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is vital to all life on earth. The collection, treatment,
distribution and disposal of the water that we use on land to
live and for our businesses has a serious knock on effect for
marine life - if the water that is fed into rivers
outlets is contaminated - and it is through no fault of water
almost all walks of life humans rely on plastic,
in many cases without even realizing
it. Our clothing , goods and food packaging is plastic
reliant. Every time we wash our clothes micro fibres enter the
waste disposal systems that are provided by water suppliers
and fed into our treatment and sewage systems.
treatment and distribution of water
supplies uses energy that contributes to climate
change, as a secondary consideration, where we do not want
to be transporting water more than once to be climate friendly
if at all possible. We should also be looking at ways of
reducing the cost of delivery, mainly in pipes where
overcoming friction is directly related to energy cost (if
being transported) and leaks cost money where treated water is
are the latest challenges on top of economic and legislative constraints
that the industry is doing its best to rise to the challenge.
In order to know how best to deal with these issue you need to
know what the latest thinking is and be familiar with the
Join 250+ water leaders, utilities, engineering consultancies, technology companies and investor at the upcoming World Water-Tech Innovation Summit taking place this Feb 20 -21 to meet new technology partners, forge alliance and do business with the best in water.
Day One — February 20 Morning
09.00 - Welcome Remarks
09.15 - Keynote Address
09.30 - Water Leaders Debate: Exploring Current Needs and Changing Trends in the Water Sector
– What are the greatest challenges facing the water sector today and how can innovation meet this need?
– How are utilities changing their business models to reduce vulnerabilities? Where are we seeing the greatest shift in operations?
– Have big infrastructure projects gone out of vogue in a favour of solutions that can optimise and maintain existing assets?
– Which areas of technology are garnering most interest and uptake from utilities and industry? Is incremental innovation more attractive than advanced technologies?
Nigel Watson, CIO & Group Director of Information Services, Northumbrian Water Group, United Kingdom
Dharma Dharmabalan, General Manager, System Performance and Major Projects, TasWater, Australia
Milo Fiasconaro, Executive Director, Aqua Publica Europea, Belgium
K.S. Suresh, General Manager & Head – Corporate Centre WET – IC, Larsen & Toubro, India
10.15 - Under the Microscope: The Plastic Problem in Need of a New Technological Solution
– With the effects of microplastics widely acknowledged in marine ecosystems, how is conversation turning towards the role of wastewater treatment facilities?
– What’s the best way to capture and prevent microplastics from going into the waterways? How does responsibility lie on each player in the plastic supply chain?
– How can we equip the industry with the necessary tools to combat a contamination crisis? Tackling the problem requires treatment and separation of microplastics – where are these solutions and are they cost-effective at a large-scale deployment?
– What developments in terms of technology and regulation should we expect to see over the next few years?
Bruno Barillon, R&D Manager, Suez, France
Katrin Schuhen, Professor, University of Koblenz-Landau, Wasser 3.0, Germany
Molly Bingham, President & CEO, Orb Media, United States of America
11.00 - Networking Coffee Break
11.30 - Technology Acceleration: Who’s Driving the Innovation Engine?
– What new technology incubators are emerging? How successful are they in scaling solutions?
– Are internal R&D programs sufficient in fostering innovation, or is the industry looking to corporate venturing and mergers and acquisitions as a means of unlocking water-tech growth?
– What factors influence an investment decision or acquisition?
-What is the role of the private sector in making innovation more efficient and reducing the time to market and maturity of new technologies?
Session Chair: Reinhard Hübner, Investment Manager, SKion, Germany
Jan Gooijer, Innovation Manager, Vitens, The Netherlands
Hara Prasad Nanda,Global Business Director, DOW Water & Process Solutions, United States of America
Ian Lane, Investment Director, Unilever Ventures, United Kingdom
Siah Keng Boon, Chief Technology Officer, Sembcorp, Singapore
Wayne Evans, Innovation Processes Director, Veolia Water Technologies, Singapore
12.30 - Roundtable Discussions13.15 - Networking Luncheon
Day One — February 20 Afternoon
14.15 - Using Predictive Analytics to Sense Failure and Reduce Risk
– How can we leverage digitization to transform centralized, reactive utilities to create more intelligent, proactive environments? Have far are we from a future where all infrastructure networks are linked to generate synergies and forecast operational decisions based on data?
