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

IWS Conference Programme 2014

For more information, please contact Sheila Baranda sheila.baranda@reedexpo.ae.

 

Monday January 20, 2014 – ADSW Global Leaders’ Summit

*program is subject to change

Time Activity
11:00 – 12:00 Formal Opening Ceremony
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30

Welcome and Introduction to ADSW Global Leaders’ Summit

The current shift in the global energy mix towards wider deployment of renewables is of fundamental importance for shaping the economic and social systems of the future, and for ensuring the security and supply of energy to meet ever increasing global demand. At the same time, this shift is creating new opportunities and challenges alike for many nations. The ADSW Leaders’ Dialogue brings together leaders from business, technology, government and academia to advance collaboration and action on the most immediate and urgent priorities, as well as long-term imperatives.

14:30 – 15:00

Keynote Interviews

In an increasingly volatile global economic climate, governments are looking to improve their economic performance and develop economic security for their populations. This session will review the current status of the global economy and the impact of factors that may destabilise growth, such as currency fluctuations and commodity pricing. Can economic growth be driven sustainably and what needs to happen to achieve this?
15:00 – 15:45

Keynote Panel – The Business of Clean Energy

What is the effect of the current global economic climate on the energy landscape and the business of sustainability? Has the rate of uptake of renewable energy technologies slowed? What are the factors behind this trend and does it still make economic sense to invest in renewable energy? How can NGO’s, businesses and the finance community work together to deliver a more sustainable future, whilst making good business sense and driving economic growth.
15:45 – 16:30

Stimulating/Fostering sustainable business

16:30 – 17:00

Keynote Interviews

17:00 – 17:45

Where is economic growth going to come from and who are the contenders for the next economic power house?

With continued signs that the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China are facing a slow-down in investment and battling inflation, which countries are lining up to be the next economic power houses and how are they investing in energy? Economies in Europe, USA and Japan appear to be off the critical list and tentatively starting to grow, but are they investing in sustainable energy technologies or sticking to carbon-intensive fuels? What are the energy opportunities for Africa from this shift away from the traditional economic powerhouses? Is the continent considered to be sufficiently stable and open for investment? What are the implications for the development agenda – can poverty alleviation be driven through energy and water security.
17:45 – 18:30

Meet the Speaker Networking Reception

Speakers and delegates will be invited to meet and exchange opinions in our exclusive networking area, conveniently located adjacent to the Summit Hall immediately after the conclusion of sessions. This reception represents an excellent opportunity for networking and stimulating discussion prior to attending the Zayed Future Energy Prize Ceremony.
18:30 – 19:00

Depart for Zayed Future Energy Prize

19:00 – 20:00

Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

The Zayed Future Energy Prize is inspired by the vision and environmental stewardship of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and is awarded to empower, recognize and reward the world’s innovators – honouring them for their impact, their innovation, their leadership and their long-term vision.

Tuesday January 21, 2014 – Water Sustainability in Arid Regions

*program is subject to change

Time Activity
09:30 – 09:35

Introduction by the IWS Event Chairman

Speaker
  • Dr. Faraj El-Awar Dr. Faraj El-Awar Programme Manager Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA), Spain
09:35 – 09:40

Official IWS 2014 Opening Ceremony

The event will be ceremonially opened for 2014.
Speaker
  • H.E. Dr. Han Seung-Soo H.E. Dr. Han Seung-Soo Former Prime Minister of Republic of Korea and UN secretary-General's Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water United Nations, Korea, Republic Of
09:40 – 09:50

Welcome Address

This session will provide the official welcome and an introduction to the themes of water sustainability, the water energy nexus and the challenges of arid regions from ADWEA the events strategic partner.

The following questions will be addressed:

  • What are the challenges facing arid regions?
  • What is being done to enable sustainable development and a water secure future for all?
  • How may international collaboration and innovative solutions help to solve the challenges?
Speaker
09:50 – 10:00

Achieving Integrated Water Resource Management through Effective Water Governance

This keynote presentation will provide insight into the strategic guidance to improve water resource management provided by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.
  • Creating an integrated approach to water resource management through policy and planning
  • Understanding the challenges and creating a sustainable solution
  • Managing water security to enable development and a water access for future generations
Speaker
  • 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
10:00 – 10:50

Water Resource Management Strategy Launch

This is a high level plenary session on Abu Dhabi Emirate’s integrated water resource management strategy.
Opening Speech
Presentation: Strategy Overview
Speaker
  • Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Executive Director for Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Panel Discussion

This session will provide an opportunity for a question and answer session with the panellists.

