The Future is Water Symposium

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The power of sport to make a sustainable & environmental impact

The TFIW symposium is the launch of The Future is Water program, an initiative of the Royal Dutch Water Sports Association & sports marketing agency TIG Sports, and partner of the initiative Allianz. Together they have embraced the challenge of connecting the world of sport with that of the major challenges around sustainability, climate and water in particular.

Being part of the Amsterdam International Water Week enables optimal community engagement and intersectoral collaboration. By bringing together leaders and experts from cities, industries, utilities and sport to discuss integrated solutions, new paths and coalitions, The Future is Water Symposium can make a true impact on the SDG goals.

The Future is Water Symposium: Agenda at Glance*

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Chef de emission NOC*NSF
The Future is Water
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.
The Ocean Race, Learning Programme Manager
The Ocean Race
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.
Assistant Director – Sustainability The R&A
The Future is Water
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.
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.
Founder & CEO Water Foundry
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.
Managing Director of Water Footprint Implementation
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
The Royal Netherlands Watersports 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.
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.
CFO BDR Thermea Group
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.
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.
CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV, CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding, Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership and Member Advisory Board World Waternet
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.
Project Leader for the Water Operator Partnership with ANGESEM
World Waternet and Water Operator Partnership
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.
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