International Water Leaders Attending The Global Water Summit 2016

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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 are not implemented.

Christopher Gasson explained the importance of looking forward to the state of the water sector in 2050: “I can’t remember a year which has started with less forward visibility than 2016: Plummeting oil prices, turmoil in China, capital flight from emerging markets into the dollar. All the certainties of the global economy seem to have been turned on their head, and quite frankly it is difficult enough thinking about what will happen in the next 35 weeks let along the next 35 years.

But at the same time, it is only by stepping back and thinking about the long view that we can make sense of the present and begin to see the trends and opportunities which are beginning to emerge.”

The Opening Plenary keynote speaker on day 1 will be Dr. Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist & Editor, 'The World in...', followed by:

  •     Ali Zaidi, Associate Director, Natural Resources, Energy and Science, Management and Budget Office, The White House,
  •     Claude Laruelle, Director of Global Enterprises at Veolia and Chairman of Veolia Water Technologies,
  •     HE Maria Van Der Hoeven Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Day 2 Opening Plenary speakers:

  •     HE Dr. Hazim El-Naser, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jordan,
  •     Jose Diaz Caneja, General Director, ACCIONA Agua,
  •     Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment and President, COP20/CMP10,
  •     Mohamel Al Madfaei, Executive Director of the Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
  •     Roger Harrabin, Energy and Environment Analyst, BBC News

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 and workshops including:

  •     Water Technology Idol 2016: which new desal technology which will be next to breakthrough to the mainstream market?
  •     Creating Value: Uniting Municipalities and Industry
  •     China Reaches Out: What will happen as China’s billion dollar water companies turn to the international market?
  •     Six Big Ideas: Quick fire presentations of urgent ideas for the water industry
  •     Accessing Global Growth Markets
  •     Risk management in project finance
  •     Renewables in Desal: Electrons versus Photons
  •     Oilfield Water Treatment at Below $40
  •     The New Economics of Desalination
  •     New Propositions for Industrial Water Services
  •     Innovation: best practice from the global utility sector’s highest performers
  •     Urban Wastewater futures
  •     Strategies for Water Access: six new approaches to delivering water and wastewater access to the poor

The agenda will feature 150 speakers from more than 60 countries. Some speaker highlights include:

  •     Hongmei Wu, Ceo and Founder of Scinor
  •     Mohammed Al-Saud, Deputy Minister for Water Affairs, Ministry of Water & Electricity Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
  •     Aaeesha Saeed Ali Zaidi Alshehhi, Director Water Production, FEWA
  •     Ahmend Al-Mazrouy, CEO, Majis, Oman
  •     Alex Ping Zhang, Co-founder of McWong Environmental Energy Group, President of McWong Environmental Technology Corp., Ltd (MET) and Guozhen’s Vice President
  •     Allan Pronovost, CSO and Founder, Nano Water Structures
  •     Amirmansour Ataei, CEO and Chairman of the Board, ZOLAL Iran Company
  •     Andy Taylor, Director, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Middle East and Africa
  •     Shannon McCarthy, Co-founder and Partner, United4Water
  •     Anurag Bajpayee, Co-founder and CEO of Gradiant Corporation
  •     Atter Hannoura, Director, Public Private Partnership, Central Unit. Egyptian Ministry of Finance
  •     Bernard Ettinoffe, General Manager, Dominica Water and Sewerage Company
  •     Bwalya John Mwansa, General Manager, Barbados Water Authority
  •     Camilo Sánchez Betancourt, Sustainability Manager South America, Central America & Caribean, CEMEX
  •     Christopher Husbands, General Manager, National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA), Grenada
  •     Danielle Montgomery, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa Office, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  •     Dawid Bosman, Senior Manager: Strategic Advisory, Trans Caldonian Tunnel Authority (TCTA)
  •     Ek Sonn Chan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry & Handicraft (MIH), Royal Government of Cambodia
  •     Eri Honda, Principal Urban Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
  •     Fatma Awale, County Executive for Water and the Environment, Mombasa City Government, Kenya
  •     Hamid Reza Kashfi, National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company, Iranian Ministry of Energy
  •     Hani Khalifa, Senior Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco
  •     Hugo Polderman, Technology Development Coordinator, Shell
  •     Jaques Euler, Global Beauty Manufacturing Sustainability Leader, Procter & Gamble
  •     James Lee Murphy, Executive Manager of Water Resources and Utility Operations, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas
  •     Jo Ann Macrina, Commissioner, City of Atlanta, Watershed Management
  •     Jorge Cantallopts Araya, Director of Research and Policy, Chilean Copper Commission (Comisión Chilena del Cobre)
  •     KV Suryam, VP, Centre of Excellence, Reliance Industries Ltd
  •     Li Haifeng, Executive Director and Vice President, Beijing Enterprise Water Group Ltd. (BEWG)
  •     Mao Bingyong, Executive Manager,Auxiliary Plants and Systems, Danieli
  •     Michael Corkery, Head of Water Engineering, Nestlé
  •     Michael R. Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District
  •     Mohamed El Ramahi, Associate Director, Utilities Interface, Operations and Engineering, MASDAR
  •     Montazar Muhalhal, Executive Director of TSE Business Unit, NWC, Saudi Arabia
  •     Nasser Fouad, Chairman First Deputy, General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone
  •     Nguyen Van Huong, PPP Office, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam
  •     Peter Joo Hee Ng, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore
  •     Philip Gichuki, Managing Director, Nairobi Water Company
  •     Puskal Upadhyay, Director of Finance National Mission Clean Ganga (NMCG) Ministry of Environment and Forests Government of India
  •     Ramón Alberto Huapaya Raygada, General Manager, SEDAPAL
  •     Saled M. Saadawi, Senior Manager PMO Western Region, National Water Company
  •     Sanjay Bhatnagar, CEO, WaterHealth International
  •     Taqsem Khan, Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water
  •     Vetrivel Dhagmudi, Global Water Program Leader, Kimberly-Clark
  •     Vuyo Kona, Executive:Sustainability, Tongaat Hulett (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
  •     Wang Xianming, Director of Water Department, HWWater

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.

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. 400 delegates from 150 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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