Mr Masagos Zulkifli was born in Singapore on 16 April 1963.
He graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Electrical in 1988 and a Master of Science Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the National University of Singapore. He began his career with Singapore Telecommunications Limited in 1988. He was awarded a SingTel Postgraduate Scholarship and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, United States in 1995.
While at Singapore Telecommunications Limited, he had international postings to Ujung Padang, Sulawesi, Indonesia and to Sydney, Australia. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of SingTel Global Offices.
In 2006, he left Singapore Telecommunications Limited for public office. He was elected one of five Members of Parliament for Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the May 2006 General Election.
On 2 June 2006, he was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education. On 1 April 2008, he was appointed concurrently Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. On 1 November 2010, he was promoted to Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs.
In the 2011 General Election, he was elected one of five Members of Parliament for Tampines GRC. On 21 May 2011, he was appointed Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 1 August 2012, he was promoted to Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 9 April 2015, he was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and promoted to Second Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the 2015 General Election, he was elected one of five Members of Parliament for Tampines GRC.
On 1 October 2015, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
Global Director Sustainable Business Blueprints & Strategies
The Dow Chemical Company
Snehal Desa is Global Director Sustainable Business Blueprints & Strategies at The Dow Chemical Company in the United States.
Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture.
Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 1961 in Beni Sidel, Morocco) has been Mayor of Rotterdam since 2009. Previously, he represented the PvdA (Labour Party) as State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the fourth Balkenende cabinet (2007-2008) and as an alderman in Amsterdam (2004-2007).
Rotterdam has achieved a high level of success in developing best-in-class climate adaptation and water management strategies to address the threats of sea-level rise and pluvial flooding inherent in their unique geography and morphology.
The City is currently striving to link these achievements with strategies for addressing other risks and in particular emerging social cohesion challenges. The city’s resilience strategy has several objectives such as: a city with a balanced community, a global port city running on clean and reliable energy, infrastructure that’s ready to face the 21st century and taking Rotterdam’s resilience to climate change to a new level.
Rotterdam's water and climate plans may serve as an example: investments in water and climate resilience are combined with new activities and scheduled maintenance. This accelerates integration and reduces additional cost.
Rotterdam is a city with a strong character, energetic and never the same. The city and its residents know how to bounce back. Rotterdam wants to remain and, if necessary, strengthen its resilience. To make sure that the city is prepared to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the future.
Resilient Rotterdam sets the city in motion. It’s a growing network of people working on a resilient city: companies, residents, social organizations and the municipality. Together they develop their skills to keep and make Rotterdam resilient. Together they draw structural attention to the resilience qualities of the city. And together they carry out initiatives to make sure that Rotterdam is ready for the 21st century.
Michael Beckereit studied at the Technical University of Hanover in the Department of Urban Water Management and received his doctorate. After working for many years in several managerial positions in constructions and water supply, he got responsible for the management of the Hamburg waterworks in 2005. Under his management, the company was merged with the Hamburg city drainage in 2006 under the umbrella of Hamburg Wasser. Since then Michael Beckereit has been the spokesman for the management of Hamburg Wasser. Since 2009 he has been responsible for the management of the newly founded Hamburg Energie.
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Ratti has co-authored over 500 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
He has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s "Best and Brightest" list and in Wired Magazine’s "Smart List." Blueprint Magazine included him among the "25 People who will Change the World of Design," and Fast Company named him as one of the "50 Most Influential Designers in America."
Ratti was a presenter at TED, curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan, and is currently serving as both a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and special adviser on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, and others.
Yanhong Kong, Senior engineer (equal to professor position in University) and deputy chief engineer in China Urban Planning and Design Institute. Professor Kong has been engaged in urban planning which including ecological planning, engineering planning, and water system planning as well as design work. She presided over or participated in several ecological planning and related issues, water system planning, and civil engineering planning and design. She also completed a number of projects such as the guidelines for eco-city planning, ecological city planning in the city of Yuxi, water system planning in Miyun, a section of water system planning in Sanya and Zaozhuang, and eco-city planning in Tianjin. Besides the achievement in industry areas, Professor Kong also made a great success in academic areas. She responsible for the projects "The key technology of environmental impact assessment in the city planning " and " Research and demonstration of key technologies in urban water system planning ". Both projects are belonging to the subject of "Eleventh Five-Year". Professor Kong was also awarded a second prize of China science and technology progress in 2013 and 2016. Until now, more than 20 papers have been published.
