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| BAMBANG SUSANTONO |

Dr. Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable
Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is responsible for ADB’s knowledge
management through direct oversight of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Department, Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and Department of
Communications.
Dr. Susantono supervises the development of ADB’s flagship publications and reports on
Asia’s Key Development Indicators, Asia Development Outlook, and Economic Indicators.
This includes macro, micro and regional economic research and financial integration to inform
country partnership strategies and diagnostic studies among others. He coordinates ADB's
multi-sector operations research to support its investments through technical assistance
programs from multiple donor trust funds across energy, transport, urban, water, finance,
education, and health sectors. Dr. Susantono provides strategic leadership on ADB’s
commitment to the global sustainability and climate change agenda through mainstreaming of
environment, climate change and disaster risk, governance, regional cooperation and
integration, social and gender equity, rural development and food security, across ADB’s
respective business lines. He is also responsible for ensuring due diligence and quality
assurance of operations through the management of environment and social safeguards. He
anchors ADB communication on development issues and access to information across
multiple stakeholders, internal and external audiences.
Prior to this, Dr. Susantono was the Acting Minister, and Vice-Minister of Transportation of
Indonesia, and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development at the Office of
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. He chaired several research institutes and taught
in universities. He was also Member of the Board for airline, port, telecommunications and
media companies.
Dr. Susantono holds a PhD in Infrastructure Planning, and has Master’s degrees in
Transportation Engineering, and City and Regional Planning from the University of California
Berkeley. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Bandung Institute of
Technology.

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• 1 Leadership Perspective: Innovating the Future of Water
• 3.8 Closing Remarks
| BRUCE DUNN |

Bruce Dunn is an environmental scientist with about 20 years’ experience in environment and
natural resource management. At ADB, Bruce serves as the Director of Environment and
Safeguards, coordinating on environmental and social safeguard compliance issues, as well as
technical support on ADB’s proactive agenda on environment. Prior to this, he served as
Principal Environment Specialist, coordinating ADB’s engagement with the Global
Environment Facility and leading efforts to increase investments in natural capital.

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• 3.6 Curbing Marine Pollution
| DIWAKAR GUPTA |

Diwakar Gupta is the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Vice-President for Private Sector and
Cofinancing Operations. He assumed office in August 2015.
Mr. Gupta oversees ADB's assistance to private sector projects with a clear development
impact but limited access to capital. He is also responsible for building and maintaining
cofinancing partnerships with various organizations and financial institutions. Under ADB's
long-term Strategy 2020 framework, ADB is scaling up its support in these two areas of
activities.
Mr. Gupta was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the State Bank of India,
where he was responsible for setting strategies and direction alongside other members of the
State Bank’s Central Management Committee. He joined the State Bank of India in 1974 and
held several positions at its various units and subsidiaries.
Mr. Gupta also worked as Independent Director on the boards of various business councils,
financial services companies and other private organizations in India.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Delhi, and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Physics (with Honors) from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi.

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• 2 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation and Technology for Water and the
Private Sector
| HUBERT JENNY |

Hubert Jenny is Principal Infrastructure Finance Specialist, in charge of PPP, Non-Sovereign


Public Operations and Green Finance in China and Mongolia for ADB since 2016. Before that,
he was ADB’s Principal Urban Development Specialist in Viet Nam for over 10 years, in charge
of the urban and water and sanitation program leading the 10 years $1 billion water sector
investment program.
Mr. Jenny is a member of ADB’s Water Committee and PPP Thematic Group. He joined ADB
13 years ago from the World Bank, where he worked on the China and Mongolia urban
program for 4 years and 18 years in the private sector, mostly in Asia setting-up PPP for urban
services.
Hubert graduated from France with a major in Safety and Environmental Engineering and a
Double-Master in Water Supply and Water Pollution Control. He is a Chartered Professional
Engineer in Australia and Associate Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator in UK.

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• 3.4 Efficient Water Distribution and Smart Systems
| JINGMIN HUANG |

Dr. Huang has twenty-six-year experience in urban planning, water, wastewater, solid waste
management and project development. She leads several urban loans and TAs processing
and implementation including water supply service in hundreds of small towns in Madhya
Pradesh in India and the first ADB financed large-scale desalination plant (24,000m3/day) in
Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was responsible for ADB urban initiatives including ADB's
sanitation and wastewater management revolution, the green city initiative, the smart city
initiative and the solid waste management sector. Prior to joining ADB, she was a lecturer at
Oxford University.
She holds a PhD from Oxford University; and two bachelor’s degrees from the Tianjin
University, China.

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• 2.4 Innovative Contractual Modalities
| KEISY TARAKABU |

Keisy Tarakabu has a degree in Engineering Science in Civil Engineering from the University of
Technology Sydney, Australia. Ms. Tarakabu’s current role is a Coastal Engineer for the
Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy (MISE) in Tarawa, Kiribati. Ms. Tarakabu
was recently appointed as a Fellow to participate in the Pacific Fellows Program sponsored by
the Asian Development Bank.
Ms. Tarakabu’s work focus is on remote islands connectivity and accessibility to boost the
economy of the isolated communities. Her current projects are the Reconstruction of the
Nippon Causeway and the South Tarawa Water Supply Project. The South Tarawa Water
Supply Project has its focus on the supply of potable water to the continually drought
threatened communities on South Tarawa through the installation of a series of Reverse
Osmosis plants. The Project also includes the development of an island wide reticulation
system to facilitate delivery. The South Tarawa Water Supply Project is co-sponsored by the
Government of Kiribati, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank as well as receiving
support from the Green Climate Fund.

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• 2.1 Resilient Water Supply Systems
| LU SHEN |

Lu is currently the Unit Head, Portfolio Management in the Central and West Urban and
Water Division of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Lu has over 15 years of experience in
the water supply and sanitation sector having worked in the Asia Pacific and Latin America &
Caribbean region. In terms of sanitation, she has worked on innovative financing mechanisms
for wastewater treatment in the Caribbean as well as non-networked sanitation solutions in
various countries. Her current interest is on developing (i) innovative and sustainable water
supply and sanitation solutions; and (ii) financial sustainability through corporatization and
PPPs.

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• 1.2 Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater
| MANOJ SHARMA |

Manoj Sharma is Chief of Urban Sector Group in the Sustainable Development and Climate
Change Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Manoj has 25 years of
experience working with ADB and the Government of India. He has led multi-sector teams for
designing and implementing complex and innovative projects for urban infrastructure and
economic corridors development in several countries in Asia. Prior to joining ADB, he worked
in the Indian Administrative Service.

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• 2.9 Fecal Sludge Management (FSM)
| PRADEEP PERERA |

Pradeep Perera is the Principal Energy Specialist of South Asia Department has been with
ADB since 2003 and has been a key member of ADB’s energy sector team with extensive
experience in Viet Nam, PRC , Lao PDR , Sri Lanka and India.
He led the ADB team that financed large hydropower project in Viet Nam (i.e. Song Bung 4)
which set an example of sustainable development of hydropower. He also led ADB energy
sector investments in PRC and authored a publication titled “Water Energy Nexus in the
context of PRC”.
Dr. Perera is currently leading ADB’s energy sector operations in India. He holds PhD degree
from Imperial College UK and B.Sc. (Eng.) from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka.

