WEF is convening a series of roundtable discussions with leaders from across the water sector to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations, business, and people. The conversations are hosted by WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe and explore current impacts, anticipated changes, and future plans in areas such as workforce, productivity, supply chain, projects, communication, and more.

Roundtable No. 1 - April 28, 2020


  • Rich D'Amato, CEO, Brown and Caldwell
  • Patrick Decker, CEO, Xylem
  • Ted Henifin, General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
  • Yuvbir Singh, CEO, Suez Technologies and Solutions
  • Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Black & Veatch Global Water Business

Roundtable No. 2 - April 30, 2020


Kishia Powell.jpgKishia Powell has served as the Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management for four years under two administrations. She leads the largest water and wastewater utility in the State of Georgia; a regional utility serving 1.2 million customers a day through a motivated a skilled workforce of over 1400 employees. In Mid may she will transition back home to the DMV to serve as COO of DC Water.

Paul Vogel.jpgPaul Vogel is a Principal and President of Greeley and Hansen, a leading international civil, environmental, and water infrastructure consulting engineering firm headquartered in Chicago since 1914. With 35 years of engineering and management experience, Paul has been responsible for directing large water infrastructure projects and long-range water management programs for major cities and municipal utilities across the globe.


Neil McAdam.jpgNeil McAdam is the Senior Vice President at World Water Works.

Roundtable No. 3 - May 6, 2020


  • Jim D. Herberg, General Manager, Orange County Sanitation District
  • Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, CEO, Clean Water Services
  • Dave Dickey, Senior Water and Environment Business Line Executive, AECOM
  • Dr. B. Narayanan, President and CEO, Carollo Engineers

Roundtable No. 4 - May 19, 2020


  • Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Sharon Peters, President, EMA
  • Iver Skavdal, Executive General Manager, GHD

Roundtable No. 5 - May 26, 2020


  • Pam Elardo, Deputy Commissioner, New York City DEP
  • Michael Carlin, Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • John McCarthy, President, Arcadis North America
  • Charlie Hocking, President and CEO, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Bill Decker, Vice President and General Manager of the Equipment and Services Group, Aqua-Aerobic
  • Bill McDowell, Vice President of Operations, Blue-White Industries

Roundtable No. 6 - June 12, 2020


  • Susan Pekarek, General Manager, Johnson County Wastewater
  • Tom Sigmund, Executive Water, NEW Water
  • Jill Jones, District Manager, Central Davis Sewer District
  • Mike Kyle, Executive Director, Lancaster Area Sewer Authority
  • Tony Bouchard, President and Chief Operator Officer, CDM Smith