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Senior Advisor
Cheryl Hicks is a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate on water, sanitation and hygiene (https://ceowatermandate.org/); a founding partner and chair of the board at ASE-INFRA Partners, investing in sanitation economy infrastructure; and board member and chair of the impact committee at Quadia Impact Finance. From 2015-2020 Cheryl has been the inaugural Executive Director and CEO of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), a business-led coalition supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the sanitation sector. While at the TBC, Cheryl initiated the Toilet Business Accelerator Programme and established the vision and innovation pathways of the Sanitation Economy.
Senior Consultant
Sascha is a senior consultant at Carnegie Consult, a development finance consultancy boutique in Maarssen, the Netherlands. She has worked in (development) finance for over 10 years in various positions. Sascha started her career as part of the impact investing team of Actiam (formerly SNS Asset Management) and worked for a pan-Asian microfinance group in Indonesia. Before joining Carnegie Consult she was part of the fund-of-funds team at Triple Jump, doing fund investments in emerging- and frontier markets for a public mandate - the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF). At Carnegie, Sascha worked on various assignments in the field of development finance and debt advisory.
Vice Mayor
Eize Willem (Ed) Anker (born 30 June 1978) is a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion. Since 26 May 2014 he has been an alderman of Zwolle. Anker started his political career in the youth organisation of the Reformed Political Alliance, one of the predecessors of the ChristianUnion. He studied political science in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2007 Anker was a member of the city council of Zaandam. In 2006 he was nominated for the eight place on the candidate list of the ChristianUnion for the coming elections of the House of Representatives
Managing Director
Diederik is the executive vice president of institutional relations at Sustainalytics. Over the past seven years Diederik has helped build Sustainalytics into the largest independent provider of ESG research and analysis for the global investment community. He acts as an advisor to senior executives, portfolio managers, and risk professionals on developing and implementing responsible investment strategies. Diederik directly manages the Institutional Relations team that scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Extel and SRI-connect IRRI Survey for best client services person in ESG research. In 2013, Diederik transferred from Amsterdam to New York City. The move is in a response to the growing momentum of responsible investment in North America and reflects Sustainalytics' increased focus on client service and sales in this market. During his time in New York, Diederik will retain his responsibilities overseeing Sustainalytics' global institutional relations team.
Director
Alex Reed was appointed director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in November 2019. The office has a multi-faceted approach to resilience, including coral reef protection; preservation of coastal and aquatic management areas; beach and inlet management; and the implementation of ecosystem restoration projects to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and state-managed lands for the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and storms. Alex has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Florida State University.
WaterworX Project Coordinator
Hadi works as a project coordinator for WaterworX and is enrolled in the Young Expert Programme. WaterworX is a Water Operator partnership between utilities (World Waternet and SOMAGEP SA) aiming to improve the performance of the utility in providing potable drinking water, reducing NRW, leadership and organizational development, improving water quality and enabling environment. Hadi’s also engaged in AJPEA, the young water professional’s association in Mali, which is currently working on capacity building and mentoring projects including leadership trainings and career development.
Chairman
Jérôme van der Maes, LLM, MA is chairman of ‘Delfland Inclusive’ and project manager water quality at the Water Authority of Delfland. Jérôme took the initiative to start-up diversity and inclusion, first for LGTBQ and now working towards an integral focus on diversity and inclusion in Delfland. Jérôme has just published an article on diversity and inclusion in the ‘Social Inclusion’ edition of the Dutch magazine Water Governance: water-governance.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021-02-Sociale-inclusiviteit_DEF.pdf
CEO
Taqsem Khan is the Managing Director and CEO of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Bangladesh. Taqsem is a Visionary Leader and a successful reformer who made dramatic reform named “Dhaka WASA Turn Around Program” for last 12 years and converted a losing organization into a profitable, environment friendly, sustainable, pro-people and good governance public sector water utility in Southeast Asia by increasing production, increasing revenue income 3 times, reducing NRW from 40% to 7% in DMA area, reducing operating ratio to 0.66, introducing paperless e-billing system, ensuring water for all including low income community with 98% revenue collection. Taqsem has 40 years of vast management experience. He obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow, USSR in 1981, and started his professional career with PHILIPS Bangladesh Ltd. as Production Engineer. From 1988 to 1998 Taqsem worked in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), as Chief Engineer. Prior to joining WASA in 2009, Taqsem was involved with different NGOs in USA and Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008 and also worked as Senior Management Consultant in a Management Training Company.
