Speakers - EIP Water Conference 2019

We are pleased to present a great line up of speakers. The list below is in alphabetical order.

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Irrigants d’Europe
Adriano Battilani

Adriano has more than 37 years of experience as researcher and project manager in the fields of irrigation, fertigation and cropping system’s sustainability with a focus on the integrated use of water and nutrients, water governance, reclamation and reuse, precise irrigation, irrigation water quality, decision support systems (DSS) development and dissemination. Since 1990 he is involved as principal scientist in EU research projects and as scientific responsible for projects financed by the Emilia Romagna Government, public bodies and private institutions, industries, stakeholders. Adriano is also involved in pre-normative studies focused on establishing rules determining the minimal quality characteristics of treated wastewater for agricultural reuse and defining water quality for irrigation and has been involved in defining rules for fertigation management in the framework of integrated crop management (ICM).
He is the author of more than 240 papers (scientific, proceedings and vulgarization). He was invited as keynote speaker, or appointed as session chairperson or scientific committee member in more than 70 international symposiums and workshops. He was elected chairperson of the “Water Supply-Irrigation” section of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) for two consecutive terms. He is serving as member of the Advisory Board of ongoing EU projects.
Adriano is also Coordinator of the Action Group WIRE (EIP Water- AG112).

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LNEC (Portugal)
Ana Estela Barbosa

Ana Estela Barbosa holds a Ph.D. and European Doctorate Degree in Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering by Aalborg University, Denmark. Having a background Environmental Engineering (New University of Lisbon) she is used to work with different sciences and multidisciplinary approaches. Her main fields of expertise are integrated water resources management; environmental impact assessment; water and preparedness under climate change scenarios; water quality and pollution control; monitoring road runoff drainage, quality and impacts; natural based systems for pollution control. She was guest professor of Environmental Sanitation and Environmental Impacts. She is currently Assistant Researcher at the Hydraulics and Environment Department of LNEC (Portugal), being experienced in project and team coordination. She was the co-coordinator of H2020 BINGO (2015-2019) and has more than 170 publications.

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European Commission - DG Climate Action
Andras Toth

Andras Toth has been a policy officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action since 2016, dealing with adaptation to climate change in water policy, energy policy, standardisation, and a number of horizontal aspects. Prior to that, he spent 11 years on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives and also implementing them for different product groups (e.g. lighting, refrigeration….) in the Directorate-General for Energy. Before joining the Commission, he was coordinator of EU affairs in the Hungarian National Office of Research and Technology, and previously, in various Hungarian environmental NGOs. He holds a PhD in humanities.

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European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Bernd Manfred Gawlik

Dr. Bernd Manfred Gawlik is Scientific Project Manager at the European Commission's in-house Science and Knowledge Service, the Joint Research Centre, where he coordinates the JRC Task Force on Water Quality. He was recruited by the European Commission in 1999 and holds an Engineer degree from the French Higher Institute for Industrial Chemistry and a Ph.D. on Natural Sciences from Technical University of Munich.

In the past two decades he has been working an all major European environmental directives involving chemical monitoring and compounds and pollutants of emerging concern such as pharmaceuticals antimicrobial agents and other veterinary medicinal products. He is a closely involved in the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive, umbrella under which he co-drafted the Water Reuse Regulation.

Bernd, who closely and equally interacts with all actors around “water”, is author/co-author of more than 100 scientific paper, books and reports of the European Commission. His recent focus of work is on the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus, where he contributes to the development of a Spatial Assessment of a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem NEXUS in the Mediterranean in close collaboration with the Union for the Mediterranean and the Global Water Partnership of the Mediterranean.

Based on his background in chemical pollutants he is also leading the JRC contribution to the UN Environment's World Water Quality Alliance and GEMS Water.

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Nestlé Waters Management & Technology
Cédric Egger

Cédric is a Geologist and Hydrogeologist. He started his career in Switzerland, working at the Center for Hydrogeology of Neuchâtel University (CHYN) and the Swiss Geological Survey. Strengthening his WATER experience in the humanitarian domain with several international organizations (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in El Salvador and Nicaragua, UNHCR Technical Support for Eastern Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross in Sri Lanka), he then joined Nestlé Waters as Water Resources & Environment Manager. He is now developing, leading and implementing worldwide the Group’s Water Stewardship strategy, aiming at harmonizing integrated water resources management and local economic development at watershed level, in close collaboration with local stakeholders.

