Speakers at AIWW2021

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.
Aalke Lida de Jong
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.
Gurdev Singh
Deputy Director
canning of new technologies, to the technology translation and ultimately to identify the opportunities for the deployment of the technology in PUB.
Jean-Pierre Tabuchi
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.
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.
Dean Muruven
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.
Justine Shapiro-Kline
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.
Anirudh Rajashekar
Urban economist and planner
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Dan Seddon-Daines
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.
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.
Matthijs Zijlmans
Program advisor
Jurre de Bok
Advisor Multilateral Development Banks at Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Lawrence Kimaru
WASH Advisor at SNV
My role as a Local-YEP is as the WASH Advisor for SNV in providing advisory services - Demonstrating and Up-scaling of an Innovative Sanitation Value Chain for the (Peri)-Urban Low Income Areas project. Follow my projects on: http://yepwater.com/lawrencekimaru and http://rsr.akvo.org/project/2223/
Henk Ovink
Ambassador for Water, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Cabinet of the Netherlands as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in 2015. As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organisations, the private sector and NGOs to address the world’s pressing water needs and help initiate transformative interventions.
Martin Sobota
Founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism
Martin is a founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism and managing partner of the office in Rotterdam. Martin is responsible for strategic location development and international projects. He specializes in architecture and urban design with a socio-economic impact – in the Netherlands, Southeast Europe, and Southeast Asia, but also in emerging economies.
Philip Russel
Assistant Director – Sustainability The R&A
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.
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.
Taqsem Khan
CEO
Taqsem Khan is the Managing Director and CEO of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Bangladesh. Taqsem is a Visionary Leader and a successful reformer who made dramatic reform named “Dhaka WASA Turn Around Program” for last 12 years and converted a losing organization into a profitable, environment friendly, sustainable, pro-people and good governance public sector water utility in Southeast Asia by increasing production, increasing revenue income 3 times, reducing NRW from 40% to 7% in DMA area, reducing operating ratio to 0.66, introducing paperless e-billing system, ensuring water for all including low income community with 98% revenue collection. Taqsem has 40 years of vast management experience. He obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow, USSR in 1981, and started his professional career with PHILIPS Bangladesh Ltd. as Production Engineer. From 1988 to 1998 Taqsem worked in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), as Chief Engineer. Prior to joining WASA in 2009, Taqsem was involved with different NGOs in USA and Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008 and also worked as Senior Management Consultant in a Management Training Company.
Malena Galmarini
CEO
Malena Galmarini has a degree in Political Science, Government and Administration. In December 2019, she became the first female President of Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (Aysa), the second largest water and sanitation company in Latin America and the fifth in the world. Lic. Galmarini also chairs the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation Operators (ALOAS). She is a provincial deputy elected by the Province of Buenos Aires in use of license and previously served as Secretary of Health Policy and Human Development and Councilor of the Municipality of Tigre, among others.
William Sarni
Founder & CEO 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.
Roelof Kruize
CEO of Waternet
Roelof Kruize is CEO of Waternet, the public water cycle organization of the municipality of Amsterdam and the regional water Authority Amstel Gooi and Vecht (AGV) since 2006. He held various positions at the Municipality of Amsterdam and between 2008 and 2012 he combined his position at Waternet and AGV with the position of CEO of the Waste to Energy Company of Amsterdam (AEB). Roelof engaged in the development of many national and international activities. He was President of the Royal Netherlands Water Network and President of the European Water Association and is the Dutch representative in the board of the International Water Association (IWA). He is Chairman of the Top Sector Water (water technology) of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Moreover, he is Chairman of the Board of control of AquaMinerals, member of the board of the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Cultural Centre “de Balie” and Chairman of the Aquatech Advisory Committee. In 2003 he was elected Governmental Manager of the year in the Netherlands.
Menno Holterman
CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV, CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding, Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership and Member Advisory Board 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.
Carolina Wielinga
CFO BDR 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.
Jérôme van der Maes
Chairman
Jérôme van der Maes, LLM, MA is chairman of ‘Delfland Inclusive’ and project manager water quality at the Water Authority of Delfland. Jérôme took the initiative to start-up diversity and inclusion, first for LGTBQ and now working towards an integral focus on diversity and inclusion in Delfland. Jérôme has just published an article on diversity and inclusion in the ‘Social Inclusion’ edition of the Dutch magazine Water Governance: water-governance.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021-02-Sociale-inclusiviteit_DEF.pdf
Marcelien de Koning
Chef de emission NOC*NSF
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.