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• 2.8 Smarter Use of Water for Energy
| TAKEHIKO NAKAO |

Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson
of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and
assumed office in April 2013.
Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at
the Ministry of Finance of Japan.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Nakao has gained extensive experience in
international finance and development. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance
in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau,
where he fostered close ties with leading figures in the Asia-Pacific region, and G20 nations.
He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and
2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary
Fund.
He has published books and numerous papers on financial and economic issues, and in 2010
and 2011 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo.
Born in 1956, Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo
and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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• 1 Leadership Perspective: Innovating the Future of Water
| JEAN ANTOINE FABY |

Jean Antoine Faby was head of the engineering and studies department at the International
Office for Water (IOW) from 1999 to 2009. He has led several studies in Europe and in France
on the technical level, as well as financial levels or on the governance of water services. He has
founded the knowledge management & information service center and has been at the origin
of EMWIS/SEMIDE’s creation in the Mediterranean basin.
Since May 2009, he is Director of ParisTech "SUEZ - the Water for All" chair, backed by
AgroParisTech for the management and by Mines ParisTech for the Research.
The Chair offers three trainings streams:
The International Executive Master "Water for All" designed for managers of urban
water and sanitation services in emerging countries.
Short module training 2 to 3 weeks for operational managers with high potential
Executive training for Managing Directors of urban water and sanitation services in
strategic management.

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• 3.1 Building Leaders and Capacities for Water Utilities
| GILLES BRUNSCHWIG |

Gilles Brunschwig is the Director of International Development at Altereo. He holds an


engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and an MBA from INSEAD. Mr.
Brunschwig began his career in the environment sector at CLS, the company that operates the
Argos system dedicated to Environmental study and protection. He continued his career
holding various responsibilities in the telecommunications sector.
Throughout his career spanning nearly three decades, Mr. Brunschwig has been a promoter of
innovative solutions. In joining Altereo, he has implemented this strategy at the service of the
water sector and in particular for the reduction of NRW in the drinking water networks.

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• 2. 10 Utility Asset Management
| KUNAL SHAH |

Kunal Shah is VP - Global Marketing & Strategy at Anaergia and leads business development
for the Group in Asia Pacific focused on maximizing resource recovery from wastewater, solid
waste and agricultural waste.
He has over a decade of global experience in the water sector in marketing, business
development, technology M&A, strategic planning and setting up operations in various
countries in SE Asia. His sectoral expertise includes solid waste to energy, wastewater
treatment, seawater desalination, Industrial water and Wastewater reuse. He has lived and
worked in Chennai (India), Manila, Beijing, and Kuala Lumpur and now based in Singapore.

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• 1.5 Innovations in Energy for Water
| GER BERGKAMP |

Ger Bergkamp is the President and CEO of Arcowa, advising on sustainable development and
organizational strategy, investments in water scarcity, resource recovery from waste water and
green infrastructure for water security. Previously, he was Executive Director of the
International Water Association, Director General of the World Water Council and Head of
the Water Programme at IUCN – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Dr. Bergkamp is a recognized leader in water and environment issues with over 30 years of
experience in sustainable development focusing on solutions for worldwide water challenges.

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• 1.2 Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater
• 2 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation and Technology for Water and the
Private Sector
| CHANGHUA WU |

Changhua Wu is the current Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Water Forum Governing Board.
She is the founding CEO of TECONET, a global clean tech innovation platform that aims to
bridge and match technology with market and capital in China and from China. She is the
Executive Secretary-General of Green Growth Alliance of National New Areas. She is
Member of Global Agenda Council on Governance for Global Sustainability and Judging Panel
Member of Technology Pioneers of World Economic Forum
Other positions include: Vice Chair of World Green Design Organization; Member of the
Board of Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation; Advisory Board Member of Green Gateway
Fund and Global Sustainability Fund of Mercer.

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• 1.7 High-Level Panel on Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Water-Food-
Energy Nexus
| S. M. ZAFAR SADEQUE |

S. M. Zafar Sadeque is serving as the Chief Engineer, Planning & Operation in Bangladesh
Rural Electrification Board (BREB) under Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and
Mineral Resources for a long time. He joined the organization in 1986 and discharged duties in
various positions of BREB.

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• 1.5 Innovations in Energy for Water
| ESTELLE CLAEYS |

Estelle Claeys, Asia Pacific Business Developer for Bessac, a contractor specialized in the
construction of tunnels and microtunnels. Bessac is part of Vinci, the biggest construction
group in Europe. The company builds underground structures for more than 40 years with a
core business in water networks: sewer, drainage, water supply, outfall…
Bessac has completed over 100 km of tunneling and 70 km of micro-tunneling projects in the
last 10 years. Thanks to its internal design office staffed with experienced engineers, the
company proposes innovative construction methods and techniques for efficient completion
of tunneling projects.

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• 2. 10 Utility Asset Management
| ROSHAN SHRESTHA |

Dr. Roshan Raj Shrestha, who originates from Nepal, is Initiative Lead of Urban Sanitation
Market, Water Sanitation and Hygiene Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in
Seattle. He was the Regional Technical Advisor for South Asia at UN-Habitat before joining
the foundation. He has almost three decades of working experiences in the water and
sanitation sector. He favors a holistic approach to sanitation and foresees that non-sewered
sanitation and fecal sludge management solutions will help speed up sanitation in the Asia and
Pacific region.

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• 2.9 Fecal Sludge Management (FSM)
| BEN CADDIS |

Ben Caddis is a Principal Flood Engineer from BMT who is currently delivering flood projects
in Australia, PNG, India, Malaysia and Samoa. He has Masters degrees in both Civil
Engineering and Science, majoring in Hydrology and Water Resources. Ben is a specialist in
flood forecasting and the designer of FloodIntel, an intuitive online flood intelligence and
decision support system developed to enable both disaster managers and the community to
access real time flooding information to support community resilience and disaster response
and relief efforts.

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• 2.3 Modeling for Risk and Resilience in IWRM
| AMIT PARASHAR |

Amit Parashar works as a research consultant for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation (CSIRO), specifically for CSIRO Land & Water. He has 19 years of
experience in Australia, India and Singapore. Mr. Parashar has been working in the nexus of
information systems, organisations and people, with a focus on delivering sustainable
organizational change. His focus is research partnerships and adoption of CSIRO research and
technology to improve water resource management outcomes in Asia. Mr. Parashar’s research
focus is environmental systems to underpin evidence-based policy in the environmental
sector.

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• 1.4 More Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| KIM WIUM OLESEN |

Dr. Kim Wium Olesen is Head of the Water Resources Department at DHI, Denmark. He
graduated from the Technical University of Denmark in Civil Engineering and as PhD in 1985 in
River Morphology from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Dr. Olesen has more
than 33 years of professional experience in hydrology, water resources, river hydraulics and
flood risk management. He has worked on water projects in more than 25 countries including
most countries in South and South-East Asia.

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• 1.4 More Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| SUZANNE ASSANE-ALY |

Suzanne Assane-Aly is a Program Manager of Water and Life Philippines graduated in Water
Resources Management and Development project coordination, with over 7 years of
professional experience in Mauritania, Chad, Haiti, and Northern Ireland.
She joined Water and Life Philippines’ teams in 2017 and is currently managing a program
aiming to improve the living condition of 12,000 families of depressed areas in Cavite, Cebu,
Mandaue, and Tanauan (Leyte) through sustainable access to water, fire fighting training,
sanitation, and solid waste management.