Moderator
Speakers
10:50 – 11:10

IWS Official Address

Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua
Speaker

Strategic Water Leadership - Overcoming the Challenges in the UAE

11:10 – 11:20
Keynote Presentation:
Survival Options

This keynote presentation will focus on sustainable development policy and strategy for the Arab Region.

  • Understanding the water-energy nexus in the GCC and Arab Region
  • Taking an integrated approach to overcoming challenges through effective resource and water-energy management
  • Supporting regional growth and development through sustainable long term

Speaker
  • Najib Saab Najib Saab Secretary General, Arab Forum for Environment and Development Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Lebanon
11:20 – 11:30
Keynote Presentation:
Sustainability the Driver of Innovation

This keynote presentation will focus on desalination as a solution to meet the needs of growing population, arid climate and supply limitations.

  • Defining sustainability and how it may be achieved
  • Implementing strategies that may achieve sustainable development
  • Sharing the responsibility for a sustainable water future

Speaker
11:30 – 12:00
Keynote Presentation:
Renewable Energy Desalination – Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry

This panel discussion will showcase renewable energy desalination projects. Short presentation input will be followed by interactive discussion.

Discussion points will include:

  • Considering the effects that climate change will have on the worlds water availability
  • Responding to the need for a quick response to overcome water security risk
  • Taking action to bridge the gap between research and industry through testing and pilot project studies

Moderator
  • Imad Feghali Imad Feghali Middle East and North Africa Technology Manager CH2MHILL, MENA & India
Speakers
  • Dr. Hassan Arafat Dr. Hassan Arafat Professor Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates
  • Mohammed El Ramahi Mohammed El Ramahi Head of Utilities & Asset Manage Associate Director, Asset Management, Technical & Services Masdar, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Corrado Sommariva Dr. Corrado Sommariva Managing Director ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East, Past President IDA, United Arab Emirates
00:00 – 12:25
Networking Coffee Break
00:25 – 12:40
Panel Discussion:
Working Towards Ensuring a Sustainable Water Future for Arid Regions

This panel discussion will look to the future of water sustainability in the UAE and arid regions. Panellists will share a short presentation input and then engage in interactive discussion.

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the UAE approaching the pressure applied by rapid economic growth?
  • How is the leadership providing guidance and support to overcome them?
  • What is the vision for future sustainability and water availability?

Moderator
  • Dr. Faraj El-Awar Dr. Faraj El-Awar Programme Manager Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA), Spain
Speakers
  • Mohammed El Ramahi Mohammed El Ramahi Head of Utilities & Asset Manage Associate Director, Asset Management, Technical & Services Masdar, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Simon Pearson Dr. Simon Pearson Senior Advisor Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
12:40 – 13:30
Panel Discussion:
Water Security and Future Water Sustainability

This panel discussion will highlight the opportunities that UAE, GCC and Arab region will face in the future and discuss how improved water sustainability, regulation, technology and governance will enable the region to keep pace with commercial development and population growth.

Questions for discussion:

  • What is being done to improve the region’s water security?
  • How may water sustainability be defined? And how is the UAE, GCC and Arab region working to future proof their supply?
  • In order to keep pace with rapid regional growth what type of governance will be required?
  • How could new technology and innovation impact on the future?
  • Water data gaps and data analysis
  • Water scarcity in Arab region?

Moderator
  • Tom Soo Tom Soo Executive Director International Water Resources Association , France
Speakers
  • Dr. Peter Werner Dr. Peter Werner Dean UAE University, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Fouad Abousamra Dr. Fouad Abousamra Regional Coordinator, Policy Advisor for West Asia, Ecosystem Management UNEP, ROWA , Bahrain
  • Dr. Khaled AbuZeid Dr. Khaled AbuZeid Senior Regional Water Resources Program Manager Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), Egypt
  • Dr. Waleed Zubari Dr. Waleed Zubari Chairperson, Professor Water Resources Management Program Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
  • Najib Saab Najib Saab Secretary General, Arab Forum for Environment and Development Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Lebanon
  • Nick Carter Nick Carter Director General Regulation and Supervision Bureau, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13:30 – 14:30
Networking Lunch Break

Sharing Best Practice through Global Collaboration - STREAM ONE

14:30 – 15:10
Panel Discussion:
Water Strategy for Arid Regions

This panel discussion will bring together representatives from different arid regions around the globe. Regional experts and international water organisations will compare and contrast how their different approaches to the same challenges have provided effective solutions and approaches.

