Speaker Listing 1

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.
Environmental and sustainability manager
Aalke is working for AquaMinerals, a shared company of the Dutch drinking water companies and a number of Waterboards. AquaMinerals brings the residuals and recovered resources to the market. Aalke is responsible for sustainability and compliance issues like end-of-waste for recovered resources. As such she is involved in the end-of-waste procedures for struvite and cellulose and the lobby on relevant legislation for recovered resources from the water cycle. Before Aalke worked at the (former) Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. She did a master’s in Engineering and Policy Analysis at Delft Technical University.
Deputy Director
canning of new technologies, to the technology translation and ultimately to identify the opportunities for the deployment of the technology in PUB.
Technical Advisor
Jean-Pierre Tabuchi is a hydrogeologist and he spend 25 years at Seine Normandy Water Agency where he worked during a long time on stormwater management. After that he was in charge during 7 years of managing financial support to major water public companies (water supply and sanitation) in Paris region. In 2009 he joined the SIAAP where he is project manager in Territorial Strategy Department in the field of prospective. He’s currently involved in water management evolution in the Greater Paris, energy and sludge management, alternative sanitation, climate change, smart systems. Jean-Pierre is also involved in technical assistance in integrated water resources management in China and Cuba.
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.
Global Policy Lead Freshwater
Dean is currently global policy lead for freshwater at WWF International. He holds a MBA from Maastricht University, a Master in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa and recently joined the University of Cambridge's Master of Social Innovation program. He has worked across the consulting and mining industry in Africa before joining WWF-South Africa to lead their source water protection program. Over the last 4 years Dean has led WWF global policy work on water, engaging with UN agencies and governments across the world.
Architect and Urban Planner
Justine Shapiro-Kline leads planning, urban design, and research projects focused on adaptation to climate change and its impacts. A co-editor of the recent publication Building with Nature: Creating, implementing, and upscaling Nature-based Solutions (ONE & EcoShape; nai010 publishers, 2020), her practice prioritizes participatory design and integration of natural systems to support sustainable community development. Justine co-founded the Community Adaptation Learning Exchange, a peer-learning collective focused on advancing climate adaptation efforts at the community level.
Urban economist and planner
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Managing Principal
Dan is a Managing Principal at Pegasys. He has more than 13 years’ experience working in the fields of climate change, water, renewable energy, and innovative infrastructure finance. His more recent experience spans Southern Africa (having lived and worked in South Africa for four years) as well as having led multiple engagements in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) as well as West Africa (Nigeria). He is based in London. Dan specialises in designing innovative financing and project preparation mechanisms for African infrastructure and urban resilience. He has a strong track record of advising government, development finance institutions and bi-lateral donors on the strategic conceptualisation, governance and operating structures for climate change facilities, funds and programs. Dan also has an established track record of helping facilitate the development of impactful public-private partnerships. He built this as an advisor to the Environment Team at the World Economic Forum (WEF). This experience was extended as a partnership & investment advisor at the Global Green Growth Institute in Korea where Dan worked with senior policy makers and corporate executives to launch multi-year investment partnerships for renewable energy in emerging markets. Dan started his career at JPMorgan, Accenture Strategy and is a graduate of Cambridge University.
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.
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.
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.