2023 Conference Highlights

The Global Water Summit (GWS) 2023, held on 8 – 10 May in Berlin Germany, was our largest gathering ever, with over 850 high-level executives from industry, municipalities, and international water companies in attendance.

Each delegate in attendance will have taken something slightly different away from this uniquely international event but, to see the various facets of GWS 2023 highlighted yourself you can read on or navigate using the links below:

Over 200 Speakers

The Global Water Summit 2023 had 240 speakers signed up. They presented our biggest agenda yet over six parallel strands, the list below shows which speakers were the most popular amongst our delegates based on data from the GWS website.

Christiana Figueres

Co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Over 850 Delegates

The Global Water Summit delegation represents diversity, spanning 70+ countries.




Over 900 One-to-One Meetings

The Summit brings together all of the key influencers in the water industry for unrivalled networking. In 2023,
over 900 one-to-one meetings were organized across x hours of networking sessions. Our dedicated GWS app allows
you to plan these in advance allowing you to spend time making connections, not organising your calendar.


Consistently highly rated by our large constituency of returning delegates, GWS roundtables are unmatched in their
offering of immediate and direct access to project opportunity and expertise. Whatever your position in the
industry, our 2023 40 Crucial Questions for Water in 2023 roundtables and our Big Plans project roundtables, which
hosted over $100 billion in tangible opportunity, had the answers and opportunities you needed to advance your
business goals in 2023 and beyond.

Audience Participation

Members of the audience were asked to participate in voting on various questions during the Summit to aid panel
discussions and get a sense of what the global water industry thinks about various issues. You can find some of the
results below.

Global Water Awards

The Global Water Awards took place at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin on the evening of the 9th of May 2023.
13 awards were presented to celebrate the year’s greatest achievements, rewarding the initiatives and companies
across the international water sector moving the industry forward.
Water Company of the Year
Desalination Company of the Year
Water Technology Company of the Year
DuPont Water Solutions
Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year
Trophies were also presented to the new members of the Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) network: MM Spa; Athens
Water and City of Cape Town. Membership is regarded as the gold standard of utility performance, based on a
rigorous, merit-based selection process. The three new members were inaugurated into the network in a meeting held
at The Reichstag Berlin on 8th May 2023.
New Leading Utilities of the World members
Athens Water
City of Cape Town

The Global Water Summit 2023 in pictures

2024: Global Water Summit

The Global Water Summit is the single most significant gathering of key influencers from across the international
water industry. It presents a unique international perspective, providing delegates direct access to the most
important thinkers and key stakeholders around the world.
Whatever your position in the industry, the Summit is the place to meet the people and ideas needed to drive your
business forwards. Never miss an update: you can sign up to the Summit mailing list below.
We look forward to welcoming you next year!