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Rethink Events Ltd 2nd Floor, Intergen House, 65-67 Western Road, Hove BN3 2JQ, UK


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Pre-event: Afternoon – Monday, February 25
Towards Zero Leakage: Specialist Seminar and Workshop

A half-day participatory workshop and seminar programme in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade and Northumbrian Water exploring the question: how can the global water industry realistically achieve the ambitious target of zero leakage?

Evening – Monday, February 25
World Water-Tech Networking River Cruise with Water Quiz and Supper

World Water-Tech Thames River Cruise setting off from Tower Pier with informal networking, water quiz and classic British ‘pub grub’ supper. Open to all delegates and strictly limited to max. 80 guests.

Day One — February 26 Morning

Welcome Remarks
Keynote Address: Digital Transformation – Learnings from Outside the Water Sector

Looking outside the water industry to a global company that had to substantially pivot the business to embrace digital potential and a rapidly evolving market.

Policy, Regulation and Technology: Driving Forward Collaborative Innovation

– What are the successful regulatory drivers that support utilities to deploy advanced technologies?
– How can governments support technology acceleration and help to mitigate risk? What more can policy makers be doing to move the dial and lead the industry forwards?
– Where has innovative or challenging policy / regulation been effectively deployed to create new markets? E.g. phosphorous removal, tough leakage targets. What are the lessons that can be applied to the future?
– How are utilities collaborating and co-creating innovation models?

Session Chair:
George Gerring, Partnerships Manager, ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, UK
David Black, Executive Director, OFWAT, UK

Case Study Plenary: Demonstrating the Role of Digital in Transforming Customer Experience

As the water industry gets smarter and smarter, we hear proven examples of where technological advancement is successfully meeting customer service.
– How is this adoption driving efficiency and savings?
– Who is communicating excellently to stakeholders and how are they doing it?
– What do proactive communication plans look like that help conserve water to ensure there’s enough to meet growing demand?
– Are there any game changing technologies on the horizon?
Session Chair:
Nigel Watson, Chief Information Officer, NORTHUMBRIAN WATER GROUP, UK

Networking Tea and Coffee Break

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Evolving From the Outside: Transformative Acquisitions

– What are the critical success factors for a transformative collaboration, investment or a merger and acquisition? At what stage of the lifecycle is this likely to happen?
– Companies advance myriad strategies for creating value with acquisitions—but only a handful are likely to do so. Why is that?
– Which deals over the past 12-24 months have specific, well-articulated value creation ideas going in? What can we learn from the outcomes?
– To what extent do long-term wins depend on the talent and experience of the team vs technological brilliance?
Session Chair:
Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – Senior Advisor | Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, USA
Eytan Levy, Owner, LEVY VENTURES, Israel

Technology Showcase

Four start-ups pitch their technology and business models to a panel of three ‘dragons’, with questions from the audience.
Philip Briscoe, COO, REZATEC
Hervé Suty, President, TERGYS
In the ‘dragon’ chairs:
Abhirabh Basu, Practice Lead for Water, LUX RESEARCH, Global

Investments with Impact: Deals of the Year 2018

Investors in water technology companies come together to discuss the hottest deals and investments of 2018 / 19 and share their insight into what the most exciting opportunities and challenges may be over the coming year.
Session Chair:
Brian Iversen, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, CIMBRIA CAPITAL, USA
Helge Daebel, Investment Director, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES, Switzerland
Reinhard Hübner, Investment Manager, SKION GMBH, Germany
Jeroen Tielman, Founder & Managing Partner, QSTONE CAPITAL, Netherlands
Maarten ter Keurst, Director of Investments, PURETERRA VENTURES, China
Khalil Maalouf, Partner, XPV WATER PARTNERS, Canada

Networking Lunch Break

Day One — February 26 Afternoon

Lightning Talks: Case Studies of Pioneering Partnerships

Four joint presentations from service providers and their clients telling real world stories of where ground-breaking technology has been deployed to great effect. Beyond theory, hear about what is excelling on the ground in terms of building capacity, saving money and boosting efficiency.
Wayne Gerard, Co-Founder, REDEYE, Australia

Case Study Plenary: Breaking New Ground in the Water, Energy and Waste Nexus

This session we will feature a collection of the best examples of technological optimisation across the water, energy and waste nexus.
– How are the barriers to accelerating adoption of a closed loop being overcome?
– Who is leading the way in cutting-edge energy recovery? How achievable is energy neutrality and who can we learn from?
– To what extent is the need to reduce expenditure on energy driving us towards decentralised models?
Session Chair:
Fiona Griffith, Group Director, ISLE UTILITIES, Global
Christian Loderer, Project & Innovation Manager, KOMPETENZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN, Germany
Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation & Technology, FCC AQUALIA, Spain
Mogan Padayachee, Technology & Innovation Group Strategy Manager, RAND WATER, South Africa

