Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

2015 IWS Conference Programme

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Monday January 19, 2015 – Opening Ceremony

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Time Activity
10:00 – 13:00 Joint opening ceremony and Global Leaders’ Summit Hosted by Masdar. This event day will feature both water and energy.

Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Day 2

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Time Activity
09:25 – 09:30

IWS Chairperson’s Opening Introduction

  • Faraj El-Awar Faraj El-Awar Head Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA) Secretariat, Spain
09:30 – 09:35

Official Opening Ceremony

Water Conservation and Future Water Sustainability

09:35 – 09:50
Keynote Presentation: Ensuring a Sustainable Water Future for Arid Regions

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09:50 – 10:05
Keynote Presentation: The Future of Water Security and Water Sustainability

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10:05 – 10:15
Keynote Presentation: Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of the Water Energy Nexus

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10:15 – 11:05
Panel Discussion: Taking a Unified Strategic Approach to Address the Challenges of the Water Energy Nexus

This media style questions and answer panel discussion will bring together water utilities, NGOs and industry experts to explore contrasting aspects of water energy nexus challenges.

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Moderator
Panellists
  • H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak Member of the Abu Dhabi Higher Water Committee, Secretary General Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), United Arab Emirates
  • Adam Lovell Adam Lovell Executive Director Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Australia
  • H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-AlShaikh H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-AlShaikh Deputy Governor for Planning & Development, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) President, International Desalination Association (IDA), Saudi Arabia
  • Patrick Decker Patrick Decker CEO Xylem Inc., United States
11:05 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break

GCC Strategic Direction

11:30 – 12:15
Panel Discussion: Working Towards Middle East Water Cooperation to Ensure a Sustainable Water Future for Arid Regions

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for Middle East water stakeholders to discuss strategies for improving water sustainability in arid regions.

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Panellists
  • H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman Secretary General Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), Jordan
  • Najib Saab Najib Saab Secretary General Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Lebanon
  • Faraj El-Awar Faraj El-Awar Head Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA) Secretariat, Spain
  • Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Executive Director of the Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid H.E. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid President Arab Water Council, Egypt
  • Dr. Khaled AbuZeid Dr. Khaled AbuZeid Regional Water Director Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), Egypt
  • Matthew Griffiths Matthew Griffiths Director of Water Strategy and Reuse Regulation and Supervision Bureau (Abu Dhabi), United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Fouad Abousamra Dr. Fouad Abousamra Senior Consultant on Water, Land, Coastal Ecosystems SAMRA Consult, Greece
12:15 – 12:40
1-2-1 Interview Session: Forecasting Water and Energy Consumption 2020 – 2025

This session will be a media interview style question and answer session that will provide insight into water forecast predictions.

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Panellists
  • Mohammad Al Hajiri Mohammad Al Hajiri Head of Water Forecasting Section Abu Dhabi Water and Energy Company (ADWEC), United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Najib H. Dandachi Dr. Najib H. Dandachi Asset Management Director TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates
  • Bruce Smith Bruce Smith Advisor Abu Dhabi Water and Energy Company (ADWEC), United Arab Emirates
12:40 – 13:10
Panel Discussion: Understanding the Economics of Water

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Panellists
  • Dr. Piers Clark Dr. Piers Clark Partner Global Water Development Partners , United Kingdom
  • Dr. Søren Hvilshøj Dr. Søren Hvilshøj International Water Director Ramboll, Denmark
  • Adam Lovell Adam Lovell Executive Director Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Australia
  • Maurice Neo Maurice Neo Director for Industry Development Public Utilities Board, Singapore
  • Adrian Sym Adrian Sym Executive Director Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Germany
  • Eva Ramos Perez Torreblanca Eva Ramos Perez Torreblanca Director of Environmental Analysis and Economics Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13:10 – 13:25
Keynote Presentation: Launch of Meteorology initiatives to Support Improvements in Rain Enhancement

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Panellist
  • Alya Al Mazrouei Alya Al Mazrouei Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science National Center for Meteorology, United Arab Emirates
13:25 – 13:45
Panel Discussion: Rain Enhancement as a Strategic Approach in Supporting Water Security