– What key areas of technology have the power to transform the traditional utility model in terms of asset maintenance and water supply? Will the trend be towards improving efficiency and application of existing technologies or should we expect to see new innovations emerge?
– Who are the advocates of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, and how can these innovations be effectively integrated into operational procedures?
Carmelo García Santana, Director of Innovation, La Empresa Metropolitana de Abastecimiento y Saneamiento de Aguas de Sevilla, (EMASESA), Spain
Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation, Anglian Water, United Kingdom
Trey Clark, Director of Strategy, Uptake Technologies, United States of America
Adam Armer, IoT Global Business Development & Innovation Manager, Vodafone, United Kingdom
15.00 - Masterclass in Deep Learning: How AI is Set to Disrupt the Water Industry
Thouheed Abdul Gaffoor, Chief Executive Officer, Emagin, United States of America
15.15 - Technology Showcase
16.00 - Networking Coffee Break
16.30 - Getting Deals Done with Innovative Procurement Models
– What alternative project delivery models are emerging between utilities, engineering consultancies and technology providers to accelerate the development and implementation of new technologies? What incentive mechanisms have proven to work?
– What project structures are favoured by municipalities who are looking to manage and mitigate technology risk in large-scale water projects?
– How are different countries approaching procurement? What are the key characteristics of a successful partnership?
Wim Drossaert, Chief Executive Officer, Dunea, Netherlands
Jon Loveday, Group Commercial & Transformation Director, Thames Water, United Kingdom
David Tyler, Associate Director, Water & Wastewater Sector Specialist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom
17.15 - To Nutrient Recovery and Beyond: Advancing Towards a Renewable Energy Future
– Who is leading the way in nutrient recovery? Is regulation hampering or driving innovation in nutrient management and removal?
– With the newest wave of next generation recovery technologies coming to the fore, is there scope to diversify the type of nutrients recovered and their potential usage?
– Are biosolids the solution to reducing carbon emissions in wastewater treatment? How does sludge-to-energy compare to other methods of renewable energy generation?
– How are energy-optimised utilities justifying investment in technology based on anticipated returns and cost savings? What areas of technology offer the greatest potential?
Ulf Nyberg, Head of Wastewater Treatment, VA SYD, Sweden
Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation, Yorkshire Water, United Kingdom
Andrea Lanuzza, Operations Director – Waste Water and Sewage, Gruppo CAP, Italy
Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation & Technology, Aqualia, Spain
18.00 - Close of Summit
Day Two — February 21 Morning
09.00 - Welcome Remarks
09.15 - Building Resilience in Response to Crisis and Weather Extremes
– As feast or famine scenarios become the new norm, how are different cities with traditionally stable climates adapting to and reducing the impact of more frequent weather extremes?
– What solutions are emerging to reduce severity, disruption and cost of drought and flooding? How can technological innovation help to build resilience and mitigate climate risks?
– What have we learned from recent disasters? Has this changed standard practice?
Session Chair: Mark Lane, Director, The UK Water Partnership, United Kingdom
João Nuno Mendes, President, Águas de Portugal, Portugal
Joke Cuperus, CEO, PWN, Netherlands
Peter Perry, COO, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, United Kingdom
Bryan Harvey, Vice President, Jacobs, United Kingdom
10.00 - Safeguarding China’s Waters: The Role of Innovation in Reducing VulnerabilitiesDavid Ji, Vice President, Poten Environment Group, China
10.15 - Technology Showcase11.00 - Networking Brunch
Day Two — February 21 Afternoon
12.00 - Assessing the Viability of Alternative Water Sources for Future Supply
– What are the drivers for adopting water reuse programmes across different regions? What can we learn from their success and where do we expect to see the biggest growth in water reclamation?