Lisa Brand
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of LG Sonic
Lisa Maria Brand is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of LG Sonic. This innovative, Dutch company develops technologies to monitor and control algal blooms on large scale. In the last years, they have grown to a global company with projects in 55 countries worldwide. They work with drinking water utilities, governments and (nuclear) power plants, to remediate large lakes and reservoirs without the use of chemicals. Lisa Brand is a microbiologist with years of experience in the field of water quality. For the last 12 years, she has studied algal blooms in lakes worldwide and focused on developing solutions to remediate their toxic effects in our environment. Lisa is an experienced project manager, she has coordinated and collaborated on various national and European research projects that involve freshwater quality analysis and improvement measures. Lisa played a key role in the development of MPC-Buoy and MPC-NanoBubble, technologies that received BlueTech Research Award 2019 “Best Technology Innovation”, Aquatech LATAM Award 2019 and Aquatech Innovation Award 2019., among the others.
Roelof Moll
Executive Coordinator of the ZERO BRINE project, and Manager of the Hydraulic Structures & Flood Risk section
Sophie Vermooten
Hydrogeologist and region coordinator for Europe
Sophie Vermooten (Deltares) is a hydrogeologist with 18 years of experience in groundwater related projects related to fresh water supply or remediation of contaminated sites in the Netherlands and abroad. She has worked in different countries like China, Syria, Yemen, Italy, Kuwait, Tunisia, South Africa, Morocco, Madagascar and Australia A key initiative she is leading since 2016 is the development of the WaterLOUPE approach, in cooperation with the private sector. WaterLOUPE supports multi-actor decision-making and collaborative action for water stewardship in water stressed basins with the aim to reduce the impact of water scarcity. She is the Deltares region manager for Europe, coordinating the Deltares' business development related to specialised consultancy and R&D in that region. At Water Europe she was recently appointed as one of the members of the Policy Advisory Committee, representing the European research institutes.
Annadel Cabanban
Country Representative and Program Manager
Dr. Annadel S. Cabanban, Country Representative and Program Manager of Wetlands International Philippines Programme. Annadel Salvio Cabanban obtained her Ph. D. in Marine Biology at James Cook University, Australia in 1992. She was in the academe in the Philippines and in Malaysia from 1979 to 2006. Interspersed in her academic career are regional, environmental projects funded by the Australian Government, WorldFish Center, Conservation International, and World Wide Fund for Nature. She has participated in various capacities in regional projects in the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), Sulu-Celebes (Sulawesi) LME, Pacific LME with grants from the Global Environment Fund, International Waters Focal Area since 1995 to the present and implemented by the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme. She was the Co-Chair of the Large Marine Ecosystem and Open Oceans Working Group, International Waters Science Project (GEF ID 3343), UNEP and a member of the regional team on the South China Sea Impact Evaluation Study of the GEF. At present, she is engaged in the implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project in Southeast Asia and Pacific Countries. She is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Society for Reef Studies.
Erik Roesink
CTO & Founder
NX Filtration’s founder Erik Roesink is professor at the University of Twente leading the chair Advanced Membranes for Aqueous Applications. He researches polymeric membranes, including the development of novel membranes and the application of membrane technology for water treatment, membrane bio-reactors and waste water treatment.
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
Jaap Stuiver
Co-founder and director of Bluecon International bv.
Jaap Stuiver, 58 years, is the co-founder and director of Bluecon International bv. Bluecon was founded in 2016 and has developed a revolutionary decentralized wastewater treatment solution for villages and small towns. This unique technology, built in a 40ft container, purifies the wastewater 24/7 and makes it suitable for reuse for irrigation and industrial use. Jaap Stuiver has completed a study in Land and Water Management and has a degree in Master and Business Administration. Before the establishment of Bluecon, Jaap Stuiver was responsible in a number of management positions in the concrete industry, with the emphasis mainly on grow, innovation and making the products more sustainable
Alain Cracau
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.
Alex Reed
Director
Alex Reed was appointed director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in November 2019. The office has a multi-faceted approach to resilience, including coral reef protection; preservation of coastal and aquatic management areas; beach and inlet management; and the implementation of ecosystem restoration projects to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and state-managed lands for the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and storms. Alex has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Florida State University.
Rasoul D Mikkelsen
Director for Strategic Business Development in Africa and Asia
More than 25 years experience within strategic partnershis with key stakeholders such as governments, International organistaions, International NGOs, development policy, project financing and investment in developing countries with focus in Africa and Asia. Exploring business opportunities and impact in relation to SDGs (SDG6,SDG13,SDG17,SDG1) and trade and development discussions. Specialised in dialogue, negotitaion and building complex , long term and strategic partnerships in multi-cultral settings with private and public sector, with International NGOs, Governemnts, International Financial Institutions, Multi and bilateral donors in developing countries as well as the HQ level.
Luong Phuoc Vinh
Director
David Nobles
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.
Adriaan Mels
Regional Director for VEI
Adriaan Mels works as the regional director for VEI BV, a CSR company of the Dutch water utilities Vitens NV and Evides Waterbedrijf NV. VEI is active in international collaboration, supporting performance improvements of urban water utilities in Africa and Asia and contributing to SDG-6. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Mels has initiated and supervised utility improvement programs in a.o. Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Suriname, Vietnam, and The Philippines. Topics a.o. included leakage reduction, revenue increase, customer service improvements, leadership development and attracting investment finance.