CEO
Malena Galmarini has a degree in Political Science, Government and Administration. In December 2019, she became the first female President of Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (Aysa), the second largest water and sanitation company in Latin America and the fifth in the world. Lic. Galmarini also chairs the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation Operators (ALOAS). She is a provincial deputy elected by the Province of Buenos Aires in use of license and previously served as Secretary of Health Policy and Human Development and Councilor of the Municipality of Tigre, among others.
Lead Water Programmes
Dennis van Peppen, manager of global issues and water at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). During trade missions Mr. Van Peppen also functions as Deputy Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands. He is an experienced project and programme management experience in both public and private sector, who has a passion for water management but also for international development, international politics and international political economy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam.
Program advisor
Program advisor
Advisor Multilateral Development Banks at Netherlands Enterprise Agency
WASH Advisor at SNV
My role as a Local-YEP is as the WASH Advisor for SNV in providing advisory services - Demonstrating and Up-scaling of an Innovative Sanitation Value Chain for the (Peri)-Urban Low Income Areas project. Follow my projects on: http://yepwater.com/lawrencekimaru and http://rsr.akvo.org/project/2223/
Ambassador for Water, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Cabinet of the Netherlands as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in 2015. As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organisations, the private sector and NGOs to address the world’s pressing water needs and help initiate transformative interventions.
Founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism
Martin is a founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism and managing partner of the office in Rotterdam. Martin is responsible for strategic location development and international projects. He specializes in architecture and urban design with a socio-economic impact – in the Netherlands, Southeast Europe, and Southeast Asia, but also in emerging economies.
Assistant Director – Sustainability The R&A
Philip graduated from St Andrews University in June 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Development. This was a globally unique and interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programme, emphasising the development of critical perspectives on integrated social, economic and environmental issues. He has studied topics including climate change, renewable energies, biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and natural resource management. In his current role of Assistant Director – Sustainability, Philip's principal focus at The R&A is the GreenLinks programme, which is The Open's sustainable development strategy for working to enhance the environmental and social benefits of staging the Championship. Initiatives conducted under the GreenLinks banner focus on a number of key sustainability issues, including site protection and restoration, procurement, energy, water, catering, materials, community engagement and legacy.
CEO
Taqsem Khan is the Managing Director and CEO of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Bangladesh. Taqsem is a Visionary Leader and a successful reformer who made dramatic reform named “Dhaka WASA Turn Around Program” for last 12 years and converted a losing organization into a profitable, environment friendly, sustainable, pro-people and good governance public sector water utility in Southeast Asia by increasing production, increasing revenue income 3 times, reducing NRW from 40% to 7% in DMA area, reducing operating ratio to 0.66, introducing paperless e-billing system, ensuring water for all including low income community with 98% revenue collection. Taqsem has 40 years of vast management experience. He obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow, USSR in 1981, and started his professional career with PHILIPS Bangladesh Ltd. as Production Engineer. From 1988 to 1998 Taqsem worked in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), as Chief Engineer. Prior to joining WASA in 2009, Taqsem was involved with different NGOs in USA and Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008 and also worked as Senior Management Consultant in a Management Training Company.
CEO
Malena Galmarini has a degree in Political Science, Government and Administration. In December 2019, she became the first female President of Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (Aysa), the second largest water and sanitation company in Latin America and the fifth in the world. Lic. Galmarini also chairs the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation Operators (ALOAS). She is a provincial deputy elected by the Province of Buenos Aires in use of license and previously served as Secretary of Health Policy and Human Development and Councilor of the Municipality of Tigre, among others.
Founder & CEO Water Foundry
Will Sarni is the founder and CEO of water strategy consultancy, Water Foundry. He is also the CEO of the Colorado River Basin Fund, the first placed-based water-focused investment fund in the United States. Prior to Water Foundry, Sarni was a managing director at Deloitte Consulting where he established and led the water strategy practice. He was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm, prior to Deloitte. Sarni is a co-founder of WetDATA and a host of the podcast, The Stream with Will and Tom. He is a board member of Flowater, Silver Bullet, Project WET and the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club. He was the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the WAITRO Global Water Innovation Summit 2020 and was on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week from 2013 through 2019. His advisory work includes working with the 2020 X-PRIZE (Infinity Water Prize), as a Bold Visioneer for the 2016 X-PRIZE Safe Drinking Water Team and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security.
