The time is right to refocus the dialogue on practical action and solutions in the water sector. A process is
bringing together leaders in the industry and facilitating real on-the-ground initiatives to bring our
to its full potential.
The Global Water Leaders Group aims to initiate this process through its common solution programme. A working
of members, together with management consultants McKinsey and selected experts, will be developing a
take-off narrative for the industry. This will help structure the dialogue on actions, and establish a
approach to transformation.
The Future of Water
Let's start by imagining the water sector in 10 years' time. Does it have to be the way it is today, or can
it be different?
Looking across at the transformation that has occurred in other industries - energy, telecoms, healthcare – we
know it is possible. But we need to ask:
How will it attract the investment it needs?
How will it attract the talent it needs?
How will it operate like a modern service industry?
How will it use technology to drive performance?
How will it be a good steward of natural resources?
How will it meet the needs of all its customers?
These are challenges that are common to all water utilities and agencies around the world, and there is a
common solution which can help accelerate the evolution of the industry.
No dissipation of energy
Achieving change in the water sector is a huge challenge.
With their huge fixed asset bases buried beneath the ground, water utilities possess tremendous inertia – inertia which often dissipates the momentum for change.
The programme adopted by the Global Water Leaders Group must defy the nature of water infrastructure in order to succeed.
Fortunately the world is changing in our favour:
Climate change is being felt first through the world's water systems: this has helped
water towards the top of the global political agenda.
This is the moment for infrastructure investment: there is a pressing need for water
to catch up with economic growth in emerging markets, while in mature markets, infrastructure provides both
route to rebuilding economic growth and a dependable investment proposition.
The technology is there: smart water networks, advanced membrane technologies and
biology could revolutionise productivity in the sector - but only if they are allowed to.
The public is becoming less tolerant of sub-standard services: water may be a monopoly where
customers have to take what they are given, but a generation has grown up which expects better service because
they are getting it everywhere else.
The environment matters more:
the way we handle our wastewater matters not just because people expect the environment to be protected, but
also because we live in a resource-constrained economy, and wastewater can be as much a resource as a cost.
Be Part of It
The ingredients are there to tell a better story on behalf of the water sector. One which is about
customer service, environmental stewardship, and accellerated investment.
What does it mean to be a member of the Global Water Leaders Group?
The Global Water Leaders Group is made up of the top people in the global water sector from all corners of
the world. At our meetings, we draw together the richness of our members’ experience which will fuel the
transfer of knowledge and solutions across regions. Being a member of the Group means you:
Are a public sector water/wastewater utility leader (CEO-level), a policy leader (Water Minister),
or an economic development leader (such as the head of a national water partnership or water hub);
Have a contribution to make from your own leadership experience and from your organisation;
Are open to learning from the international community of water and wastewater leaders in order to drive
your organisation’s performance, and
Are committed to creating a better story for water and wastewater in your local community, and also taking
part in this global trajectory.
Benefits from being a member of the Group include:
Receiving invitations to global and/or regional events where face-to-face conversations at the CEO-level
place and structured topical workshops are held;
Receiving the Group’s flagship publication, Water Leader magazine, which features the world’s foremost
and wastewater performance stories happening today;
Potentially being considered as a Featured Leader in Water Leader magazine, where there is a thematic
about performance in the organisation; and,
Being part of an ongoing local and global discussion about how water and wastewater can perform better,
investible, build environmental sustainability, and become the central social citizen in your community.
Membership of the Global Water Leaders Group is by invitation and is also complimentary to CEO-level members of
the public sector.
What does it mean to become an official Partner of the Global Water Leaders Group? As a Partner, you will be able to:
Network At The Top Level: Our CEO-level meetings bring together individuals who are
interested in developing the water sector, discovering new technologies and undertaking projects. Here, you
will build strong business relationships which may create opportunities in the near future and lay the
foundations for the long term.
Have The Opportunity To Shape The Industry: Not only will you meet some of the most
influential thought leaders in the industry, but your opinions and ideas during the CEO-level workshops will
help shape the discussions and lead to positive change throughout the sector. Partnering with this
influential Group of CEOs will ensure your voice is heard.
Expand Your Corporate Social Responsibility: Our mission is to create a better story for
water, globally. Partnering with this group of public and private sector CEOs is an excellent way to
exercise your organisation’s corporate social responsibility. You will be aligned with people who can make a
real difference for the world’s most precious resource.
Promote Your Message: Partnering with the GWLG will give you the opportunity to promote
your company’s message to the entire sector across several platforms. Receive full-page advertising in the
ultimate CEO's coffee table book - Water Leader magazine - which is distributed to around 2,500 CEOs and
thought-leaders. You will also feature in online advertising on the GWLG website, as well as being included
on signage at all Water Leader events.