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• 2.1 Resilient Water Supply Systems
| STEPHEN COULSON |

Stephen Coulson is the Head of the Sustainable Initiatives Office, Directorate of Earth
Observations Programs of the European Space Agency (ESA). Stephen has 30 years of
experience in the field of satellite earth observation and its application. The past 25 years of
his career have been with ESA including working on the launch of European Remote Sensing
satellite, ERS-1, in 1991 to provide global environmental monitoring of ocean
wind/current/wave phenomena, sea surface temperature, polar ice extent, land ecology,
geology, forestry, agriculture, etc.
Over the last 5-8 years, Stephen has been focusing on developing ESA cooperation with the
international development banks (ADB, World Bank, IDB, European Investment Bank, IFC,
and EBRD) to expand the use of EO-based environmental information into the working
processes and practices of official development assistance.
Stephen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Durham in the UK,
and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Southampton in the UK. He did post-
doctoral research in the Department of Physics, University of Rome.

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• 1.8 A Conversation About Emerging Technologies and Water
| DON BLACKMORE |

Don Blackmore has chaired the board since the formation of eWater in 2005. He was Chief
Executive of the Murray–Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) from 1990 to 2004 and has been
Deputy Chair of Land and Water Australia. In 2004, he was made a Member of the Order of
Australia for his services to the environment. Don has advised the
World Bank on river basin management. He also chairs the Advisory Council of CSIRO’s
Water for a Healthy Country flagship program and sits on a number of other boards.

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• 3 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Enabling
Environment
| ROBERT CARR |

Robert Carr is the Chief Executive of eWater Solutions, the Business Division of eWater which
is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of the eWater software and modelling
business incorporating the products and services relating to Source, Toolkit and MUSIC.
Robert, who holds a PhD and MSc from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Engineering
from the University of Queensland, was President of DHI Inc (2007-2011), founder and
Managing Director of DHI Australia and New Zealand (1999-2007). Prior to this he was a
Director of Lawson and Treloar Pty Ltd.
Robert is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has worked in practice and advised
extensively on the numerical modelling of floods, wastewater and IWRM for river basin
systems around the world.
Robert is an Adjunct Professor, Victoria University College of Engineering and Science, a
Churchill Fellow in 1990 and also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
(2005). He received the research excellence award from Iowa State University for his PhD
thesis.

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• 3.2 Innovative Tools for Water Resources Assessment
| VINCENT LELOUP |

Vincent Leloup (FBDF, MDRBF, MCIArb, MSc.) is a professional engineer by trade (MSc
Water Management, MSc Agronomy), with legal qualifications (MSc Construction Law and
Dispute Resolution, King’s College, London), and comes from a Contractor then consulting
engineering background with 20 years of experience on international building and
infrastructure projects.
Vincent is a Member of the FIDIC Contracts Committee, a FIDIC International Accredited
Trainer and an Accredited Adjudicator. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Exequatur,
a firm specialized in training, consulting (contract procurement strategy, drafting, risk analysis,
management) and dispute resolution services (dispute board member, expert witness,
arbitrator) for the construction industry.

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• 2.4 Innovative Contractual Modalities
| SANJAY PATEL |

Sanjay Patel, Global Project Service Manager, a materials scientist by education, has been in
the industry for over 26 years, with nearly 20 years at George Fischer Piping System.
GF Piping systems is headquartered in Switzerland and started in 1802 in metal piping.
Working across several segments and industries, resolved to provide clean water around the
world, now using over 20 different thermoplastic systems.
As a company they are working closely with many utility companies using state of the art
technology in joining technology such as electro fusion. Producing millions of fittings daily for
installation around the world.
Our experience with over 50 years in plastics has resulted in their innovative approach to
maintain the quality in your Piping system.

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• 2. 10 Utility Asset Management
| GERGANA
MAJERCAKOVA |

Dr. Gergana Majercakova, PhD. is a Communications Officer at GWP Central and Eastern
Europe. She is responsible for strategic communications planning, knowledge dissemination
and outreach to key audiences. Her interests lie in the innovative use of communications for
social and political change, as well as public participation and stakeholder engagement.
Particularly passionate about youth involvement in the water resource management, she has
started an initiative for a dialogue on water and climate between youth and decision-makers.

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• 3.5 Governance and Financing
| ROSS HAMILTON |

Ross Hamilton, Interim Chair of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), is the Director at
Hamilton Strategic, an advisory firm focused on sustainable development across the private,
public, and not-for-profit sectors. He has over 18 years in sustainability and environmental
fields both within and outside of industry, including five years at BHP. Currently, Ross also
serves as a Senior Advisor on water issues to both the UN Global Compact CEO Water
Mandate and tothe Pacific Institute, and as a Senior Climate Advisor to the International
Finance Corporation (IFC).
Prior to launching his own business, Ross was a Director at the International Council on
Mining and Metals (ICMM) based in London, responsible for environmental stewardship,
climate change, and social progress programs.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree from Monash University and a
Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Curtin University.

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• 3.7 High-Level Panel on Attaining the SDGs through Information, Innovation, and
Technology
| EK SONN CHAN |

Survivor from the killing field, Mr. Ek Sonn Chan he has been recruited to work in a
government abattoir as a butcher in 1979. With his talent and hard work, he was gradually
promoted and finally to Director of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority in 1993.
Under his leadership, Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) has been rapidly
rehabilitated, developed and become fully autonomous in 1997. Since then, the company has
operated with full cost recovery, extend his supply network to provide clean water around the
clock to thousands of families including the most vulnerable in Phnom Penh territory.
As the result of his hard work and excellent leadership, PPWSA and Mr. Ek were awarded and
recognized by international community. On 27 January 2004, the Asian Development Bank
awarded PPWSA the ADB’s 2004 Water Prize Award. In the same year, the World Bank
cited PPWSA for its “dramatic improvement in organization, profitability and
organizational performance.” On 31 August 2006, the board of Trustees of the Ramon
Magsaysay Award Foundation awarded him the prestigious 2006 Ramon Magsaysay
Award for Government Service. On 20 March, the President of the Republic of France,
awarded Mr. Ek the most prestigious French Medal Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion
d’honneur and on 1 June 2010, the historic prize The Stockholm Industry Water Award.
After retired from PPWSA in July 2012, Mr. Ek was been promoted to Under Secretary of State
in 2012, and then Secretary of State in September 2013.

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• 3 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Enabling
Environment
• 3.1 Building Leaders and Capacities for Water Utilities
| ATHER ASHRAF |

Ather Ashraf has PhD in the field of computer science in Fuzzy Intelligent GIS system in
Water and Agriculture sector. He has more than 16 year in organizations like One UN DRM,
Planning and Development Department, NESPAK, JGC-DESCON. He has a wide experience
of handling projects in the domain of Water Resource Management, Disaster risk reduction
and management, land record system, Agriculture, Hydrology, and Transportation. He is
currently working as Project Director in ADB assisted Flood Emergency Reconstruction and
Resilience Project (FERRP).

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• 1.3 Innovative Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| NEIL BANDARA |

Eng. Neil Bandara is the Programme Director of the Mahaweli Water Security & Investment
Program of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment. Eng. Bandara graduated
from the University of Moratuwa in 1978 in Civil Engineering. He has a Master of Philosophy in
Agricultural Engineering from the University of Peradeniya.

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• 1.4 More Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| ANVAR MURADOV |

Mr. Anvar Muradov of Tajikistan is an M&E Specialist from Project Implementation Group
“Water Resource Management in Pyanj River Basin” under the “Capital and Land Reclamation
Construction” of the Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation under the Government of
the Republic of Tajikistan.

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• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| DALER
ABDURAZOQZODA |

Mr. Daler Abdurazoqzoda is a hydraulic engineer and currently Head of the Department of
Water and Energy Policy, Development of Science and Technology, Ministry of Energy and
Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan. Mr. Abdurazoqzoda is very active in promoting
and advancing water issues on national, regional, and international levels through participation
in World Water Fora, different international and regional conferences and seminars.

