Speakers 2016

See our full list of speakers from GWS 2016 in Abu Dhabi

Opening Plenary Day 1 - Keynote Speaker

Opening Plenary - Day 1

Opening Plenary - Day 2

Closing Plenary

Global Water Awards


Taqsem A. Khan

Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water


Aaesha Saeed Ali Zaidi AlShehhi, Director Water Production, FEWA

Aaron Mandell, Co-founder and Chairman, WaterFX

Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitaion

Adrian Marsden, ARUP, Philippines

Ahmed Al-Mazrouy, CEO, Majis, Oman

Alan Thomson, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC)

Alex Ping Zhang, President, McWong Environmental Technology Corp., Ltd (MET)

Ali Zaidi, Associate Director, Natural Resources, Energy and Science, Management and Budget Office, The White House

Allan Pronovost, CSO and Founder, Nano Water Structures

Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard

Amirmansour Ataei, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Zolal

Andy Taylor, Director, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Middle East and Africa

Anne de Pazzis, Global Head of BOT, SUEZ

Anurag Bajpayee, CEO, Gradient Corporation

Arba Jules Ouedraogo, Technical Advisor, L’Office national de l’eau et de l’assainissement (ONEA), Burkina Faso

Atter Hannoura, Director, Public Private Partnership, Central Unit. Egyptian Ministry of Finance

Bernard Ettinoffe, General Manager, Dominica Water and Sewerage Company

Borja Blanco, CEO, Aqua Advise

Bryan Harvey, Vice President and Managing Director of International Water Business, CH2M

Bwalya John Mwansa, General Manager, Barbados Water Authority

Camilo Sanchez Betancourt, Sustainability Manager South America, Central America & Caribean, CEMEX

Csaba Haranghy, Head, Budapest Waterworks

Cate Lamb, Head of Water, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Chang Wei, President and CEO of National Institute of Clean-and-low-carbon Energy (NICE)

Christian Isfort, Project Director, STEP AD Project (ADSSC Constructor), Zublin International

Christian Loderer, Project and Innovation Manager, KompetenzZentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH

Christopher Gasson, Publisher, GWI

Christopher Husbands, General Manager, National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA), Grenada

Claude Laruelle, CEO of Global Enterprises, Veolia

Clive Murray, Founder and CEO World Water Exchange & London Commodity Brokers 

Corrado Sommariva, Board Director at ILF Consulting Engineers

Daniel Bertram, CEO, EconoPure Water Systems, LLC.

Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist & Editor, The World in…

Danielle Montgomery, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa Office, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

David White, Project Manager – Lee Tunnel, CH2M

Dawid Bosman, Senior Manager: Strategic Advisory, Trans Caldonian Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Debra Coy, Partner, XPV Water Partners

Diane D’Arras, Executive VP Water Europe, Suez Water Europe

Hon. Ek Sonn Chan, Secretary of State, Kingdom of Cambodia

Elena Bourganskaia, Global Head of Water & Utilities, IFC

Eri Honda, Principal Urban Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr. Eric Hoek, CEO and co-founder, Water Planet Inc

Eugene Pam, General Manager of the Plateau State Water Board and National President of the Nigerian Water Supply Association

Fatma Awale, Executive for Water and the Environment, Mombasa City Government, Kenya

Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico (2006 – 2012), Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Francesco Casarsa, Vice President, Auxiliary Plants and Systems, Danieli

Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, Director, Water Authority of the Cayman Islands

Geoff Gage, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Gérard Canton, Director, SIDEM/Veolia

Ghanashyam Bhattarai, Executive Director, Melamchi Water Supply Development Board, Nepal

Hamid Reza Kashfi, Manager, Bureau for Mobilisation of Funds and Development of Public-Private Partnerships, NWWEC, Ministry of Energy, Iran

Hani Khalifa, Senior Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco

H. E. Dr. Hazim Al-Naser, Minister for Water and Irrigation, Jordan

Hilling Chang (Zhang Shunlin), Founder and President, Shanghai Safbon Water

Hugo Polderman, Technology Development Coordinator, Shell

Hongmei Wu, CEO and Founder of Scinor

Jablanka Uzelac, Research Director, Global Water Intelligence

Jacques Euler, EMEA HS&E Manager, Procter & Gamble

James Murphy, Executive Manager of Water Resources and Utility Operations, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas

Jean-Michel Herrywyn, Veolia

Jerry Palma, Head of Planning and Management Services, Wastewater Management Division, Maynilad

Jesús Sancho Carrascosa, Middle East Managing Director, Acciona Agua

Jim Otta, Director of Strategic Growth, CH2M

Jo Ann Macrina, Commissioner, City of Atlanta, Watershed Management

John Mwansa, General Manager, Barbados Water Authority

John Ringham, Chief Executive, SA Water Corporation, Adelaide, Australia

John Tonner, COO, Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

John Walsh, Director of Technical Water Treatment, Cetco

Johann Clere, Global Director of Business Development for Industrial Markets, Veolia Water Technologies

Jorge Cantallopts Araya, Director of Research and Policy, Chilean Copper Commission (Comisión Chilena del Cobre)

Jorge Sulem, Technical Advisor, Sanitation Projects, ProInversión, Perú

José Diaz Caneja, General Director, Acciona Agua

José Maria Ortega Loizaga, Development Director, APAC, Acciona Agua

Josh Adler, CEO, Source Water

Julio Zorrilla, Int´l Construction Director, Acciona Agua

Mr. Kasra Makvandi, Senior Procurement & Business Development Supervisor, ZOLAL Iran Company

Keith Minnich, Third Bay Ltd.