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13:45 – 15:00
Lunch / Tour of the Exhibition including at Innovate @ IWS

Official Meteorology Programme Launch Event

15:00 – 17:00
STREAM A - Mega Project Investment

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Chairman
15:00 - 15:30 - Presentation: STEP - Sewerage Tunnel Enhancement Project

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Panellists
  • Nasser Al Nuaimi Nasser Al Nuaimi Deputy Programme Manager in the Programme Management Department Abu Dhabi Sewerage and Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
15:30 – 16:00 Case Study Water: Nominated Project - Abu Dhabi Infrastructure Investment

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16:00 - 16:30 Strategic Infrastructure Planning for Distribution of TSE Water to Maximise Use of New Water Resources

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Panellists
  • Eng. Malcolm Haddock Eng. Malcolm Haddock Planning and Forecasting Manager Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
16:30 - 17:00 Case Study Presentation: Redistribution and Re-Use of TSE Water for use in Irrigation, Farming and Forestry

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Panellists
  • Dr. Mohamed Dawoud Dr. Mohamed Dawoud Advisor – Water Resources Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Stream B - Energy Efficient and Clean Technology Desalination
Chairman
  • Leon Awerbuch Leon Awerbuch President and CTO Leading Edge Technologies, United Arab Emirates
15:00 – 15:15 Case Study Desalination: Next Generation Renewable Energy Powered Desalination Pilot Project

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Panellists
  • Mohammed El Ramahi Mohammed El Ramahi Head of Utilities & Associate Director - Asset Management, Technical & Services Masdar, United Arab Emirates
15:15 – 15:30 Keynote Presentation: Opportunity to Enhance Energy Efficiency in Saudi Desalination Sector

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Panellists
15:30 – 16:30 IDA Organized Panel Discussion: Desalination Energy & Environment Nexus

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Moderator
  • Leon Awerbuch Leon Awerbuch President and CTO Leading Edge Technologies, United Arab Emirates
Panellists
  • Imad Al Sharif Imad Al Sharif Vice President Energy Recovery Inc., United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim Governor, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Chairman of the Board, Water and Electricity Co. (WEC), Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Hassan Arafat Dr. Hassan Arafat Associate Professor - Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates
  • William Chang William Chang Executive Managing Director Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Masaru Kurihara Dr. Masaru Kurihara President Asia Pacific Desalination Association (APDA), Japan
  • Dr. Corrado Sommariva Dr. Corrado Sommariva Managing Director, ILF Middle East Past President and Director of International Desalination Association (IDA), United Arab Emirates
16:30 – 17:30 IDA organized Panel: Sustainable Desalination and Advance Water Reuse. Development & Trends Leading to Energy and Cost Reduction

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Moderator
  • Miguel Angel Sanz Miguel Angel Sanz Director of Development & Innovation, Degrémont, Suez Environnement 2nd Vice President, International Desalination Association (IDA), France
Panellists
  • Michel Canet Michel Canet Business Development Advisor Veolia Water Technologies, France
  • Ghassan Ejjeh Ghassan Ejjeh Senior Vice President BESIX, Belgium
  • Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara Deputy Director / IDA Director TOYOBO Co. Ltd., Japan
  • Lance Johnson Lance Johnson Business Unit RO & Asia Pacific  Commercial Director / IDA Director Dow Water & Process Solutions, United States
  • Fady Juez Fady Juez Managing Director Metito, United Arab Emirates
17:25 – 17:30
IWS Chairman’s Closing Comments

Wednesday January 21, 2015 – Day 3

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Time Activity
09:30 – 09:35

IWS Chairperson’s Welcome Address

Speaker
  • Faraj El-Awar Faraj El-Awar Head Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA) Secretariat, Spain

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)

09:35 – 09:50
1-2-1 Interview Session: Understanding the Economics of Connectivity and Location to Enable Optimised Water Usage

This session will be a media interview style question and answer session that will provide insight into the below questions.