CEO of Waternet
Roelof Kruize is CEO of Waternet, the public water cycle organization of the municipality of Amsterdam and the regional water Authority Amstel Gooi and Vecht (AGV) since 2006. He held various positions at the Municipality of Amsterdam and between 2008 and 2012 he combined his position at Waternet and AGV with the position of CEO of the Waste to Energy Company of Amsterdam (AEB). Roelof engaged in the development of many national and international activities. He was President of the Royal Netherlands Water Network and President of the European Water Association and is the Dutch representative in the board of the International Water Association (IWA). He is Chairman of the Top Sector Water (water technology) of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Moreover, he is Chairman of the Board of control of AquaMinerals, member of the board of the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Cultural Centre “de Balie” and Chairman of the Aquatech Advisory Committee. In 2003 he was elected Governmental Manager of the year in the Netherlands.
CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV, CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding, Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership and Member Advisory Board World Waternet
Current Position: CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV, CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding, Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership and Member Advisory Board World Waternet. Profile: In order to strengthen Nijhuis’ state-of-the-art technology portfolio and its presence in emerging markets, Excellent Ozone Solutions in the Netherlands and H2OK Water & Energy in the UK were successfully acquired and integrated within the group. Together with Sales & Service Centers in the USA, Colombia, UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Dubai, China and Singapore and a global network of dedicated (OEM) partners solid solutions are offered to industrial, agricultural and municipal clients turning cost centers into profit centers. In 2012 Menno started a new venture, together with Ronald Ruijtenberg: “Naesta” aiming to built another leading international water technology platform. Naesta is the first ever industrial private equity company, headquartered in the Netherlands, dedicated to grow water technology companies, focusing on the water – energy – waste & food nexus. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Norit Clean Process Technologies. As part of CEO of Norit Clean Process Technologies, he helped its global customers to become more sustainable by doing “more with less”. The “Best Water Technology Company” awarded by Global Water Intelligence in April 2011 was a recognition of Norit’s reputation for innovation and successful commercialization of disruptive technologies like ultrafiltration membranes. In May 2011 Pentair Inc successfully acquired Norit’s Clean Process Technology Holding. In 2007 he was been appointed a Chief Growth Officer (CGO) and Member of the Executive Board of Directors of Norit NV. Next to achieving the ambitious growth targets of the Norit Group he was responsible for all the global Norit Sales & Service Centers, Corporate Marketing and Communication and business development. He served as Chairman of the Netherlands Water Technology Innovation Board and member of the Taskforce of the European Innovation Program. He has a Masters degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Technology from Delft University of Technology. He has also occupied several management positions in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Papua New Guinea. Expertise: global (waste)water, food and beverage, circular and resilient water environment, sustainable development, water – energy – waste & food nexus, sustainable water use and resource recovery, environmental and water footprint, improving production efficiency and lowering lifecycle cost.
CFO BDR Thermea Group
Ms C. (Carolina) Wielinga, is a chair of the Supervisory Board of NX Filtration (listed company) and Supervisory Board member, chair of audit committee Gasunie. Ms Carolina Wielinga is the chief financial officer of the BDR Thermea Group, a global manufacturing company in smart thermal heating solutions. She is an all-round finance business executive with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining the BDR Thermea Group, Ms Carolina Wielinga was head of financial restructuring and recovery at Rabobank (2016-2018), chief financial risk officer and chief operating officer at FGH Bank and chief financial risk officer at Rabo Real Estate Group. In the period 2011-2013, she was senior director finance at Vion Food Group. MS Carolina Wielinga holds a master’s degree in business administration from University of Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands and is also a chartered accountant.
Head of the Water Quality Platform
Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Chairman
Jérôme van der Maes, LLM, MA is chairman of ‘Delfland Inclusive’ and project manager water quality at the Water Authority of Delfland. Jérôme took the initiative to start-up diversity and inclusion, first for LGTBQ and now working towards an integral focus on diversity and inclusion in Delfland. Jérôme has just published an article on diversity and inclusion in the ‘Social Inclusion’ edition of the Dutch magazine Water Governance: water-governance.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021-02-Sociale-inclusiviteit_DEF.pdf
Chef de emission NOC*NSF
Marcelien Bos-de Koning, is a former Dutch sailor. She participated twice in the Olympics and won a silver medal. De Koning competed with Lobke Berkhout in the 470 class. In 2005, De Koning and Berkhout became world champions in their class for the first time. In 2006 & 2007 they succeeded in prolonging their title, a unique achievement for Dutch sailors in an Olympic class. Together with Lobke Berkhout, she won a silver medal in the 470 class at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2005, 2006 and 2008 the duo received the Conny van Rietschoten Trophy, the most important Dutch sailing prize, for their sailing achievements. Since 2012 Marcelien is focussing on the broad water sector. Her social career started with Water & Maritime Top Sector.. In 2021 she returned back to the sport and was appointed by the NOC*NSF alongside the Chef de mission as Chef d'emission, the person who is concerned with sustainability in the sports world.
