|8:30 - 10:00 am | Panel I – Great Water Cities Are Sustainable
Sustainability of Great Water Cities include considerations of infrastructure planning, quality of life, livability, resiliency, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The speakers on this panel will discuss key areas of sustainability important to actors in Europe who have made water central to their cultural identity.
- Dr. Paul Bowen, Direction of Sustainable Operations, The Coca-Cola Company, WEF, USA
- Mrs. Simone Raskop, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Construction, City of Essen, Green Capital of Europe 2017, Germany
- Dr. Wolf Merkel/David Schwesig, IWW Research Center, Germany
- Pritha Hariram, Manager, Water Supply & Sanitation Services, International Water Association (IWA),The Hague, Netherlands
- Lars Schroder, CEO, Aarhus Water Ltd., Aarhus, Denmark
|10:30 - 12:00 pm | Panel II – Great Water Cities Combine Water with Growth
Great Water Cities have linked growth with water – where each thrive as a function of the other. Water infrastructure, planning, and livability directly connect with how growth is consistently achieved and maintained. To understand these relationships, our panelists will discuss growth and investments (financial, human, and political) needed to transform water into an engine of growth.
- Gari Villa-Landa Sokolova,, Head of International Affairs, Spanish Supply of Water Supply and Sanitation, Spain
- Mayor Morten Kabell, Copenhagen, Denmark (invited)
- Rene Hoejimakers, Global Executive Director, Ramboll Water, Netherlands
- Dr. Håkan Tropp, Director, Water Governance, SIWI, Sweden
- Karen Kubick, Director, Wastewater Enterprise Capital Improvement Program, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA, USA
12:00 - 1:15 pm | Lunch
|1:15 - 2:45 pm | Panel III – Great Water Cities Accelerate Water Based Development
Great Water Cities develop faster because they understand the role of water research, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Water clusters, accelerator approaches, new technologies and partnerships have been instrumental to water-based development and have contributed to dynamic local water sector growth. The speakers on this panel will discuss how water-based growth can be accelerated at the local and regional levels.
- Durk Krol, Director, WSSTP – The European Platform for Water Research, Brussels, Belgium
- Dr. Emanuel Grün, COO, Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, Germany
- Dr. Kartik Chandran, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
- Jonathan Grant, Manager of Research, WaterTap Toronto, Canada
- Meghan Jensen, Director of Marketing and Membership, The Water Council, Global Water Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
|3:00 - 4:30 pm | Panel IV – Great Water Cities Develop Partnerships
Great Water Cities invest in partnerships, both public and private, that strengthen performance of their operations as well as ties to their communities. They develop knowledge and collect intelligence essential to their understanding of how to work with those they need to collaborate with while implementing processes that make these relationships sustainable and growth-oriented. The panelists will share their experience in fostering essential relationships that helped their water enterprises grow while continuing to improve results and outcomes.
- Claus Homann, COO, Aarhus Vand A/S, WEF, Denmark
- Jakob Andersen, Trade Commissioner and Consul General, Chicago, IL, USA
- Professor Jes la Cour Jansen, Lund University, Sweden
- Kenth Hvid Nielsen, Group Vice President, Global Market Segment Water Utility, Grundfos, Denmark
- Karen Pallansch, CEO Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Alexandria, VA, USA (Invited)
|4:30 - 5:00 pm | Next Steps
- Thomas Kunetz, Assistant Director of Engineering, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, WEF, USA
- Carl-Emil Larsen, CEO, DANVA, Denmark