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Water Leader: Volume 3

Issue 1, July 2015

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The Cover: This issue features Mamadou Dia on the cover. He is world renowned for facilitating the transformation of Sénégalaise des Eaux. The story is detailed in the Feature Article. He now holds the role of President of Aquafed.

Featured Article: Is it possible to imagine a new universal water access model? What would it look like? The Global Water Leaders Group joined with the World Economic Forum in Athens. Together, we are creating a new model for water access and sanitation.

Conference Report: Global Water Summit, Athens

  • Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Arabia
  • CEO of WASAC Ltd, Rwanda
  • Chairman of the Ghana Water Company Limited, Ghana
  • Acting Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited, Ghana
  • Secretary of State for Water, Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, Cambodia
  • Member of Parliament, Mongolia
  • CEO of Water Health International, USA
  • Head of Water and Sanitation, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), USA
  • Head of Public Private Partnerships, Member Management Committee, World Economic Forum (WEF), Switzerland
  • CEO and Co-Founder,, USA
  • Global Lead Economist, World Bank - Water Practice, USA

Issue 2, November 2015

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The Cover:

This issue features Benedito Braga on the cover - Chairman of Sabesp, São Paulo State Minister of Water and Sanitation and President of the World Water Council.

Featured Article:

Non-revenue water (NRW) is a persistent problem for water utilities all over the world, and for a variety of different reasons. This Feature article goes beyond existing models of NRW reduction to reveal the comprehensive set of practical NRW challenges faced by utilities, and the possible range of solutions applicable in different parts of the world.

  • Group Executive for Operations, City of Detroit (Director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from January 2016), USA
  • Director General, Tokyo Metropolitan Water Works, Japan
  • Water Conservation Manager, City of Santa Cruz Water Department, USA
  • Chair, UN-Water, Switzerland
  • Director, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, USA
  • Chief Executive Officer, Office National de l’Assainissement (ONAS), Tunisia
  • Chief Executive Officer, WASAC, Rwanda
  • Director, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, USA
  • Director, Waterbedrijf Groningen, The Netherland

Issue 3, March 2016

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The Cover:

This issue features Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) on the cover. Commissioner Shore reported on behalf of the water leaders at the Denver 2015 meeting on the topic of making the public case for innovation.

Featured Article:

Innovation — and building a corporate culture of innovation — has historically been ignored in the water and wastewater sector but that is starting to change, as it must. The challenges faced across the sector could be revolutionised and transformed into game-changing competitive advantages. If the corporate culture allows, innovation has the potential to be pervasive in every business and operational area. The question is: Are we really ready to embrace the change? This Feature article reports on the first stage of the Technology and Innovation Survey and how utility CEOs and thought-leaders from across North America and Australia are responding to innovation’s potential.

Conference Report:

American Water Leaders Meeting, Denver

Caribbean Water Leaders Summit, Antigua

  • Cathy Gerali – District Manager of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, Colorado
  • Kevin Hardy – CEO of Encina Wastewater Authority, California
  • David Harris – Director of Utilities for City of Brownwood, Texas
  • Tom Heikinnen – General Manager, Madison Water Utility, USA
  • Vincent Hippolyte – General Manager, Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO), St Lucia
  • Christopher Husbands – General Manager, National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA), Grenada
  • John Ringham – Chief Executive, SA Water, Australia
  • James Sano – Chief Executive Officer, Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC Ltd), Rwanda
  • Debra Shore – Commissioner of The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, llinois
  • Richard Van West-Charles – CEO of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Guyana