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Moderator
  • Kshitij Nilkanth Kshitij Nilkanth Program Manager - Environmental Technologies, MENA and South Asia Frost & Sullivan , India
Panellists
  • Adam Lovell Adam Lovell Executive Director Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Australia
09:50 – 10:20
Panel Discussion: Understanding How Management of Consumption Impacts on Demand Side Management and Allocation

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Moderator
  • Faraj El-Awar Faraj El-Awar Head Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA) Secretariat, Spain
Panellists
  • Dr. Ismahane Elouafi Dr. Ismahane Elouafi Director General International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman Secretary General Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), Jordan
  • Alan Thomson Alan Thomson Managing Director Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
10:20 – 10:50
Panel Discussion: Water Usage in Industrial Manufacturing: Policy Strategy and Local Partnerships to Enable Improved Water Resource Management

Water, which is required to manufacture products, is a focal point in most industrial activities, which produce waste water that must be treated in a way that protects the environment.

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Moderator
Panellists
  • Eng. Salem Mubarak Al Braiki Eng. Salem Mubarak Al Braiki Director of Environment Quality, Policy & Regulations Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Udayan Banerjee Dr. Udayan Banerjee Policy & Regulation Specialist Tadweer – The Center of Waste Management, United Arab Emirates
  • Walter Kling Walter Kling Secretary General International Association of Water Supply Companies Danube River, Austria
10:50 – 11:15
Networking Coffee Break

Improving Water Sustainability

11:15 – 11:30
Presentation: Interconnectivity of Water Holistic View

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Panellists
  • Walter Kling Walter Kling Secretary General International Association of Water Supply Companies Danube River, Austria
11:30 – 12:00
Panel Discussion: Water Stewardship to Improve Local Water Sources and Enable Commercial Sustainability through a Value Driven Strategic Approach

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Moderator
  • Adrian Sym Adrian Sym Executive Director Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Germany
Panellists
  • Walter Kling Walter Kling Secretary General International Association of Water Supply Companies Danube River, Austria
  • Pierre Tauzinat Pierre Tauzinat CEO Ennesys, France
  • Howard Ullman Howard Ullman Chief Executive Officer Atmospheric Water Solutions, United States
12:00 – 12:30
Case Study Presentation: Waste for Energy and Water – SMART Resource Management for Sustainable Economy

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Panellists
  • Dr. Kaoru Kikuyama Dr. Kaoru Kikuyama Vice President - Business Strategy Development JFE Engineering Corporation, Japan
12:30 – 13:00
Panel Discussion: Understanding the Impact of Water on Energy Supply, both for Power Generation and Oil Production Processes

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Moderator
Panellists
  • Dr. Steven Griffiths Dr. Steven Griffiths Executive Director of Institute Initiatives, Professor of Practice Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Ahmed Murad Dr. Ahmed Murad Associate Professor of Hydrogeology & Vice Dean - College of Science United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
13:00 – 13:30
Keynote Presentation: SMART Cities - Technology for Leak Detection and Understanding Non-Water Revenue

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Panellists
  • Thierry Mallet Thierry Mallet Executive VP In-charge of Innovation & Business Performance Suez Environnement , France
13:30 – 14:00
Panel Discussion: Rain Enhancement Science: Global Perspective on research and innovation in the industry

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Panellists
  • Dr. Masataka Murakami Dr. Masataka Murakami Head of Cloud Physics Section- Forecast Research Department Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan
  • Prof. Stuart Piketh Prof. Stuart Piketh Professor - School of Geo- and Spatial Science Unit for Env. Sc. and Management North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa
14:00 – 15:30
Lunch / Tour of the Exhibition including at Innovate @ IWS

Parallel Sessions

15:30 – 16:00
STREAM A: Water In Industry
Chairman
  • Walter Kling Walter Kling Secretary General International Association of Water Supply Companies Danube River, Austria
STREAM B: Commercial Buildings
Chairman
Stream A: Water in Industry

Presentation: Water reuse for the Oil and Gas Industries – Overcoming a New Challenge

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Panellists
  • Philippe Valerio Philippe Valerio Industry Commercial Director Degremont Middle East, Suez Environnement , United Arab Emirates
Stream B: Commercial Buildings

Panel Discussion: Supporting Improvement in Commercial Building Design and Sustainability Through Regulation, Guidelines and Awards