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• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| TETSUYA IKEDA |

Dr. Tetsuya Ikeda is Chief Researcher of ICHARM (International Centre for Water Hazard
and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO), responsible for international
networking and communication. Dr Ikeda received his Master degree on earthquake
engineering from University of Tokyo in 1989, and Doctor of Engineering on international
technical cooperation on water-related disasters from Kyoto University in 2015. His main area
of work has been on river engineering, flood disaster risk reduction, water supply system
planning, drinking water quality guideline and wastewater pollution control.

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• 3.3 Enhancing Climate Resilience
| ISHER JUDGE
AHLUWALIA |
Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the Indian Council
for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Dr. Ahluwalia is a renowned
Indian economist, with wide experience in the fields of economic growth, productivity,
industrial and trade policy reforms, and urban planning and development. At ICRIER, a
leading thinktank based in New Delhi engaged in policy oriented research, Dr. Ahluwalia is
leading a major research on capacity building program on the challenges of urbanization in
India.
She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2009 for her services in the field
of education and literature.

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• 1 Leadership Perspective: Innovating the Future of Water
• 3.7 High-Level Panel on Attaining the SDGs through Information, Innovation, and
Technology
| FLORIAN-PATRICE
NAGEL |

Florian-Patrice Nagel holds a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart
in Germany, obtained his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in
Switzerland and graduated MBA from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Florian has 13 years of experience in valuations, risk analysis, engineering and optimization of
infrastructure projects with focus on renewable power assets. He has participated in and led
M&A transactions, due diligence, pre-feasibility, feasibility and detailed design studies all over
the world. He started the development of RENRisk™ in 2010 and recently joined ILF
Consulting Engineers in Bangkok as Managing Director.

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• 2.8 Smarter Use of Water for Energy
| ANDRE STEELE |

Dr. Andre Steele is an Associate Director at IMC Worldwide, a UK-based development


consultancy. He leads IMC’s Water and Sanitation business, delivering projects globally from
policy to infrastructure delivery to monitoring and evaluation. He has extensive experience in
engineering, international development and humanitarian response, with focus on the water
sector including water supply, sanitation and water resource management. More recently, this
has included support for initiatives in innovation and inclusive growth.

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• 2.1 Resilient Water Supply Systems
| GYEWOON CHOI |

Gyewoon Choi is currently Professor of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at


Incheon National University, Korea and President of ICUH. He served as CEO of K-water,
from November 2013 to May 2016. He was at the forefront of resolving water and environment
related affairs through multiple leadership roles.
A few notable leadership positions he has been appointed were Secretary General of World
City Water Forum, Secretary General of International Conference on Hydro-Science and
Engineering 2000, President or Vice Presidents of The Society of Korean Smart Water Grid,
Korea Water Forum, Korean Water Resources Association and Korean Civil Engineering
Association. Also, he served as Chairman of Korea National Committee on Large Dams, and
the Founder & the First President of Asia Water Council.
As the leader of one among co-organizing agencies for 7th World Water Forum, Gyewoon
Choi initiated SWMI (Smart Water Management Initiative) to systematize the advanced
water management approach having the collaboration with ICT technology.

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• 3.4 Efficient Water Distribution and Smart Systems
| ANGEL GOMEZ |

Angel Gomez graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political
Science. He also holds Master´s degree in Local Economic Development. Currently he is the
Country and Business Development Manager for Inclam South East Asia, Philippines branch.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Gomez’s extensive experience in 12 different countries covering
areas such as: client and stakeholder relationship management, project identification
development and implementation, business development strategy and partner network
development.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.4 More Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| PENNAN CHINNASAMY |

Dr. Pennan Chinnasamy is Assistant Professor with the Centre for Technology Alternatives for
Rural Areas (CTARA) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India. He has a
Master’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University and a PhD in hydrology, from Missouri
University, USA. Over the last nine eight years, Pennan has amassed experience on
sustainable surface and groundwater management, climate change impacts, Big Data analysis
and hydrological simulation models. His work has been recognized in many internationally
peer reviewed journals, policy briefs and government reports which are being used to
formulate scientifically validated best management plans.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| TOBY BOURKE |

Intrigued by continuous innovation in the water sector, Toby joined Innovyze, a leading global
provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software in 2007. Spending four years in a
technical support-based role he assisted in implementation of asset management and model-
based information systems. Developing his skillset, he later transitioned into a Solutions
Development role which lead him to 2017 when he was appointed a leadership position as
Vice President of Asia Pacific in Innovyze overseeing all Asia Pacific activity.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.1 Innovation in Water Production and Diversification of Resources
| DAWIT MEKONNEN |

Dawit Mekonnen is a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI) in the Environment and Production Technology Division. His research interests
include productivity and efficiency analysis, water economics, seed systems, and energy use in
agriculture. Dawit’s current research in Sub-Saharan Africa focuses on understanding the
impact of irrigation on agricultural productivity, nutrition, health, and women’s empowerment.
His research in South Asia focuses on water governance and energy use in agriculture in the
context of the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Dawit holds a PhD in Agricultural & Applied
Economics from the University of Georgia and MSc and BA degrees in Economics from Addis
Ababa University.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.5 Innovations in Energy for Water
• 1.6 Guiding Investment Decisions Based on Water Productivity
| EVA ABAL |

Eva Abal is currently the CEO of International RiverFoundation, a non-for-profit organization


based in Brisbane, Australia that champions integrated river basin management for the
restoration, protection, and resilience of the world’s rivers. Eva’s experience includes over 30
years as a director of various non-profit water-related organizations or universities. Eva is
experienced in establishing and maintaining collaborative networks, strategic alliances, and
managing transdisciplinary programs. Eva has a deep passion and commitment towards
integrative pathways that bridge research/academia, community and managers/policy makers.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.3 Enhancing Climate Resilience
• 3.7 High-Level Panel on Attaining the SDGs through Information, Innovation, and
Technology
| KALA
VAIRAVAMOORTHY |
Kala Vairavamoorthy is the Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA).
He was Deputy Director General of International Water Management Institute before joining
IWA in September 2017.
Prior to IWMI, Kala Vairavamoorthy was the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global
Sustainability, and a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the University of South Florida. Currently he serves on the Stockholm World
Water Week Scientific Program Committee and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical
Committee.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.7 High-Level Panel on Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Water-Food-
Energy Nexus
| GIRIRAJ AMARNATH |

Dr. Giriraj Amarnath has a doctorate and masters in remote sensing and natural resources
from the National Remote Sensing Centre, India. He is currently research group leader for
water risks and disaster with background in applied remote sensing and modeling of the
International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He primarily works on the study of risk
preparedness, risk assessment across a range of natural hazards and in monitoring land and
water resources in Asia and Africa.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.3 Innovative Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| MARK SMITH |

Mark Smith is the Deputy Director General of the International Water Management Institute
(IWMI). Mark comes from 10 years serving as Director of the Global Water Programme at the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where he led major, cross-sector
initiatives – BRIDGE, SUSTAIN-Africa and WISE-UP to Climate – at the interface of water
resources, development, conservation, food security, governance and resilience.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.7 High-Level Panel on Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Water-Food-
Energy Nexus
| MIRIAM OTOO |

Miriam Otoo is a senior economist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
She holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Purdue University, USA. Her research focuses on
the economics of waste reuse, business modelling/ solutions for waste management and
resource recovery and reuse in developing countries. Her work aims at understanding the
linkages between sanitation and agriculture to enhance food security via the analysis of
business opportunities in the waste reuse sector in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also
leads the Resource Recovery and Reuse research group at IWMI, which has worked over 15
years in the interface of sanitation, waste, agriculture, health and environment.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.4 Innovative Contractual Modalities
• 2.9 Fecal Sludge Management (FSM)
| KO HAMAMOTO |

