Laurent leads the Investor Engagement team in Europe. Laurent started his career in 1991 working with Bank Indosuez for 10 years. In 2000, he co-founded a start-up incubator and coached entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses before creating his own consultancy company in Brazil, where he became one of the 300 mentors of the NGO Endeavor. Laurent graduated from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, with an Executive MBA in General Management. He also holds an MA in Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine.
With more than a decade of experience in senior management positions in renowned trade show business and management consulting, Annette Bos is a known expert for the development of new business areas, strategic growth as well as restructuring and turnaround management. After Ms. Bos graduated from the University of Utrecht, she joined the Jaarbeurs in 1999. In 2013 she was appointed as Director Water at RAI Amsterdam. As a Director Water she is responsible for the strategic and global development of the Aquatech brand and platforms around the world. This includes Aquatech Amsterdam, Aquatech China, Aquatech Mexico, Aquatech Innovation Forum and Amsterdam International Water Week.
Joppe is a pro-active, dedicated, entrepreneurial senior environmental professional/manager. He has both a technological economics (Stirling University) and chemical engineering degree (Delft University )and has a broad international experience, including 25 years at Shell (Netherlands, Brunei, Oman and the UK) and six years at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (Geneva) as Water Director. Over the 25 years at Shell he has been instrumental in improving the environmental and social performance of the company at corporate, operating unit and project level. At the WBCSD he managed a water program for the WBCSD member companies in the area of water stewardship, water efficiency in agriculture, circular use of water and he developed and implemented the WASH pledge for companies.
He is currently a UNEP consultant, a jury member of the GES 2019 ( water), a visiting professor at NTU in Singapore and is member of the Advisory Committee of the Amsterdam International Water Week. He is also board member of Safe Water Gardens Ltd, a Singapore based social enterprise aiming to scale up affordable sewage treatment facilities for remote households .
Piet Dircke is the Arcadis Global Leader for Resilience and Water Management. He has 34 years of working experience on five continents in water management, city resiliency, coastal flood protection, urban waterfront development and climate change adaptation. Piet was Professor in Urban Water Management at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences from 2007 till 2014. Since Hurricane Katrina he is an influential Dutch representative in knowledge exchange on resilience with the USA. In the USA he worked on urban resilience projects in New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Honolulu. In Asia he was active in Jakarta, Semarang, Hongkong, Shanghai, Bangkok, as well as in Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Urban Land Institute EUROPE
As chief executive of ULI Europe, van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe.
Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation, and portfolio structuring.
Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. She started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.
Christopher is an authority on water finance and markets. After a degree in politics and economics at Oxford University, he worked as a financial journalist and investment banker, before acquiring Global Water Intelligence in 2002. Over the past five years, he has written and contributed to a number of specialist reports on the water sector, including Municipal Water Reuse Markets 2010, Desalination Market 2010, and Global Water Market 2011.
He is also Publisher of the Water Desalination Report, the IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory and DesalData.
University of Twente
Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MSc degree, cum laude, in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree in Policy Analysis, both from Delft University of Technology. Hoekstra lived in Europe, Asia and Africa and has a broad international network. He has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and advised governments, civil society organizations, companies and multilateral institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank.
Hoekstra pioneered in quantifying the water volumes virtually embedded in trade, thus showing the relevance of a global perspective on water use and scarcity. As creator of the water footprint concept, Hoekstra introduced supply-chain thinking in water management. With the development of Water Footprint Assessment he laid the foundation of a new interdisciplinary research field, addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade. Hoekstra has been founder of the Water Footprint Network (2008), and co-initiator of the Water Footprint Research Alliance (2015).
Hoekstra’s scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water, food, energy and trade and include a large number of highly cited articles and book chapters. His books were translated into several languages and include The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society (Routledge, 2013), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011), Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and Perspectives on Water (International Books, 1998). Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, including water science, technology, management and governance.
Nijhuis Industries and Co-chair PAC
Menno M. Holterman was born in 1969 and is a Dutch national. After obtaining a Masters degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Technology at Delft University of Technology Holterman worked at Heineken NV from 1995-1998 and occupied various management positions in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Papua New Guinea.
- CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV
- CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding
- Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership
- Member Advisory Board World Waternet
- Chairman Management Board Amsterdam International Water Week
In 1998 he joined the Norit Group as Managing Director of Haffmans BV, one of the Norit group companies. In 2007 he was been appointed a Chief Growth Officer (CGO) and Member of the Executive Board of Directors of Norit NV. Next to achieving the ambitious growth targets of the Norit Group he was responsible for all the global Norit Sales & Service Centers, Corporate Marketing and Communication and business development. In 2010 Menno was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norit Clean Process Technologies Holding helping its global customers to become more sustainable by doing “more with less”. The “Best Water Technology Company” awarded by Global Water Intelligence in April 2011 was a recognition of Norit’s reputation for innovation and successful commercialization of disruptive technologies like ultrafiltration membranes. In May 2011 Pentair Inc successfully acquired Norit’s Clean Process Technology Holding.