Veronica Manfredi
Director for Quality of Life (Clean Air, Seas and Water Management, Industrial Emissions & Safety, Mercury laws)
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.
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz
Environmental Compliance Water / Waste Water Biodiversity Quality &EHS
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz is an expert in Environmental Protection, with a focus on waste water, water resources, and biodiversity, working at L’Oréal corporate QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) department of Operations. His scope is water and waste water management of L’Oréal’s Operations worldwide in order to evaluate and to reduce the impact of the industrial activities, especially on local water resources and biodiversity. He is focused on the development of strategies and projects that are combining business, economic and environmental protection in a holistic manner. Hans-Ulrich Buchholz started his +25 year career with engineering and international project management of water treatment for municipalities and industry. This was followed by key account responsibility for commercial and technical development and the lead of environmental projects in the sector of the Pulp & Paper/ chemical industry, within the SUEZ group.
Dimitris Xevgenos
Executive Coordinator and Innovative Manager
Highly educated engineer with a multi-disciplinary background, greatly selfmotivated for sustainable and circular economy solution in the water sector. Dimitris designed the innovative evaporator system within his PhD and originated the follow-up EU projects that have led to its commercialization. Currently he is serving as Executive Project Coordinator at the WATER-MINING project, through his position as Senior Scientific Coordinator at TU Delft.
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.
Erik Roesink
CTO & Founder
NX Filtration’s founder Erik Roesink is professor at the University of Twente leading the chair Advanced Membranes for Aqueous Applications. He researches polymeric membranes, including the development of novel membranes and the application of membrane technology for water treatment, membrane bio-reactors and waste water treatment.
Bas Reedijk
Head of
Bas Reedijk has 33 years of experience in design of marine structures and is Head of DMC’s Coastal engineering and Water Management department. Bas innovates by combining out-of-the-box-thinking with a practical hand-on mentality. He is the inventor of the original Xbloc and was involved in multiple innovations such as the BoxBarrier and Xstream. Bas won the Dutch Engineer of the Year 2020 award as a recognition for the many creative and innovative solutions he has generated.
Diederik Samsom
Head of cabinet
Diederik Maarten Samsom (born 10 July 1971) is a Dutch environmentalist and retired politician who served the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid PvdA) from 2012 to 2016. He was the first leader in the 70-year history of the PvdA to have been voted out of his position by party members. Since November 2019 Samsom is head of cabinet for First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
Paul Muller
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.
Herman Mondeel
Head of the PMC (Product Market Combination or Business Unit) Watermanagement
Herman is head of the Watermanagement department of Witteveen+Bos and has over 15 years of professional experience concerning urban and rural integrated water management, water resource management and flood management, including the agricultural sector. Herman has ample experience international experience, including South-East Asia.
Dimitris Xevgenos
Executive Coordinator and Innovative Manager
Highly educated engineer with a multi-disciplinary background, greatly selfmotivated for sustainable and circular economy solution in the water sector. Dimitris designed the innovative evaporator system within his PhD and originated the follow-up EU projects that have led to its commercialization. Currently he is serving as Executive Project Coordinator at the WATER-MINING project, through his position as Senior Scientific Coordinator at TU Delft.
Nikita van Velzen
Intern
Ikenna Azuike
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.
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.
Irene Wittmer
Head of the Water Quality Platform
2001-2006 I studied environmental science at ETH Zürich 2006-2011 : PhD: Influenc of agricultural pesticide and urban biocide use on load dynamics in surface watesr (eawag, aquatic research Institute / ETH) 2011-2015: Project work: Development of a method for diffuse micoropollutant inputs to surface waters Since 2015: leader of the platform waterquality (www.waterquality.ch)
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.
Roelof Moll
Executive Coordinator of the ZERO BRINE project, and Manager of the Hydraulic Structures & Flood Risk section
Andy Smith
Smart Water Strategy Manager
Currently working as Smart Water Strategy Manager for Anglian Water. I have the privilege of leading a team of high performing subject matter experts focused on the development of Smart Water Systems, driving innovation and digital transformation within the business to meet the challenges facing the water sector.
Dennis van peppen
Lead Water Programmes
Dennis van Peppen, manager of global issues and water at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). During trade missions Mr. Van Peppen also functions as Deputy Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands. He is an experienced project and programme management experience in both public and private sector, who has a passion for water management but also for international development, international politics and international political economy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam.
Maeve Hall
Group Sustainable Manufacturing Manager
Background in Civil & Environmental Engineering with experience working across research, WASH, footprinting and corporate water & climate strategy, I have been leading Unilever’s water programme within global manufacturing operations for the past 8 years including water efficiency, circular water and water stewardship.
