Liana Ardiles has a degree in civil engineering since 1992. She was appointed General Director for Water in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2012. She started her professional career as a researcher in the CEDEX Hydrographic Studies Centre (1994-1997). She then entered the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, where she has held different positions: technical expert in the field of security of water infrastructures (1997-2003), technical Director of the Douro River Basin Authority (2005-2010), and advisor and later head of cabinet of the General Director (2010-2012). Between 2003 and 2004 she was trained, as part of a Fulbright programme, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the USA. From 1998 to 2008 she participated as a representative of the Spanish Water Directorate in the working groups responsible for developing National Plans on Civil Protection against Flood and Seismic Hazards, at national level. She was a member of the working group tasked with drafting the Technical Guidelines to develop both a dam classification based on their potential risks and the dam emergency planning, in Spain.
Jan T. Busstra (1957) is head of delegation for the Netherlands in the EU-meetings of the Water- and Marine Directors. In the Dutch ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment he is responsible for policies on water quality and water quantity, in this position he is leading the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and is also working on national policies for the strategic fresh-water supply.
Previously he worked as a staff member in Dutch Parliament. Since 1988 he had different management positions in the Ministry of Transport and later in the Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment. He has been involved in road safety, international relations, vehicle policies and aviation security. He graduated in Political Science at Amsterdam Free University and studied Marketing at UCLA in Los Angeles.
Karl Falkenberg has a long experience as a negotiator in the European Commission. He started his career in the Commission as textiles negotiator, has dealt with international fisheries issues and since 1985 with the GATT. In 1990, he served as foreign policy advisor to EU President Jacques Delors, with particular focus on the German unification process. He was involved in the Uruguay Round negotiations and has been negotiating the telecommunications and financial services agreements in WTO. From 1997 to December 2000 he was in charge of the coordination of all WTO issues. In 2001 he was appointed Director in charge of sectoral trade policies and bilateral trade relations with North America, Japan, the Mediterranean area and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and in 2002 Director for Free trade agreements, Agricultural trade questions, ACP. From 2005 to 2008 he coordinated all bilateral trade policies as Deputy Director General. In January 2009, he took up the position of Director General of the Environment, covering the EU's environmental policy in both its domestic and international dimensions. Karl Falkenberg is a trained economist and journalist.
Piet Klop leads PGGM’s company and market engagement efforts around water scarcity. He is also working on ESG integration in listed equity and in the strategic asset allocation, and on developing PGGM’s “investing in solutions” portfolios. Before joining PGGM Investments in July 2011, Piet held senior positions at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC, at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector. As water resources expert he worked at the World Bank and United Nations. Piet holds master’s degrees in Water Resources Management (Wageningen University, 1989) and Applied Environmental Economics (University of London, 1999), as well as certificates on Valuation and Integrated Risk Management (New York University, 2010) and Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (Harvard Business School, 2010).
After having worked for the US based pharmaceutical company Armour, Dr. Gernot Klotz joined Bayer in various business sections (pharmaceutical, animal health and crop protection/product development).
Since February 2007 G. Klotz has been seconded as the Executive Director for Research and Innovation for the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). Key areas of responsibility are innovation (technology development, innovation policies, societal acceptance of new technologies and products), the Long Range Research Initiative (LRI) Programme, a unique quality research program for decision making in innovation and regulations, as well as managing the CEFIC Research and Innovation Programme Council. He is a Board Member of the EU Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) and a Board Member of A.SPIRE Public Private Partnership, a contractual Public-Private Partnership dedicated to innovation in resource and energy efficiency enable by the process industries.
G. Klotz has been called on to various advisory and steering committees at OECD, WHO and EU Commission level in areas like innovation, technology development, testing and assessment, impact on environment and health. He is chairing the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for "Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies, Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing ("LEIT-NMBP"). Within the High level group on Key enabling technologies (HLG KETs), he is leading the WG linking “societal” challenges with technologies in the EC Innovation area. He is also a member of the Governing Board of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I).
Cate’s role involves working with key stakeholders to deliver significant changes in the corporate management of water. Cate has ten years of experience in the environmental and sustainable development fields and has a strong technical, scientific and project management background. Cate holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Lancaster University.