Hydrogeologist and region coordinator for Europe
Sophie Vermooten (Deltares) is a hydrogeologist with 18 years of experience in groundwater related projects related to fresh water supply or remediation of contaminated sites in the Netherlands and abroad. She has worked in different countries like China, Syria, Yemen, Italy, Kuwait, Tunisia, South Africa, Morocco, Madagascar and Australia A key initiative she is leading since 2016 is the development of the WaterLOUPE approach, in cooperation with the private sector. WaterLOUPE supports multi-actor decision-making and collaborative action for water stewardship in water stressed basins with the aim to reduce the impact of water scarcity. She is the Deltares region manager for Europe, coordinating the Deltares' business development related to specialised consultancy and R&D in that region. At Water Europe she was recently appointed as one of the members of the Policy Advisory Committee, representing the European research institutes.
Director
Alex Reed was appointed director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in November 2019. The office has a multi-faceted approach to resilience, including coral reef protection; preservation of coastal and aquatic management areas; beach and inlet management; and the implementation of ecosystem restoration projects to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and state-managed lands for the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and storms. Alex has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Florida State University.
Director for Strategic Business Development in Africa and Asia
More than 25 years experience within strategic partnershis with key stakeholders such as governments, International organistaions, International NGOs, development policy, project financing and investment in developing countries with focus in Africa and Asia. Exploring business opportunities and impact in relation to SDGs (SDG6,SDG13,SDG17,SDG1) and trade and development discussions. Specialised in dialogue, negotitaion and building complex , long term and strategic partnerships in multi-cultral settings with private and public sector, with International NGOs, Governemnts, International Financial Institutions, Multi and bilateral donors in developing countries as well as the HQ level.
PR & Communications Director, BLUE | Bluewater
Dave Noble has worked as PR and Communications Director at Bluewater since 2014. Now also Bluewater Head of Events, Dave has over four decades of experience in the international communications business as a PR professional and journalist. A father of three and deliriously happy grandfather to five, Dave is deeply passionate about protecting our planet environment and encouraging greater public awareness of key issues relating to human and planetary wellbeing, including water and air health as well as disarmament. As a journalist from 1965 until 1980, Dave was published by many of the world’s leading newspapers and broadcasters, including the BBC, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, and The Observer. As an author, he has written, published and contributed to a number of books, including ’A Book about Volvo´ (1985), ’The War & Peace Book’ (1976), and ’The Swedish Challenge for the Americas Cup’ (1978). Since 1982 as a public relations and brand communications consultant, Dave has partnered clients such as Blueair, AB Volvo, Electrolux, SAS, Renault, ABB, SKF, and many other others.
Regional Director for VEI
Adriaan Mels works as the regional director for VEI BV, a CSR company of the Dutch water utilities Vitens NV and Evides Waterbedrijf NV. VEI is active in international collaboration, supporting performance improvements of urban water utilities in Africa and Asia and contributing to SDG-6. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Mels has initiated and supervised utility improvement programs in a.o. Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Suriname, Vietnam, and The Philippines. Topics a.o. included leakage reduction, revenue increase, customer service improvements, leadership development and attracting investment finance.
Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment
Veronica Manfredi is the Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment since February 2018. Her Directorate plays a pivotal role in leading Europe towards a Zero-Pollution ambition and contributes to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity crisis. It is indeed responsible for key EU policies for Clean and Well-Managed Water (including the protection all EU Freshwater and Marine environments, prevention from Floods, compliance with high health standards for Drinking Water), Clean Air, control on Industrial Emissions and prevention of Industrial Accidents. Internationally, her team leads the EU negotiations within the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury and the UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. It also provides steady support to the work of the four Regional Sea Conventions (notably the HELCOM – Baltic Sea, OSPAR – North Atlantic Sea, Barcelona– Mediterranean Sea, and the Bucharest Conventions – Black Sea) and the International Commissions for the Protection of the Rhine and Danube rivers. A lawyer by background, Veronica deepened her knowledge of International and EU law in Rome, Turin, Kiel, Bruges and Brussels. Between 2002 and 2004 she worked in the Cabinet of the Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. She then joined the Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, working first in the Portfolio for Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud issues (2004-2009) and then in the Portfolio for Transport(2010-2011). Until January 2018, she has been the Head of the Consumer and Marketing Law Unitin DG Justice, overseeing the correct implementation and modernisation of key EU Consumer LawDirectives, and leading the work for the launch of the 2018 New Deal for Consumers.
