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Tuesday, 12 September

09:30  -  10:30
Plenary Hall

Opening Ceremony

Mr. Eli Cohen
Mr. Elad Frenkel
Mr. Rahm Emanuel
Mr. Ramzi Gabbay
Mr. Richard Greene

Greetings by:
Mr. Elad Frenkel,
CEO, Aqwise and Chairman of WATEC
Mr. Eli Cohen, Minister of Economy and Industry, Israel
Mr. Ramzi Gabbay, Chairman, IECI

Mr. Elad Frenkel, CEO, Aqwise and Chairman of WATEC:
“Israel innovating water”

Mr. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mr. Richard Greene, Author, Communication Strategist, USA:
“The Magic and The Challenge of Water

10:30  -  11:00

Coffee Break

11:00  -  12:30
Plenary Hall

Bridges Over Troubled Water: The Insights and Needs of Water Utilities

Alan Krause
Booky Oren
Christopher Gasson
Csaba Haranghy
Felicia Marcus
Harry Seah
Nate Allen
Richard Harasick
Salvatore Molè
Yossi Yaacoby

Moderator: Booky Oren, Chairman & CEO, Global Water Technologies

Panel Discussion
Nate Allen, Executive Director, WaterStart Nevada, USA
Christopher Gasson
Publisher, Global Water Intelligence, UK
Csaba HaranghyCEO, Budapest Waterworks, Hungary
Richard Harasick, Senior Assistant General Manager of the Water System, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), USA
Alan KrausePresident, MWH Global (now part of Stantec), Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board, California Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Salvatore MolèGroup Manager – Innovation, Hera Group , Italy
Harry Seah, Chief Engineering and Utility Officer (CETO), Public Utility Board (PUB), Singapore
Yossi YaacobyDirector, WaTech® Division, Mekorot, Israel


12:30  -  14:00


14:00  -  15:30
Plenary Hall

From Scarcity to Abundance: New Perceptions about Water Value

Dubi Raz
Henk Ovink
Gov. Kim Reynolds
Mr. Momo Mahadev
Michael Glade
Pablo Bereciartua
Prof. Sharon B. Megdal
William Sarni

Moderator: Momo Mahadav, CEO, Maala

Keynote Lecture: Gov. Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa, USA

Panel Discussion
Pablo Bereciartua, Under-Secretary for Hydraulic Resources, Argentina; CEO of Bereco SA & Bereco Labs, Inc., Argentina
Michael Glade, Director, International Real Estate, Facilities & Water Resources, Molson Coors Brewing Company, USA
Prof. Sharon B. Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Henk Ovink, Sherpa to the UN / World Bank High Level Panel on Water; Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Netherlands
Dubi Raz, Corporate Agronomy Director , Netafim, Israel
William Sarni, Water strategy and technology advisor, Water Foundry, LLC, USA


15:30  -  16:00

Coffee Break

16:00  -  17:30
Plenary Hall

Securing our Future: Water Industry Embracing Cyber Technologies

Danny Lacker
Gal Joss
Joseph Weiss
Loïc Fauchon
Mati Epstein
Col. (Res.) Rami Efrati
Brigadier General (Ret.) Yair Cohen
Yanir Laubshtein

Moderator: Yair Cohen, Ex commander of 8200 unit and previously head of cyber group at Elbit

Keynote Lecture: Loïc Fauchon, Honorary President, World Water Council, France

Panel Discussion
Col. (Res.) Rami Efrati, Founder & President, Firmitas Cyber Solutions, Israel
Mati Epstein, Global Sales Manager, Security Solutions for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Critical Infrastructure in Check Point, Israel
Gal Joss,
Manager, Water Sector, The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, Israel
Danny Lacker
, Manager of Water Security & Emergency Division, Israel Water Authority, Israel
Yanir Laubshtein, Director Global Cybersecurity Strategy & Transformation, PwC Israel, Israel
Joseph Weiss, Managing Partner, Applied Control Solutions, USA



Welcome Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, 13 September

09:30  -  11:00
Plenary Hall

Accelerating Water Innovation: Prospects from Water Hubs around the World

Prof. Eugene Kandel
Gil Shaki
Harry Seah
Hein Molenkamp
Joachim Koschikowski
Jonathan Grant
Richard Seline
Roy Wiesner
Steve Frenkel

Moderator: Roy Wiesner, CEO, Hutchison Kinrot

Keynote LectureProf. Eugene Kandel, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central, Israel

Panel Discussion
Steve FrenkelExecutive Director, Current, USA
Jonathan GrantResearch Manager, WaterTAP Ontario, Canada
Joachim Koschikowski,  Head of Group “Water Treatment and Separation”, Fraunhofer-ISE, Germany
Hein MolenkampManaging Director, Water Alliance, The Netherlands
Harry Seah, Chief Engineering and Utility Officer (CETO), Public Utility Board (PUB), Singapore
Richard SelineExecutive Director, Accelerate H20, Texas, USA
Gil Shaki, Senior Director, Energy, Cleantech, Infrastructure & Transportation, Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), Israel


11:00  -  11:15

Coffee Break

11:15  -  12:45
Plenary Hall

The P Factor: You Need More than Technology to Make Water Smart – People and Processes

Amir Cahn
Amir Peleg
Dr. Peter R. Williams
Dr. Sinaia Netanyahu
Giora Shaham
Keith Hays
Kenth Hvid Nielsen
Valentin Zaharia

Moderator: Amir Peleg, Founder & CEO, TaKaDu

Keynote Lecture: Giora Shaham, Director General and Chairman of the Board, The Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage, Israel

Panel Discussion
Amir CahnExecutive Director, SWAN Forum, UK
Keith Hays, Co-founder and Vice President, Bluefield Research, Spain
Dr. Sinaia Netanyahu, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Environmental Protection, State of Israel
Kenth Hvid Nielsen, Group Vice President, Grundfos Global Market Segment Water Utility, Denmark
Dr. Peter R. Williams, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM, USA
Valentin Zaharia, Water and Sewage System Coordination and Optimization Manager, Apa Nova Bucuresti S.A., Romania


12:45  -  13:30


13:30  -  15:00
Plenary Hall

The Wind of Change: Multinational Companies Adapting External Innovation

Dr. Michal Vakrat Wolkin
Fredrick Royan
Indradeep Jadhav
John Brogly
Leo Bakman
Navot Volk
Tsvi Lev
Vincent Masia
Yinnon Dolev

Moderator: Dr. Michal Vakrat Wolkin, Managing director and Founder, Innovation Materials

Keynote Lecture: Leo Bakman, Founder & President, Israel Innovation Institute, Israel

Panel Discussion
John Brogly, Director, Water and Tailings EPAs, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Canada
Yinnon DolevDirector, GE Digital Startups Program, Israel
Indradeep B. Jadhav, Engineering Manager – Water & Waste Water, Unilever, India
Tsvi Lev, General Manager, NEC Corporation’s Israeli Research Center, Israel
Vincent Masia, Suez Advanced Solutions, Spain
Fredrick Royan, Vice President, Environment & Water, Frost & Sullivan, UK
Navot VolkManaging Director, Microsoft Accelerator, Israel


15:00  -  15:30


After the last WATEC session on Wednesday, September 13, the TEDx event will begin at 16:00 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center in Pavilion 2 – Plenary Hall

TEDx Tel Aviv Salon Water