Daniel Woodworth
Network Strategy Manager
Daniel is a Chartered Engineer with 13 years’ experience in the water industry. Following a graduate position in the Water Networks Team at Atkins, Daniel has worked for SES water for 8 years in various operational roles, responsible for leakage and network delivery. In his current role as Network Strategy Manager Daniel is leading a team who will drive considerable change to the way SES Water manage their network operations, leakage and asset management activities in AMP7. Responsible for a number of strategic projects with the aim of achieving a marked improvement in service in areas such as leakage and network performance. His focus is on developing a sustainable strategy which will deliver real improvements both for current and future generations.
Rik Thijssen
Manager Business Development
Rik Thijssen is the Manager of Business Development at Vitens, the largest water utility in The Netherlands, and member of the management team. Rik is responsible for driving innovation in Vitens as part of the company’s strategy. Innovation, smart grids, digitalization, sustainability, circular economy, customer technology and datascience are the main topics. He is heavily involved in the Vitens Smart Grid programme. Rik is joining Vitens for 8 years, holds a BSc in microbiology, and is a graduate of The Academy for Management at Groningen University and is member of the innovation & technology commission of the National Employers’ Organization.
Iris Bijlsma
Business Relationship Manager
Currently Business Relationship Manager at NWP. Earlier, Iris has been involved in many activities of the Arcadis Shelter Program, as project leader for the Shelter Academy and organizing Shelter workshops in Arcadis offices worldwide. She also took part in Urban Thinkers Campuses, providing expertise in panels and presentations.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->
Jan-Willem Vosmeer
Global Manager Sustainable Development & Stakeholder Engagement
Jan-Willem is Global Manager Sustainable Development & Stakeholder Engagement. He has been closely involved in the development and launch of HEINEKEN’s 2030 sustainability strategy, ‘Brew a Better World’ and is responsible for stakeholder engagement, with a specific eye for investors and NGOs. Jan-Willem also has extensive experience in Water Stewardship and Sustainability Reporting. He has degrees in Organisational Anthropology and Communications.
Romano Radjkoemar
Program Manager, WaterWorX program Vietnam, VEI
Diederik Timmer
Managing Director
Diederik Timmer is Managing Director of Timmer & Partners B.V. He is currently working as director for the Province of Limburg. Experienced project director for large infrastructural project in administratively complex environments. Leading role in major organizational changes. Among other things, he was an advisor on behalf of the Dutch government in New Orleans, director of the client of the A2 tunnel Maastricht, was chairman of the gate review team of Zuidasdok in Amsterdam and project director flood protection Limburg.
Ioana Dobrescu
Managing Director of 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.
Arno van Gerven
Managing Director of The Royal Netherlands Watersport 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.
Annelies Schenk
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.
Daniella Levine Cava
Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA Overseeing a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees, nearly 3 million residents and an annual budget of almost $9 billion, Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County’s first-ever woman Mayor in November 2020. Working as a social worker, lawyer, community activist and environmental defender for nearly four decades before holding public office, Mayor Levine Cava has actively advocated for years to ensure that projects move forward to completion in the southern Everglades within Miami-Dade County’s part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. For this work, she earned the 2020 Public Service Award from the Everglades Coalition honoring her unwavering efforts to protect and restore the Everglades, where she regularly enjoys canoeing on vacations with her family.
Barbara Visser
Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management
Barbara Visser is a Croatian-Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Since 31 August 2021, she serves as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands in the third Rutte cabinet.[2] She previously served as State Secretary for Defence from 26 October 2017 to 31 August 2021. From September 20, 2012 to October 26, 2017 she was a Member of Parliament for the VVD. As a Member of Parliament, Ms Visser was spokesperson for housing, traffic, water, aviation and fisheries. In 2010-2012 she was an alderman in the municipality of Zaanstad and before that she worked in the business community and at the tax authorities.
Amrita Gautam
Civil Engineer and PHD candidate
Amrita Gautam is a Civil Engineer, pursuing her doctoral research (final phase) in Technical University of Cologne, Germany, with special focus in Hydro-Informatics: Water Supply Engineering and Management, having work experiences from various ‘United Nations (UN) Organizations and Research Projects’ in Nepal, Germany, Mozambique, Brazil, Canada & USA. As a Young Water Professional, Amrita has been involved in World Youth Parliament for Water; International Water Association; Soroptimist International; Youth for the Rhine; and Girls in Tech – Nepal. She was awarded with ‘Women with Vision 2018’, received Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) Scholarship Award in 2019 and got selected as an Ambassador of Rising Smart Water Professionals (RiSWP/SWAN) in 2021. Her ongoing doctoral research is about “Water Supply and Quality Monitoring via Emerging Technologies”, and the case study area is Pokhara Metropolitan City (PMC), Nepal. She has founded a research initiative - drinkPani (www.drinkpani.net), which refers to 'Drinking Water Information Kit' and believes in ‘Shaping Digital Water Future’.
