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February 20 – 17.30-19.30
Welcome Drinks Reception Hosted by FATHOM

Ironmongers’ Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA

Day One — February 21 Morning

09:00
Freeing Up Capital for Water Sustainability: An Investment Thesis for Utilities

Trevor Hill, CEO, FATHOM, USA

09:15
Water Leaders Opening Plenary: New Approaches to Infrastructure and Investment in Response to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

– How are leading cities and municipalities responding to the challenges presented by climate change?
– To what extent are we seeing a new approach to water infrastructure and investment?
– Will the need to build resiliency accelerate the pace of innovation and give rise to new technologies?
– Are there currently sufficient incentives to facilitate energy efficiency, and what would today’s utility leaders like to see in terms of future regulation and incentives?

Session Chair:
Lloyd Martin, Chief Executive, BRITISH WATER, UK

Speakers:
José Diaz-Caneja, Director General, ACCIONA AGUA, SPAIN
Lukas Loeffler, ‎President Water and Wastewater, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, USA
Maurice Neo, Director (Industry Development Department), PUB, SINGAPORE

10:00
In the Spotlight: Challenges, Vision and Opportunity for Latin America’s Water Sector

Jerson Kelman, President, SABESP, BRAZIL
Yamileth Astorga, Executive President, AYA, COSTA RICA

10:30
Networking Coffee Break Hosted by Evoqua

 

11:00
Accelerating Adoption: Fresh Approaches to Technology Implementation

– Are technology companies correctly understanding their clients’ needs and how can we bridge the gap between technology and the needs of municipalities or industrial water users to accelerate adoption?
– In a risk averse and regulated industry, what fresh approaches and partnerships are being forged to facilitate the piloting and deployment of new innovations?
– Is there scope to evolve the current business model to promote risk-sharing alliances between clients and suppliers? How can financial risk and gains be aligned accordingly?
– What role does the investment and financial community play in piloting projects and building a value proposition that meets clients’ needs?

Session Chair:
Martin Shouler, Associate Director, ARUP , UK

Speakers:
Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation and Technology, FCC AQUALIA, SPAIN
Siah Keng Boon, Chief Technology Officer, SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES, SINGAPORE
George Ponton, Head of Research and Innovation, SCOTTISH WATER, UK
Carlos Montero, Chief Technology Officer, SUEZ WATER EUROPE, SPAIN

11:45
Roundtable Discussion Groups: Delegates Breakout into Groups to Debate the Issues Raised During the Morning’s Sessions

 

12:30
Networking Luncheon

 

Day One — February 21 Afternoon

13:15
Energy and Nutrient Recovery: Turning Your Waste Stream into a Value Stream

– Is sludge production the solution to lowering the energy outputs of treating wastewater while meeting energy targets?
– Who is leading the way in terms of nutrient recovery? What nutrient recovery technologies exist that meet regulatory compliance as well as being commercially viable?
– How achievable is energy neutrality and who can we learn from in this space?
– What cost-effective technologies exist that enable utilities and industrial water users to cut energy costs and optimise energy efficiencies?

Session Chair:
Paul O’Callaghan, Founder, BLUETECH RESEARCH, IRELAND

Speakers:
Francisco Arellano, Senior Vice President on Corporate Quality, Environment, Safety and Health, MAYNILAD WATER SERVICES, THE PHILIPPINES
Paul Van Ruiten, Director, Environment & Sustainability, TNO, THE NETHERLANDS
Ulf Miehe, Head of Water & Wastewater Technology, KOMPETENZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN, GERMANY
Paul Lavender, Business Development Manager, AQUA ENVIRO, UK

14:00
From Concept to Creation: Opportunities for Building Amravati as the Smart City of Andhra Pradesh

Sreedhar Cherukuri IAS, Commissioner, ANDHRA PRADESH CAPITAL REGION DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (APCRDA), INDIA

14:15
The Data Debate: Progressing from Analytics Overload to Data-Driven Decision Making

– To what extent are utilities collecting data in abundance, but not capitalising on findings to make data-driven, strategic and operational decisions?
– Is there a tendency to collect data in silos and how can we foster a culture of collaborative data analysis and usage?
– How we can harness the power of data to optimize energy efficiencies across water networks?
– Has water been effectively incorporated into the Internet of Things? How smart is water?
– How valuable are real-time water quality and asset management solutions? How can these solutions be measured and quantified to show tangible benefits and cost savings?
– How can we capitalise on different types of data to improve asset information management and the delivery of water and wastewater projects and assets?

Session Chair:
Fredrick Royan, Vice President, Environment (Water and Waste Management) Practice, FROST & SULLIVAN, USA

Speakers:
Pernille Ingildsen, Chief of Plan and Project, KALUNDBORG FORSYNING A/S, DENMARK
Francisco Cubillo, Deputy Director, Development and Innovation, CANAL DE ISABEL II GESTIÓN, SPAIN
Naji Najjar, Global Water Segment Sales Leader, Energy & Utilities, IBM, FRANCE
Trevor Hill, CEO, FATHOM, USA
Seth Vance, Global Business Unit Director – Software, HACH, USA

15:00
Networking Coffee Break hosted by HACH

 

15:30
Industrial Symbiosis: Mobilising Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Water Challenges

– Is there a need to adopt a more holistic approach to water management and how can a multi-stakeholder approach help to resolve global water challenges and deliver value?
– What new cross- sector partnerships are emerging between public and private sector bodies e.g. NGO’s, local governments, industry, agriculture, and what can be learned from their success?
– How can leading industry players work collaborate with the water industry to work towards total catchment water management?
– How can the benefits of collaboration be leveraged to pave the way for multi-sector financing models and investments in new projects?

