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The Global Water Summit 2019, London: Disruptive Designs for the Global Water Sector

Global Water Intelligence (GWI) has announced the theme for the 13th Global Water Summit, taking place in London, 8 -10 April 2019. Returning to the UK for the first time in 10 years, the conference will focus on ‘Disruptive Designs’, addressing the ways the water sector can overcome previously intractable obstacles and accelerate opportunities across the water market.

Disruption is being felt everywhere. From global trading rules and internal political systems to old alliances and business models, the established order is being challenged and re-evaluated. In the global water sector however, the story is a refreshing one of collaboration and consolidation. The Global Water Summit 2019 will address these trends as part of the ‘Disruptive Designs’ theme, with an Opening Plenary Keynote given by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, the Financial Times.

What the leaders of the water sector need to make the most of this new volatility is a clear global view and the right contacts. This is what the Global Water Summit 2019 offers: the opportunity to sit alongside a high level delegation of thought leaders and industry experts, at the forefront of developments in the industry, seeing a truly global overview of the water market in 2019 and beyond.

The objective of the Global Water Summit is to bring together all of the key stakeholders from the global water market, attracting more top water leaders and business executives than any other water event. It has become vital in shaping the future direction of the water sector and driving business opportunities, presenting delegates with thought-leading content and unrivalled networking opportunities.

The Global Water Summit is a high-level knowledge sharing platform that gives delegates access to expert contributions, ideas, and intelligence, from the speakers that represent the most significant opportunities in the global water sector.

The Summit will also see the Day 2 opening plenary panel, ‘Disrupting Cities: Catalysing The Future of Water’, chaired by Roger Harrabin, Environmental Analyst for the BBC, and featuring Katrin Bruebach, Associate Director, Solutions Development and Innovation for Urban Water for 100 Resilient Cities. The panel will discuss the ways in which technological advancements and migration from rural to urban environments are making cities a key disruptor for the water sector. Asking questions like, how will the future of water and sanitation provision in cities play out, and how will this disruption spread to the wider water sector?

Other sessions within the two-day agenda:

  • Industrial Opportunities in Asia will explore the opportunities for providing water services in Asia due to an increase in stringent wastewater regulations and expanding economies.
  • Digitial Strategy Part 1: ROI Framework discusses the key problem for expanding digital involvement in water: the lack of a common framework for evaluating digital solutions. How does the lack of clear understanding about their return on investment impact procurement and the development and implementation of new offerings?
  • Next Generation Water Future panel sees a new generation of utility executives present their vision for the future of the water industry. 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?

The Global Water Summit 2019 will be held at the Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel on the 8th – 10th April 2019. Featuring over 5 hours of One-to-One networking sessions and expert-led roundtable discussions, as well as a full 2-day agenda with breakout sessions focused on Industry, Desal, Digital, Finance, Technologies, Wastewater, and Leading Utilities of the World.

The ‘Disruptive Designs’ theme will be explored further in many of these agenda strands and sessions, for example ‘The Future of Water Finance’ will discuss the limited supply of attractive new projects for infrastructure investment, inviting key players from the global frontier of water finance to speak about the redefinition of the private water proposition. On Day 2 ‘Disrupting Cities: Catalysing the Future of Water’ will discuss the ways that advancements in technology, and migration from rural to urban environments, is driving rapid change and presenting new opportunities.

The Summit will also see new utilities inaugurated into the Leading Utilities of the World, a global network of the world’s most successful and innovative water and wastewater utilities.

The Global Water Awards will also be presented as part of the Global Water Summit 2019 Gala Dinner, on the evening of the 9th April 2019 at the Natural History Museum, London. The Global Water Awards recognise the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories, 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.

Find out more about the Global Water Summit 2019 here:

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The Global Water Summit 2019 in London is the major annual business meeting for the water industry and will offer you a rare opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading thinkers on the future of water. The event is widely known as the leading water industry conference, attracting over 700 executives from across the global water industry.

The Global Water Summit is hosted by Global Water Intelligence (GWI), The Global Water Leaders Group and The Leading Utilities of the World Network.

The Global Water Summit 2019 will take place on 8-10 April 2019 at the Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel.

See the full 2019 Summit agenda here

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