Ko Hamamoto received his master’s degree in Science from Hokkaido University in Japan in
2013. His major is meteorology of Jupiter and Saturn using a telescope observation and image
analysis. He joined Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2013, and led SAFE, an
international cooperation initiative for demonstration of practical applications of satellite
technology as the representative of the secretariat. He joined ADB in 2017 where he has
supported several ADB projects using satellite technology and led Spatial Data Analysis
Explorer (SPADE) development and utilization in ADB and DMCs.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| TATSUHIRO UEDA |

Tatsuhiro Ueda has experienced planning and construction management of sewage projects
at Japan Sewage Works Agency (JSWA). In 1997–1999, he also worked at the Ministry of
Public Works of the Indonesian national government as a JICA expert.
JSWA was established in 1972 as the only public organization in Japan by the central and local
governments. Its main roles are implementation of sewage works on behalf of municipalities;
research and technical development; training sewage works engineers; carrying out official
certification based on the sewage law; and international cooperation.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.5 Innovations in Energy for Water
| YUMIKO ASAYAMA |

Yumiko Asayama is the Manager of Japan Water Forum. Ms. Asayama is also part of the
Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF), where she leads and coordinates the
collaborative work among 30 APWF’s partner organizations, including the ADB, GWP, and
ESCAP to build capacity and enhance cooperation, while boosting investment at the regional
level and beyond toward water security for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. In
the 8th World Water Forum, Ms. Asayama served as one of the Asia-Pacific Regional Process
Coordinators.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.5 Governance and Financing
| EUNHER SHIN |

Eunher Shin is a principal researcher. He graduated from KAIST, Korea in 2010 with a PhD
degree in computational fluid dynamics. Eunher previously worked as an Assistant Professor in
Universiti Technologi of Mara, Malaysia from 2011 to 2015.
Currently, he works for K-water and is actively involved in the area of solution and SW
development.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.4 Efficient Water Distribution and Smart Systems
| SEONG-HAN KIM |

Seong-Han Kim is the Vice President and Chief Research Officer of K-water. Mr. Kim has
accomplished various missions in K-water focusing on water supply management and
development in the Republic of Korea since 1987. In particular, he played an important role
in the unprecedented improvement in water distribution rate as well as nonrevenue water in
Korea, while he was in charge of Water Supply Operations & Management Department and
Water Supply Development.
In addition, he has played a significant role on a global level. He led a Smart Water
Management and disseminated its technologies to South Asia and South America in order to
minimize nonrevenue water.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation, and Technology and the Enabling
Environment
| DONNA MAYOR-
GORDOVE |
Donna Mayor-Gordove is currently the Executive Director of the Manila Bay Coordinating
Office (MBCO). She has been with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) since 2005 and held various supervisory positions. Prior to her stint with the DENR,
she worked in the Department of Transportation and Communication (now, the Department
of Transportation), the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and the Housing and
Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.6 Curbing Marine Pollution
| PERRY RIVERA |

Perry Rivera has been with the Ayala Group for 31 years and has held various appointments in
Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ oldest and largest conglomerates. Currently, he
serves as a Managing Director seconded to Manila Water Company, Inc. (MWC) as Chief
Operating Officer for New Business. For over 23 years, he acquired extensive experience in
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), corporate strategy, public policy and regulation,
international business development and general management in executive position.
Mr. Rivera concurrently serves as President and CEO of Manila Water Philippine Ventures
(MWPV) and President and CEO of Manila Water Asia Pacific (MWAP) which house at least
15 subsidiaries. MWPV and MWAP have a combined $600M asset base with a workforce of
more than 650 employees.
Moreover, he serves as an Independent Director of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), the
world’s first multi-discipline coalition of leading companies, government agencies, sanitation
experts and non-profit organizations aiming to develop commercially sustainable and scalable
solutions to the sanitation crisis.
He was also a Founding Member of The Academy of Regulatory Professionals, a community
of recognized experts dedicated to the understanding of regulatory issues and practices, the
development of new knowledge and the promotion of mutual professional growth organized
by the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. He is also an Adjunct
Professor at the Global Change Institute (GCI) at the University of Queensland, Australia.
GCI is an independent source of innovative research, ideas, policy and advice for addressing
the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
In September 2018, Mr. Rivera was appointed as the first Filipino board member of the
International Water Association (IWA). Prior to his board appointment, Mr. Rivera achieved
the distinction as the first Filipino IWA Fellow in 2016.
His book Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story - An Exercise in Successful Utility Reform in
Urban Water Sector, was published by the Asian Development Bank in 2014.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.4 Innovative Contractual Modalities
| ANIL DUTT VYAS |

Anil Dutt Vyas is currently working in the Department of Civil Engineering at India’s lead
private university, the Manipal University Jaipur. Prof. Vyas has more than 2.5 decades
experience of teaching and engaging in research and consultancy projects in Asia, Africa, and
Europe for major donors including USAID, OFDA, UNICEF, ADB,DFID, BMGF, and also
teaching experience with lead GOI institute MNIT Jaipur.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.6 Water Quality and Monitoring
| ANAYATULLAH
POPALZAI |
Anayatullah Popalzai has a BSc in Geology from the Polytechnic National University of Kabul,
Afghanistan in 2011. Since graduation he has been employed with Ministry of Energy and
Water at the Hydrogeology Department, Afghanistan. He carries out field survey, mapping,
and reporting to identify the water rich and safe aquifers for governmental and non-
governmental organizations. He is also working on groundwater resources management,
involved in groundwater quality testing and data collection from the river basins of
Afghanistan.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.3 Innovative Tools for Integrated Water ResourceS Management
| PHOMMA VEORAVANH |

Phomma Veoravanh since 2015 has been the Director General of the Department of Water
Supply, Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Prior to this, from 2012, he was the Deputy
Director General of the Department of Housing and Urban Planning, under the same ministry.
From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Veoravanh was the Project Director for two ADB-funded projects:
Northern and Central Regions Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project and Small Towns
Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project.
In 1997 to 2003, he was the Deputy Director of the Secondary Towns Urban Development
Project, another ADB-funded project. From 1996 to 1997, he was the Deputy Director of the
Department of Public Works in Vientiane Capital and in charged in Urban Development
Management.
In 1990 to 1993, he was the Deputy Head of Construction Permission Unit, Ministry of
Construction.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.1 Building Leaders and Capacities for Water Utilities
| SALEUMSAK
SAYAMOUNGKHOUN |
Saleumsak Sayamoungkhoun is the Project Director General of the Small Towns Water
Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (ADB Grant 0143-LAO) and Water Supply and
Sanitation Sector Project (ADB Loan 3041-LAO) under the Department of Water Supply,
Ministry of Public Works and Transport of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR),
a position he has held since 2013.
From 2006 to 2013, he was the Deputy Project Director General of Northern and Central
Regions Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (ADB Grant 0016 and 0205-LAO) and
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (ADB Loan 0143-LAO, under the
Department of Housing and Urban Planning, Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
In 2002 to 2006, Mr. Sayamoungkhoun was the Head of Unit, Division of Urban and Rural
Development, Department of Housing and Urban Planning, under the Ministry of
Communication, Transport, Post and Construction.
From 1997 to 2000, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works in
Vientiane Capital and in charged in Urban Development Management. Prior to that, he
worked for the Department of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.1 Resilient Water Supply Systems
| ASHISH GHIMIRE |

