Closing AIWW2021 online conference

This is the session where we wrap up all the ideas, experiences and initiatives discussed during AIWW2021 and shared in the different sessions together with the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment, Veronica Manfredi, Journalist, Ikenna Azuike, the senior advisor for the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate on water, sanitation and hygiene, Cheryl Hicks and Director for Sustainable Business Development in Rabobank, Alain Cracau.

During the closing of the AIWW2021 Online conference, the Integrated Leaders Forum will present their action agendas or statements. This will also be a time to reflect on the future of AIWW on the road to Horizon 2030. We hope you join this session and take some time to process the insightful sessions and discuss concluding remarks together.

In this session we will also get to know the winner of the Sarphati Sanitation Challenge! Aqua for All, World Waternet and Accenture are proud to launch the first ever Sarphati Sanitation Challenge!

Since 2013, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards have sought to honour entrepreneurial contributions to the global sanitation challenge. This year, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards became into the Sarphati Sanitation Challenge, to support promising market-based sanitation solutions on their path to scale. Entrepreneurs who have a scalable and locally-embedded sanitation solution were called on to apply, in order to accelerate access to safe sanitation for all. The theme for this year’s Challenge is ‘Sanitation and Health’, which highlights how entrepreneurial solutions are bridging key gaps and finding opportunities along the sanitation-health nexus.

These are the finalists:

  • Aerosan (Nepal)

Aerosan is a social enterprise offering a design build-operate public toilet management solution through a network of pay-per-use, gender and disabled inclusive hygienic and modern facilities (known as HUBs) with an integrated waste-to-value solution and an evidence-base cleanliness protocol. The HUB model is built on key partnerships with local governments and with the Sanitation Workers Co-op, which is made up of 500 Dalit women living in informal settlements.

  • AKYAS (Jordan)

AKYAS innovated a new faecal sludge management value chain for non-sewered sanitation systems. Their solution aims to provide safe sanitation at low cost, recover resources from human waste in a hygienic, user-friendly approach, and prevent cross-contamination between human waste and the surrounding environment. AKYAS products generate additional financial flow at the back end of the service chain, by tapping into resource recovery from waste-derived products, such as organic fertiliser.

  • change:WATER Labs (US)

change:WATER Labs created iThrone, a waste-shrinking, drop-in toilet that flushes away human waste by evaporating it, extending safe, clean toilet access to communities with no plumbing. This approach tackles a key challenge of distributed sanitation, cutting down on collections by quickly shrinking waste inside the toilet itself. It does this in a way that is low-cost and good for the planet, converting waste into molecular water and power.

  • Mosan (Switzerland)

Mosan provides an ecological, inclusive, market-based sanitation system including a mobile urine-diverting dry-toilet. It is a stand-alone, easily deployable, replicable circular sanitation system, which is low tech, affordable and locally producible. Mosan’s strategy is to scale via social franchising, seeking to enable safe, feasible and accessible community-led sanitation services, thus maximizing its social, environmental and economic impact.

  • WASHKING (Ghana)

WASHKing makes, supplies and installs environmentally safe, accessible and affordable biodigester toilets for low-income and underserved urban households and institutions. The toilets aim to end open defecation and improve poor sanitation challenges in low-income urban communities in Ghana. The sustainable last-mile toilet distribution service uses pay-as-you-go technology, combining smart door-lock, adequate toilet facility and digital payment systems, to provide sanitation for low-income customers.

Director Sustainable Business Development
Alain Cracau is currently Director Sustainable Business Development Rabobank, responsible for sustainable business for the SME and mid-corporate market in the Netherlands. Alain started his career within Rabobank in 1993 in Belgium as corporate banker in Food&Agribusiness and has worked within Rabobank till 2009 in many different commercial and managerial roles servicing Food&Agri corporates. He has been involved in many corporate finance and M&A transactions in Europe. Since 2009 Alain has been developing in-depth experience in Sustainability and Banking through his roles within Triodos Bank, a niche player in Sustainable banking and FMO Developing Bank, the Dutch Multilateral bank, from 2009 to 2013. In 2013 rejoined Rabobank as Global Head Sustainable Business Development and implemented the 2020 Sustainable strategy for Rabobank, which included focus on Circular Economy.
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.
Mayor of Rotterdam
Mayor Aboutaleb, who came to the Netherlands from Morocco at the age of 15, is the first mayor of a large city in the Netherlands who is of both immigrant origin and the Muslim faith. Mayor Aboutaleb started his career in media and public relations, then became director of the Forum organisation, an institute dealing with multiculturalism in the Netherlands. In January 2004, Aboutaleb succeeded Rob Oudkerk as alderman in Amsterdam. He then served as the State Secretary for social affairs, and then eventually became appointed as mayor of Rotterdam in October of 2008. Mayor Aboutaleb has often been in the media spotlight for his stances on issues of immigration, race, and faith.
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.
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.
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