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Moderator
  • Edwin Young Edwin Young Advisor of Urban Development & Estidama Sector Urban Planning Council Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates
Panellists
  • Christiane Abou Zeidan Christiane Abou Zeidan Corporate Director of Environment Health and Safety Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC, United Arab Emirates
  • Khadija Bin Braik Khadija Bin Braik Head of Waterwise Regulation and Supervision Bureau (Abu Dhabi), United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Søren Hvilshøj Dr. Søren Hvilshøj International Water Director Ramboll, Denmark
16:00 – 16:30
Stream A: Water in Industry

Case Study: Utilising Used Water in District Cooling Plants

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Stream B: Commercial Buildings

Case Study: Hotel Sustainability Programme

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  • Christiane Abou Zeidan Christiane Abou Zeidan Corporate Director of Environment Health and Safety Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC, United Arab Emirates
16:30 – 17:00
Stream A: Water in Industry

Presentation: Oil and Gas Production Optimisation

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Stream B: Commercial Buildings

Case Study: Green Mosques - Facilities Management

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17:00 – 17:30
Stream A: Water in Industry

Case Study: Utilization of TSE Water in Metal Production

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Stream B: Commercial Buildings

Case Study: Water Sustainability Roadmap - Hospital Design to Improve Water Sustainability

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17:30 – 17:35
IWS Chairman’s Closing Comments

Thursday January 22, 2015 – Day 4

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Time Activity
09:00 – 09:05

IWS Chairman’s Opening Introduction

The Nexus of Water and Energy in Food

09:05 – 10:00
Panel Discussion: The State of Food Security in Arab Countries Executive Summary of the AFED Report on Arab Food Security

This session will take the format of an interactive debate and discussion between participants.

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Moderator
  • Najib Saab Najib Saab Secretary General Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Lebanon
Panellists
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil Director of Energy and Climate Change Program, Arab Forum For Environment and Development (AFED) Former Director of Environment Program, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
  • H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi Director of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Representative of the UAE, IRENA, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Mahmoud El Solh Dr. Mahmoud El Solh Director General International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon
  • Dr. Nahla Hwalla Dr. Nahla Hwalla Dean, Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr. Abdul-karim Sadik Dr. Abdul-karim Sadik Economic Advisor Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Kuwait
10:00 – 11:00
Round Table Discussion Session
Table 1: Climate Change and the Water Energy Food Nexus

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Expert Moderator
  • H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi Director of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Representative of the UAE, IRENA, United Arab Emirates
Session Reporter
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil Director of Energy and Climate Change Program, Arab Forum For Environment and Development (AFED) Former Director of Environment Program, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
Table 2: Environmental Economic and Social Sustainability of Farming in Arid Regions

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Expert Moderator
  • Dr. Mahmoud El Solh Dr. Mahmoud El Solh Director General International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon
Table 3: Importing Food and Virtual Water versus Local Production

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Table 4: Alternative Farming Methods and Shifting Eating Habits

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Expert Moderator
  • Dr. Nahla Hwalla Dr. Nahla Hwalla Dean, Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Session Reporter
11:00 – 11:30
Round Table Session Feedback and Wrap Up

This session will provide an opportunity for the session reporter to provide feedback on the discussion findings from each of the facilitated round table discussion groups.

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Water Energy Nexus Closing Session IWS and WFES

11:30 – 11:35
Chairman’s Opening
11:35 – 11:45
Keynote Presentation: Understanding the Water Energy Nexus - An Energy Perspective
11:50 – 12:05
Keynote Presentation: Understanding the Water Energy Nexus – A Water Perspective
12:05 – 12:35
Panel Discussion: Integrated Water And Energy Planning: Opportunities And Challenges

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12:35 – 12:40
Awards Ceremony Innovate@IWS Winners of the technology innovation prize
12:40 – 13:00
Chairman’s Closing Session
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 17:00
Workshop 2: Masdar Institute Workshop Session: How to achieve sustainable marine and coastal environment in the Arabian Gulf

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Workshop 3: Paris Sorbonne University Workshop - A comprehensive Legal Framework for Water Resources Management in Abu Dhabi: towards Efficiency, Security, Fairness and Sustainability

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