Speakers

Jelle Mens
Project Director
Jelle Mens earned his stripes in marine engineering by heading several branch offices of Van Oord all over the world and managing a variety of large complex dredging projects. He has been working in the industry for over 40 years and gained extensive knowledge of projects containing rock work, construction of shore protections, groynes, breakwaters and dike revetments. As Project Director, Jelle is now managing the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk on behalf of combination Levvel.
Stuart Orr
Leader of WWF's Freshwater Practice
Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He has spent his career devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation by engaging business and finance, and focussing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives, bankable financing and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein. He serves on a number of advisory councils and non-profit boards as well as supporting conservation projects in over 40 countries. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.
Dayna Linley-Jones
Director, Engagement Services
Dayna Linley-Jones is a Stewardship Services Director at Sustainalytics. Since 2008, she has had various roles at Sustainalytics, a provider of high-quality, analytical environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and data to institutional investors and companies. She currently leads the Localized Water Management thematic engagement where she dialogues with corporates operating in a shared water basin, on behalf of investors. In her previous roles, she was responsible for overseeing ESG ratings research, ensuring quality assurance and conducting best-of-sector analysis. In 2012 and 2013, Dayna was named best Environmental and Social Analyst in the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey.​ Her previous experience spans corporate policy writing, environmental auditing and hydrogeology-focused consulting.
Peter Díez
Director for International Affairs
Peter Díez is Director for International Affairs at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. His portfolio covers the full range of international policies within the ministry. Besides climate and climate change, environmental and spatial planning policies, the mandate of the ministry encompasses all water and transport issues.
Ivo Demmers
Director
Ivo Demmers is director of the corporate Research Programme on Food Security and Valuing Water of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).Previously, he was Programme Leader for the Sustainable Water Management programme within the Environmental Science Group of WUR. Before joining WUR in 2014 he held senior management positions in the private and non-governmental sector. He has experience in working in several capacities in the Netherlands, Africa, (eastern) Europe, Asia and the United States.
Willemien van Asselt
Director of International Relations and Cooperation
Willemien van Asselt is Director of International Relations and Cooperation at the Topsector Agri&Food – one of the 9 Topsectors of the Netherlands. In her capacity - Willemien set up a new international strategy – based on the Dutch Public private driven Knowledge and innovation agenda for Agriculture, Water and Food. (www.kialandbouwwatervoedsel.nl). She is a member of the World Economic Forum Food innovation Hubs Ambassadors group. She also part of the Biobased Battle Jury for AVANS university of Applied Research
Martin Lok
Executive Director
With more than 25 years of experience as policy maker for the Netherland’s government, Martin has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, nature policy, international biodiversity policy and green growth policy. Currently, Martin is the Executive Director and member of the Management Board of the Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration redefining value to transform decision-making.
Jan Jansen
Private Business Developer
Jan spent his career in the agricultural sector, producing feed for livestock and developing knowledge for feed production. In the last years, as a privat business developer from de World Biobased Center Zevenellen, he wants to create a circular Biobased Economy connected to the regional foodproduction, processing and valuation, positioned as a showcase from our Limburgse technologie and craftsmanship for a sustainable foodproduction over de whole world.
Stuart Reigeluth
Founder
Stuart Reigeluth is Founder of REVOLVE. He holds an MBA (2015) from the Solvay-Ponts business school (Brussels-Paris) and a MA (2005) in Arab and Middle East Studies from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He has contributed to numerous media outlets, including Foreign Policy, El Pais, El Mundo, al-Hayat, European Voice, EURACTIV, Gulf News, The Daily Star, and al-Ahram Weekly.
Noura Chehab
Water Research and Innovation Manager
Water Research and Innovation Manager for the Water sector at NEOM (Saudi Arabia) where she is responsible for global business development.