Questions for discussion:

  • What solutions are in place to overcome the challenges of water availability? To what extent are they successful?
  • How do tariffs and incentives drive water sector improvement? What may be done to raise water sustainability up the political agenda?
  • Sustainability of water for future use
  • Water as an enabler for prosperity and economic growth and industrialisation

Moderator
  • Dr. Waleed Zubari Dr. Waleed Zubari Chairperson, Professor Water Resources Management Program Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
Speakers
15:10 – 15:25
Case Study: Japan – Advancing Water Re-Use
Presentation: (15:10 - 15:25)
Advancing Water Reuse in Japan

This presentation session will share the cutting-edge approach to water re-use implemented in Japan.

  • How Japan has reused water
  • Reuse standard with reference to conflicts between health & reuse sectors
  • National strategy to further advance water reuse

Speakers
  • Yosuke Matsumiya Yosuke Matsumiya Director, International Division, Engineering Department cum Secretary General Japan Sewage Works Association (JSWA) - Japan Global Center for Urban Sanitation, Japan
Panel Discussion: (15:25 - 16:15)
Understanding the Challenge of Improving Water Re-Use and Performance

This panel discussion brings together international water re-use practitioners to share their perspectives on the challenges and solutions available to improve performance. Each panellist will make a short presentation to express their perspective followed by an interactive moderated discussion.

Questions for discussion:

  • What governance and policy initiatives are required to drive improvement in water re-use and water performance?
  • How may detection methods be improved to identify areas of network weakness to optimise performance?
  • What special considerations must arid regions consider to reduce network wastage?
  • What are the most pressing current issues with waste water systems and what approaches are taken to overcome the challenges?
  • How does water re-use strategy help to improve water sustainability?
  • What may be done to stimulate improvement in agricultural sustainability through integration of re-use programmes?

Moderator
Speakers
  • Alan Thomson Alan Thomson Managing Director Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
  • Yosuke Matsumiya Yosuke Matsumiya Director, International Division, Engineering Department cum Secretary General Japan Sewage Works Association (JSWA) - Japan Global Center for Urban Sanitation, Japan
  • Troy Edgar Troy Edgar Chairman of the Board Orange County Sanitation District, United States
  • Fady Juez Fady Juez Managing Director Metito Overseas, United Arab Emirates
  • Kenichiro Udo Kenichiro Udo Director of Wastewater Management and Planning Section City of Fukuoka, Japan
  • Anna Halpern-Lande Anna Halpern-Lande Senior Manager New Business Development & Senior Venture Principal Shell , Netherlands
16:10 – 17:00
Case Study Singapore – New Water
Presentation: (16:15 – 16:35)
NEWater: A Singapore Success Story and the Pillar of Singapore’s Water Sustainability

This presentation session will provide insight into the successful integration of NEWWater into Singapore’s water network achieving a high level of public acceptance and sustainable improvement.

  • Increasing transparency and accountability to build trust in water quality and consistency
  • Raising public awareness to water security and environmental challenges
  • Driving continued public acceptance of water re-use strategy

Speakers
  • Maurice Neo Maurice Neo Director for Industry Development Department Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB) , Singapore
Panel Discussion: (16:35 – 17:05)
Analysis of the Successful Strategies Implemented in Singapore for Water Re-Use

This panel discussion will share insight into successful water re-use strategies implemented in Singapore. The discussion will highlight how initiatives may be supported by governance and applied. Each panellist will make a short presentation to express their perspective followed by an interactive moderated discussion.

Questions for discussion:

  • Understanding how water governance drives price and water efficiency initiatives
  • Which initiatives for re-use, reduction and recycling of water resources have been most successful in Singapore to integrate re-use into the water cycle?
  • How may these concepts, systems and technologies be applied to an arid region?