Maarten Nederlof
Policy Advisor, Wastewater, Aa en Maas
Maarten Nederlof has a PhD in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. He has been active in de water sector for more than 25 years now. He worked as a scientist on water technology at the KWR watercycle research institute, and at Wetsus (European centre of excellence for sustainable water terchnology). He worked as a process engineer for Vitens (the largest drinking water company in he Netherlands) and at present for 6 years now at Waterboard Aa en Maas. His main focus is on the improvement of effluent water quality of waste water treatment plants. Especially regarding nutrients and organic micropollutants, such as pharmaceuticals. He is programme manager of the National Implementation Programme fort he removal of pharmaceuticals out of WWTP effluent.
Chrysi Laspidou
Professor and Vice-President
Chrysi Laspidou is a Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece. Her research interests include resource Nexus and water informatics, mathematical modeling and simulation of physical-chemical and biological processes that take place in natural aquatic systems and other ecosystems, as well as urban water issues, resource depletion and sustainability, virtual water and water-carbon-ecological footprint. She has conducted research in many different aspects of water, from performing mathematical modeling of aquatic system processes to computational biology relevant to ecosystem function, to the socio-economic aspects of water use and water resource management. She is involved in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects that are mainly on innovative multisensors and/or biosensors, smart urban water management, smart cities and ICT for improving ecosystem function and quality. She has recently been elected the Vice-President of Research and Technology at Water Europe, while she is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth. She has published over 60 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings and is actively involved either as a Principal Investigator, or as a Coordinator in research projects funded by the European Commission, or national sources.
Patricia Osseweijer
Professor
Patricia Osseweijer is full professor and Section Leader of “Section Biotechnology and Society. Her drive is to link technological innovation in biobased production with societal challenges to build a sustainable bioeconomy. Research interest focus on integral sustainable design of value chains, impact assessment, the role of values, trust and responsibility in achieving sustainability, stakeholder and public interaction, public opinion forming, novel designs of public communication and their relevance for policy making and ethics. In 2015 she was awarded the Royal Academy of the Netherlands distinguished Lorentz fellowship for integrating social sciences and technology.
Prof. Damir Brdanovic
Professor of Sanitary Engineering
Dr. Damir Brdjanovic is Professor of Sanitary Engineering at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Endowed Professor at Delft University of Technology and Honorary Professor at Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building. Areas of his expertise include city-wide inclusive sanitation, non-sewered sanitation and faecal sludge management, and urban drainage and wastewater treatment. He is a pioneer in the practical application of models in wastewater treatment practice in developing countries. He is co-inventor of DEMOS©: Digital Epidemic Observatory and Management System, and of the Shit Killer® device for excreta management in emergencies, the award-winning eSOS® Smart Toilet and the medical toilet MEDiLOO®. He has initiated the development and implementation of innovative didactic approaches and novel educational products (including e-learning) at IHE Delft. Brdjanovic is co-founder and director of the Global Sanitation Graduate School and co-founder of Global Partnership of Laboratories for Faecal Sludge Analysis. During the last decade he was instrumental in acquiring in excess of 30 million USD grants, primarily from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and European Commission. In addition to dozen of PhD students, in excess of 150 MSc students have graduated under his supervision so far. Prof. Brdjanovic has a sound publication record, including publications in Science and Nature, is co-initiator of the IWA Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, and is the initiator, author and editor of nine books in the sanitation field. In 2015 he became an IWA Fellow, in 2018 received the IWA Publishing Award, and in 2019 IWA Water and Development Research Award 2019 Runner Up.
Kathleen Dominique
Programme Lead Financing Water
Lead OECD's work on financing water-related investment, including the Roundtable on Financing Water - a global public-private platform to scale up action and financing for investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth. Frequent speaker on topics related to water economics, finance and policy. Faculty member of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po teaching a course on finance and investment for water security.
Vetrivel Dhagumudi
Global Water Program Leader
Vetrivel Dhagumudi works as a Global Program Leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. As a program leader he manages the enterprise-wide water reduction goals, through which fresh water usage has been reduced by 13 billion gallons to date and WaterLoupe, an interactive water management tool along with Deltares which allows users to assess water risk for an entire watershed as well as for a specific sector and sub-group over 30 years, has been developed. He has also developed a model to establish context based water targets for sites located in high water stress regions. Vetri also provides leadership across the enterprise and serves as the central point of contact for any and all interfaces on the subject of water & wastewater. During his tenure, Vetri led the organization to formulate long-term sustainability goals for water & solid waste management and high-level strategy execution to support them. Vetri has a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Engineering and has also written and published papers on water reuse for industrial applications at various conferences.