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Christian Minelli

Christian Minelli is an official at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA), where he develops European and international institutional relations. Since 2010, he has been representing ARERA in European Energy Fora, EU Institutions, OECD and other international organizations. Since 2014 he has been starting and coordinating the Secretariat of WAREG the first European association of national and regional agencies responsible for economic regulation of drinking water and sanitation services, based in Milan at ARERA’s headquarters and in Brussels. Before serving in ARERA, he was policy officer in the Cabinet of President of the Italian Senate. Graduated in Diplomacy and International Relations (Gorizia, Italy), he holds MAs from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (Milan, Italy), and an MBA from SDA-Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy).

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Nature’s Pride
Coen van Iwaarden

Coen van Iwaarden is Senior Advisor Sustainable Business at Nature’s Pride, a leading European importer of fresh exotic fruits and vegetables. Nature’s Pride sources more than 230 products from nearly 60 countries worldwide which it distributes to retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice throughout Europe. Among other things, Coen is in charge of the company’s water policy. Before joining Nature’s Pride, Coen lived for more than ten years in Latin America where he worked in various roles in trade, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. He is currently based in Barcelona. Coen holds master degrees in international political economy (Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina) and international law (Utrecht University, Netherlands).  

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European Commission - DG Environment
Daniel Calleja

Since he first joined the Commission in 1986, Daniel Calleja has worked in several different areas which accounts for his broad expertise and experience.

Prior to being appointed Director General for DG Environment on 1st September 2015, he was Director General of DG GROWTH. From February 2011 to January 2012, he was Deputy Director General of DG ENTR, and Special Envoy for SMEs.

From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Calleja worked in the cabinets of several Commissioners, including the President of the European Commission, advising on Transport and Competition matters, State Aids and the application of Community Law. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Head of Cabinet for both Commissioner Oreja and Vice-president Mrs. Loyola de Palacio, in charge of Transport and Energy where he contributed decisively to the development of some key files.

Daniel Calleja started his career in the Commission as Member of the Legal Service between 1986 and 1993. During that period, his background being Law and Business Administration, he represented the institution in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice.

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David Martin

David Martin is VP Market Head France & Belgium and VP government relations EU, he is based in Paris, France. David’s role is to drive growth thru innovation and business strategies with a particular focus on water efficiency.

David Martin graduated from Ecole National Superieure de Chimie de Nancy (France), Imperial College (UK) and Carnegie Mellon University (USA) in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

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Canal de Isabel II , S.A./EUREAU
F. Javier Fernández Delgado

F. Javier Fernández graduated in Mathematics, specializing in Operational Research, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1989. Prior to joining Canal de Isabel II – the public utility in charge of the complete water cycle for more tan 6.5 million people in the región of Madrid, SPain - in 1992, he worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and Isdefe (Spanish Ministry of Defence). During his 27 years working for Canal de Isabel II, he has carried out duties as an analyst in network modelling and demand management, Head of Software Development, and Head of IT. Since 2007 he is the Deputy Director in charge of Telecontrol, and is responsible for Instrumentation, Control, Automation, Telecommunications, Metrology, the Control Centre, and the strategic line for improving guarantee of supply. He takes also part in the Smart Water Network Forum, EUREAU's Joint Working Group for Innovation and the Spanish group for Standardisation of Smart Cities. Additionally, he is an IWA Governing Member, member of IWa's Hydroinformatics, Water Loss, Efficient Urban Water Management and Instrumentation, Control and Automation groups.

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Isle Utilities
Fiona Griffith - MODERATOR

Fiona is a technophile with a keen interest in innovation, technology development and commercialisation, and has supported the growth of Isle’s Technology Approval Group (TAG) from the outset. As Group Director, Fiona is well placed to lead Isle’s strategic business development, always looking for opportunities to facilitate collaboration not only across international boundaries but also between different market sectors.