Born in Barcelona, 1957, Ph.D. in Microbiology UC Davis, USA. 33 scientific peer reviewed, and technical publications. A Fulbright fellow, form 1981 to 1990, exclusively dedicated to scientific research in anaerobic microbiology. 1990 R&D Manager at ABT (environmental biotech company); 1992 Manager Waste Water Treatment Division, Culligan Spain; 1995 Manager US Filter Sation (today a part of Veolia Water). In 1999, sector change to CODIFESA (industrial cooling, brewing and soft drinks), with commercial and marketing responsibilities in Europe, and Asia. June 2006 return to the water sector, joining Deisa (COMSA-EMTE Group) as Export Manager. Since September 2009, active at AGBAR (a filial of Suez Environnement), where as General Manager of AGBAR’s Water Technology Center “CETaqua”, he is also responsible for the governance of the network of other CETaqua Technology Centers, both in Spain and abroad. Since July 2012, elected president of WssTP.
Professor Francisco Nunes Correia was the Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development of the Portuguese Government between 2005 and 2009. During this period and under his supervision, important reforms were undertaken in several areas, notably a new Water Law and related institutional changes, including in the areas of water resources and water services, a new framework for territorial administration, and the preparation of a new National Reference Strategic Framework for the use of the EU Structural Funds in the period 2007 - 2013. He participated in several European Ministerial Councils and presided over those Councils during the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2007. The President of the Republic conferred him the honorific decoration of Grand-Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique in recognition for his achievements in Government. He was also President of the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (2004-2005), National Co-ordinator of the POLIS Programme for the urban renewal and environmental improvement of Portuguese cities (1999-2003), Co-ordinator of the first Portuguese National Environment Plan (1993-1995), and Director-General for Water Resources (1986-1989). Prof. Nunes Correia got his Ph. D. in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University (USA) in 1984 and is a Full Professor at IST in the area of Environment and Water Resources since 1998. He is currently President of the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, and he was in 2011 and 2012 President of CHIDRO, the research centre of the Department dedicated to water issues. He got the Degree of Reserch Coordinator at the National laboratory of Civil Engineering and he was awarded the Manuel Rocha Prize for Research and the Prize of the Portuguese Water Resources Association. Co-ordinator of several European research projects, namely EUROWATER and WATER 21. Author or co-author of 9 books and more than 130 articles, chapters and technical reports. Extensive professional experience as researcher, professor, and consultant in the areas of water resources, environment, and regional development, namely with the World Bank (Brazil), OECD (Netherlands, Brazil, and Water Governance Initiative), the European Commission (Brazil) and the Government of Macao (China).
Sonia Phippard has been Director for Water and Flood Risk Management in the UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) since April 2010. She held two previous posts in Defra – responsible for EU and International policy in relation to food, farming and rural development, including reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (2006-2010) and Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Livestock Products (2001-2006). That role included oversight and co-ordination of the delivery programme for the Government’s Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy, sustainable agriculture policy issues and co-ordination of policy issues in relation to the livestock sectors. Before joining Defra, most of her career was spent in the Cabinet Office, with periods of secondment to the Department of Education and Science and to PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Degree in Biological Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. Qualified in Health. Qualified in Environmental Engineering. Officer Corps of the Public Health of the Catalonian Government (on leave). Territorial delegate of Barcelona, Department of Health (1989-1991) and Director of Promotion and Environmental Education of Environment Department (1991-1993). Councillor of the Metropolitan Hydraulic Services and Waste Treatment (EMSHTR) (1988-2011) and Vice President (2007-2011). Currently, President of the Municipal Council, Councillor for Environment and Urban Services at Barcelona City Council, President of the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District and Provincial Deputy of Environment and Natural Areas Department.
A specialist with over 15 years of experience in policy advisory and project financing in water and sanitation, water resources management and climate change adaptation, Monica Scatasta is currently the Head of the Water and Waste Management Division of the European Investment Bank, which she joined in 2003. In 2007-09 she was seconded to the OECD Water Programme, which produced flagship reports on water pricing and financing and private sector participation in the water sector. Prior to joining the EIB (1993-2003), she was a water resources expert at the World Bank and an economic modeller at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), both in Washington, D.C. In 1999-2000, she was part of the expert team that supported Brazil’s Ministry of Environment and National Water Agency in the creation of the pioneering Paraíba do Sul river basin management system, focussing on the introduction of water rights and charges.Mrs Scatasta has presented extensively at international events and coordinated the work on water pricing and sustainable cost recovery at the 5th and 6th World Water Forums (Istanbul, 2009; Marseille, 2012). She holds advanced degrees in finance, economics and environmental engineering from the University of Bologna, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Environmental Engineering.
Paul has been at the forefront of CDP's expansion since its inception in 2000 and has led CDP from a climate specific focus into other environmental areas. He previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. Paul sits on the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.