Annadel Cabanban
Country Representative and Program Manager
Dr. Annadel S. Cabanban, Country Representative and Program Manager of Wetlands International Philippines Programme. Annadel Salvio Cabanban obtained her Ph. D. in Marine Biology at James Cook University, Australia in 1992. She was in the academe in the Philippines and in Malaysia from 1979 to 2006. Interspersed in her academic career are regional, environmental projects funded by the Australian Government, WorldFish Center, Conservation International, and World Wide Fund for Nature. She has participated in various capacities in regional projects in the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), Sulu-Celebes (Sulawesi) LME, Pacific LME with grants from the Global Environment Fund, International Waters Focal Area since 1995 to the present and implemented by the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme. She was the Co-Chair of the Large Marine Ecosystem and Open Oceans Working Group, International Waters Science Project (GEF ID 3343), UNEP and a member of the regional team on the South China Sea Impact Evaluation Study of the GEF. At present, she is engaged in the implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project in Southeast Asia and Pacific Countries. She is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Society for Reef Studies.
Steven van Rossum
Moderator
Steven van Rossum chose after his study Social Geography in Utrecht, entrepreneurial freedom and worked for various commercial and public organizations as an interim manager. In 2007 he joined Waternet as an interim manager. In 2014 he joined the board of Directors of Waternet as Programme director, and in 2016 he became CEO of World Waternet. World Waternet is a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving sustainable access to clean, sufficient and safe water for all. In 2020 Steven van Rossum chose to be active as an interim-manager again and was asked by the Ministry of Economic affairs and the Topsector Water & Maritime to develop a strategy to enlarge the export of the Dutch Water technology sector. This resulted in the programme called WTEX10 – Accelerating Dutch Water Technology Export which is currently being executed under his supervision together with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Water Alliance. In 2021 he was appointed as Chair of the steering committee of the YEP programme, The main goal of the programme is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in the field of Water, Agrofood and renewable Energy in an international environment through Dutch organisations.
Lucy Hunt
The Ocean Race, Learning Programme Manager
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.
Katherine Hagemann
Resilience Program Manager
Katherine Hagemann is the Resilience Program Manager for Adaptation within the Office of Resilience at Miami-Dade County. Her work focuses primarily on climate change and adaptation and implementing the County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy. Before moving to Miami she also worked on coastal climate adaptation during the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience competitions. She earned her Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science where she studied how cities can use a hybrid of grey and green infrastructure to adapt to rising sea levels.
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.
Jacqueline Barendse
Jacqueline has over 30 years of hands-on experience in finance and business development for micro- to large enterprises in different sectors (industry, ICT, financial sector, infrastructure) and in developing countries. She worked for Philips, ING Bank, Triodos Bank and Ecorys. In recent Jacqueline was Director of WASTE, an NGO focusing on sanitation and waste. Over the years she was involved in numerous investment initiatives and investment committees of public entities (a.o. RVO, FMO, World Bank) and private entities (a.o Triple Jump, Take-A-Stake). Also she was a Board Member of the Netherlands Water Partnership. Currently, Jacqueline works on the launching of Take-A-Stake an investment fund for Small Growing Business in Africa and Asia and is the project leader for the Mekong Delta Business Platform (a joint initiative of Top sectors Agriculture, Horticulture, Water and logistics to link Dutch solutions to opportunities arising from the agro-transformation in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam).
Eleanor Treadwell
Project Leader for the Water Operator Partnership with ANGESEM
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.
Jeroen Klooster
Project manager / Senior Economist
Jeroen Klooster (1962) is an experienced economist with ARCADIS, specialized in policy evaluation, financial and social cost benefit analysis and funding. Jeroen has been active for more than 30 years in different policy areas including water management, natural capital, urban restructuring, cultural heritage, and transportation. Jeroen is specialized in assessing the financial and economic viability of projects, including principles of circular economy and Building with Nature. Jeroen has been involved in many international projects in Asia (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru) and Europe (Belgium, Georgia, Poland). Within Arcadis Nederland Jeroen is actively involved in business development of ANL water management projects, focusing on Latin America, cooperating closely with Arcadis Latam colleagues.
Jorge Enrique Sáenz
Project Manager and Senior Advisor
Civil Engineer, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1972 Since December 2014 to date, Manager and Project Director at JESyCA S.A.S. Project Manager and Senior Advisor for projects related to studies, designs, consultancy services, environmental impact and inspection services in the areas of river and coastal engineering, internal navigable waterways, dredging, river transportation, ports, access channels, flood control and use of water resources.
Darja Kragic Kok
Project manager
Darja Kragić Kok is a project manager at Netherlands Water Partnership. She is passionate about sustainability and has worked on different aspects of water management by implementing participatory approaches for technology selection, resource recovery and closing cycles. Next to working in European context, Darja has experience with projects in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East.