Over the years Fiona has gained considerable experience both in the UK and overseas, working alongside technology companies, end users of technology and investors. She has managed complex projects, coordinated strategic partnerships and identified and secured appropriate funding sources. More recently she has also mobilised a new Innovation Platform to deliver robust technology solutions into Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Polytechnic University of Marche
Francesco Fatone

Francesco Fatone is full professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy). His R&D&I activity concerns mainly sustainable and safe resource recovery to deliver circular economy in the urban water and waste cycles. He is coordinator of the Horizon2020 “SMART-Plant” Innovation Action and WP leader of water-related Horizon2020, Life+, ENI CBC MED, PRIMA, Water JPI projects. Francesco serves as editor-in-chief or associate of international peer-reviewed water journals, and has been co-chair of water-related international conferences, including the IWA Resource Recovery Conference, European Nutrient Event and IWA ecoSTP. He is thematic area coordinator for water in the ECOMONDO scientific executive board, and expert for the application of the circular economy package in the Italian Ministry of Environment.

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FCC Aqualia
Frank Rogalla

Frank Rogalla is Director of Innovation at Aqualia in Madrid, Spain, which provides water and wastewater services for 20 M people. He studied Environmental Engineering in Germany and obtained a MSc degree as a Fulbright student in the US. After ten years at CGE Research Center of Veolia in France, he was stationed in New York and Sao Paulo, and led the Global Technology Team for a large Contractor, based in London, UK, coordinating water projects in the US, Asia and Middle East.

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Gabriel Lopez

Gabriel Lopez Serrano is Government Affairs Director for Microsoft.  His career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies. Collaborates with several private, public and academic institutions such as the Universitat de Valencia, National Trade Associations (Ametic), Think Tanks (Real Instituto Elcano and Fundación FIDE) and Bar Associations (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid). He specializes in the design of national and international public policies relative to the responsible use of technology and has authored several articles regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence in the design of public policies, cybersecurity, transparency, accessibility and sustainability.

Gabriel is a licensed attorney in Mexico and Spain, holds a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Law from the Mexican Institute of Technology, has postgraduate studies at the Stanford University (California, USA) Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), European Academy of Law (Trier, Germany), Georgetown University (Washington, USA) and the Mexican Institute of Technology (Mexico City, Mexico).

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President of the Government of Aragón
Javier Lambán

Javier Lambán is the President of Aragon, since July 2015 and after revalidating his title on August 3, 2019. He has a degree in Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona and holds a Ph.D for his doctoral thesis "Agrarian reform in Aragon in the Second Republic", qualified  "Cum laude" by the University of Zaragoza. He was a teacher of secondary education and author of publications on local and regional history. His political career began as a councilor of Ejea de los Caballeros in 1983 and was mayor of this city from 2007 to 2014. He was also president of the Provincial Council of Zaragoza between 1999 and 2011. Later, he was regional deputy and president of the socialist parliamentary group since April 2012, the same year that he assumed the general secretariat of the PSOE of Aragon at the 15th regional congress.

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Javier Santacruz

Javier Santacruz works as Chief Technology Officer for CONTAZARA. He took his master in Industrial Engineering in 1996 at Zaragoza University, and he received his master in Hydraulics Engineering in 2005. He has experience for more than 20 years in Project Management in Electronics, Communication & Control Systems Design, IT and Programming, in order to keep a top company portfolio. Most significant projects include smart water meters, efficient AMI and data analytics software about water consumption.

He is member of Spanish Standardization Committee AEN CT82/SC3 on “Water meters”, and he has participated as Spanish representative in CEN TC 92 (Water meters), CEN TC294 (Meter communications) and ISO TC30 SC7 (Volume measuring). He also worked as associated professor in Fluid Mechanics at Zaragoza University and in Metrology Master for Polytechnic Madrid University.