Executive deputy secretary in China Urban Science Research Association of eco - city professional committee
Membership of China Urban Planning Society of Urban Ecology Professional Committee
Frank Sacher is the head of the department Technology and Economics at TZW, the research institute of the German Gas and Waterworks association. Frank studied chemistry at Karlsruhe Technical University and has a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry. He joined TZW in 1993. Since then he works on the development of analytical methods for inorganic and organic micro-pollutants in water and lab-scale studies on the behaviour of micro-pollutants during drinking water treatment. During the last decade, Frank was involved in many national and international research projects on emerging pollutants in the water cycle.
Water Resources Agency (WRA), Ministry of Economic Affairs
Dr. Lai was appointed as the Director-General of WRA since November 2016. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director-General and the Chief Secretary of WRA, the Director of Southern Region Water Resources Office (July 2011-Feb. 2014). His career in WRA started from being an engineer within the 4th River management Office, then the Chief within the Water Management Division and the Chief Engineer within the Central Region Water Resources Office. He has extensive experience in the field of Water Resources Management.
Dr. Lai got his Master and Ph.D. Degree in Soil and Water Conservation at National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. In 1998, he had received scholarship for going to the University of Florida to study Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing System. Also in 2001, he had received the invitation to be visiting scholar for University of California- Berkeley on the topic of river ecological restoration.
During Dr. Lai’s career, he involved in many important governmental projects, including the constructions of levee, dikes and Dams. During Chi-Chi Earthquake, he hosted the emergency measure plan for Cao Ling landslide dammed lake. He also hosted the Tseng Wen Reservoir trans-watershed diversion project and sediment sluicing tunnel project. Many projects under his leadership have received rewards; for instance, the Improvement Project for Tseng Wen Reservoir and the Headrace Channel Construction Project for Hushan Dam, both received the Golden Quality Awards from Public Construction Commission. To recognize his hard work, WRA awarded him the Outstanding Senior Award in 2006, and the Executive Yuan awarded him the Model Civil Servant Award in 2007.
Born in 1979, Senior Engineer and PhD in Economics.
Working responsibility at BWA: Be responsible for management of water resources, coordination and management of water hydrological work, water saving, flood responding, financial management. News spokesman of municipal Flood Control Management Commander Office.
Mr. Liu had worked in Ministry of Water Resources before moving to BWA, as director Of Division of Water Resources Management, Department of Water Resources in the Ministry.
Nora B Sutton is Assistant Professor at the department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University. She has a Bachelors in Biochemistry and German Language from Claremont McKenna in the USA, a Masters in Environmental Geochemistry from Utrecht University, and a PhD from Wageningen University in Environmental Technology. Currently, her research focuses on the quality challenges related to context specific water reuse. To this end, she applies biomolecular tools to monitor and improve biological processes in water treatment technologies in order to remove emerging contaminants and produce biologically safe water. Furthermore, she executes more applied research on water quality aspects in innovative water reuse cycles. A California native, she has lived in The Netherlands more than 10 years.
Kai Schwärzel is an Academic Officer at UNU-FLORES where he leads the Soil and Land-use Management unit. The overall goal of his work is to understand, quantify, and predict processes that control water and matter fluxes in variable saturated soils ranging from the plot to catchment scale. He is using lab and field experiments, as well as numerical modeling, to deal with these problems.
After completing his PhD, Dr. Schwärzel worked as a Postdoc at the Chair of Site Ecology and Soil Protection, TU Berlin. During his time at TU Berlin, his research focused mainly on the impact of dewatering of wetlands on hydraulic soil properties, water budget, trace gas fluxes, and crop yields.
In 2004, Dr. Schwärzel became a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology at TU Dresden. His research over the last decade has focused on the impact of soils, land use management and climate on water and matter fluxes, and related soil properties. He has studied the functions of soils under various types of land use and management with respect to flood prevention in mountainous regions and with respect to soil physical health. The work of Dr. Schwärzel combines aspects of soil physics/hydrology and soil-plant-atmosphere interactions.
Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role, she oversees the work of the Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas (CCSAs) that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group, and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and CCSAs under her responsibility include Agriculture; Climate Change; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Public-Private Partnerships; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water.