Daniel Truneh
Regional Team Leader
Dieter Staat
Representer
Dieter is permanently working and living in Brussels, where he represents the interests of the Dutch Water Authorities and the Dutch water companies. Since 2016, he is lobbying on all water-related EU legislation. By doing so, he is active in many EU umbrella organisations and maintaining close contact with key EU decisionmakers at the European Commission, Council and European Parliament. Dieter also worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union, during the EU Council Presidency. Before that he worked as policy advisor in the European Parliament. He holds a BA Political Science and MA of European Union Studies of Leiden University.
Jorge Enrique Sáenz
Project Manager and Senior Advisor
Civil Engineer, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1972 Since December 2014 to date, Manager and Project Director at JESyCA S.A.S. Project Manager and Senior Advisor for projects related to studies, designs, consultancy services, environmental impact and inspection services in the areas of river and coastal engineering, internal navigable waterways, dredging, river transportation, ports, access channels, flood control and use of water resources.
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 is Senior Advisor on Infrastructure and Water Management at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington DC, representing the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management in the USA. Her focus is on the topics of water management and climate adaptation. The aim of this work is: protection and sustainability: flood risk reduction, coastal and flood zone restoration, ecosystem resilience, urban adaptation and urban water management, and landscape design for risk reduction of public utilities. Before her posting at the Embassy , Saskia Pardaans has served as the Chief Representative for the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Houston, Texas. The NBSO aims to promote the Netherlands and its companies in Texas and Texas in the Netherlands. One of the most important sectors in Texas is water, in the broadest sense of the word. Saskia Pardaans has a background in sales, marketing, communications and international affairs. Previously, she worked as interim manager to lay the groundwork for several organizations for commercial and customer-oriented thinking. Prior to her assignment with the NBSO and her move to the United States, Saskia was managing director and senior trainer for 12 years at her own training agency. Besides, she also worked as an area manager with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, the largest employers’ organization in the Netherlands.
Sascha Huijsman
Senior Consultant
Sascha is a senior consultant at Carnegie Consult, a development finance consultancy boutique in Maarssen, the Netherlands. She has worked in (development) finance for over 10 years in various positions. Sascha started her career as part of the impact investing team of Actiam (formerly SNS Asset Management) and worked for a pan-Asian microfinance group in Indonesia. Before joining Carnegie Consult she was part of the fund-of-funds team at Triple Jump, doing fund investments in emerging- and frontier markets for a public mandate - the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF). At Carnegie, Sascha worked on various assignments in the field of development finance and debt advisory.
Job Udo
Senior consultant rivers and river management
Job is a flood risk management consultant at HKV, a consultancy firm and knowledge entrepreneur in water and safety founded in 1995. He has been working on flood related projects for 22 years. Since 2003 he is mainly working on flood risk management studies in international settings. The flood risk management projects Job is working on targets development of early warning systems and flood risk assessment in urban, coastal and riverine areas. Detailed and complex flood and damage models are used to simulate flood hazards, damage and risks and the effect of mitigation measures in changing environments (like urbanization and climate change).
Jeroen Klooster
Project manager / Senior Economist
Jeroen Klooster (1962) is an experienced economist with ARCADIS, specialized in policy evaluation, financial and social cost benefit analysis and funding. Jeroen has been active for more than 30 years in different policy areas including water management, natural capital, urban restructuring, cultural heritage, and transportation. Jeroen is specialized in assessing the financial and economic viability of projects, including principles of circular economy and Building with Nature. Jeroen has been involved in many international projects in Asia (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru) and Europe (Belgium, Georgia, Poland). Within Arcadis Nederland Jeroen is actively involved in business development of ANL water management projects, focusing on Latin America, cooperating closely with Arcadis Latam colleagues.
Dr. Maarten Waterloo
Senior Hydrologist
Education: Extensive experience in teaching (global change, introduction to hydrology, catchment response analysis, eco-hydrology, soil-vegetation-atmosphere exchange, critical zone hydrology and hydrological modelling, micro-meteorology, python programming, integrated water resources management, etc.) and organising hydrological field courses (instrumentatrion course hydrology, field course hydrology (Portugal)) at BSc and MSc level. Supervising BSc and MSc research projects. Research: Carried out catchment hydrology, micro-meteorology, carbon and nutrient cycling research projects in Malaysia, Fiji, Cameroon, Brazil and Europe. IWRM training projects in the Netherlands, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia SWAT modelling of Dutch and German catchments for water, nutrient and pesticide loads. Agricultural interventions and wetland development scenarios. Specialties: Field hydrology, catchment instrumentation anf hydrology, watershed process studies, surface and groundwater nutrient and DOC exports, hydrochemistry and nutrient cycling, micro-meteorology, tropical forest hydrology, plantation hydrology, hydrological modelling, SWAT and SWAT+ modelling, C and Python programming, web site development and hydrological training.