Menno extensively travelled around the globe, knows the global (waste)water, food & beverage and other industries and built an extensive network around the world. He served as Chairman of the Netherlands Water Technology Innovation Board and member of the Taskforce of the European Innovation Program and today as Board Member of the Netherlands Water Partnership and member of the Supervisory Board of WorldWaternet, executing the international projects of Waternet, the first integrated water cycle company in the Netherlands. Menno is also one of the initiators of the Amsterdam International Water Week and member of the Management Board, co-chairman of the Program Advisory Committee and chairing the Industrial Leaders Forum aiming to develop and implement a joint roadmap towards 2030 to solve the ever demanding water challenges around the world and create a circular and resilient water environment.
In 2012 Menno started a new venture, together with Ronald Ruijtenberg: “Naesta” aiming to built another leading international water technology platform. Naesta is the first ever industrial private equity company, headquartered in the Netherlands, dedicated to grow water technology companies, focusing on the water – energy – waste & food nexus. In November 2012 Naesta successfully invested in Nijhuis Water Technology, one of the largest and oldest wastewater treatment companies in the Netherlands striving to become a leading, innovative and truly global operating (waste)water treatment platform in the years to come. An ambitious growth strategy is successfully implemented, turning Nijhuis Industries into a leading global company in sustainable water use and resource recovery helping their global clientele to implement their sustainability requirements, lower their environmental and water footprint, improve their production efficiency and lower their lifecycle cost. In order to strengthen Nijhuis’ state-of-the-art technology portfolio and its presence in emerging markets, Excellent Ozone Solutions in the Netherlands and H2OK Water & Energy in the UK were successfully acquired and integrated within the group. Together with Sales & Service Centers in the USA, Colombia, UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Dubai, China and Singapore and a global network of dedicated (OEM) partners solid solutions are offered to industrial, agricultural and municipal clients turning cost centers into profit centers.
Junaid Ahmad is the Country Director for the World Bank in India. He joined the World Bank’s Delhi office on 1 September 2016.
Junaid, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. He joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional and worked on infrastructure development in Africa and Eastern Europe. He has since held several management positions, leading the Bank’s program in diverse regions including Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in India and South Asia.
Prior to joining the President’s office in January 2016, Junaid was the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice, a position he held since the creation of the Global Practices in July 2014. In this role, Junaid has built a strong and collaborative Global Practice and has brought a strong track record of management and leadership in the area of service delivery and international partnerships, combining intellectual and analytical rigor with strategic operational focus. Junaid has championed the Practice’s focus on water and the economy, and emphasized institutions and resilience in water management.
Junaid spent 10 years in the field, first as the Deputy Resident Representative and Principal Economist in Johannesburg, and then as Regional Team Leader of the Water and Sanitation Program in New Delhi. In 2004, he was a team member of the World Development Report (WDR): Making Services Work for Poor People. From 2004-2008, he was the Sector Manager for Social Development in South Asia Region and subsequently for Urban Water & Sanitation before taking on the latter responsibility for the Africa Region in 2010. He was also the Director for Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region, a position he held from 2012-2014.
He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
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).
Waternet and Co-chair PAC
Roelof Kruize is CEO of Waternet, the Public Watercycle organization of the Amsterdam region. Waternet is responsible for drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, surface water and safety behind the dikes. It is a joint executive service run by the City of Amsterdam and the regional public water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht.
At the agricultural university of Wageningen, Kruize studied environmental control and specialized in wastewater treatment. After various functions for the City of Amsterdam, in 1997 he became member of the board of directors of one of the predecessors of Waternet and then in 2002 he became CEO. From 2008 to 2012 he was the combined CEO of Waternet and the Waste to Energy Company of the city of Amsterdam.
Kruize is involved in many national and international activities. He is president of the Royal Dutch Waternetwerk and the Dutch representative for the International Water Association (IWA). He was also formerly president of the European Water Association and, in 2003, he was elected government manager of the year in the Netherlands.
Mark van Loosdrecht is Professor in Environmental Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He graduated (MSc/PhD) from Wageningen University. His PhD research was a combination of Microbiology and Colloid Chemistry. He was appointed at Delft in 1988 and became Full Professor in 1999. His research is characterized by the combination of scientific understanding of complex systems and development of new processes. Dr. van Loosdrecht’s scientific interests are mainly related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. In particular, he is interested in new processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery.