Darja Stanič Racman, Ph.D. in Biotechnology (2002). She was head of the Water department in the Ministry of environment and spatial planning in the period 2009 – 2011. During that period she was also appointed as the Water and Marine director for Slovenia. She has been re-appointed as the Water director in 2014. In this capacity she is mainly involved in the implementation of the Water framework directive and has also experiences with the implementation of the Marine directive from previous period. Before joining the Ministry and taking a position of a head of the Biotechnology department (2004 – 2009) she was a scientist in the National institute of Biology in Ljubljana.
Harry van Dorenmalen was appointed chairman of IBM Europe on October 1, 2010. He represents IBM to European institutions and other authorities such as NATO and the European Defence Agency on issues of international public policy and business regulation. In this role he also oversees the company's corporate citizenship, environmental affairs, intellectual property, standards development, venture capital and university relations activities across the region. In addition to his responsibility of Chairman IBM Europe, Harry also serves as General Manager IBM Benelux and Country General Manager, IBM Netherlands. Harry sits on the Advisory Board of the Lisbon Council and the Electronic Communication Platform Netherlands and serves as board member on the Dutch Employers Organisation and the Economic Development Board Amsterdam. Harry serves as board member of the Dutch IT industry association, Nederland ICT. Harry holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Delft. He is married and has two daughters.
Prof. dr. Wim van Vierssen started his career as a scientist in the mid nineteen seventies. As a bio-physicist and ecologist by training he developed his specific research skills in the area of (marine, brackish and fresh) water management. As of January 2007 Wim van Vierssen is CEO of KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the institute of the Dutch Water Industry. Wim van Vierssen maintains a large national and international network within the public and private water and environment sector. He executed several research management positions in the past and is part time professor Science System Assessment at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He serves as a board member of a number of national and international institutions and foundations.
Born in Sigüenza (Guadalajara). Spain. 1955. Married. Two children.
Carmen Vela is the Spanish State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation since January 2012. Before her election, she was CEO at INGENASA, a biotechnology company based in Madrid (Spain) and devoted to Animal Health. She is a biochemist with more than 30 years experience in Immunology, Virology and related fields. She is author of numerous publications and patents granted in EU and US. She was member, among others, of the Advisory Group of PEOPLE, the External Advisory Committee of EUREKA and President of the Spanish Society for Biotechnology.
Andrew is an international marketing strategist specialised in the water and energy industries. He supports private and public organisations that provide solutions and services vital to mankind with high-impact marketing strategy, content and marketing services. Andrew was formerly Global Communications Director for Siemens Water Technologies, Director of Communications at the International Water Association (IWA), and today runs an independent consultancy, Blue Gold Marketing, from its base in Germany.
Marianne Wenning is currently Director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air' in DG Environment of the European Commission. In this capacity she is overseeing the implementation and enforcement of an extensive body of environmental legislation with regard to air quality, industrial emissions, water & marine issues and industrial accidents and works towards the further integration of environmental and sustainability aspects into other Community policies. Ms.Wenning has been working for the European Commission since 1992. She was a Head of Unit in Europe Aid (Asia) and in DG Environment (industrial emissions & air quality) before she become Director for 'Legal Affairs & Cohesion' in DG Environment from 2011 to 2013. Her experience in developing and implementing environmental policies, cutting across also areas such as transport, agriculture, regional, industrial, research and development policies includes the economic aspects of environmental policy, programme-management in Asia as well as negotiations at European and international/UNECE level in particular with regard to the Kyoto, the Montreal and the Gothenburg Protocols.
Florian Witsenburg is the owner and CEO of Tygron. Tygron is an online 3D multiplayer gaming platform for urban communities. Communities can generate and maintain their realistic multiplayer games, with real-life indicators taken from GIS and city datasets. Stakeholders are given a planning challenge and a certain time frame in which to experiment, plan and negotiate better solutions for city designs and development projects. They must heed real-life indicators as livability and safety while staying within allocated budgets and real-life governmental regulations. The software has proven to streamline the planning process, reduces litigation and sharply increases the return on investment for urban projects.
As CEO of Tygron, which he joined in 2010, his goal has been to expand from a one project company to an organization that now manages multiple commercial projects internationally. Having developed a strategy for the US market, Florian opened a Tygron office in NY in 2013 and is now selling licenses to urban planning groups. With an eye to continued growth, he has put renewed emphasis on R&D to maintain the company’s technological edge. Florian is currently a member of a Dutch government Smart Cities group. He is guest lecturer in Software Use for Community Engagement, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.