Moderator
Speakers
  • Maurice Neo Maurice Neo Director for Industry Development Department Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB) , Singapore
  • Linda Macpherson Linda Macpherson Vice President CH2M HILL, United States

Regional Expertise in Water Sustainability - STREAM TWO

14:30 – 14:45
Case Study:
UAE, Masdar Low Energy Desalination - Optimising Water Production Efficiency through Implementation of Low Energy Desalination

This presentation session will showcase the Masdar supported low energy desalination project.

  • Developing advanced energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies suitable to be powered by renewable energy sources
  • Introducing the scope of study for the three test sites in the UAE that will operate for 3.5 years
  • Reducing energy consumption

Speaker
  • Mohammed El Ramahi Mohammed El Ramahi Head of Utilities & Asset Manage Associate Director, Asset Management, Technical & Services Masdar, United Arab Emirates
14:45 – 15:25
Presentation:
Creating an Energy Efficient and Sustainable Water Future

This panel discussion will discuss the relationship between energy efficiency and water security. Each panellist will make a short presentation to express their perspective followed by an interactive moderated discussion.

Questions for discussion:

  • Creating partnerships to enable collaboration and innovation exchange
  • What energy technologies are suitable for integration with desalination projects?
  • Achieving long-term sustainable water access and security
  • Understanding the challenge of implementing renewable energy-powered desalination plants in the United Arab Emirates

Moderator
  • Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad Vice Dean – College of Science and Associate Professor of Hydrogeology, College of Science UAE University, United Arab Emirates
Speakers
  • Ahmed Bin Abbood Al Adawi Ahmed Bin Abbood Al Adawi Vice President Water and Special Projects Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), United Arab Emirates
  • Frank Perez Frank Perez Executive Officer, Power & Water Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) , United Arab Emirates
  • Engr. Mansour A. Alzunaidi Engr. Mansour A. Alzunaidi General Manager, Privatization & Commercial Affairs Saline Water Conversion Corporation Saudi Arabia (SWCC), Saudi Arabia
  • Peter Kajner Peter Kajner President Alliance for the Living Tisza, Hungary
  • Scott Vaughan Scott Vaughan President and CEO International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada
15:25 – 16:00
Presentation:
Overcoming Trans Boundary Aquifer Issues to Avoid Water Conflict and to Improve Water Security

This presentation will bring together UNESCO and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to share how trans boundary aquifer and water conflict challenges may be overcome.

  • Uniting water governance and policy to overcome trans boundary issues and to avoid water conflict
  • Creation of treaties to balance water resource usage and quality processes to safeguard future water supply
  • Cooperation between local authorities, water distributors and end users to safeguard aquifer sustainability

Speakers
  • Lew Young Lew Young Senior Regional Advisor for Asia - Oceania Ramsar Convention, Switzerland
16:00 – 16:55
Panel Discussion:
Understanding How Management of Consumption Impacts on Demand Side Management and Allocation

This panel discussion will support improved understanding of the relationship between consumption and demand side management and allocation. Each panellist will make a short presentation to express their perspective followed by an interactive moderated discussion.

Questions for discussion:

  • What policy and regulation is required to drive improvement in demand from high consumption sectors?
  • How is it possible to allocate water dependent on quality and availability?
  • What may be done to optimise management of consumption from key water sources including agriculture, industry and domestic
  • What capacity building approaches for water utilities can be used to enhance water demand management?

Moderator
Speakers
  • H.E. Rashid Mohamed Al Shariqi H.E. Rashid Mohamed Al Shariqi Member of the Abu Dhabi Higher Water Committee, Director General Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman H.E. Eng. Khaldon Khashman Secretary General Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), Jordan
  • Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei Executive Director for Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr Ismahane Elouafi Dr Ismahane Elouafi Director General International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Faraj El-Awar Dr. Faraj El-Awar Programme Manager Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA), Spain
  • Alan Thomson Alan Thomson Managing Director Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
16:55 – 17:00
Closing Comments from IWS Chairman
Speaker
  • Dr. Faraj El-Awar Dr. Faraj El-Awar Programme Manager Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance UN-Habitat (GWOPA), Spain

Wednesday January 22, 2014 – Fostering Innovation through Science and Technology

*program is subject to change

Time Activity
09:00 – 09:40 Networking Breakfast
09:40 – 09:45

IWS Chairman’s Introduction

The Chairman’s welcome address will provide the official welcome and highlight how science and technology innovation support water sustainability and impacts on both the water energy nexus and the challenges of arid regions.