His research has resulted in several processes currently applied on full scale such as the BCFS process, Sharon process, Anammox process and Nereda process. He is active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and past chairman of the Biofilm and the Nutrient removal specialist groups. He is Editor-in-Chief of Water Research. He obtained several prizes for his work, including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize, Stockholm Water Prize and the IWA Grand Award. He is member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch Academy of Engineering (AcTI) and the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion.
He has published over 700 scientific papers, has 15 patents and has supervised over 50 PhD students.
Jose Luis Inglese, MsC Eng is Chairman of the Board of AySA (Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A.) water and sewerage company of Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that serves 14 million people. He was appointed to this position in January 2016.
He graduated with honours at the Engineering School of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and obtained the postgraduate diploma in sanitary engineering through a scholarship of Obras Sanitarias de la Nación in 1973. For his background in Sanitary Engineering, he was awarded the National Academy Prize “Ing. Enrique Butty”. He has also been the President of the Argentine Association on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and Vice-President of inter-American Association on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering.
Through his career of more than 40 years, he has directed more than 750 studies and projects for water supply, sanitation and environmental subjects in Latin America and Africa, funded by IDB/WB and other multilateral credit agencies. He has been a lecturer in seminars on water and sewerage services and its international benchmarking, in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), San José (Costa Rica), Mendoza (Argentina), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Peru) and Cartagena (Colombia), and presided over the Argentine Congresses of Sanitation and Environment in 1997,1999 and 2002.
Municipality of Rotterdam
After attending the University of Utrecht, graduating in Physical Geography, Arnoud started his career with several ambitious trainee posts and jobs in France, New Zealand and the Netherlands. As deputy head of the Rotterdam Water Management Department, he was responsible for Rotterdam’s urban water management and the Waterplan2. In 2008 he was appointed Manager of the ambitious Rotterdam Climate Proof program. In this context he initiated the international Connecting Delta Cities network as part of the C40, became regional coordinator within the Dutch research program Knowledge for Climate and was responsible for the design (2013) and implementation of the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy. He successfully led the City of Rotterdam towards a leading position on innovative urban water management, climate adaptation and resilience. This resulted in 2013 in a European Peer City status, a C40 Award for Adaptation in 2015 and recently a NYTimes publication and launch of the new Global Centre of Excellence for Climate Adaptation partnered by UN-Environment in Rotterdam. Arnoud is first editor of the third Connecting Delta Cities book “Resilient Cities and Climate Adaptation Strategies”. He also was member of the Steering Committee of the international conference Deltas in times of Climate Change 2014 and the Program Advisory Committee AIWW2015/2017.
In September 2014 he has been appointed as Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Rotterdam, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently the Rotterdam Center for resilient Delta Cities and, in May 2016, Rotterdam’s first Resilience Strategy ever were launched under his leadership. In June 2016 he was appointed as knowledge ambassador for the City of Rotterdam. Under his leadership, in 2017 the Global Center on Climate Adaptation (GCA) was launched in Rotterdam. Recently he was appointed as affiliate expert at the GCA.
Annemieke Nijhof, chairman Netherlands Water Partnership, leading figure Topsector Water and Maritime
Annemieke Nijhof studied Chemical Technology at the University of Twente and worked for Tauw Group, the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the ministry of Housing, the ministry of General Affairs and the ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. During these years she gained expertise in the broad fields of environment, public space, water management and mobility. From 2012 to 2018 she was CEO of Tauw Group. In her new roles as figurehead leading figure of the Dutch Topsector Water and Maritime and chairman of the Netherlands Water Partnership she wants to put in use her the unique Dutch water knowledge and expertise to help solve the global social challenges.
Henk Ovink was appointed in 2015 by the Cabinet of the Netherlands as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs. As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions.
Ovink is also Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, installed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank Jim Kim with 11 Heads of State / Heads of Government including Prime Minister Rutte from the Netherlands to catalyze change in water awareness and implementation.
Ovink is Principal for Rebuild by Design, the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.
In January 2018 Henk Ovink was awarded for his ‘global water work’ an honorary membership of the Royal Instítute of Engineers of the Netherlands.
Ovink teaches at the University of Groningen, the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD. His last book “Too Big. Rebuild by Design: A Transformative Approach to Climate Change” explores the recovery work post Hurricane Sandy as an opportunity to learn from.
Hein Pieper is chairman of dutch water authority Rijn and IJssel and board member of the Association of Dutch Water Authorities. Regional water management in the Netherlands is largely the responsibility of the regional water authorities. The regional water authorities are experts on water level management, water quality management, adapting to climate change, dredging, and wastewater treatment. In international perspective, Dutch Water Authorities builds long term partnerships with organisations for regional water governance. The aim is to be a sparring partner; reciprocity and respect for each other’s context is key. Pieper has also been member of the Dutch Parliament and is theologian.