– What are the critical factors holding projects back, and how can we overcome these roadblocks?
– What trends are emerging in alternative water treatment methods for both utilities and industries? Where can we find robust and affordable zero liquid discharge systems?
Anthony Tanti, Executive Director, Water Services Corporation, Malta
Denis Bilodeau, President, Orange County Water District, United States of America
Matt Rolls, Regional Director, EMEA – Municipal Division, Evoqua Water Technologies, United Kingdom
12.45 - Unlocking Corporate Water Stewardship in the Circular Economy
– With water stewardship topping agendas worldwide, how are leading industry players addressing resource constraints and sustainable water management in regions in which they operate?
– How can circular economy approaches be effectively adopted to minimize impact and protect supply in water stressed areas?
– What are the challenges and where do the greatest opportunities for innovation lie?
13.30 - When Capital Doesn’t Follow Opportunity: How to Flood the Market with Water-Tech
– We cannot live without water, hence there is a clear and obvious demand for solutions to solve the global water crisis. What’s the hold up in bringing solutions to market and is the current approach a good fit for the traditional VC model?
– Which untapped markets offer strongest investment opportunities based on changing regulation and economic development?
– How can the investment community offer start-ups a better chance at success when transitioning from pilot phase to large-scale implementation? What’s your survival guide for the “valley of death”?
Session Chair: Fiona Griffith, Group Director, Isle Utilities, United Kingdom
Arne Morteani, Partner, ETF Partners, United Kingdom
Nityen Lal, Founder and Managing Partner, Icos Capital, The Netherlands
Luke Rajah, Investment Director, OMBU Group, United Kingdom
14.30 - Close of Summit
14.30 - FLOOD TECH WORKSHOP
A half day seminar exploring today’s most critical needs in flood mitigation, management and resilience on a global scale. The workshop will feature insight from international markets on their specific flood risks and challenges, panel debates on accelerating the development of products in this field, in addition to pitching sessions from innovators who will showcase their flood-tech solutions. http://worldwatertechinnovation.com/flood-tech-workshop/
Adam Armer - VODAFONE
Andrea Lanuzza - GRUPPO CAP
Anthony Crawford - THAMES
Anthony Tanti - WATER
Arne Morteani - ETF PARTNERS
Bruno Barillon - SUEZ
Bryan Harvey - JACOBS
Carmelo García - EMASESA
David Ji - POTEN
David Tyler -
EU BANK DEV
Denis Bilodeau - ORANGE
Dharma Dharmabalan - TASWATER
Fiona Griffith - ISLE UTILITIES
Frank Rogalla - AQUALIA
HP Nanda - DOW WATER
Ian Lane - UNILEVER VENTURES
Jan Gooijer - VITENS
João Nuno Mendes - ÁGUAS
John Curtin -
John Martin - OPW
Joke Cuperus - PWN
Jon Brigg - YORKSHIRE WATER
Jon Loveday - THAMES WATER
Katrin Schuhen -
Luka Erceg - DRYLET
Luke Rajah - OMBU GROUP
Mark Lane - UK WATER
Matt Rolls - EVOQUA WATER
Milo Fiasconaro - AQUA
Molly Bingham - ORB MEDIA
Nigel Watson - NORTHUMBRIAN
Nityen Lal - ICOS CAPITAL
Patrice Guillouzic - ADVIZZO
Peter Perry - DŴR CYMRU WATER
Reinhard Hübner - SKION
Siah Keng Boon - SEMBCORP
Steve Kaye - ANGLIAN WATER
Thouheed Gaffoor - EMAGIN
Trey Clarke - UPTAKE
Ulf Nyberg - VA SYD
Wayne Evans - VEOLIA WATER
Wim Drossaert - DUNEA
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