Speaker
09:45 – 10:15

Breakfast Keynote: SMART Water

This keynote presentation session will introduce the theme of SMART water and how integration of intelligent systems may enable improvement.

  • Analysing water usage and how allocation and network impact on availability
  • Understanding the need for improved network efficiency and the challenges optimisation presents
  • Creation of the water networks of tomorrow through integration of SMART water solutions and technology innovation
Speaker
10:15 – 10:30

Khalifa Fund for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This keynote presentation session will offer insight into the work of the Khalifa Fund.

  • Presenting the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development's role in fostering and supporting UAE SME's in the context of innovation and efficient water consumption
  • Introducing current programs and successful projects aimed at addressing water scarcity in the UAE
Speaker

Harnessing Innovation to Solve Even the Greatest Water Challenges

10:30 – 12:00
STREAM 1: Energy Efficiency
10:30 - 11:00 | Presentation:
Optimising Water System Operation to Improve Energy Efficiency

  • Integration of advanced pump and sensor technologies to improve network efficiency
  • Analysing system data and identifying key sources of wastage
  • Improvement in maintenance and monitoring to ensure long term network improvement

Speaker
  • Andrew Burrows Andrew Burrows Chief Technology Officer, Council Member i20 , SWAN, United Kingdom
11:00 - 12:00 | Panel Discussion:
Understanding the Potential for use of Alternative Power Sources for Water Production

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the main sources of energy efficient power for water production?
  • How can the high capital investment required for alternative power source be off set against the benefits that they provide in the short, medium and long term?
  • What are the pros and cons of co- generation and renewable energy sources
  • How will the introduction of nuclear power impact the water energy nexus relationship?
  • What are the benefits of co-generation and seawater desalination?
  • What are the energy efficiency opportunities offered in a seawater desalination plant?

Moderator
  • Dr. Alice Cowman Dr. Alice Cowman Programme Director Clean Energy Business Council, United Arab Emirates
Speaker
  • William Chang William Chang Executive Managing Director Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company, United Arab Emirates
  • Borja Blanco Borja Blanco Senior Vice-President Desalination Energy Recovery Inc, United States
  • Daniel Zywietz Daniel Zywietz Managing Director RG Thermal Energy Solutions, United Arab Emirates
STREAM 2: Water Conservation
10:30-11:00 | Presentation:
Schemes for Innovative Technologies – Fostering Water Conservation and Resilience

  • Defining the future challenges in the water sector and the need to deploy and integrate innovative technologies and solutions
  • Understanding the low acceptance of technology by utilities, operators, EPCs and investors due to a lack of references and reliability concerns
  • Enabling verification through independent testing, protocols and integrity test to reduce risk and improve transparency.

Speaker
11:00-12:00 | Panel Discussion:
Engaging with End Users to Motivate Behavioural Change and Cultural Perception Towards Water Usage

Questions for discussion:

  • How is it possible to motivate a change in a population’s perception towards water?
  • Are people aware of the real cost of the water they consume? If they were do you think it would change perception and value?
  • How may billing, metering and consumption data be used to increase awareness?
  • What role do legislators need to play in improving end user engagement?
  • How is it possible to conserve water in an agricultural context?
  • Could a better understanding of virtual water help to reduce wastage and motivate behavioural change?

Moderator
  • Zoe Knight Zoe Knight Director, Climate Change Strategy, Global Banking and Markets HSBC, Canada
Speakers
  • H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid President Arab Water Council, Egypt
  • Adrian Sym Adrian Sym Executive Director Alliance for Water Stewardship, Germany
  • Edwin Young Edwin Young Programme Manager Estidama Urban Planning Council Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates
  • Matthew Griffiths Matthew Griffiths Director of Water Strategy and Reuse Regulation and Supervision Bureau, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Stream 3: Water Re- Use
10:30-11:00 | Presentation:
ADSSC Initiative Towards Achieving Full Utilisation of Recycled Water

  • Understanding benefits of using recycled water for unrestricted irrigation and the disadvantages of disposing of it into a marine environment
  • Improvement in transmission infrastructure STEP
  • Defining current and future demand for recycled water
  • Evaluating actual consumption and the current challenges limiting widespread implementation
  • Moving towards achieving full recycled water utilisation

Speakers
  • Malcolm Haddock Malcolm Haddock Planning and Forecasting Manager in the Asset Management Division Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), United Arab Emirates
11:00-12:00 | Panel Discussion:
Evaluation of Re-Use Schemes and Strategies

Questions for discussion:

  • What guidelines should be provided for management of health and environmental risks?
  • Encouraging decentralised waste water recycling in residential estates and complexes and hotels
  • How is it possible to determine, monitor and control safe concentrations of chemicals in recycled water?
  • Utilisation of recycled water to augment drinking water supplies has been a success in both Singapore and Australia. What quality water is this water and at what point could high quality recycled water be considered fit for human consumption?
  • What guidelines should be in place to ensure the right quality water for the right use?