DR. Aida Lahi
Senior Policy Advisor
Dr. Aida Lahi is the Senior Economic Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tirana, Albania. Her main role at the embassy is to strengthen the ties between the private sector and knowledge institutions of both countries. She is also engaged in promoting economic diplomacy priority themes, including water. Mrs. Lahi holds a Master in Business and Administration and a PhD in International Business. In addition to her primary job function at the Dutch Embassy, she is also a Lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Mrs. Lahi speaks fluent English, Italian and German and in the efforts to improve her French and Dutch.
Juan Bofill Maestre
Senior Water Engineer
Juan Bofill is a senior water engineer in the water management division of European Investment Bank since 2016. Before this he led the Area 2 division in Eastern Europe for Waste water treatment plants, drinking water treatment plants, sewage network and has successfully commissioned several projects. He was also a Technical Director for La Peraleja Golf SL where he managed water supply and waste water networks, water reservoirs, storm water systems and waste water treatment plants. He has over 22 years of experience in the fieldk
Abel Heinsbroek
Specialist Process Technology
Born in the Netherlands in 1989. Studied Civil Engineering with specialisation Sanitary Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Since 2016 he works at Vitens as a process engineer, specializing in innovation, new treatment technology and digitalisation. Currently he works on developing a novel membrane degassing system for methane removal and reclamation from anaerobic groundwater, on digital simulation twins of groundwater treatment plants and on hybrid treatment systems to cover the rising water demand.
Bas Bruning
Specialist Saline Agriculture
After more than ten years of experience in the field of crop salt tolerance, and the practical implementation of saline agriculture, it is my goal to help farmers world wide to increase their yields under saline conditions. Through our extensive international experience, I now know what is needed to get the right knowledge in the hands of those who need it most: the farmers. By appropriate training and demonstration programs, we can adapt to climate change and make use of vast saline resources currently being completely overlooked! As a member of the FAO WASAG and GACSA working groups we continue to improve yields under saline conditions, necessary for a climate proof futures.
Katherine Hagemann
Resilience Program Manager
Katherine Hagemann is the Resilience Program Manager for Adaptation within the Office of Resilience at Miami-Dade County. Her work focuses primarily on climate change and adaptation and implementing the County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy. Before moving to Miami she also worked on coastal climate adaptation during the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience competitions. She earned her Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science where she studied how cities can use a hybrid of grey and green infrastructure to adapt to rising sea levels.
Ed Anker
Vice Mayor
Ed Anker is Alderman of Zwolle with spatial planning, water and climate adaptation in his portfolio. As an Alderman Ed Anker is looking for ways of climate adaptation that contribute to an livable and economical powerful delta as well. A delta in which people are aware and proud of their history of living with water. This is most important because each an everyone of us should be involved in adapting to climate change. The Deltaworks of the future come in all types and sizes and are spread throughout the city. As an alderman Ed Anker is bringing together partners in the region to work towards the delta of the future, in which different partners showcase how adapting to the climate change can be realised.
Chrysi Laspidou
Professor and Vice-President
Chrysi Laspidou is a Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece. Her research interests include resource Nexus and water informatics, mathematical modeling and simulation of physical-chemical and biological processes that take place in natural aquatic systems and other ecosystems, as well as urban water issues, resource depletion and sustainability, virtual water and water-carbon-ecological footprint. She has conducted research in many different aspects of water, from performing mathematical modeling of aquatic system processes to computational biology relevant to ecosystem function, to the socio-economic aspects of water use and water resource management. She is involved in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects that are mainly on innovative multisensors and/or biosensors, smart urban water management, smart cities and ICT for improving ecosystem function and quality. She has recently been elected the Vice-President of Research and Technology at Water Europe, while she is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth. She has published over 60 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings and is actively involved either as a Principal Investigator, or as a Coordinator in research projects funded by the European Commission, or national sources.
Juliette Eulderink
Young Expert
Juliette has a BSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). She works as Project Manager Water & Climate for TU Delft, assisting in setting up collaborations between industry, government and knowledge institutions to co-work on global challenges and bringing innovations and stimulate the technology transfer to society. As part of the Young Experts Programme (YEP), she manages and coordinates the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) “Climate Proof Vietnam” project , which aims to improve educational and organizational capacity at partner universities in Vietnam in the fields of water management and climate change. Additionally, the project strives to stimulate entrepreneurship amongst staff and students, and create links with local and international water companies and institutes..
Hadi Toure Guindo
WaterworX Project Coordinator
Hadi works as a project coordinator for WaterworX and is enrolled in the Young Expert Programme. WaterworX is a Water Operator partnership between utilities (World Waternet and SOMAGEP SA) aiming to improve the performance of the utility in providing potable drinking water, reducing NRW, leadership and organizational development, improving water quality and enabling environment. Hadi’s also engaged in AJPEA, the young water professional’s association in Mali, which is currently working on capacity building and mentoring projects including leadership trainings and career development.