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
Rauff Hakeem, Minister, Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Sri Lanka
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
David Moed, Team Leader R&D, Process & Technology, 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 – 10 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 Infrastructure and PPP Projects Unit, Ministry of Finance, Israel & Chairman of Israel’s Desal Interministerial Tender Committee, 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.


What are Egypt’s water investment priorities?

Ahmed Kamal Moawed
Vice Chairman, Holding Company for Water and Waste Water, Egypt

As Egypt’s population approaches 100 million and economic growth rate exceeds 5%, the need to invest in water infrastructure is becoming increasingly urgent. Ahmed Kamal Moawed explains how and why Egypt is becoming one of the biggest markets in the Middle East for desalination and wastewater treatment facilities.


What are Nigeria’s water finance needs?

Benson Ajisegiri
Head of PPP Unit, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria

Nigeria has moved up 24 places in the World Bank’s latest report, so it is likely to experience a decrease in funding from concessionary finance. This will add to an existing investment deficit in the country, due to rapidly increasing needs for both drinking water and wastewater services. Benson Ajisegiri unpacks Nigeria’s water finance needs and the potential ways of meeting them.


What technologies does Morocco’s water sector need?

Khalid Tahri
CTO, ONEE, Morocco

Morocco is going to need large and sustained investments in drinking water to satisfy and secure its growing population’s needs. Khalid Tahri shares his perspective on the technologies needed to satisfy the thirst of the Moroccan water sector.


How will Nairobi fund its scale up of water and sanitation services?

Eng. Nahason Muguna
Managing Director, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Corporation, Kenya

In Nairobi, around 70% of the population is connected to the centralised grid while the poorest citizens still have to rely on small-scale providers. Manging Director of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Corporation explains the plans for addressing the large water and sanitation needs of the rapidly growing population.


ISKI 4.0: Smart Water Management Era in the Megacity of Istanbul

Metin Akbas
Deputy General Director, İSKİ

The largest city in Europe is facing growing pressures from changing demographics and climate change. To respond to these pressing challenges, the water and wastewater utility in Istanbul is plotting a radical overhaul of its infrastructure base, relationship with the private sector and smart water management. Deputy General Director Metin Akbas discusses his strategy for change.


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

Martin Adams
COO, LA Department of Water and Power
Richard Harasick
Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP

It will take 16 years and $2 billion to achieve LA’s bold target for 100% wastewater reuse. LADWP’s Martin Adams and Richard Harasick explain how they are planning to completely take the waste out of wastewater.


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

Andres Zancada
Business Development Director, Aqua Advise
Felipe Aravena
Executive Director, Ecopreneur

From Brazil providing small desalination units in rural areas, to Chile greenlighting Latin America’s largest desalination plant, the region of more than 650 million people is a growing market for desalination. Andres Zancada and Felipe Aravena explore how desalination could be part of comprehensive water planning in the region.


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

The Uzbek water sector has signalled it is open for business. With development money flowing into the country it represents the most promising market for international water businesses in central Asia. Ekaterina Miroshnik explains what is needed to ensure successful PPPs are in place.


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

What do Taiwan’s reuse developments mean for its Water Resources Strategy towards 2031? 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. Dr Lai Chien-Hsin and Mr Chen Jyh-Woei 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
Mahmood Lutaaya, Regional Manager, NWSC
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

Abdulrahman Al-Zogaibi, Deputy Minister for Planning, Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture
Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim, Deputy Governor for Planning and Development, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)
Nemer Al-Shebel, Vice President, Privatisation, National Water Company
Khaled Al-Qureshi, CEO, Saudi Water Partnership Company

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