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Programme Advisory Committee

Meet the members of the AIWW 2017 Programme Advisory Committee (PAC). If you have any questions please contact the PAC support team.



Ambika Jindal, ING Wholesale Banking




Annemieke Nijhof, TAUW




Annette Bos, RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands




Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MSc degree, cum laude, in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree in Policy Analysis, both from Delft University of Technology. Hoekstra lived in Europe, Asia and Africa and has a broad international network. He has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and advised governments, civil society organizations, companies and multilateral institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank.



Arjan van Timmeren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)

Arjan van Timmeren is Professor Environmental Technology & Design at the TU Delft and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). In addition to the Scientific Directorship, Prof Van Timmeren chairs the Environmental Technology & Design research group at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at the Universtity of Technology in Delft.



Arjen Frentz, Eureau/VEWIN (The Association of Drinking Water Companies in The Netherlands)



Arnoud Molenaar, Municipality of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Currently, Arnoud is appointed as Chief Resilience Officer at the city of Rotterdam powered by the 100 Resilient City campaign initiated by the Rockefeller Foundation. He has experience with successfully initiating, designing and managing the comprehensive Rotterdam Climate Proof programme and setting up the Connecting Delta Cities network in the C40 framework; managing a team to support this program and to develop the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Strategy and to create an iconic Floating Pavilion, greens roofs and water plaza’s; in this context working together with knowledge institutes, consultancies, governmental bodies and NGO’s like WWF; co-initiator of the Rotterdam Water City 2035 vision. Initiator and designer of collaborative programs between Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City, New Orleans and Sao Paulo. Successfully led the City of Rotterdam towards a leading position on innovative urban water management and climate adaptation.



Barbara Anton, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Barbara Anton is coordinator at the Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience unit at the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg, Germany. Starting with ICLEI 20 years ago, Ms. Anton has become the lead person of the water team in 2006. In this role, she has also been dealing with subjects closely connected with water, in particular green infrastructure and climate change adaptation. Her main responsibilities are in advocacy and capacity building for local governments, including the development of guidance and training materials, and the organization and moderation of training and dissemination events to share and promote policies and practices for local sustainability. Ms. Anton has also (co-)authored several publications including the SWITCH training modules on Integrated Urban Water Management in the City of the Future.



Betsy Otto, World Resource Institute

Betsy Otto is the Director of WRI’s Global Water Program. Betsy has over 20 years of experience working on water resource management, ecosystem protection, and urban water systems. Betsy earned a Masters in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute, a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. From 2006-2007, she was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she studied international water management, urban infrastructure, and water and sanitation issues.



Cees Buisman, WETSUS, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology



Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence

Christopher is an authority on water finance and markets. After a degree in politics and economics at Oxford University, he worked as a financial journalist and investment banker, before acquiring Global Water Intelligence in 2002. Over the past five years, he has written and contributed to a number of specialist reports on the water sector, including Municipal Water Reuse Markets 2010, Desalination Market 2010, and Global Water Market 2011. He is also Publisher of the Water Desalination Report, the IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory and DesalData.



Geoff Gage, Amane Advisors

Geoff Gage is a Managing Partner at Amane Advisors. Geoff holds a first class BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is based in Oxford in the United Kingdom and serves clients across the water sector, with a focus on strategic and operational topics. Prior to joining Amane, Geoff spent more than 12 years at McKinsey & Company, where as a Partner he led Mckinsey’s global Water practice. His work in water covered four areas:
• Working with more than 50 water utilities worldwide on strategic, operational and organisational topics, including leading a $100m transformation of New York’s water utility
• Supporting industrial clients to reduce risk and realise greater value from water related topics
• Helping promising water technology companies to grow
• Serving investors in water from market scans through to specific due diligences



Ger Bergkamp, ARCOWA

Ger Bergkamp is the President and CEO of ARCOWA, an advisory company focusing on strategic investments to address water scarcity, resource recovery from waste water and using green infrastructure for water security. Previously, he was Executive Director of the International Water Association, Director General of the World Water Council and Head of the Water Programme at IUCN – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature.




