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Water Summit 2018 speakers


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.

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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.

Alexis Morgan
Water Stewardship Lead, WWF
Alliance for Water Stewardship Board Member

Alexis leads WWF’s global efforts on water stewardship. This includes oversight on the Water Risk Filter (a leading tool for companies to explore, assess, value and respond to water risk), leading WWF’s work on water in standards, developing the concept of context-based water targets, and generally supporting WWF’s global Freshwater practice. He has worked on partnerships with multiple Global 2000 companies on water, including H&M, Heineken, Mondi, Ecolab, and Nestle. Alexis helped to establish the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), where he currently sits as a board member.

Ed Piñero
President of The Piñero Group LLC

Mr. Piñero is President of The Piñero Group LLC, providing consulting services to clients in areas of sustainability. Over his 36-year career, Mr. Piñero has worked in the private and public sectors as a consultant to many clients on sustainability, environment, and energy. Until recently, he served as Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America (VNA), and liaison to Veolia’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs departments. In this role, Mr. Piñero oversaw all efforts related to sustainability, in regard to outreach, client issues, and internal practices, including the water, energy, and waste business lines.

Dave Stangis
Vice President-Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer for Campbell Soup Company

Dave designs Campbell’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies, goals, policies, and programs. He leads the Company’s strategies and external engagement related to CSR Strategy, Responsible Sourcing, Sustainable Agriculture, and Operational Sustainability. In 2008 and 2013, Dave was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. Trust Across America named Dave one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 4 years in a row.  He serves/has served on the boards of Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Net Impact, The University of Detroit Mercy College of Business, Sustainable Brands, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

“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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