Speakers

Cheryl Hicks
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.
Saskia Pardaans
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.

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