Ashish Ghimire is Project Chief and Member Secretary (Joint Secretary) for High Powered
Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization. He has an M.Sc. in
Sanitary Engineering from The Netherlands and has more than 32 years of experience as an
engineer and senior engineer in the field of water supply and sanitation in Nepal.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.5 Governance and Financing
| MICHAEL SPOLUM |

Michael Spolum leads Natel Energy’s business and project development efforts in Asia. He
has 15 years of experience as an international development consultant, risk analyst and project
developer in geographies spanning Southeast, South, and East Asia.
His sectoral expertise includes rural electrification and renewable energy, infrastructure
development, water and natural resources management, climate change adaptation,
conservation finance and impact investing.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.8 Smarter Use of Water for Energy
| TATSUYA TOBE |

Tatsuya Tobe is the Assistant Manager, Corporate Planning Headquarters for Nihon Suido
Consultants in Japan. Nihon Suido Consultants has been providing various solutions and
innovative technologies for maintenance and management of water supply and sewerage
system. In his presentation, SMART Technology on Real-time Urban Flood Monitoring and
Management System will be introduced as an example of innovative technology which they
have developed.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.3 Modeling for Risk and Resilience in IWRM
| YUSUKE KATO |

Yusuke Kato has experienced designing and construction supervision of water resource
development, including hydropower, in Asia and Kenya.
He also has experience of water resource management and development for both use of
water resource and flood control.
Nippon Koei, Japan’s international engineering consultancy, was established in 1946 with a
role in nation-building around the world through consulting and power engineering
businesses, which build the social capital that supports safe and reliable social infrastructure
and pleasant everyday life.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.8 Smarter Use of Water for Energy
| MICHAEL SAMUEL |

Michael Samuel graduated with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of
Madras, India. He has over 30 years of experience working in GIS, and founded Nobel Systems
in California, USA in 1992. He is passionate about helping customers in lesser developed
countries gain access to cutting edge GIS technologies, and provided a GIS grant to 30 water
districts in the Philippines.
In 2015 he received the U.S. Department of Commerce’s prestigious Export Achievement
Certificate. He is on the Board of the California Utility Executive Management
Association, a premier non-profit organization for utility professionals in California.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2. 10 Utility Asset Management
| VINOD VEEDU |

Dr. Vinod Veedu is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Oceanit and he is responsible for
identifying the strategic direction for the company and for defining how best to expand the
corporate footprint in these key areas.
Prior to Oceanit, Dr. Veedu worked at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Nanotechnology Center
and at the Hawaii Nanotechnology Lab. In 2006, he was brought on board as a Senior
Nanotechnology Engineer to lead the company’s efforts in Material Science. Dr. Veedu is an
active researcher in the area of nanocomposite materials and his energies are targeted toward
developing multifunctional nanostructures and hybrid platforms for various commercial and
defense applications. Dr. Veedu has more than 25 approved/pending US patents and his works
have received wide acceptance in the nanotechnology community. In 2007, he became part of
the Guinness Book of World records for the creation of the smallest nanobrush. In 2008, Dr.
Veedu began hosting his own TV show called “Weird Science with Dr. V,” on a CBS/NBC
affiliate channel. In 2014, Dr. Veedu was selected as one of the seven Innovation Ambassadors
by AAAS and Lemelson Foundation.
He served the NASA Space Center in Houston as Technical Advisor; Houston Technology
Center as Energy Advisor; and, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Mechanical
Engineering and Materials Science Department at Rice University.
Dr. Veedu earned his MS from Florida Atlantic University in 2003 and, in 2006, his PhD in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Founded in 1985, Oceanit is a self-funded “Mind to Market” company that produces home-
grown research, development and engineering that employs over 160 scientists, engineers and
professionals, providing innovative solutions in the fields of aerospace, energy, engineering
and consulting, information technology and life sciences.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.1 Innovation in Water Production and Diversification of Resources
| AKHIL BARAR |

Akhil Barar is the Chief Operating Officer of Organica, responsible for managing the complete
project business globally including business development, sales, engineering services, project
delivery, supply chain, HR, strategic planning and field services. He covers China, ASEAN,
ANZ, EU and Middle East and Africa from his base in New Delhi, India.
Akhil joined Organica in 2009 as Head of Engineering Services. Prior to Organica, Akhil
worked for a number of multinational corporations specializing in desalination and water
treatment, including CH2M Hill, Nuchem, Weir Group and Veolia Water in regions covering
the United Kingdom, Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent. He was involved in design,
engineering and delivery of projects for industries such as oil and gas, breweries, textile, hotels,
municipalities, etc.
Right before Organica, Akhil worked as Chief Operating Officer for Nuchem’s water business,
with responsibility for business development, relationship management, timely completion of
existing projects, and overall supervision of the business unit. Prior to his COO role, Akhil was
a project manager at both Veolia and CH2M Hill, with responsibility for the supervision of
multiple water-related projects of various sizes from inception through design, construction,
commissioning, testing and warranty phase. Akhil began his career at Weir Westgarth as a
Process Engineer in the UK and Middle East, focused on detailed design, pilot trials, and
project engineering of water treatment plants.
Akhil received his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from DCET, Panjab University in 2001.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.2 Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater
| MARIN SLUNJSKI |

Marin Slunjski holds Biochemical Engineering qualifications from University of Zagreb,


Croatia. His career started in Croatia with R&D on automation of fermentation processes, and
continued in Australia with bioremediation and bio-treatment of industrial wastewaters. Next
over several years he was closely involved with the development, scale-up and
commercialization in Australia and Europe of the MIEX Process for the removal of natural
organic matter – precursors to trihalomethanes, in potable water treatment. He has been with
Osmoflo since 2006, and nowadays is responsible for sales in Southern Australia as well as
Business Development in India and South East Asia.
His presentation is about a desalination plant project at Ebeye Island, the Republic of Marshall
Islands, a project supported by ADB.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.1 Innovation in Water Production and Diversification of Resources
| VIDYA SOUNDARAJAN |

Vidya Soundarajan heads the India Programme for Action on Climate Today. The initiative
supports the Government of India to strengthen the enabling environment for state-level
action on adaptation through a set of interrelated focus areas and work streams. With over
two decades of experience in the sector of climate change and sustainable development, Ms.
Soundarajan has extensively worked with multiple stakeholders including government and
private sector, with core focus areas in policy and governance, international development,
government liaison and program management.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.5 Governance and Financing
| KATSUYA HOMMA |

Katsuya Homma is Principal Engineer of Spatial Information Consultant Office of Pasco


Corporation. His background is in planning information systems with GIS. Currently he is
working as a GIS consultant for national, local, and foreign government agencies and projects.
His main activities are related to GIS platform for smart city, spatial data sharing, and
applications of ubiquitous technology.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| AIMEE GONZALES |

Aimee T. Gonzales is currently the Executive Director of the Partnerships in Environmental


Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), whose Sustainable Development Strategy
for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) regional plan includes pollution reduction and waste
management as one of its priority management programs.
Prior to joining PEMSEA, Aimee was connected with WWF International, working on analysis
and advocacy of trade, investment and fisheries conservation reforms. Before working in
Switzerland, Aimee served as Head Executive Assistant to two Cabinet Secretaries of the
Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Aimee holds a Masters in Environmental Assessment and Education from the London School
of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.6 Curbing Marine Pollution
| CRAIG LEESON |