Head of Program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, City of Copenhagen
Current Position: Head of Program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Profile: She has worked with urban development for the past 25 years in Copenhagen. Since 2008 she has worked for the Technical and Environmental Administration in charge of making Copenhagen more blue and green – in charge of water management and green infrastructure planning. It was as part of this work that the city’s Climate Change Adaptation plan was developed. From 2014-2016, she was the Head of the Climate Unit, in charge of the Climate Change Adaptation program, and the city’s ambitious plan to be the first carbon neutral capital of the world before 2025. Since 2016, she has been Head of program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions. Expertise: local regeneration projects, international urban policies and communication
Commercieel Directeur Water en Sectorleider Waterschappen at Arcadis
Experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry. Strong support professional skilled in Strategic Consultancy, Climate Adaptation, Hydrology, Sustainability, Sewer, and Hydraulics.
National Director for Flood Risk and Resilience - Associate Vice President at Arcadis
Edgar is the National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 20 years of experience in integrated water management. He has a deep understanding of urban and industrial flood proofing concepts, infrastructure planning and design, sustainable urban water management and waterfront development and international water management concepts. Edgar was leading the ARCADIS participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U – Waterfront Resiliency Plan of Manhattan. Edgar functions as the climate change adaptation specialist regarding integrated and multi-layered coastal waterfront and urban water management strategies. He plays a key role in the identification and implementation of our local and international flood proofing expertise. As the Flood Risk & Resiliency Lead, Edgar is the Rockefeller Foundation 100RC participation lead for the US and involved in strategic initiatives regarding climate change adaptation and water resiliency concepts. Most recently Edgar initiated a collaboration with UPenn, bridging Miami’s climate challenges to the city of Philadelphia. Edgar has given master classes on resilience and climate adaptation at UPenn, Yale University, Harvard and Columbia and is the contributing author and editor of the book Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise (Island Press) and Blue Dunes (Columbia Press). Edgar functions as a press spokesperson on resilience in the US, Canada and the NL. Prior to his position with ARCADIS, Edgar was the project manager overseeing waterfront and infrastructure planning work of a leading EURO 400M mixed use waterfront urban – industrial sustainable revitalization site in the Netherlands.
Environmental Compliance Water / Waste Water Biodiversity Quality &EHS
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz is an expert in Environmental Protection, with a focus on waste water, water resources, and biodiversity, working at L’Oréal corporate QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) department of Operations. His scope is water and waste water management of L’Oréal’s Operations worldwide in order to evaluate and to reduce the impact of the industrial activities, especially on local water resources and biodiversity. He is focused on the development of strategies and projects that are combining business, economic and environmental protection in a holistic manner. Hans-Ulrich Buchholz started his +25 year career with engineering and international project management of water treatment for municipalities and industry. This was followed by key account responsibility for commercial and technical development and the lead of environmental projects in the sector of the Pulp & Paper/ chemical industry, within the SUEZ group.
Head of cabinet
Diederik Maarten Samsom (born 10 July 1971) is a Dutch environmentalist and retired politician who served the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid PvdA) from 2012 to 2016. He was the first leader in the 70-year history of the PvdA to have been voted out of his position by party members. Since November 2019 Samsom is head of cabinet for First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
Head of Communications
Paul graduated in Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After working as a Market Maker on the options exchange in Amsterdam he joined Allianz in 2003. At Allianz he held several positions in underwriting, sales and marketing. Currently he’s responsible for communications, branding and ESG at Allianz Benelux. Allianz has consistently been in the top 3 of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for more than a decade and is a founding partner of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance underlining the importance of Sustainability at Allianz Group. Allianz has recently committed to clean oceans and coasts, biodiversity conservation and sustainable fishing practices by partnering with the international marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Global and by partnering with the Watersportverbond Allianz in the Netherlands has a local platform to address both Brand and ESG topics. Allianz is working closely with the Watersportverbond to further develop the ‘Future is Water’ program.
Head of the PMC (Product Market Combination or Business Unit) Watermanagement
Witteveen+Bos based in Netherlands.
Hydrologist
Stefan is a hydrologist. Both at home and abroad, he works as an advisor in the field of integrated water and land management. international projects as well as in intercultural groups, thereby applying knowledge and experiences in integrated water management and intercultural communication. I am a real team worker, who knows how to unite people, let them co-operate and excel. Furthermore I am result and solution oriented, and experienced in the fields of Hydrology, Hydrogeology, urban water supply and IWRM."