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Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis, University of Zaragoza-CSIC
Luis Salvatella

Professor Dr Salvatella is a Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza. His professional career has been mostly devoted to propelling the implementation of Sustainable Chemistry by means of both research and educational pillars. His research career has been focused on the study of chemical reactions through a combined theoretical-experimental approach in order to improve the efficiency of such processes, thus leading to lower consumption of reactants and energy as well as a lower waste generation. In the last few years, he has become interested in upcycling chemical materials (including underused raw materials as well as the valorisation of hexachlorocyclohexane –HCH– waste). He has participated in the organisation of two Chemistry conferences (devoted to Green Chemistry and Catalysis), whereas he is now organising a summer course on the future of HCH waste. He has been the coordinator of the Master's degree in Sustainable Chemistry of the University of Zaragoza and a member of the Management Council of the Suschem-Spain technological platform. He is now leading the organisation of a Master's Degree in Circular Economy as a joint degree involving four universities (University of Zaragoza, University of Lleida, Public University of Navarre, and University of La Rioja) based on an intensive use of e-Learning.

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European Commission - The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Malgorzata Piecha

Malgorzata Piecha holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and since November 2014 works as a Project Adviser in the LIFE Unit (ENVIRONMENT sub-programme). The programme provides action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop test and demonstrate policy or management approaches. It also covers the development and demonstration of innovative technologies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU environmental policy and law, as well as best practices and solutions. LIFE is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration. In Malgorzata’s portfolio of projects thematic priorities for Water are dominant.  She is particularly interested in pollutants of emerging concern (e.g. pharmaceuticals and microplastics, real examples of how these can be identified and feasibly removed, again cost-effective solutions, considerations to new WWTP and retrofitting). Before joining EASME she worked as research associate at The Joint Research Centre, which is the Commission's science and knowledge service.

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PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Maria Witmer

Maria Witmer is policy researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, an independent governmental research institute in the fields of climate, environment, nature and spatial planning. PBL has the mission to improve political decision-making by conducting integrated outlook studies, analyses and evaluations. Maria has always been interested in the interface between research and policy and has been working at both sides. She developed a national water management plan at the Ministry for Transport and Water and was head of the surface water section in a regional government, before she joined PBL. Also, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on climate change adaptation in developing countries. At PBL, she was head of the surface water section, lead several complex projects such as the National Environment Outlook and Nature Balances and coordinated the European projects. Currently she is leading the policy analysis in the Horizon2020 project SIM4NEXUS.

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Spanish YWP Chapter / Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Marina Arnaldos Orts

Marina holds a degree in Industrial Engineering (Polytehnical University of Valencia, Spain), as well as an MsC and PhD in Environmental Engineering (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, US). She has held different positions related to innovation in the water sector during her career. Most significantly, she has lead the Desalination and New Technologies area in the R&D Department of Acciona Agua, as well as the Water Resources, Production and Regeneration area in Cetaqua, Water Technology Center of SUEZ Spain. Currently, she is the R&D activity leader in Cetaqua, directing the R&D technical strategy of the center.

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Martijn Bijmans

Martijn Bijmans is Manager Europe at Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. He holds this position for more than 10 years and combines it with other positions. He coordinated several European projects under horizon 2020, FP7 and other programmes.

Previously, he has been managing director of the CEW, centre of expertise water technology, a centre focusing of applied research to support companies in there technology development. Currently, he combines his position at Wetsus with the position as managing director and owner of the company Multipitch, which specialises in strategic consultancy for innovation and entrepreneurship acceleration. At Water Europe (formally WssTP) he is leader of the working group on resource recovery. He has a PhD in environmental technology from Wageningen university.

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NVP Energy
Michael Murray

Michael Murray is a qualified civil engineer and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). He is a highly experienced Managing Director and senior level manager (17 years’ senior management experience) with a proven track record in sales, operations and accounts; having worked in corporate & SME environments across the clean-tech, engineering, construction and IT industries.

In Michael’s most recent previous role as Managing Director of Kirby Group Engineering, Michael successfully scaled the business, increasing revenues from €6.5m to €40m and growing the team from 8 to 90 staff in a 3-year period. In this period, he was responsible for the successful design and project delivery of various complex projects (values of €2 million - €9 million). Michael has been MD of NVP Energy for the past 6 years with his primary focus being team growth to ensure the successful scale up and commercialisation of their unique low strength wastewater treatment technology, Lt-AD (Low temperature Anaerobic Digestion).