Craig Leeson is an award-winning filmmaker, television presenter, news correspondent and


entrepreneur. He is the global evangelist for the Plastic Oceans Foundation, a charity
dedicated to ending humanity’s single-use plastic addiction within a generation. Craig is the
CEO of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and founder of the I Shot Hong
Kong Film Festival. He has worked with the world’s major broadcasters including BBC, CNN,
Bloomberg, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Bio Channel, Universal, Al
Jazeera and the Seven Network.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• Special Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean
• 3.6 Curbing Marine Pollution
| FRANCISCO GONÇALVES |

Francisco (Cisco) Gonçalves is Principal at PT. Map Tiga Internasional (PTMI), an Indonesian
Geomatics company. Francisco has a degree in surveying and mapping technology and
extensive experience in project management, providing services to: natural resources,
infrastructure, environmental, agribusiness, urban development, transportation, disaster
reconstruction and archaeology research. Francisco managed projects in the public and
private sectors over five continents receiving recommendations and awards. PTMI services
SEA Geomatics and undertakes or collaborates with partners’ projects elsewhere in the world.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.7 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Technology
| OOI KIAN ENG |

Ooi Kian Eng is currently the Director of Water Reclamation Plants Department of PUB,
Singapore’s national water agency. He has more than 25 years of working experience in civil
and wastewater engineering, and has been involved in the planning, design, construction and
operations of several drainage and sewerage infrastructure projects and installations. Prior to
being Director (WRP), Mr. Ooi was responsible for the operations and maintenance of the
entire sewerage systems in Singapore.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.2 Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater
| SEUNG-SOO HAN |

Seung-soo Han is the former Prime Minister of Republic of Korea, UN Secretary-General's


Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, and Founding Chair of High-Level
Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters.
He had a distinguished career as Professor of Economics at Seoul University from 1970 to
1988. He then served as Minister of Trade and Industry, Korean Ambassador to the United
States, Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He was the President of the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly from
March 2001 to February 2002. From 2004 to 2008, he was Senior Fellow at National Graduate
Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1 Leadership Perspective: Innovating the Future of Water
| MOHSIN HAFEEZ |

Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Head of International Business Development at Ricardo Energy, is an


accomplished international water resources expert with more than 23 years of experience in
water resources management and agricultural water management for rural and urban sector
acquired through formal engineering education and working for premier academic prestigious
research institutes, consulting and donor agencies, and government organizations within the
developed world (Australia, Germany, Netherlands, USA, United Kingdom) as well as in the
developing countries (Burkina Faso, China, Ghana, Lao PDR, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Uganda and Uzbekistan).

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.3 Modeling for Risk and Resilience in IWRM
| ALESSANDRO MORRA |

Alessandro Morra worked in international sales and since 2006 has been focusing on
international development projects as project manager for technology suppliers to UN
development agencies or NGO programs. Most projects were implemented in Africa and
South East Asia.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 2.6 Water Quality and Monitoring
| JACCO MULDERS |

Jacco Mulders is the Director of Business Development for Global Water and Wastewater
Segment of Schneider Electric. Early in his career Jacco gained experience in the field of
intelligent traffic solutions. After this he spent four years in the tropical rural and remote areas
of Western Australia where he provided IT and management consulting services. Back in
Europe, Jacco started his career in the environment business, focusing on real-time
monitoring and control solutions for weather and water. He now has more than 10 years of
experience in the global water market. Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation
of energy management and automation. In this organization he is responsible for global
business development of the water and wastewater market segment.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.4 Efficient Water Distribution and Smart Systems
| KARTHIKEYAN
MATHESWARAN |
Dr. Karthikeyan Matheswaran has a PhD in physical geography from the Roskilde University,
Denmark. He is currently a Research Fellow at SEI Asia and has experience in applying models
for water resources management, flood risk assessment, drought monitoring and forecasting,
salinity monitoring and modelling, and surface water-groundwater interactions. His research
interests lie in utilizing tools for assessing the past, present and future state of water resources
to plan for increasing.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.4 More Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| JAMES LETEN |

James Leten is Senior Programme Manager of the Water Governance Department at the
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Mr. James Leten graduated as an engineer,
specialized in the wastewater treatment processes.
In 2002, he joined UN Environment in Nairobi where he supported the Natural Resources
Management activities of the Regional Office for Africa. As part of the Division of
Environmental Policy and Implementation, he contributed to the development of the Water
Policies and Strategies.
In 2006, he took a position of Project Manager and institutional expert in the Advisory Group
International Water & Ecology at the international consultant Royal Haskoning.
Since 2011, Mr. James Leten is an institutional and IWRM expert supporting the UNDP-Water
Governance Facility at SIWI. He coordinates regional programs around good water
governance. He provides advisory services in the areas of governance performance and
institutional strengthening, more specifically on water integrity, accountability, and
enforcement of human right to water.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.1 Building Leaders and Capacities for Water Utilities
| RUTH MATTHEWS |

Ruth Mathews is a Programme Manager at the Water Governance Department and


Coordinator of the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management. Prior to working at the
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), she was the Executive Director of Water
Footprint Network and Program Manager for Worldwide Fund for Nature. She has also
worked at The Nature Conservancy.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.6 Curbing Marine Pollution
| PURANUT
WISUTJINDAPORN |
Puranut Wisutjindaporn (nicknamed Pong) is the Business Development Manager for
Advanced Solutions of Suez. His role is to promote Suez’s offerings in smart and sustainable
water management solutions such as automatic meter reading (AMR), software to manage
drinking water networks and non-revenue water or software to manage sewerage and
drainage systems for urban flood prevention, etc. He obtained a M.Sc. in Environmental
Science and Engineering from Stanford University and Nanyang Technological University and
a B.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Chulalongkorn University. Pong has more than 12
years of international experience in the water industry and has been involved in projects and
tenders within the Southeast Asia Region. He is specialized in water treatment, public-private
partnership (PPP) and smart water management.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 3.1 Building Leaders and Capacities for Water Utilities
| VASANT JOSHI |

Vasant Joshi, Senior Manager for Suez India, currently leads business development of water
services contracts in South India. Vasant has over 16 years of professional experience in
development and contracting of water services business. He has led major business
development initiatives for Suez including the ADB-funded $100 million contract for
Continuous Water Supply in Davanagere, Karnataka and $78 million contract for Water Loss
Management at Cossipore and Jai Hind in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Vasant has deep understanding of water supply systems in Indian cities, and rich experience in
implementing nonrevenue water (NRW) reduction and service improvement strategies vital
to sustain quality and affordable water supply in these cities. He has worked extensively with
government agencies in India to develop and structure projects to reduce NRW, leak
detection and repair initiatives, convert intermittent to continuous water supply in urban
areas.
Vasant earlier executed two significant contracts for Suez in Bangalore, India. First, an
Unaccounted For Water (UFW) reduction and control contract in the central business district
covering 91,000 connections and a 800-kilometer water distribution network. The losses here
were reduced from average 65% to 28% in 4 years in this contract. Second, a Helium leak
detection and repair contract in eastern part of Bangalore covering 1,800 kilometers of
network to detect and plug invisible underground leaks in the network.
Vasant has previously worked with leading water utilities in India before joining Suez in 2011.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and has completed executive management
program.

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• 2.4 Innovative Contractual Modalities
| ANNELISE AVRIL |

Annelise Avril, CEO of Suez Consulting, began her career as a water and wastewater project
engineer within Suez Consulting in 1995. Between 2000 and 2003, she joined Le Cercle
Français de l'Eau as Executive Director. From 2004, she carried out several operational
functions in Suez Group, in France and abroad, including Operations Manager at Suez Eau
France, then Performance and Innovation Manager in Perth, Australia.
Since 2014, she has been the General Manager of Allwater, a Suez subsidiary in Australia.
Annelise Avril graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electrotechnique,
d'Electronique, d'Informatique, d'Hydraulique et des Télécommunications in Toulouse.