Journalist, presenter, speaker and film maker
Ikenna Azuike started his career as a lawyer, but is now a sought-after journalist, presenter, speaker and filmmaker. Ikenna was born in Lagos, Nigeria, grew up in the UK, studied law in the UK and France and has been living in The Netherlands with his family since 2004. After working as a lawyer with Shearman & Sterling in London, Singapore and New York, and with Clifford Chance LLP in Amsterdam, he decided to change course and follow his passions for broadcasting and social activism. Together with his wife, Mette te Velde, he co-founded the Strawberry Earth Foundation to fast forward our transition towards a sustainable planet and he created the satirical news show What's Up Africa. His show was subsequently commissioned by the BBC, aired on BBC World News television for 6 seasons, was shortlisted for an Association of International Broadcasters Award, and amassed over half a million followers on social media. Since 2017 Ikenna has worked on a variety of longer form journalistic projects.
Lead Water Programmes
Dennis van Peppen, manager of global issues and water at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). During trade missions Mr. Van Peppen also functions as Deputy Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands. He is an experienced project and programme management experience in both public and private sector, who has a passion for water management but also for international development, international politics and international political economy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam.
Business Relationship Manager
Currently Business Relationship Manager at NWP. Earlier, Iris has been involved in many activities of the Arcadis Shelter Program, as project leader for the Shelter Academy and organizing Shelter workshops in Arcadis offices worldwide. She also took part in Urban Thinkers Campuses, providing expertise in panels and presentations.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->
Global Manager Sustainable Development & Stakeholder Engagement
Jan-Willem is Global Manager Sustainable Development & Stakeholder Engagement. He has been closely involved in the development and launch of HEINEKEN’s 2030 sustainability strategy, ‘Brew a Better World’ and is responsible for stakeholder engagement, with a specific eye for investors and NGOs. Jan-Willem also has extensive experience in Water Stewardship and Sustainability Reporting. He has degrees in Organisational Anthropology and Communications.
Program Manager, WaterWorX program Vietnam, VEI
Managing Director
Diederik is the executive vice president of institutional relations at Sustainalytics. Over the past seven years Diederik has helped build Sustainalytics into the largest independent provider of ESG research and analysis for the global investment community. He acts as an advisor to senior executives, portfolio managers, and risk professionals on developing and implementing responsible investment strategies. Diederik directly manages the Institutional Relations team that scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Extel and SRI-connect IRRI Survey for best client services person in ESG research. In 2013, Diederik transferred from Amsterdam to New York City. The move is in a response to the growing momentum of responsible investment in North America and reflects Sustainalytics' increased focus on client service and sales in this market. During his time in New York, Diederik will retain his responsibilities overseeing Sustainalytics' global institutional relations team.
Managing Director of Water Footprint Implementation
Ioana Dobrescu is the Managing Director of Water Footprint Implementation, a lead knowledge partner for private and public organizations aiming to understand their water use along the value chain and how it impacts the global economy, environment and society. Ioana is also constantly engaged in various other water programmes and initiatives. She has been organizing and implementing international learning and youth development programmes with the Wetskills Foundation and is co-leader of the Youth workstream of the UN World Water Quality Alliance.
Managing Director of The Royal Netherlands Watersport Association
Arno is the Managing Director of The Royal Netherlands Watersport Association is the national governing body for the sports of sailing, surfing, and canoeing in the Netherlands, recognised by the World Sailing. The Watersportverbond encourages sailing and surfing in competition, supports the Olympic sailing team members and stimulates recreational yachting in the Netherlands.
The Future is Water Lead
For more than a decade Annelies has leveraged her passion for bringing people and markets together to empower innovation & water impact. This by means of strategic partnerships and programs that strengthen the ecosystem of water. Annelies has held strategic management & marketing positions in an international landscape within the water industry and startup ecosystem. Most recently, Techleap, Isle Utilities & Aquatech Global Events. Utilizing her extensive experience in brand positioning, sustainability and the Innovation ecosystem, Annelies established WaterSpark, an initiative dedicated to empower the water ecosystem through programmes we support and build, resources we provide and collaborations we strengthen Annelies lives with her family in The Netherlands. Annelies holds a MSc in Business Administration (Marketing & Innovation) from University in Amsterdam (UvA) and went to Georgia Tech, Atlanta USA for a tennis scholarship.