Session Chair:
Lydia Whyatt, Managing Director, RESONANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT, UK

Speakers:
Wayne Evans, Innovation Processes Director, VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES, UK
Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager, SOUTHERN WATER, UK
Sandra Fabritz-Whitney, Director, Water Resources, FREEPORT MCMORAN, USA
Orlaith Delargy, Global Program Manager, CDP WATER, UK

16:15
Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Developers Pitch their Solutions in Seven-Minutes to our Panel of Investors

– Four companies present short, 7-minute snapshots of their technologies to our audience of investors, strategic investors, utilities, industrial water users and engineering consultancies.

Presenting Companies:
Mike Lodge, CEO, ARVIA TECHNOLOGY
Brian Maloney, MANAGING DIRECTOR, STORMHARVESTER
Rob van der Meij, Director, EFC SEPARATIONS
Doug Wilton, CEO & President, TECTA-PDS
Joachim Kaeufler, Managing Director, SYNLIFT INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

17:15
Financing Water Innovation: Making Water Technologies the Next Big Investment Sector

– Is the traditional VC model failing the water sector and how can we spur investment within the industry? Is lack of investment the real issue, or should we be questioning the current state of innovation?
– How have corporate investors in water evolved their approach over the past few years? What are the critical success-factors for a water-tech investment or acquisition in today’s market?
– How do we transition from speculation about the “next big thing” to successfully fostering investment and deploying commercially viable new technologies?
– Who are the emerging game changers and how can the investment community offer them a greater chance at success? What innovative business funding models and approaches are needed to support investment in such technologies?

Session Chair:
Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director, WATERWISE, UK

Speakers:
Gaëtane Suzenet, Venture Advisor, ASTER CAPITAL, FRANCE
Reinhard Hübner, Investment Manager, SKION, GERMANY
Hubert Aarts, Managing Director and Co-Head of Listed Equities, IMPAX ASSET MANAGEMENT, UK
Henri Lambert, Founder, APSARA CAPITAL, UK

18:00
Networking Drinks Reception

 

Day Two — February 22 Morning

09:00
Keynote Address: Gearing Up for Global Markets: Opportunities for Fostering Innovation and Commercialisation of Water Technologies in the UK

Speaker:
Rt Hon. Richard Benyon MP, Chairman, UK WATER PARTNERSHIP, UK

09:15
Predicting and Mitigating the Consequences of Too Much Water

– What are the current priorities in UK flood resilience research in response to increased climate and environmental risk?
– Advances in flood prediction, prevention and mitigation from the perspective of a water utility
– How are emerging innovations addressing the challenge of “too much water”?

Session Chair:
Mark Lane, Director, UK WATER PARTNERSHIP, UK

Speakers:
Simon Gardner, Head of Innovation Programmes, Science and Innovation Directorate, NERC, UK
Anthony Crawford, Head of Wastewater Control, THAMES WATER, UK

09:45
Case Study: Hydro-Economic Analysis: Closing Mongolia’s Future Water Gap

Chris Fawcett, Associate Director, AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, UK

10:00
Predicting and Mitigating the Consequences of Too Little Water

– What is the future gap between water supply and demand in Ulaanbaatar and the Southern Gobi?
– What are the potential demand side and supply side solutions that could close this gap?
– Prioritise solutions within a holistic framework.
– Do new water transfers provide the answer or could more innovative solutions such as water reuse be used?

Session Chair:
Mark Lane, Director, UK WATER PARTNERSHIP, UK

Speakers:
Steven Kaye, Head of Innovation, ANGLIAN WATER, UK
Trevor Bishop, Deputy Director for Water Resources, ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY, UK

Technology Showcase:
Kevin Gooding, VP of Operations, OXEMS, UK
Chris Leonard, Business Development Director, OXFORD FLOW, UK

10:45
UK Showcase: SEAMS Success Buidling Analytic Capability

Joe Roebuck, Business Analytics Director, SEAMS, UK

11:00
Networking Coffee Break hosted by SEAMS

 

11:30
The Commercialisation Conundrum

– How can different stakeholders work together to bring more research to commercialisation?
– How do other industries cross this barrier? What learnings can we apply to the water sector?
– How are water innovation hubs and accelerators around the world successfully addressing the commercialisation conundrum?
– Where should we expect to see the next wave of innovation and what was the last true disruptive technology to transform the water industry?

Session Chair:
Mark Lane, Director, UK WATER PARTNERSHIP, UK

Speakers:
Jon Rathjen, Water Industry Team Leader, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, UK
Caroline Wadsworth, Water Innovation Hub Manager, University of Sheffield, TWENTY65, UK
Fiona Griffith, Group Director, ISLE UTILITIES, UK
Jon Grant, Manager of Research, WaterTAP Ontario, CANADA

12:15
Sustainable Desalination: Saudi Arabia’s Innovative Approach to Large-Scale Desalination

Abdullah Al Al-Shaikh, CEO, ADVANCED WATER TECHNOLOGY,
Deputy Governor Planning & Development, SALINE WATER CONVERSION CORPORATION(SWCC), SAUDI ARABIA

12:30
Re-use: Closing the Loops in the Circular Economy

– Is the water industry shifting from wastewater treatment to wastewater re-use? Where should we expect to see the biggest growth?
– What factors make re-use a viable option for the water sector?
– What cost-effective re-use and water recycling technologies exist and how have they been implemented successfully?
– Has Zero Liquid Discharge reached tipping point and where are we seeing the biggest growth?

Session Chair:
Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – Senior Advisor, Energy, Advisor & Infrastructure, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, USA

Speakers:
Matthew Rolls, Municipal Business Manager EMEA, EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES, UK
Nicos Neocleous, Acting Director, WATER DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, CYPRUS
David Wright, General Manager, LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER, USA

Day Two — February 22 Afternoon

13:15
Networking Luncheon & Close of Summit
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