THOUGHT LEADERS & INNOVATIVE THINKERS

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2019 SPEAKERS

Eleanor Allen
CEO, Water For People

Eleanor is passionate about global water issues. She has lived and worked all over the world and is dedicated to improving the quality of life through water and sanitation in low and middle-income countries. Eleanor also has extensive experience leading mega urban infrastructure programs in high income countries. A frequently requested speaker, she is a registered professional civil engineer and board certified environmental engineer, recipient of the Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the World Economic Forum, a TEDx speaker on Why Water Is A Women’s Issue, a Water Environment Federation Fellow, and one of Denver’s Outstanding Women in Business. She serves on several Boards and, prior to Water For People, ran global and regional operations for Arcadis and CH2M (now Jacobs).


Courtney Archibald
Safety Health & Environmental Manager, Nestlé USA

Courtney Archibald is a Safety Health & Environmental Manager for the Nestlé Carnation Milk factory in Modesto California. Courtney is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and initiatives that demonstrate Nestlé’s commitment to creating shared value and environmental sustainability. Courtney has collaborated with local government and industries to collectively identify and mitigate water quality and quantity concerns in California’s Central Valley. Courtney’s passion for ensuring environmental sustainability for future generations has energized the Carnation Factory & relevant stakeholders to champion water conservation. His leadership and partnerships has delivered vast reductions of water withdrawal from California’s delicate and crucial watershed.


Kate Brown
Global Product Supply Water Sustainability Leader, P&G

Kate Brown is P&G’s Global Product Supply Water Sustainability Leader. She applies her sustainability passion and experience to help over 100 manufacturing facilities around the world identify and realize opportunities to deliver P&G’s 2030 water stewardship commitments. In her 20 years with P&G, Kate’s previous roles included creation of global energy reduction programs, oversight of breakthrough sustainable packaging initiatives, and championing sustainability employee engagement campaigns.


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.


Andreas Fleischmann
Executive Vice President, Raedlinger Primus Line Inc.

Andreas Fleischmann is Executive Vice President of Raedlinger Primus Line Inc., a fast growing company headquartered in Germany and offering solutions for trenchless rehabilitation of pressure pipes.  With more than 15 years’ experience in the environmental sector in both Europe and the U.S., Andreas believes that water is one of the biggest global challenges we face in the coming decades. An active member of both the German Water Partnership and The Water Council, he believes that leadership from water companies delivering the best technologies responsibly is essential for the most positive impact possible on society and the environment.


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.


Bill Malarkey
Managing Partner North America Region, Amane Advisors

Bill Malarkey is Amane Advisors’ managing partner for the North America region. Based in Philadelphia, Bill advises clients in a variety of segments across the water sector. Before joining Amane, Bill served in leading corporate development and M&A roles with Severn Trent, American Water, Thames Water, and RWE and was a Senior VP, Strategy & Market Development at Severn Trent – North America. He also led the “Water & Industrials” investment banking practice at Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. Bill has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Urban Water Council of the US Conference of Mayors and as Vice Chairman of the Water Institute of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.


Valeria Orozco
Director of Sustainability, Nestlé Waters North America

Valeria is responsible for the development and execution of initiatives that demonstrate the company’s commitments to shared value creation and environmental sustainability, specifically around water and packaging. Nestlé Waters North America is the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the United States with brands that include Poland Spring®, Perrier® and Nestlé Pure Life®. Prior to this role, Valeria was responsible for developing and delivering sustainability value for businesses, governments and non-profits at Accenture Strategy and Sustainability. Previous to that, Valeria was a strategist Kinetix, a boutique sustainability consulting firm where she developed sustainable business solutions.


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.


Rochelle Samuel
Process Sustainability Engineer, Saint-Gobain North America

Rochelle is the Process Sustainability Engineer for Saint-Gobain North America, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of high performance solutions. Rochelle joined Saint-Gobain in July 2017, and has since worked on a variety of projects centered around achieving Saint-Gobain’s global 2025 environmental goals of energy, water, and waste reduction. A large part of her role involves managing and supporting a network of 100+ manufacturing Sustainability Champions, and developing company strategy to achieve these goals at the site level. In addition, Rochelle leads the headquarters’ Green Team and multicultural employee resource group to educate employees on environmental and social sustainability initiatives.


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.


Raj Shukla
Executive Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin

Raj Shukla leads the River Alliance of Wisconsin with over a decade of experience in program design, development and management to tackle pressing social and environmental needs. Most recently as Director of Programs with Wisconsin-based nonprofit, Cool Choices, he led public engagement and energy efficiency programs in businesses, schools and government agencies across the United States. Previously, Raj developed youth education programs for former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He trained elected officials and candidates how to effectively mobilize resources and voters with Progressive Majority Wisconsin. Raj currently serves as Chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee, a city advisory committee of mayoral appointees who work to realize the community’s social and environmental aspirations.


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.


Brian Werner
Account Director, ESG at Trucost, part of S&P Global

Brian is responsible for helping corporations quantify and value environmental performance of their operations and supply chains to meet investor expectations and procurement needs. He speaks frequently at industry events on sustainability reporting, supply chains, carbon pricing, UN Sustainable Development Goals, integrated value assessments, and natural capital. Prior to joining Trucost, Brian spent over 15 years in the advertising industry, specializing in healthcare, retail, and consumer packaged goods as a Media Director at Razorfish and CMI and as a Senior Account Executive at AOL.

 


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.

 


“The format of conversations around topics was fantastic.  Each panel member brought knowledge and perspective from varied experiences.  Charles did a wonderful job evoking thoughts and connecting the stories.” – 2017 Attendee


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