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• 1 Leadership Perspective: Innovating the Future of Water
| SANDY RODGER |

With 30 years in the industry, reaching senior roles with Unilever, Diageo, and the Ellen
MacArthur Foundation, Sandy’s expertise is in the circular economy, rooted in deep
experience of manufacturing, supply chains, and product development. As the Chief
Operating Officer, he has helped to develop the Toilet Board Coalition’s vision of the
sanitation economy, which combines circular and smart elements with innovative business
models for toilets themselves, creating a scalable, investable system in place of an
unaffordable public service.

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• 2.9 Fecal Sludge Management (FSM)
| JING WU |

Dr. Jing Wu is an associate professor of Tsinghua University of the People’s Republic of China.
She received her Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from Tsinghua University from 1992 to
2002. Her research interests are identification of water pollution source and anaerobic
digestion. She is leader or principal investigator of over 20 national and international projects.
She published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. In 2017, she
won grand gold medal with the congratulations of the jury of the 45th Geneva international
invention exhibition.

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• 2.3 Modeling for Risk and Resilience in IWRM
| TONILYN LIM |

Tonilyn P. Lim is the Country Representative of UNIDO with 20 years experience in


environmental management, sustainable energy, climate change and disaster risk
management.
She started at the UN in 2010 as Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO’s Regional Office
in India, covering operations in the South Asia Region. Afterwards, she transferred to the
UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria at the Renewable and Rural Energy Division,
Department of Energy.
Prior to joining UNIDO, Ms. Lim was a Career Service Executive in the Philippine government,
notably with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP).

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• 2.8 Smarter Use of Water for Energy
| SACHIN SHAH |

Sachin Shah is a hydrologist and the International Lead for the USGS Geospatial Science and
Cyber Innovation Branch. His work intersects science, technology, and data delivery of water
information. Sachin has been with the USGS for 13 years, primarily studying water availability
and groundwater/surface water interaction. Sachin earned his MA in International
Development and Bachelors in Hydrogeology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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• 1.3 Innovative Tools for Integrated Water Resource Management
• 2.6 Water Quality and Monitoring
| ALEX FISCHER |

Alex Fischer is currently an Endeavour Fellow at the Institute of Sustainable Futures,


University of Technology-Sydney and is finishing his PhD at the Smith School of Enterprise
and Environment at the University of Oxford. His research on rural drinking water systems
Bangladesh is part of the REACH Program, a global research program to improve water
security for the poor by delivering robust science that transforms policy and practice.
Previously, Fischer worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and remains an
active member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network's (SDSN)
Thematic Expert Network for Data and Statistics.

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• 3.4 Efficient Water Distribution and Smart Systems
| KIM SOERENSEN |

Kim Helleshøj Sørensen has more than 3 decades of experience in the wastewater business
and working as Group Chief Technical Officer of WABAG. He has previously worked as the
Chief Process Expert for Municipal Wastewater treatment at the headquarters of Veolia. He is
a Board member of the IWA Specialist group on Biofilms and a regular member of the
Scientific Committee of the IWA WWRMod conferences. He has achieved more than 30+
proceedings and publications internationally across Europe and Asia.

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• 1.2 Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater
| YUMIKO NODA |

Yumiko Noda is the President of Veolia Japan. She was formerly a Partner of PwC Japan
leading infrastructure and PPP practice. She also led the Cities Solution Centre in Japan as well
as Cities Infrastructure Solutions Centre for PwC Global based in Singapore. She is recognized
as one of the pioneers introducing PFI/PPP concept into Japan.
Between 2007 and 2009 she served as the Deputy Mayor of Yokohama City. She currently
serves as a member of "Future City Initiative" under Cabinet Secretariat Government of Japan
and "Council for Transport Policy" under Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and
Tourism. Also, she is a member of the advisory panel of Cities Development Initiative for Asia
(CDIA).

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• 2 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation, and Technology for Water and the
Private Sector
| ANIK BHADURI |

Anik Bhaduri is the Director of the Water Future Programme, a global platform facilitating
international scientific collaboration to drive solutions to the world’s water security problems.
Anik is also an Associate Professor at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University and a
senior fellow at the Centre of Development Research, University of Bonn where he works on
several topics and projects, ranging from transboundary water sharing to adaptive water
management under climate change.

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• 1.3 Innovative Tools for Integrated Water Resources Management
| JUDITH KOLEN |

Judith Kolen is Manager for Strategic Alliances at World Waternet. In her current position she
is responsible for the partnership strategy and stakeholder management. World Waternet
manages the international water projects of the Amsterdam public water cycle company
Waternet (The Netherlands). As ‘focal point’ for International Financial Institutions, Judith
Kolen investigates alternative project financing. She graduated as a cultural anthropologist in
2006, and has since combined working in the international water sector with academic
research. She was involved in many international projects in different roles.

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• 1.1 Innovation in Water Production and Diversification of Resources
| STEVEN VAN ROSSUM |

Steven van Rossum is CEO of World Waternet, an Amsterdam-based water organization


providing knowledge and expertise in the field of drinking water, sanitation and integrated
water resources management. Waternet exists to share this knowledge in order to improve the
performance of other public water organizations worldwide. Educated in environmental
studies and ICT, Mr. Van Rossum is responsible for managing international projects, programs,
and partnerships. As a project and program manager, he implemented major ICT-projects and
has ample experience in managing large teams.

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• 3.3 Enhancing Climate Resilience
| STUART ORR |

Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice based in Switzerland. He has a team of
over 450 freshwater professionals working in over 60 countries. Stuart has spent the past
decade devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation by engaging
business and finance and focusing on themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic
incentives, and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and publications
on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein in the Mekong.

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• 2 Leadership Perspective: Information, Innovation and Technology for Water and the
Private Sector
• 3.3 Enhancing Climate Resilience
| KAZUSHI HASHIMOTO |

Kazushi Hashimoto was an Executive Adviser to the Board of JICA before he retired in 2009.
Currently, he is the Adviser for the International Division of Yachiyo Engineering Co. Ltd. and
Adviser to the Japan Sanitation Consortium. He continues to be active in the area of water
and sanitation.

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• 2.3 Modeling for Risk and Resilience in IWRM
• 2.6 Water Quality and Monitoring
| ROBERT BARTROP |

Robert Bartrop is the Executive Vice President for Business Development at Zero Mass Water,
the manufacturer of SOURCE Hydropanels - a technology that provides a reliable, renewable,
and personal source of delicious, high-quality drinking water for everyone, everywhere.
Since joining Zero Mass Water in early 2017, Robert has overseen the global expansion of
SOURCE technology, including a retail product launch in the USA and the establishment of a
global distribution network that provides the opportunity for individuals, communities and
institutions globally to access a sustainable supply of clean drinking water.
Prior to joining Zero Mass Water, Robert spent almost nine years in strategy, business
development and regional management roles at First Solar, where he led the company’s
expansion into the Asia Pacific region and was responsible for the origination, development,
and execution of a number of utility scale solar PV projects within the region. In addition to
business development activities, Robert has been actively involved with a variety of business
models including product sales, joint ventures, EPC contracting, project development,
distribution models as well as formal roles with the Clean Energy Council as an industry
representative.
Prior to joining First Solar, Robert worked at Lehman Brothers in New York.

Speaker for the following session/s:


• 1.1 Innovation in Water Production and Diversification of Resources