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Technical University Vienna, Institute for Water Quality and Resources Management
Norbert Kreuzinger

Norbert Kreuzinger is Assistant Professor at Technische Universität Wien, Institute for Water Quality and Resources Management, Vienna, Austria.

His main research topics are linked to the effects of treated wastewaters on the aquatic environment considering chemistry and microbiology of surface waters and wastewater. Fate assessment, risk management and technology development for contaminants of emerging concern related to wastewater and surface waters are the key focus. His scientific work is focusing on reuse aspects of treated wastewater and full-scale implementation of advanced wastewater treatment technologies for further removal of ECEs from municipal wastewater considering toxicological requirements.

He is a member of national and international boards discussing the implementation of further treatment steps in municipal wastewater treatment plants from scientific and applied point of view. Currently Norbert Kreuzinger is coordinating the Water JPI Knowledge Hub on Contaminants of emerging concern.

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European Commission - DG Research & Innovation
Panagiotis Balabanis

Since 1990, Panagiotis Balabanis is working at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation and he is actually Head of the sector “Water” in the Circular Economy and Biobased Systems Unit. In this context, he is dealing with issues related to water, resource efficiency and circular economy, with a view of supporting the transition to a healthy planet, which is climate neutral by 2050, and operating within safe planetary boundaries. During those years, Panagiotis Balabanis has been involved in the definition and implementation of successive research programmes in the field of water, environment and sustainable development. Panagiotis Balabanis holds a Diploma from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, a D.E.A (Diplome de d’Etudes Approfondies) and a Doctorate in "Mechanic of mass and energy exchanges", from the University J.Fourrier, Grenoble I, France. Before joining the European Commission he worked as research associate at the Agricultural University of Athens.

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Isle Utilities
Piers Clark - MODERATOR

Piers is Chairman of the Isle Group Ltd. Isle is a technical, specialist, water consultancy, employing over 80 people and with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Isle works with over 200 utilities around the world helping them identify and adopt new technology.

Piers was previously the Managing Director for the $1bn private equity fund Global Water Development Partners (GWDP), a Blackstone portfolio company. From 2010-14 he was the Commercial Director at Thames Water, the largest of the UK water companies. Piers was responsible for all of Thames Water’s non-regulated business activities. Piers also served as Interim Asset Management Director for Thames Water. Prior to joining Thames Water, Piers was Managing Director of Mouchel’s Regulated Industries leading a team of 3,000 staff providing engineering consultancy and operational maintenance services in the water, energy, environment and rail sectors.

In 2006, Piers helped establish an innovative funding mechanism for technology companies, called TAG (Technology Approval Group). TAG bridges the gap between venture capital investors and the water company end-users and has resulted in over $1bn being invested in water-related cleantech companies in recent years.

He is a Board director for the IFC-backed Haiti-based water kiosk business Dlo Haiti, and a Non Exec Director for Modern Water plc. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering.

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World Bank
Steven N. Schonberger

Steven Navon Schonberger is Regional Director for the World Bank Group’s Sustainable Development Department for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.  In this role, he is responsible for the World Bank’s programs in Agriculture, Environment, Urban and Disaster Management, Social, Land and Water; and to ensure that the Climate and Social Inclusion agendas are effectively supported by the World Bank’s program overall in ECA. He previously held the position of Global Director for the World Bank’s Water Global Practice and has been a manager for water and agriculture in various regions.  An Agricultural Economist by training, Mr. Schonberger has worked on issues of water resources management, water utility reform, climate resilience, agriculture and irrigation, and finance in virtually all regions of the Globe.  In addition to the World Bank, Mr. Schonberger has worked with UN organizations, private companies and international NGOs. 

His recent areas of focus within the broader context of environmental sustainability and economic development include moving to a circular economy approach in water-scarce cities, governance and institutional reforms in irrigated agriculture, and developing innovative partnerships with the private sector for technology and policy innovation.  His publications include several World Bank reports on issues of microfinance, agricultural finance, and natural resources policy, as well as co-authored journal articles and book chapters on similar topics. Mr. Schonberger is a native of the State of California in the U.S. and has lived in Europe, Asia and Africa.  

