry of Energy


Javad Hajiani Bushehri, Deputy Director General of Technical and Engineering Standards of the Ministry of Energy
Amir Hossein Raghimi, Director General of the Bureau for Planning, NWWEC
Mojtaba Ahmad Khan, Coordinator and Secretary for International Cooperation and Coordination, NWWEC, Iranian Ministry of Energy

15.00 – 16.00

Roundtables/ Project Village

An opportunity for representatives such as engineers, utilities or domestic investors to present specific projects that they are looking to involve private partners with.

Possible roundtable discussions include:


  1. Individual projects to present
  2. Utilities/engineers
  3. Iran domestic companies

Roundtable Hosts:

Alireza Bazargan, Business Development Advisor & Head of Research and Development, Noor Vijeh Company (NVCo) – Topic “Desalination Opportunities in Iran”.
Kasra Makvandi, Procurement and Business Development Supervisor, ZOLAL Iran Company
Mr. Mohammad Hossein Gholizadeh Zamatkesh, Business Development Manager, Petro Farayand Karkheh Engineering & Development Co., Iran
Mr. Mohammad Mahdi Amini, Manager of the Water and Civil Engineering Division, The Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CTIC), Iran
Pouyan Pourjam, Business Development Manager, AVE, Inc.NOTE – Topic “Iran water sector: Quick wins and the long term plan”
Roya Mansouri, Consultant Engineer – Topic: “Industrial Water Treatment Plant, Arvand Jahan Arra Steel
Company in Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province, Iran”

16.00 – 16.30 Networking Break
16.30 – 17.30

Session 2:

Getting the deal done – international solutions to financing Iran’s water needs

A panel presentation featuring speakers from each part of the procurement chain looking at how a major international water PPP project might come together. Each presenter outlines the financial challenges facing their involvement in Iran, and how they will look to address those challenges.

Tom Scotney, GWI Middle East Editor, Global Water Intelligence


Diane D’arras, Executive Vice President – Water, Europe, SUEZ
Hamid Reza Kashfi, Director General, Development of PPP and MDB Affairs, NWWEC, Iranian Ministry of Energy
Thomas Junge, Deputy Manager, International Trade Finance, Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG

17.30 – 18.00 Closing Refreshments and Networking