Guy Alaerts, IHE Delft, The Netherlands



Hein Pieper, Dutch Water Authorities, The Netherlands



Henk Ovink, Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, The Netherlands

Henk Ovink was recently appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “Worldwide, water is the connecting issue, the number one global risk and the opportunity for comprehensive cultural change.” Ovink is Principal of Rebuild by Design and was Senior Advisor to the former US Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task. He was both Acting Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director National Spatial Planning for the Netherlands. Ovink is member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’ and initiated the research program Design and Politics, the connecting chair at the TU Delft and initiated and is chief editor for the series of publications with nai010 Publishers, called ‘Design and Politics’.



Henk Jan Top, Accenture



Jose Luis Inglese, AYSA

Jose Luis Inglese, MsC Eng is Chairman of the Board of AySA (Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A.) water and sewerage company of Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that serves 14 million people. He was appointed to this position in January 2016. He graduated with honours at the Engineering School of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and obtained the postgraduate diploma in sanitary engineering through a scholarship of Obras Sanitarias de la Nación in 1973. For his background in Sanitary Engineering, he was awarded the National Academy Prize “Ing. Enrique Butty”. He has also been the President of the Argentine Association on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and Vice-President of inter-American Association on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering.



John Batten, Arcadis

John Batten is an Executive Vice President and the Director of Strategic Client Development for environmental engineering consulting firm ARCADIS-US. In this position, he oversees external and internal positioning for all four Divisions of the organization through public relations, brand management, advertising, market research, cross-selling opportunities, website content, employee communications, relationships with professional associations, and corporate social responsibility. He has more than three decades of experience in the water and environmental fields, focusing on the management of drinking water and wastewater utilities including public health issues, marketing and communications, customer relations, vocational training and system optimization.



Joppe Cramwinckel, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Social Sciences (Economics)



Jörg Simon, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Germany

Mr. Jörg Simon serves as Executive Director of Technical and Member of Executive Board at Berlinwasser Holding AG and served as its Executive Director of National Shareholdings since January 2002. Mr. Simon has been Chairman of the Executive Board at Berliner Wasserbetriebe since November 1999. He has been an Executive Director of Shareholdings of Berlinwasser Holding AG, Berlin since November 2002. He served as Member of the Management Team of Compagnie Générale des Eaux Deutschland llc., Berlin from March 1999 to October 1999; Managing Director of OEWA Wasser und Abwasser llc from 1996 to 1999, responsible for the investment, sales, accounting, legal affairs and purchasing departments; Strategic Planning and Controlling Officer for Water Resources Management of VEBA Kraftwerke Ruhr plc from 1994 to 1996; Energy Management Officer of VEBA Kraftwerke Ruhr plc from 1992 to 1994 and Research Assistant for the Heat Conversion Faculty, RWTH Aachen from 1990 to 1991. He serves as Member of Supervisory Board of Berlinwasser International GmbH. He holds Engineering Diploma, RWTH Technical University in Aachen and Industrial Engineering Diploma, RWTH Aachen.



Josef Klinger, Global Water Research Coalition



Lisette van Doorn, Urban Land Institute EUROPA

As chief executive of ULI Europe, van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation, and portfolio structuring.



Lykke Leonardsen, Municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark



Mark van Loosdrecht, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands

Mark van Loosdrecht (born 1959) is a Dutch professor of Environmental Biotechnology and Wastewater Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He won the 2014 Spinoza Prize for his research and development on the field of the behaviour of biomass in dynamic conditions. He was the creator of Nereda, a wastewater treatment technology developed by a cooperation between the Delft University of Technology, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA) and Royal HaskoningDHV.



Martijn Kruisweg, Akzo-Nobel



Menno Holterman, co-chair, Nijhuis Industries

Menno M. Holterman holds a Masters degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Technology at Delft University of Technology. His current positions are:

  • CEO Nijhuis Industries Holding BV
  • CEO and Founder of Naesta Holding
  • Board Member Netherlands Water Partnership
  • Member Advisory Board World Waternet
  • Management Board Amsterdam International Water Week



Paul McNeillis, DNV-GL

Paul McNeillis helps businesses create long term value, resilience and success by taking a sustainable approach to the development and implementation of their strategies and operating models. For the last two decades, he has had the privilege of working with leaders in great organisations to help them understand the evidence of their organisational impacts, risks and opportunities, craft strategies to drive long term value and effectively translate their vision into their operations and performance. He leads a team with deep expertise and experience in the application of sustainability to organisational performance. 



