Global Water Summit 2016 - Water in 2050: What Issues Need to be Addressed for the Water Industry to be Viable in 2050?

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The official agenda for the Global Water Summit 2016 has now been released. The Summit, organised by Global Water Intelligence, will take place on 19-20 April at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

The theme for this year’s event is “Water 2050”; delegates and speakers will be asked to consider what the future holds if the business models and financial structures needed in order to bring serious investment into the water sector and turn the current crisis of scarcity and disrupted supplies around will not be implemented.

The Global Water Summit 2016 will take a view of current industry trends and challenges, covering the areas which will affect the future of businesses in the water sector through a range of progressive and stimulating sessions including:

Water Technology Idol 2016 - Ever since NanoH2O won the first Global Water Summit Tech Idol competition in 2008, the competition has become the most important proving ground for any new technology looking to break into the desal industry. Five hopefuls present their technologies to the audience before being interrogated by panel of expert judges, followed by a live vote.

Creating Value: Uniting Municipalities and Industry - Many cities are currently struggling with cash flow, and industrial water users need to ensure their water supply. Bringing these two sides together generates value for both the city and the client, and drives industrial growth. This session will look at the growing market between industrial companies and municipalities and the opportunities it creates for enhanced water resilience and economic success.

China Reaches Out - China’s water industry has made more billion dollar companies in the past decade than the rest of the world combined. Now with the domestic economy slowing, these financial behemoths are turning to focus on international opportunities in the rest of the world. This session brings together five of the most successful Chinese water businesses to explain their international strategy.

Accessing Global Growth Markets - Success in the water industry is getting the timing right: identifying the market trends that are relevant to your business and will yield lucrative deals if entered into at the right point. This session brings together the data, analysis and narratives that will help you work 2016 to your best advantage and plan your future business strategy.

Risk management in PPP project finance - PPP projects are expensive to develop and many fail before they reach contract award. What can be done to improve the success rate? This session brings together public sector clients considering PPPs, private developers and the bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies involved in PPP finance to discuss solutions & make recommendations.

Renewables in Desal: Electrons versus Photons - What does renewable energy mean for the desalination industry? Is the switch to renewable energy in desal simply a matter of changing power suppliers or is it a matter of reinventing the whole desal process? This session brings together pioneers from both sides of the electrons/photons divide to discuss the future of desalination.

Oilfield Water Treatment at Below $40 - This workshop will bring together end users of water technology in the oil & gas sector with technology providers to look at the mechanisms behind the water treatment process for application to oil & gas production, discuss the practicalities of technology selection and implementation and point the way forward for better management of water scarcity and commercially sustainable production.

The New Economics of Desalination - Increasingly desalination plants are being built to cover temporary water shortages, rather than 24/7 long-term needs. It changes the business model for desalination. In this interactive workshop utility leaders and plant suppliers come together to examine the politics and trade-offs involved in 'just-in-case' desalination.

New Propositions for Industrial Water Services - Many businesses struggle to justify the investment of capital and specialist expertise required to manage water efficiently. This workshop brings together corporate water users to discuss how new service partnership models can address industrial water management, bring shared benefits to clients and suppliers and reduce the social and environmental footprint of corporate water usage.

Formats include inspirational plenary talks, dedicated networking roundtables and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, strands and workshops.

The Global Water Awards - On the evening of 19th April, Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico (2006 - 2012) and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, will be the keynote speaker of the Global Water Awards at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories.

Produced Water Open Innovation Workshop – On 18th April, in collaboration with The Produced Water Society, members of the produced water community around the world will gather to establish a collaborative setting to explore issues and utilise cumulative expertise to gather solutions. This pre Global Water Summit workshop will be led by speakers from major operators with extensive experience in establishing new projects and troubleshooting existing projects in the Middle East, providing their perspectives from working on produced water in the region. For more information visit:

Organised by Global Water Intelligence, the Global Water Summit is the annual business meeting for the water industry. This event brings together the key players in the industry to accelerate change and facilitate powerful networking opportunities. Almost 300 delegates from 130 companies have registered so far. The delegates and speakers attending represent the entire supply chain, from leading international utilities, heavy water using industries to multinational water companies, EPC contractors and important regional players.

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