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Water Summit 2017 speakers

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Charles Fishman
Author & Fast Company Contributor
*Summit Moderator

In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA, to Hershey chocolate and the US State Department. Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. Fishman’s work has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.

Lt. Col Hal Bidlack, Ph.D. (USAF – Retired)
Senior Research Fellow – Center for Climate and Security

Dr. Hal Bidlack is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he focuses on the domestic national security risks of climate change, including implications for U.S. military assets and personnel. Dr. Bidlack received his commission as an Air Force officer in 1980 and retired from active service in 2006. He twice served as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House, was Deputy Director of the US Air Force Institute for National Security Studies, and Action Officer for the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks at the Pentagon.  Dr. Bidlack’s career since retiring from active service includes an appointment by the Governor of Colorado to the Judicial Performance Review Committee, and teaching political science at USAFA as an Adjunct Professor. SNEAK PEEK

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Global Business Director – Dow Water & Process Solutions

Snehal Desai is the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, a leader in sustainable separation and purification technologies. In his role, Desai is responsible for developing and implementing the growth strategy for the business and leading the approximately 1,700 employees worldwide. With industry-leading products, extensive expertise and experience in a broad range of water treatment applications, Dow is leading the discussion about critical issues related to water, food, pharmaceutical and energy resources with Desai at the forefront. Desai has more than 25 years of increasing leadership responsibility experience in the sales, marketing and business development of water, plastics, chemicals and renewable materials.

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes
Associate Director, Securing Water – The Nature Conservancy

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes is the Associate Director of Securing Water for the Nature Conservancy in North America, where she provides expertise towards the development of water funds across the region. Previously, she led stakeholder engagement efforts in North America towards the development of a global standard for water stewardship via the Alliance for Water Stewardship and served on the Alliance’s Global Secretariat. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Lisa worked as a program manager for the Council of Great Lakes Governors. In that role she worked with the Great Lakes States and Provinces in developing and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and related Compact.

Caitlin Durkovich
Director- Toffler Associates

Caitlin’s expertise in critical infrastructure security and resilience, including cybersecurity, makes her a uniquely valuable asset to clients navigating the complex operational challenges posed by our increasingly interconnected and interdependent global economy. Over the course of nearly two decades of developing physical and cyber risk management approaches, she has successfully advanced public-private partnerships that drive thought leadership, influence policy, and evolve industry practices to manage security and operational risks. Prior to joining Toffler Associates, Caitlin served as Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection with the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama. SNEAK PEEK

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Senior Fellow – Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

In 1977, at the age of 28, Kathy was appointed Executive Director of the Arizona Groundwater Management Study Commission. Her work with the Commission and Governor Bruce Babbitt culminated in the passage of the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, which continues to be one of the nation’s most visionary laws for managing groundwater. For nearly four decades Kathy has championed wise water management in the desert. She has served as Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and Executive Director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. Currently a lawyer in private practice, she is a Senior Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, where she consults with the Kyl Center for Water Policy. SNEAK PEEK

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Andrew Hobbs
Global Director Environmental Quality Office – Ford Motor Company

Andy Hobbs is the global director of environmental quality at Ford, where he has worked for over 30 years. Hobbs and his team played a key role in Ford’s achievement of being named Interbrand’s Number One Best Global Green Brand in 2014 and have been central to the car-maker’s efforts to build on the company’s existing legacy of forward-thinking environmental stewardship and reducing the environmental footprint of facilities globally. Hobbs graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a honors degree in mechanical engineering. SNEAK PEEK


Brad Ives
Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brad Ives is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises at UNC-Chapel Hill, also serving as the University’s Chief Sustainability Officer and as director of the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory. As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises, Ives provides oversight for the University’s Auxiliary Services, Energy Services, Transportation and Parking, Student Stores, and Trademarks and Licensing. This encompasses a $175 million budget with a team of approximately 650 University employees and 450 contracted employees. Ives obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Juris Doctor from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Thomas Kuczynski
Chief Information Officer – District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Thomas Kuczynski is the Chief Information Officer for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Mr. Kuczynski joined DC Water in August 2013 and heads up an IT team of 60 individuals and a $20 million budget to develop applications that support customer services and operations, and provide technical support to help employees do their jobs. Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Kuczynski was Senior Vice President, Strategic and Information Services for PGW managing Strategic Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Information Services and Internal Auditing.


