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Charles Fishman
Author & Fast Company Contributor

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. Fishman’s book, “The Big Thirst: The secret life & turbulent future of water,” has become the best-selling water book in a generation, and is changing how people think about water, and how they manage it. “The Big Thirst” does something few water books do — it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Dave Henderson
Founder, XPV Water Partners

As the founder of XPV, David is a thought leader and sought after advisor and speaker in the area of water technology and investing. David combines his marketing and business development knowledge to create new opportunities for partners. His grasp of market trends and insights help to connect entrepreneurs to invaluable resources that drive or accelerate growth. David has built an extensive global network in the water sector as a respected investor, speaker and expert contributor. Prior to starting XPV, David was Vice President with the private merchant bank Kinghaven Capital Corporation (now VRG Capital). He was responsible for executing direct investments in a broad range of industries, M&A transactions, and corporate development work for a number of portfolio companies.

Matt Howard
VP Alliance for Water Stewardship North America

Matt oversees The Water Council’s sustainability and stewardship initiatives which focus on rolling out the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s International Water Stewardship Standard in North America. Matt has ten years in sustainability program development and management including five years as Milwaukee’s Sustainability Director. Matt came to Milwaukee from Washington, DC where he worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce and spent time as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has an MA from George Washington University and a BA from Valparaiso University. He is a LEED and Lean Six Sigma accredited professional and currently serves on the EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.

Brian Iversen
Managing Partner, Cimbria Capital

Prior to founding Cimbria Capital, Mr. Iversen became an acknowledged specialist in private equity and portfolio company management at Riverstone Holdings, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. As Vice President at Riverstone, he was an investment professional focused on the renewable energy and the sustainable agriculture industries as well as certain oil and natural gas services sectors. Mr. Iversen was also a member on the team that launched and managed the world’s largest independent private equity fund dedicated exclusively to private renewable energy investments.

Puon Penn
Executive Vice President/Co-Head, Technology Banking Group, Wells Fargo

Puon Penn is Executive Vice President/Co-Head of Wells Fargo’s Technology Banking Group which assists innovative companies focused on advancing new technologies and business models to solve some of the most complex problems facing humanity. Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed over $50 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2012.

Will Sarni
Founder and CEO, Water Foundry, LLC

Will is the founder and CEO of Water Foundry. Previously he was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a successful sustainability strategy firm which was sold to Deloitte Consulting. At Deloitte he founded the water strategy practice which provided services to US and non-US multinationals on quantifying and mitigating water related risks. Following his career at Deloitte, he founded Water Foundry which continues to work with private sector clients and also innovative water technology startups and early stage growth companies in addressing water scarcity and quality issues. Will has authored numerous books and articles and presented on: the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus.

Emilio Tenuta
Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at Ecolab

Emilio 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, the industry’s first financial modeling tool to assess water-related risks. Over the past four years, Tenuta has forged strong partnerships with a number of NGO’s to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund, Alliance for Water Stewardship, UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum.

Dean Amhaus
President & CEO, The Water Council

Dean has served as the president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. His diverse, thirty-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide-range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development and non-profit management in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. Dean has also served as the president of The Spirit of Milwaukee which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image, as well as the president of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s economic development organization, and executive director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission.


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