Moderator
Speakers
12:00 – 13:00
Interactive Networking Lunch

Optimisation of Desalination

13:00 – 14:00
STREAM 1: Desalination Technology
13:00-13:15 | Presentation:
Evaluating MSF, MED, RO Desalination Technologies

  • Defining measures for to enable comparison of desalination technologies
  • Comparison of MSF, MED, RO
  • Future potential of FO, MD and new ideas.
  • Supporting the technology selection process by sharing factors critical to implementation success

Speaker
  • Leon Awerbuch Leon Awerbuch President and CTO Leading Edge Technologies, IDA Past President and Director, United States
13:15-14:00 | Panel Discussion:
Strategic Technology Selection and Evaluation to Limit Investment Risk and Improve Performance

Questions for discussion:

  • Selection of state of the art desalination plant technologies to rehabilitate existing plant infrastructure
  • Selection and integration of technology into existing processes
  • Evaluating the use of membrane technologies

Moderator
  • Leon Awerbuch Leon Awerbuch President and CTO Leading Edge Technologies, IDA Past President and Director, United States
Speakers
  • Charles Solomon Charles Solomon President Global Industrial Water Inc., United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Graeme Pearce Dr. Graeme Pearce President Membrane Consultancy Association, United Kingdom
  • Johnny Obeid Johnny Obeid Vice President and Business Development Manager Veolia Water
  • Eryl Edwards Eryl Edwards Concessions Development Manager Besix Group, United Arab Emirates
STREAM 2: Power Management
13:00-13:15 | Presentation:
Renewable Energies in RO Desalination: Case studies

  • Utilising renewable energy sources for desalination to improve sustainability rating
  • Defining the potential for implementation of renewable energy in RO desalination plants
  • Presentation of case study examples to demonstrate practical project implementation

Speaker
13:15-14:00 | Panel Discussion:
Improving Existing Asset Management to Improve Energy Consumption

Questions for discussion:

  • Micro and Mega projects to cater for usage requirements in a sustainable way? (presentation of the data collected by EAD that compares the usage in micro plants with conventional production methods)
  • Understanding when replacement of existing power sources with more sustainable and up to date technologies is appropriate

Moderator
Speakers
STREAM 3: Production Techniques
13:00-13:15 | Presentation:
Balancing Remineralisation to Improve Drinking Water Quality

  • Evaluating water quality by understanding the evaluation criteria of the producer and consumer
  • Integrating remineralisation techniques to improve the balance of drinking water mineralisation
  • Meeting expectations by producing water of a suitable quality for the purpose it is intended

Speaker
13:15-14:00 | Panel Discussion:
Environmental Guidelines for Sustainability

Questions for discussion:

  • What regulation is required to regulate sustainable water production by product disposal?
  • Discussion of how salt block, animal feed and agricultural chemical production from water by product may contribute to sustainability?
  • How may production techniques be improved to enhance quality?

Moderator
Speaker
  • Michael Nates Michael Nates Director - Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability ACWA Power, United Arab Emirates
  • Nouradine Zakaria Touré Nouradine Zakaria Touré Président Coordination Régionale des Usagers(ères) des Ressources Naturelles du Bassin du Niger, Mali
14:00 – 14:30
Networking Coffee Break

Process, Service and Technology Innovation

14:30 – 15:30
STREAM 1: Production Technology
14:30-14:45 | Interactive Poster Session:

This session will be led by technology providers. Interactive poster sessions will provide an opportunity for objective comparison between technology solutions.