Kevin M. Morley
Manager, Federal Relations – American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Kevin M. Morley, PhD is Manager, Federal Relations for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He works closely with multiple organizations to advance the security and preparedness of the water sector. This includes the development of a cybersecurity resource guide and a supporting use-case tool that support the voluntary application of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Dr. Morley received his PhD from George Mason University for research assessing water sector resilience by creating the Utility Resilience Index (URI). He holds a MS from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a BA from Syracuse University. SNEAK PEEK


Stephen E. O’Day
Partner & Head of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Practices – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Mr. O’Day has handled environmental litigation, consultation and negotiations for over 37 years. He advises clients in connection with the full range of environmental issues, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and Clean Water Act compliance, Clean Air Act permits and compliance, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting and compliance including solid and hazardous waste treatment, disposal and cleanups, Superfund cleanups, toxic tort claims, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act permitting and compliance, Toxic Substances Control Act compliance, OSHA compliance, water law and other environmental matters.

Scott Propp
Managing Director – Dentro Consulting LLC

A former Fortune 100 executive, Scott helps C-Suite Leaders successfully navigate their way to consistent, sustainable growth. He has successfully led large-scale “industry first” projects in 22 different countries using 12 proprietary business models. His work centers on helping diverse teams identify the right project, right team and right plan to efficiently break into the next level. His work has led to public and private projects in energy, water and transportation. Scott’s academic background includes graduate-level degrees in engineering and business, as well as post-graduate executive training at the Kellogg School of Management and Harvard University.

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Dr. Uri Shani
Inventor and Entrepreneur in Agriculture and Water Technologies – Israel

Dr. Uri Shani, had led the transformation of Israel from a country that depended on ever-increasing shortage of natural water supply to water independency through ambitious water-saving and increasing efficiency including sewage recycling and desalination. He has led three international water agreements: the Jordan-Israel Mutual Desalination and Water Exchange (October 2010), the Jordan-Palestinian Authority-Israel Tri-national Agreement on Red Sea – Dead Sea (RSDS) First Phase and Regional Desalination (December 2013), and Israel-Jordan Detailed Agreement on RSDS and Regional Water. A mutual tender was published and is evaluated for this project. Dr. Shani was General Manager and Chairman, of the Israeli Governmental Water and Sewage Authority from 2006-2011.

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Author & Daniel M. Soref Senior Water Policy Fellow in the Center for Water Policy at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

Seth M. Siegel is a writer, lawyer, activist, and serial entrepreneur. Siegel is the author of the book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, to be released by St. Martin’s Press on September 15, 2015. His essays on water and other policy issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and in leading publications in Europe and Asia. Siegel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Siegel is a graduate of Cornell University and the Cornell Law School, and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. SNEAK PEEK

Emilio R. Tenuta
Vice President, Corporate Sustainability – Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping more than 1.3 million customers in more than 170 countries operate more sustainably. Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive.  He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a significant focus on water stewardship. In partnership with Trucost – and a multi-stakeholder advisory group – Tenuta led development of the Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first financial modeling tool to assess water-related risks.

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Rich Meeusen
President/CEO/Chairman, Badger Meter, Inc.
Co-Chair, The Water Council
*Summit Emcee

Rich Meeusen is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter, Inc, a Milwaukee-based company that is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement solutions, with a primary focus on the water industry. He co-founded The Water Council in 2007 (formally incorporated in 2009) and currently co-chairs the organization’s board of directors. Rich is a pioneer of the water industry and has received many awards, most notably, the 2010 Business Leader of the Year award from the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin.

“The Water Summit is one of the best and most useful conferences that I have attended…Fishman’s moderation was excellent.” – 2016 Attendee


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