Tony Kelly Joins TaKaDu’s Advisory Board

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Mr. Kelly joins TaKaDu after 11 years as Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, brings over 40 years’ of top level experience in the water industry.

TaKaDu, a global leader in Integrated Water Network Management, announced today that Tony Kelly has now joined the company’s Advisory Board.

TaKaDu uses advanced statistical and mathematical algorithms to leverage utility data, translating it into actionable insights that save money and improve services and so transforming the way water networks operate.

Kelly, a civil engineer, has spent over 40 years in the water industry gaining extensive experience in major design and construction, and utility reforms including water authority mergers, corporatization, pricing, and contracting. For the past 11 years Tony was Managing Director of the water utility giant Yarra Valley Water, leading them to become a world-class utility.

Yarra Valley Water is the largest of Melbourne’s (Australia) three water corporations providing water supply and sanitation services to over 1.7 million people and over 50,000 businesses in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

As an Advisory Board member, Kelly will help provide professional leadership and guidance to TaKaDu’s management for its product road map as well as market growth in Australia and globally.

Kelly was first introduced to TaKaDu in 2010, when he was the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of TaKaDu’s early customers in Australia which is known for its best practices in customer service, asset management and sustainability, and was named one of the top 50 most innovative Australian companies for 2013.

Since stepping down from Yarra Valley Water in July 2014, he has been consulting to the water industry including aid projects. Kelly was the inaugural Chair of WaterAid Australia, an international charity that aims to provide clean, safe drinking water and sanitation services to the world’s poorest people. He is currently Chair of the Savewater Alliance, an NGO promoting water conservation and other services to its members which are mainly urban water utilities.

“I have known of TaKaDu’s capabilities for a few years now, and from the start I have believed in the company’s unique solution and vision” said Kelly, “I was a TaKaDu customer and user, and have seen the company develop and grow in Australia and globally. I am excited to join the TaKaDu family as an advisor to its top executives, and be part of this revolution to the water sector,” he noted.

“Water utilities have huge amounts of data, but use only a fraction of this valuable information. Meanwhile they have many challenges related to water loss and efficiency. TaKaDu addresses the need for efficiency by maximising the use of data, and closing this gap in a very sophisticated and yet seamless way”.

Amir Peleg, TaKaDu’s Founder and CEO noted that “we are proud to have an excellent person like Tony join our team.

“He is a true industry expert and a real friend of our team. More importantly, I am pleased to see top notch executives in the water industry backing TaKaDu’s vision of moving from a reactive to proactive water network management by connecting different personnel, departments, systems, and types of data to improve efficiency”.

“I am certain that Tony’s contribution to TaKaDu will be unparalleled, and look forward to working closely with him to support TaKaDu’s development and growth by helping utilities save water, energy and time”.

About TaKaDu

TaKaDu is a leading provider of Integrated Water Network Management, enabling water utilities to improve efficiency and make smarter decisions. Using advanced statistical and mathematical algorithms, TaKaDu harnesses utility data, translating it into actionable insights and transforming the way water networks operate. The solution offers a comprehensive decision-making platform that can be integrated across the utility from the analyst monitoring the network to the executive team considering long-term strategic investments.

TaKaDu's solution is cloud-based, can be implemented within weeks, and can be integrated with various IT systems. It is currently deployed by water utilities in Europe, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East. TaKaDu's innovative approach has earned notable water industry commendations, including the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award and the 2013 Sustainia Award. The company was also featured as a Harvard Business Case Study. TaKaDu is a founding member of SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum.

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