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UN Environment Programme
Susan Gardner

Susan Gardner is Director of Ecosystems Division of UN Environment Programme. She has over two decades of experience in science and environmental policy working for both the Mexican and United States governments. Prior to this position, she was a senior official at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Dr. Gardner’s multilateral work included the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, the Global Mercury Partnership and the Stockholm Convention. She was awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Services from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her contributions to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Dr. Gardner created the first Ecotoxicology Program at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste. Her research has generated over 30 publications including a book and book chapters on topics related to ecology, toxicology, fisheries management and species conservation. 

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European Investment Bank
Thomas van Gilst

Thomas van Gilst is Head of the Water Management Division within the European Investment Bank’s Projects Directorate since 2016. The Division is involved in the appraisal of some EUR 3 to 4 billion worth of water & wastewater as well as flood protection projects annually and follows the investments from preparation up to completion of works.

Trained as a water resources engineer at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, he first worked with Royal Haskoning a Netherlands based Engineering Consulting firm as consultant in the fields of irrigation, water and wastewater and urban drainage. He later worked in business development with Enron and Thames Water, both in London. With Thames Water, he was heavily involved in setting up WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor), a private sector-NGO-academia based partnership focusing on providing sustainable water and sanitation services in peri-urban areas in developing countries. Since joining the EIB in 2006 he has been in charge of a broad portfolio of water sector projects financed by the Bank both inside and outside Europe through a variety of financial products.

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DuPont Water Solutions
Valeria Burlakova

Valeria Burlakova is the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) Market Development Leader for Dupont Water Solutions, a global player in sustainable separation and purification technology. In this role Valeria is responsible for driving strategic business growth in the region by leading growth opportunities in the new markets and applications and the collaboration with key market players towards innovative, sustainable water management.

Valeria joined company 10 years ago. Prior to current role, she gained international experience through various sales and marketing roles in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and USA before relocating to Tarragona, Spain in 2017 and accepting Market Development Role for Dow Water Solutions (now DuPont Water Solutions). She holds a first-class honours master´s degree in Organic Chemistry from National Technical University of Ukraine ¨Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institut¨.

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European Commission - DG Environment

Veronica Manfredi is the Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment since February 2018. Her Directorate plays a pivotal role in leading Europe towards a Zero-Pollution ambition and contributes to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity crisis. It is indeed responsible for key EU policies for Clean and Well-Managed Water (including the protection all EU Freshwater and Marine environments, prevention from Floods, compliance with high health standards for Drinking Water), Clean Air, control on Industrial Emissions and prevention of Industrial Accidents. Internationally, her team leads the EU negotiations within the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury and the UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. It also provides steady support to the work of the Regional Sea Conventions (HELCOM – Baltic Sea, OSPAR – North Atlantic Sea, Barcelona – Mediterranean Sea & Bucharest Conventions – Black Sea) and the International Commissions for the Protection of the Rhine and Danube rivers.

A lawyer by background, Veronica deepened her knowledge of International and EU law in Rome, Turin, Kiel, Bruges and Brussels. Between 2002 and 2004 she worked in the Cabinet of the Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. She then joined the Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, working first in the Portfolio for Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud issues (2004-2009) and then in the Portfolio for Transport (2010-2011).

Until January 2018, she has been the Head of the Consumer and Marketing Law Unit in DG Justice, overseeing the correct implementation and modernisation of key EU Consumer Law Directives, and leading the work for the launch of the 2018 New Deal for Consumers.

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at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Werner Brack

Werner Brack is heading a Department on Effect-Directed Analysis at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ in Leipzig, Germany and holding a lectureship at RWTH Aachen University. Holding a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology by the University of Bayreuth, Germany, his main research interest is on monitoring and assessment of complex mixtures in different environmental compartments and on the identification of drivers of adverse effects. This includes a broad range of chemical analytical approaches primarily based on LC-HRMS and GC-HRMS techniques as well as many different toxic endpoints in vitro and in vivo. Werner Brack coordinated two Collaborative EU-projects on water quality, FP6 MODELKEY and FP7 SOLUTIONS, one ITN (FP7 EDA-EMERGE) and several natural projects. He published more than 160 peer reviewed papers (Web of Science H-index 40).