Before taking this position, Ms. Tuck served for close to two years as Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. During this period, ECA’s lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Ms. Tuck joined the World Bank in 1987 as a Young Professional, and worked initially as an Economist in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) and, later, in the ECA Region, as a Lead Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office and then as Sector Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Her extensive experience in sustainable development includes a decade leading the Bank’s work in this area in two regions. Between 2002 and 2006 she was the Director for Sustainable Development in ECA and, from 2006 to 2011, she held the same position in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. She then became Director of Strategy and Operations supporting the Regional Vice President in the MNA region, followed by a stint in the same position in ECA.
Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Tuck worked for several consulting firms in the area of agricultural policy, food policy, and food needs assessments. She also served on the faculty of Princeton University as part of a university research project, and worked and lived in Africa between 1980 and 1987.
Ms. Tuck has an MPA from Princeton University in Economics and Public Policy and a BA from the University of California at Davis in Economics. She is married and has two grown children.
The economist Udo Kock gained his doctorate at the VU University Amsterdam and the Tinbergen Institute Graduate School of Economics. In 2001 he joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC. Kock worked there as (senior) economist, including working on economic recovery programmes for Iraq and Pakistan.
At the IMF, he also worked on other economic development programmes including Laos, Sri Lanka, Jordan and Uzbekistan. He also analysed financial and economic development in emerging economies. In recent years he has been Permanent Representative of the IMF for Palestinian Territories in East Jerusalem. Udo Kock has written more than a hundred articles in (scientific) journals and newspapers about diverse subjects, including unemployment, the employment market, social security, the housing market, higher education, foreign policy and politics.
He was dual city councillor for D66, secretary of the party's Amsterdam department and a member of the Board for the Economic Research Office. In June 2014, he was appointed as alderperson for Finance, Decentralisations, Water Management and the District of West.
Soili Hietanen is Vice President Production Excellence at Metsä Board. She has extensive experience working at paper and board mills and in corporate management. Her current responsibilities include production improvement projects, energy and co-ordination of operative investments. She has D.Sc. degree in paper technology.
Menno M. Holterman was born in 1969 and is a Dutch national. After obtaining a Masters degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Technology at Delft University of Technology Holterman worked at Heineken NV from 1995-1998 and occupied various management positions in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Papua New Guinea.
In 1998 he joined the Norit Group as Managing Director of Haffmans BV, one of the Norit group companies. In 2007 he was been appointed Chief Growth Officer (CGO) and Member of the Executive Board of Directors of Norit NV. Next to achieving the ambitious growth targets of the Norit Group he was responsible for all the global Norit Sales & Service Centers, Corporate Marketing and Communication and business development. In 2010 Menno was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norit Clean Process Technologies Holding helping its global customers to become more sustainable by doing “more with less”. The “Best Water Technology Company” awarded by Global Water Intelligence in April 2011 was a recognition of Norit’s reputation for innovation and successful commercialization of disruptive technologies like ultrafiltration membranes. In May 2011 Pentair Inc successfully acquired Norit’s Clean Process Technology Holding.
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
Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, The Netherlands
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). Ovink is also Sherpa to the UN / World Bank High Level Panel on Water. Henk is Principal for Rebuild by Design and was Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands.
Henk Jan is delivery manager for the Dutch water utility sector and manages the global Accenture water community of practice.
Experiences Henk Jan gained throughout his Accenture career involve project management, process analysis and improvement, management information / enterprise performance management, utility solutions, application delivery and outsourcing, smart metering.
Henk Jan integrates sustainability and stewardship in all activities, undertook a life changing VSO placement in the Philippines (sharing skills, changing lives / skills to succeed) and actively participates in corporate social responsibility activities.
Chief Technology Officer Renewable Energy, Water and Resources
Dr. Van Nieuwenhuijzen holds the position of Chief Technology Renewable Energy, Water and Resource at Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers. He obtained his MSc Degree in Civil Sanitary Engineering in 1996 from Delft University of Technology. In January 2002 he was awarded by the Delft University of Technology with the Doctor Degree PhD.
His field of expertise involves Integrated Wastewater Systems, Advanced Waste Water Treatment and Sludge and Biosolids Handling in the context of Circular Economy. He has over 20 years professional experience in water management, (waste)water treatment, research and development + value cases + Life Cycle Analysis business development. In his past positions he managed projects regarding integrated water systems, wastewater + sludge treatment, bio energy + resources recovery and water reuse. Van Nieuwenhuijzen has worked on over 125 projects all over the World.