Professor of Sanitary Engineering
Dr. Damir Brdjanovic is Professor of Sanitary Engineering at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Endowed Professor at Delft University of Technology and Honorary Professor at Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building. Areas of his expertise include city-wide inclusive sanitation, non-sewered sanitation and faecal sludge management, and urban drainage and wastewater treatment. He is a pioneer in the practical application of models in wastewater treatment practice in developing countries. He is co-inventor of DEMOS©: Digital Epidemic Observatory and Management System, and of the Shit Killer® device for excreta management in emergencies, the award-winning eSOS® Smart Toilet and the medical toilet MEDiLOO®. He has initiated the development and implementation of innovative didactic approaches and novel educational products (including e-learning) at IHE Delft. Brdjanovic is co-founder and director of the Global Sanitation Graduate School and co-founder of Global Partnership of Laboratories for Faecal Sludge Analysis. During the last decade he was instrumental in acquiring in excess of 30 million USD grants, primarily from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and European Commission. In addition to dozen of PhD students, in excess of 150 MSc students have graduated under his supervision so far. Prof. Brdjanovic has a sound publication record, including publications in Science and Nature, is co-initiator of the IWA Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, and is the initiator, author and editor of nine books in the sanitation field. In 2015 he became an IWA Fellow, in 2018 received the IWA Publishing Award, and in 2019 IWA Water and Development Research Award 2019 Runner Up.
Programme Lead Financing Water
Lead OECD's work on financing water-related investment, including the Roundtable on Financing Water - a global public-private platform to scale up action and financing for investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth. Frequent speaker on topics related to water economics, finance and policy. Faculty member of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po teaching a course on finance and investment for water security.
Global Water Program Leader
Vetrivel Dhagumudi works as a Global Program Leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. As a program leader he manages the enterprise-wide water reduction goals, through which fresh water usage has been reduced by 13 billion gallons to date and WaterLoupe, an interactive water management tool along with Deltares which allows users to assess water risk for an entire watershed as well as for a specific sector and sub-group over 30 years, has been developed. He has also developed a model to establish context based water targets for sites located in high water stress regions. Vetri also provides leadership across the enterprise and serves as the central point of contact for any and all interfaces on the subject of water & wastewater. During his tenure, Vetri led the organization to formulate long-term sustainability goals for water & solid waste management and high-level strategy execution to support them. Vetri has a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Engineering and has also written and published papers on water reuse for industrial applications at various conferences.
The Ocean Race, Learning Programme Manager
Lucy Hunt is the Content Advisor for the The Ocean Race Summits and manages The Ocean Race's award winning Learning programme. A marine biologist, environmental educator and all round water lover, she has always had a passion to protect nature and the ocean. Her Marine Environmental Protection Masters project was focused on bathing water quality which led to a campaign for correct infrastructure in her hometown in SW Ireland. Lucy has over 15 years working in the marine conservation sector offshore and onshore as a researcher, educator and consultant. Lucy has been nominated as an Ashoka Changemaker, Ocean Hero and Ocean Warrior.
Project Leader for the Water Operator Partnership with ANGESEM
Eleanor is a Project Leader for the Water Operator Partnership with ANGESEM, the Malian wastewater company. Alongside this role, Eleanor works with World Waternet's projects in West Africa. Her pipedream is for get the right people to get connected and motivated to make sustainable water management reality. Originating from the UK, Eleanor completed her Physical Geography degree at University of Exeter's Cornwall campus. Here, water is an integral part of life, from surfing between classes or early morning swimming. This was also the time that she fully recognised the importance of responsible wastewater management for both environmental and human health. Upon graduating, she approached water from multiple cultural and sectoral perspectives, but the red thread connecting them all was a passion for bringing together different views to achieve collaborative and sustainable solutions. Eleanor joined the World Waternet after studying at VU University in Amsterdam, because where else would you go to study water management? Now, through World Waternet's local partners, she is able to collaborate and develop ideas on a daily basis, and takes great pride working in the Dutch water sector.
Project manager
Darja Kragić Kok is a project manager at Netherlands Water Partnership. She is passionate about sustainability and has worked on different aspects of water management by implementing participatory approaches for technology selection, resource recovery and closing cycles. Next to working in European context, Darja has experience with projects in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East.
Deltares Singapore Office
Mr Sepehr Eslami, with 10-years+ of experience from marine contracting to consultancy and academia, is a researcher/advisor of coastal engineering at NUSDeltares (Singapore) and a PhD fellow at Utrecht Unviersity (the Netherlands) addressing fluvial and marine dynamics of deltas in the context of global change. With advanced technical, analytical and scientific skills in numerical modelling (fluvial, coastal and urban flow, wave, water quality) and data analytics has has advised/lead a wide range of projects with different scopes (development to execution) in Europe, SE Asia and Middle East. He has recently developed a numerical model of the Mekong mega-Delta in multiple dimensions (using DFlow-FM). He has used the model to develop an integrated framework to study and advise environmental adaptation pathways for the delta, addressing basin-wide flow dynamics.