Networking Tea and Coffee Break
Circular Industry: End Users and Water Reuse

– Year on year, industrial end users continue to be met with ever-louder calls for diversifying water resources and cleaning up at source. How are leading end users approaching wastewater reuse and recycling within their businesses?
– What are the biggest hurdles to water reuse and recycling? How can we get buy-in from stakeholders?
– How can these projects be financed and what could the model look like?
– What areas of innovation are delivering most value to industrial end-users? Is there room for improvement?
– What are the opportunities for cloud-based asset management efficiencies in industrial water reuse?
– What other innovative methods of producing alternative water supplies are emerging?
Session Chair:
José N. De Pierola Canales, Manager of Water Resources, SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORP, Peru
Remy Jaffray, Water Integration Manager, DANONE, Global

The Watering Hole: Reactive Breakaways and Beverages

Over the course of the day the Rethink production team will be keeping tabs on the hottest conversations and topics, bringing these together in real-time to close proceedings with themed, informal chats over drinks served at the table. There will be 2x 20 minute rotations.

Closing Remarks & Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — February 27 Morning

Breakfast Briefings (By Invitation)
Welcome Remarks
Making the Digital Difference: Big Data and the Analytics of Things

– How can we amplify the power of data to optimize decision making across water networks? Beyond raw data, how must utilities approach the Analytics of Things?
– What are the key challenges that arise with implementing cloud-based operations and artificial intelligence itself or is it the realignment of resources and operations that goes with it?
– What are the cast-iron examples of where employing IoT and AoT /AI has improved efficiency, resilience, predictive maintenance and / or driven down operational costs?
– What new business models are emerging as a result?
– What do we know now that we wish we’d known 5 years ago?
Session Chair:
Colby Manwaring, CEO, INNOVYZE, USA

Industry Brief: Threat and Innovation in Industrial Cyber Security and What it Means for Water
Technology Showcase

Four start-ups pitch their technology and business models to a panel of three ‘dragons’, with questions from the audience.
Wolfgang Vogl, Founder & General Manager, VIENNA WATER MONITORING SOLUTIONS
In the ‘dragon’ chairs:
Abhirabh Basu, Practice Lead for Water, LUX RESEARCH, Global

Networking Brunch
Rethinking Desalination: Is Desal 2.0 on our Doorstep?

– 2018 has seen a surge of activity in the international desalination market: is Desal 2.0 on our doorstep? What might it look like?
– How far away are we from game-changing upgrades in application (i.e. scaled-up solar powered desal) and materials (i.e. graphene membranes)?
– Projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of the reverse osmosis membrane market is around 15.92% ($7.04 billion) by 2026 – will this create an economy of scale that will make desal significantly more commercially viable?
– Dispersion modelling of brine waste discharge: what do we do with high intensity brine for the future? What is the business case to deal with ever higher levels of physical discharge as plant building accelerates?
– With increasing occurrences of drought and water stress in currently abundant areas, where can we expect brand new desal markets to appear? What’s the timeline?
Grant Page, Founder, Chairman & President, MI SYSTEMS, USA

Day Two — February 27 Afternoon

Lightning Talks: Mega Cities, Mega Challenges

We hear from representatives from 3 ‘mega cities’ who will explain how they are going about meeting some of the biggest water challenges on the planet.
Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, UK
City 1: Nigeria How is Africa’s largest, most dynamic city meeting its water challenges?
Mumuni Adekunle Badmus, CEO, LAGOS WATER CORPORATION, Nigeria

Open Source Water Hubs: How Could We Share Technology and Data Around the World?

– To what extent do water hubs deliver what they say they will? How successful are they at commercialising and scaling up tech in real terms?
– Water hubs are developed to cultivate innovation – what would such a network look like on global scale? How would it work?
– Water hubs thrive in a tightly-knit ecosystem belonging to a particular geography: is a ‘global water tech hub’ an oxymoron?
– What examples of technological cross-pollination have occurred between municipal hubs?
– If yes: who takes responsibility? What existing platforms could be adopted or acquired to form the bedrock of such an initiative?
Session Chair:
Hein Molenkamp, Director, WATER ALLIANCE, Netherlands
Andrea Gysin, Head of R&D, THAMES WATER, UK
Yossi Yaacoby, Head of  Staff, MEKOROT, Israel
Kieran Brocklebank, Head of Innovation, UNITED UTILITIES, UK

Close of Summit

Post-event: Thursday, February 28

World Water-Tech Innovation Tour

We are delighted to confirm a full-day tour of Anglian Water’s pioneering ‘Shop Window’ in Newmarket for up to 20 delegates. More detailed information to follow.