Since June 2012 he is Secretary of the IWA Specialis Group on Particle Separation.
Since 2004, Jane has been CEO of Wetlands International, leading a network of 20 offices operating in over 100 countries. Wetlands International builds knowledge and facilitates action to safeguard and restore wetlands for biodiversity conservation, water security, disaster risk reduction, climate resilience and livelihoods. This is achieved by working with governments, companies, knowledge institutes and civil society organisations to facilitate change at a landscape scale. She is prominent in building partnerships and global dialogues that enable ecosystem-based solutions to achieve a safe and secure world. Previously Jane worked for WWF in Europe and Australia.
Ricardo is the Head of Water and Waste Initiative for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, responsible for developing and implementing the global strategy on Urban Water and Sustainable Materials Management responding to C40 member cities’ interests and priorities in areas such as Integrated Water and Waste Management, Resource Efficiency, Infrastructure planning, Waste utilization and water treatment, Improved disposal, and accelerating the transition towards Water-wise, Zero Waste cities and the Circular Economy.
Ricardo also co-chairs the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a global initiative focused on reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants and the near-term impacts of global warming. This Initiative adds the efforts of global leading organizations like the US EPA, ISWA, UNEP, and the National Governments of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Kenya, among others.
Previously, Ricardo worked as Solid Waste Project Manager and Analyst for the Cities Program of the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative, providing direct support to cities to evaluate solutions for organics diversion and to develop Landfill Gas Utilization projects, such as the Closure and Landfill Gas Utilization Project at Bordo Poniente, the former Mexico City Landfill, a project estimated to reduce more than 20 M tons of GHG emissions.
Before working in Waste management and Climate Change, Ricardo was a Lead Engineer performing hydraulic safety analysis for oil pipeline systems for the Mexican oil industry, PEMEX. Ricardo also developed statistical analysis tools for rainfall and drought prediction and municipal planning.
Ricardo has a Bachelor's degree on Environmental Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico and a Master's on Hydraulic Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Ricardo is a bicycle commuter and passionate road cyclist.
Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)
Arjan van Timmeren is professor of the chair in Environmental Technology & Design at the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft and lead Principle Investigator of the Amsterdam-based Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).
He was awarded his PhD with distinction for his research into the optimum scale for the preservation of the water, energy and nutrient flows in the built environment (2006, TU Delft).
Arjan van Timmeren heads various research projects in the field of sustainable area development and integration of sustainable technologies in buildings and urban areas.
Sustainable area development
Connection and integration of electrical and general mobility
Sustainable technology & renewable energy
Processing resource flows and associated infrastructure in urban environments
Leading the organisation in fulfilling its obligations for system commissioning, system integration, operations, asset management and maintenance for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, assuring the value and sustainability of engineering solutions.
Wim Drossaert is currently CEO of Dunea water utility in The Netherlands. Previous he served as President of the Europe-Africa region of MWH, headquartered in Colorado, United States. He is passioned about the current and future demands of water and energy, engaging both clients, customers and staff for mutual success.
Rijkswaterstaat Dutch International Water Ambition Board
René Vrugt is directeur bij Rijkswaterstaat – omgeving, communicatie en strategie. Vanuit die positie is hij onderdeel van de interdepartementale stuurgroep die stuurt op de uitwerking van de internationale waterambitie (IWA) van Nederland. Bovendien is hij betrokken bij de totstandkoming en begeleiding van innovatieve proeftuinen die bijdrage aan de waterveiligheid en waterzekerheid van stedelijke delta’s en toeleverende systemen, en zijn gericht op mondiale waterthema’s die aansluiten bij de Sustainable Development Goals. De proeftuinen versterken de ontwikkeling van Nederlandse kennis en innovaties rond wateropgaven door verbindingen te leggen tussen kennis, kunde en gerealiseerde activiteiten in Nederland met maatschappelijke opgaven in het buitenland.
Work experience: Veolia since 1985: Experience in water and wastewater services & technologies; Research program director since 2012. President of EurEau since July 2015
Involvement in associative work: European level: EurEau member since 1997
International level: IWA member- ISO, since 2011 chairman of the technical committee 224, Service activities relating to drinking water supply and wastewater systems. National level: member of ASTEE and FP2E technical commissions since 1990, ASTEE board member