Kevin Meier, Planning Engineer, Umgeni Water, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Kris Bansal, (ex) Conocophillips

Kristel Verhoef, Active Ownership Specialist, ACTIAM

KV Suryam, VP Centre of Excellence, Reliance Industries

Li Haifeng, Executive Director and Vice President, Beijing Enterprise Water Group Ltd. (BEWG)

Li Wei, Chairman, Anhui Guozhen Environment

Lisa Henthorne, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Water Standard

Lisa Marchewka, Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Pall Corporation

Layali H. Abdeen, Investment Guarantee Officer, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – MIGA

Lydia Whyatt, Managing Director, Resonance Asset Management Ltd

Lu Yili, CEO, CT Enviornmetnal

Manoj Divakaran, Managing Director, Empereal Energy

Mao Bingyong, Executive Manager, Auxiliary Plants and Systems, Danieli

Marc Fabig, Director, Osmoflo, Pty, Ltd., Adelaide, Australia

Mark Lane, Chairman, The UK Water Partnership

Marie-Ange Debon, Group Senior Executive Vice President, International Division CEO, Suez

Marie van der Hoeven, former Executive Director of the IEA (retired 31 August 2015)

Martijn Kruisweg, AkzoNobel Sustainability

Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey Director of the McKinsey Center for Business & Environment, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Melissa Meeker, Executive Director, Water Environment Research Foundation and WateReuse Research Foundation

Michael Corkery, Head of Water Engineering, Nestlé

Michael Prange, General Manager, German Water Partnership

Michael R. Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District, California

Mojtaba Ahmad Khan, Coordinator and Secretary for International Cooperation and Coordination, National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company, Iranian Ministry of Energy

Dr. Mohammad Al Madfaei, Executive Director, Integrated Environment Policy & Planning, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

Mohammad Hossein Behnoud, Technical and Executive Deputy, NVCo

Mohamed El Ramahi, Associate Director, Utilities Interface, Operations and Engineering, MASDAR

H. E Mohammed Al-Saud, Deputy Minister for Water Affairs, Ministry of Water & Electricity Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Eng. Montazar Muhalhal, Executive Director of TSE Business Unit, NWC, Saudi Arabia

Munib Ahmad, Petroleum Development, Oman

Nasser Fouad, Chairman First Deputy, General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone

Nguyen Van Huong, PPP Office, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam

Nicholas Dyner, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, NanoH2O

Nodira Mansurova, Water Operations Lead for Jordan and Egypt, EBRD

Oliver Kopsch, Project Director, MFT

Olivia Jensen, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

P. Elango, Managing Director, Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd. (HOEC)

Peter Joo Hee Ng, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore

Phil Tuckett, CEO, SUEZ Oil & Gas Systems

Phillip Gichuki, Managing Director, Nairobi Water Company

Puskal Upadhyay, Director of Finance, National Mission Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

Qiang Wang, Senior Research Advisor, Shanghai Chengtou Corporation

Rajiv Mittal, Managing Director & Group CEO, VA Tech Wabag Ltd.

Rami Ghandour, Managing Director, Metito, UAE

Ramón Alberto Huapaya Raygada, General Manager, SEDAPAL

Rick Stover, Executive Vice President, Desalitech

Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternett

Roger Harrabin, Environment Analyst, BBC News

Rolfe Eberhard, Public Policy Specialist

Roman Breuer, Bauer

Saleh M. Saadawi, Senior Manager PMO Western Region, National Water Company

Sanjay Bhatnagar, President and CEO, Water Health International

Saud Siddique, Odyssey Capital, Singapore

Sergej Toews, Director Strategy Municipal & Industrial, Kemira

Shannon McCarthy, Co-founder and Partner, United4Water

Silver Mugisha, Managing Director, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

Sophie Trémolet, Senior Economist, World Bank Group – Water

Taqsem Khan, Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water

Dr Tayeb Yacine, Technical Director for the Middle East, MWH

Thierry Noel, Founding and Managing Partner, Amane Advisors

Tiresh Katri, Project Director, PID/KuKL (Project Implementation Directorate/Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited)

Tom Pankratz, WDR Editor, GWI

Usha Rao Monari, Global Water Development Partners

Varinder Malik, Senior Engineer, Intel

Verónica García Molina, EMEA TS&D/R&D Leader, Dow Water and Process Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company

Vetrivel Dhagumudi, Global Water Program Leader, Kimberly-Clark

Vishal Sharma, Senior Vice President and President, Middle East and Africa, Ecolab Inc.

Vivian Castro-Wooldridge, Urban Development Specialist, SAUW, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

Vuyo Kona, Executive:Sustainability, Tongaat Hulett (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Wang Xianming, Director of Water Department, HWWater

William Muhairwe, Executive Director, Global Water Leaders Group

Yevgeniy Muralev, Deputy Director of Desalination Plant on Technical Development, MAEK-Kazatomprom LLP, Kazakhstan

Zhang Huichun, Chairman and CEO, GreenTech Water Engineering Co., Ltd

Zhang Yangang, Director, Senior Engineer, Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co. (BSIET)