Presentation will focus on demonstrating:

  • Oxidation
  • Double layer filtration
  • Membrane technologies
  • MED

Moderator
Poster Presentation 1
  • Bassam Choueiri Bassam Choueiri Water & Energy Business Development Manager & Project Engineer Air Liquide Emirates , United Arab Emirates
Poster Presentation 2
  • Johnny Obeid Johnny Obeid Vice President and Business Development Manager Veolia Water
Poster Presentation 3
14:45-15:30 | Panel Discussion:
Its not Gadgets is People that Save Water

Questions for discussion:

  • Governance and leadership are required to motivate change – how may water conservation and sustainability be incentivised?
  • How can technology improve quality and energy consumption?
  • How can good governance impact on carbon footprint?

Moderator
  • Neil Reynolds Neil Reynolds Senior Vice President, Managing Director MENA & India CH2M HILL, MENA & India
Speakers
STREAM 2: SMART Water Networks
14:30-14:45 | Interactive Poster Session:

This session will be led by technology providers and will provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate how their solutions assist with optimisation of water distribution network through implementation of leading edge technology.

Presentations will focus on demonstrating:

  • Strategic system distribution to reduce water loss
  • Integration of monitoring and flow technologies into the transportation network
  • Maintenance of water quality during supply

Moderator
Poster Presentation 1
  • Andrew Burrows Andrew Burrows Chief Technology Officer, Council Member i20 , SWAN, United Kingdom
Poster Presentation 2
  • Dale Hartley Dale Hartley Business Development Director Syrinx, United Kingdom
Poster Presentation 3
14:45-15:30 | Panel Discussion:
What may be Learned about Network Efficiency and Maintenance and Operations from Regions with High Water Value?

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the impact of a tariff system that reflects the cost of water production on network efficiency?
  • What innovations in distribution and transportation network performance may be applied in the GCC?
  • How should network maintenance be managed?

Moderator
  • Alaa Keshk Alaa Keshk PMP Associate – Utilities WSP Middle East , United Arab Emirates
Speaker
STREAM 3: Water Quality
14:30-14:45 | Presentation:
Utilising High Quality Non-Potable Water for Industrial Use

  • Understanding the grading requirement for usage in industrial processes
  • Allocating high quality water for use in industrial processes reducing demand on potable grade resources
  • Network management and distribution to enable suitable allocation

Speaker
  • Anna Halpern-Lande Anna Halpern-Lande Senior Manager New Business Development & Senior Venture Principal Shell , Netherlands
14:45-15:30 | Panel Discussion:
Improving Water Quality and Allocation to Ensure Effective Resource Management

Questions for discussion:

  • Allocating different sources of supply with different sources of demand
  • Ensuring water security through integrated water resource management
  • Integrated water and energy resource management balancing under and over engineering (SMART Cities)

Moderator
  • Anna Halpern-Lande Anna Halpern-Lande Senior Manager New Business Development & Senior Venture Principal Shell , Netherlands
Speakers
  • Tom Soo Tom Soo Executive Director International Water Resources Association , France
  • Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad Vice Dean – College of Science and Associate Professor of Hydrogeology, College of Science UAE University, United Arab Emirates
  • Matthew Griffiths Matthew Griffiths Director of Water Strategy and Reuse Regulation and Supervision Bureau, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Darryl Lew Darryl Lew Executive Director of the Environment and Quality Sector Enviornment Agency Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates
  • Michel Canet Michel Canet Executive Vice-President Business Development Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, France
  • Ghassan Ejjeh Ghassan Ejjeh Senior Vice President Besix Group, United Arab Emirates
15:30 – 16:15
Joint Closing Session with IWS - The Water-Energy Nexus (Thirsty Energy)

Water and energy are inextricably linked. The production of energy is dependent on water, with close to 15% of the world’s total water withdrawal used for energy. This figure can only rise as the relentless demand for energy increases. Join key speakers from the WFES Global Innovation Forum and the International Water Summit in this closing session to discuss joint strategies for water and energy security and supply.

Moderator
  • Frank Wouters Frank Wouters Deputy Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Arab Emirates
Speakers
  • H.E. Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi H.E. Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA Director of Energy and Climate Change at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates
  • Eicker Weber Eicker Weber Director Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
  • Samantha Smith Samantha Smith Director WWF Global Climate Change and Energy Initative, Norway
  • Dr. Mohamed A. Dawoud Dr. Mohamed A. Dawoud Water Resources Advisor-Environment Quality Sector Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Rachel Kyte Rachel Kyte Vice President for Sustainable Development The World Bank