Senior Advisor
Cheryl Hicks is a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate on water, sanitation and hygiene (https://ceowatermandate.org/); a founding partner and chair of the board at ASE-INFRA Partners, investing in sanitation economy infrastructure; and board member and chair of the impact committee at Quadia Impact Finance. From 2015-2020 Cheryl has been the inaugural Executive Director and CEO of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), a business-led coalition supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the sanitation sector. While at the TBC, Cheryl initiated the Toilet Business Accelerator Programme and established the vision and innovation pathways of the Sanitation Economy.
Senior Advisor on Infrastructure and Water Management at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington DC
Saskia Pardaans has a background in sales, marketing and international affairs. She helped a significant number of companies with exploring and entering international markets. The passion for her work lies in connecting, motivating and boosting different people and companies with the aim to become more successful. In her current position, her primary focus is to connect Dutch and American governments, knowledge institutes and companies to find innovative solutions to water-related problems that threaten communities, economic capital, and quality of life. Top skills: inspiring, motivating, boosting, connecting, inciting to action, organizing, result oriented, practice-oriented, building, entrepreneurial Expertise: economic development, building international networks, organizing trade missions and international events, training and coaching.
Senior Consultant
Sascha is a senior consultant at Carnegie Consult, a development finance consultancy boutique in Maarssen, the Netherlands. She has worked in (development) finance for over 10 years in various positions. Sascha started her career as part of the impact investing team of Actiam (formerly SNS Asset Management) and worked for a pan-Asian microfinance group in Indonesia. Before joining Carnegie Consult she was part of the fund-of-funds team at Triple Jump, doing fund investments in emerging- and frontier markets for a public mandate - the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF). At Carnegie, Sascha worked on various assignments in the field of development finance and debt advisory.
Senior consultant rivers and river management
Job is a flood risk management consultant at HKV, a consultancy firm and knowledge entrepreneur in water and safety founded in 1995. He has been working on flood related projects for 22 years. Since 2003 he is mainly working on flood risk management studies in international settings. The flood risk management projects Job is working on targets development of early warning systems and flood risk assessment in urban, coastal and riverine areas. Detailed and complex flood and damage models are used to simulate flood hazards, damage and risks and the effect of mitigation measures in changing environments (like urbanization and climate change).
Senior Policy Advisor
Dr. Aida Lahi is the Senior Economic Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tirana, Albania. Her main role at the embassy is to strengthen the ties between the private sector and knowledge institutions of both countries. She is also engaged in promoting economic diplomacy priority themes, including water. Mrs. Lahi holds a Master in Business and Administration and a PhD in International Business. In addition to her primary job function at the Dutch Embassy, she is also a Lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Mrs. Lahi speaks fluent English, Italian and German and in the efforts to improve her French and Dutch.
Senior Water Engineer
er Treatment Plants. His current position is Senior Waater Engineer for the European Investment Bank.
Specialist Saline Agriculture
After more than ten years of experience in the field of crop salt tolerance, and the practical implementation of saline agriculture, it is my goal to help farmers world wide to increase their yields under saline conditions. Through our extensive international experience, I now know what is needed to get the right knowledge in the hands of those who need it most: the farmers. By appropriate training and demonstration programs, we can adapt to climate change and make use of vast saline resources currently being completely overlooked! As a member of the FAO WASAG and GACSA working groups we continue to improve yields under saline conditions, necessary for a climate proof futures.
Temporary University Project Specialist
Hagemann articulated the strategic approach to protecting and adapting vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to rising sea levels and other climate hazards. Grant writer for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Supporting the coordination of the inter-agency group State Agencies Fostering Resilience
Vice Mayor
Eize Willem (Ed) Anker (born 30 June 1978) is a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion. Since 26 May 2014 he has been an alderman of Zwolle. Anker started his political career in the youth organisation of the Reformed Political Alliance, one of the predecessors of the ChristianUnion. He studied political science in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2007 Anker was a member of the city council of Zaandam. In 2006 he was nominated for the eight place on the candidate list of the ChristianUnion for the coming elections of the House of Representatives
WaterworX Project Coordinator
Hadi works as a project coordinator for WaterworX and is enrolled in the Young Expert Programme. WaterworX is a Water Operator partnership between utilities (World Waternet and SOMAGEP SA) aiming to improve the performance of the utility in providing potable drinking water, reducing NRW, leadership and organizational development, improving water quality and enabling environment. Hadi’s also engaged in AJPEA, the young water professional’s association in Mali, which is currently working on capacity building and mentoring projects including leadership trainings and career development.

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