Piet Klop, PGGM Investments

In Piet Klop’s opinion, investing is more than simply a way of earning money. Consequently he is constantly looking for ways of investing that will benefit both people and the environment. In so doing, he makes use of his educational background in both environmental science and economics, as well as of his international experience. He believes it’s essential for sustainability to be given a positive boost, to be seen as a 'unique selling point' for PGGM, and as a source of inspiration and growth.



Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez is the Director of Solid Waste Initiative Networks for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, responsible for developing and managing the C40 Networks around Solid Waste Management responding to cities interests and priorities in areas such as
• Integrated Waste Management,
• Landfill and Landfill Gas, Waste to Energy,
• Resource Recovery,
• Organics Treatment, etc.
Ricardo has a Bachelor's degree on Environmental Engineering from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico and a Master's on Hydraulic Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).



Roelof Kruize, co-chair Waternet, watercycle company Amsterdam

Roelof Kruize is CEO of Waternet, the Public Watercycle organization of the Amsterdam region. Waternet is responsible for drinking water, waste water, groundwater, surface water and safety behind the dikes. It is a joint executive service run by the City of Amsterdam and the regional public water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht. At the agricultural university of Wageningen Roelof Kruize studied environmental control and specialized in wastewater treatment. After various functions for the City of Amsterdam he became member of the board of directors of one of the predecessors of Waternet in 1997 and in 2002 he became CEO. He is president of the Royal Dutch Waternetwerk. 



Ron Thiemann, Deltares



Sharon Keren, Tel Aviv Water Company, Israel



Stephen Hart, EU Investment bank



Sudhir Murthy, DC Water

Dr. Sudhir Murthy is Innovations Chief for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Dr. Murthy has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore, India. In addition, he has a master's degree in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering, both from Virginia Tech. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He is both an International Water Association Fellow and Water Environment Federation Fellow. He has received four U.S. patents for developing treatment processes and is the author or coauthor of more than 75 peer reviewed publications and over 250 conference publications.



Tomás Michel, Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP)

Tomás Michel is currently the Director Scientific-Technical Relations at SUEZ. Since July 2012, he has been elected President of WssTP. He has an educational background in Biological Sciences (B.S., U. Illes Balears) and Microbiology (PhD, U. California, Davis).



Willy Verstraete, Gent University, Belgium

Willy Verstraete graduated from the GentUniversity as bio-engineer. He obtained a PhD degree in the field of microbiology at the CornellUniversity, Ithaca (USA). Since 1971, he worked at the GentUniversity, since 1979 as professor and head of the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering). Since October 2011, he has become emeritus professor. His R&D has as central theme: Microbial Resource Management.



Wim Drossaert, Dunea drinking water company, The Netherlands



Wim van Vierssen, Water Top Sector, The Netherlands

Prof. Wim van Vierssen, PhD is CEO of KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the research institute of the Dutch Drinking Water Utilities. He is a biologist with a focus on (marine, brackish and fresh) water management. He obtained his PhD from what is now the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He occupies a professorial chair at Delft University of Technology on Science System Assessment of water-related research. Currently he is a member of the High Level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Water and member/vice-president of the European Water Platform WssTP board representing the research community. Nationally he serves on the board of the national topsector Watertechnology Research & Innovation Foundation and is member of the Supervisory Board of Wetsus, European Center of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

PAC Support Team

The PAC support team coordinates the content of the conference program. You can contact the PAC Support Team by sending an email to conference@amsterdamiww.com.

Andrea Kralikova Accenture
Marieke Leenhouts RAI Amsterdam
Edyta Wisniewska, coordinator Cities     Netherlands Water Partnership
Job Rook, coordinator Utilities Waternet, watercycle company Amsterdam
Kees van der Lugt, programme manager Waternet, watercycle company Amsterdam
Xander de Bruine, programme coordinator and coordinator Industry     Water Footprint Network