2002 – 2014 Executive Director National Shareholdings of Berlinwasser Holding plc
since 01 / 1999 Chairman of the Executive Board of Berliner Wasserbetriebe, public-law corporation
1998 – 1999 Chairman of the Executive Board
simultaniously from 03/1999 to 10/1999 Compagnie Générale des Eaux Deutschland llc., Berlin, Member of the Management Team
1996 – 1999 OEWA Wasser und Abwasser llc., Managing Director, responsible for the investment, sales, accounting, legal affairs and purchasing departments.
1994 – 1996 VEBA Kraftwerke Ruhr plc, Strategic Planning and Controlling Officer for Water Resources Management
1992 – 1994 VEBA Kraftwerke Ruhr plc, Energy Management Officer.
1990 – 1991 Research Assistant for the Heat Conversion Faculty, RWTH Aachen
Engineering Diploma, RWTH Technical University in Aachen
Industrial Engineering Diploma, RWTH Aachen
A’dam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) / Delft University of Technology
Arjan van Timmeren (The Netherlands, 1969) is full professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism, chair ‘Environmental Technology & Design’. Besides of this he is also Scientific Director of the joint initiative by TUD (Delft), MIT (Boston) and WUR (Wageningen) ‘AMS Institute’ (Institute for ‘Advanced Metropolitan Solutions’), located in Amsterdam.
Over the years his work has focused on the integration of the concept of sustainable development in the field of architecture, urbanism and building technology in both practice and academia, with lately emphasis on Green-Blue systems, Resilience, Urban Metabolism, Circular Economy and Smart cities, and -citizens. He is member of several international advisory and steering groups as well as member of quality teams and scientific committees and leads multiple large research projects in Europe and abroad.
His latest book and platform launched is ‘Under Pressure: Water and the City’ , please check: https://underpressure.online/
Henk Jan leads the Dutch water utility sector and manages the global Accenture water community of practice.
Experiences Henk Jan gained throughout his Accenture career involve project management, process analysis and improvement, management information / enterprise performance management, utility solutions, application delivery and outsourcing, smart metering.
Henk Jan integrates sustainability and stewardship in all activities, undertook a life changing VSO placement on natural resource management in the Philippines (sharing skills, changing lives / skills to succeed) and actively participates in corporate social responsibility activities.
Internationally recognised water resource management expert, Kala Vairavamoorthy, has been appointed Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA). He takes up his position on 25 September 2017, and will be based in the IWA’s Global Operations Office in The Hague, Netherlands.
Dr. Patrick Verkooijen has joined the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) on September 10, 2018 as CEO.
He is recognized globally for mobilizing stakeholders and delivering scaled up actions that address climate change. Before his appointment to the GCA, he served as Climate Adviser and Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank Group supporting President Jim Yong Kim and the World Bank Climate Leaders – Mr. Annan, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Christiana Figueres and Mr. Feike Sijbesma – in external engagement aimed at enhanced climate action.
Emeritus Professor Willy Verstraete was professor and head of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) at Gent University, Belgium for over 30 years. Over this time he has mentored innumerable postgraduate students and staff, and he continues to be influential in science and engineering at an international scale.
Willy’s research has focused on microbial resource management i.e., the design, operation and control of processes mediated by mixed microbial cultures in drinking water production, aerobic wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion of wastewaters and sludges, solid state fermentation of organic residues, and bioremediation processes of soils and sediments. His research has received international accolades including the most prestigious scientific award in Belgium — the National Science Foundation Excellence in Science Prize (2005). He has received many professional awards including the IWA Imhoff Award for his contribution to water biotreatment, the IWA and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Ardern and Lockett Award for his contribution to water engineering and microbial ecology, and the Einstein Professorship for his contribution to environmental sciences from the Chinese Academy of Applied Sciences at Shenyang. Recently, Nature Microbiology published a new archaeal phylum, Verstraetearchaeota, recognizing the contributions of his team to the development of engineered microbial ecosystems.
Willy has served on many international advisory committees including appointment as General-Secretary of the European Environmental Research Organization (EERO), and the European Research Council (ERC) in the domain of Life Sciences. He currently is active member of the board of 3 of several spin-off companies successfully established from his research in applied microbial ecology of environmental technology, health, food and feed. He has been on the editorial board for Journal Microbial Biotechnology and Environmental Science and Technology, and is one of the most Highly Cited Researchers, with several publications in the top 1% of the respective field. In total his publications have been cited over 35,000 times.
He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Biotechnology, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, currently coordinating an international Thinkers programme within the Academy on Water and Climate Change Resilience. Very recently, Willy was elected chairman of the board of the Science Foundation FWO of Flanders, Belgium, and was nominated Honorary Fellow at the KWR Watercycle Research Institute of the Netherlands for his contributions to responsible resource and environmental management.