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Environment & Sustainability, Energy, Industries

FT Water Summit

Opening the Floodgates: Unleashing Returns from Water Investments

London |
Speakers include:
Susanne  Dorasil

Susanne Dorasil

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper


Maurizio Patarnello

Maurizio Patarnello

Nestle Waters


"Not only can water float a boat - it can sink it." - Chinese proverb

The FT Water Summit is a unique event on the global financial and water calendars. Targeted at CEOs and CFOs of companies that depend on water as an input in their products, processes, and/or supply chains as well as banks and investors and global financial institutions, the summit looks at water from a corporate perspective.

With water risk rising rapidly up the corporate agenda, the first two summits focused primarily on how to respond to this risk. But the 2018 summit will be different.

In association with WWF, one of the driving forces behind corporate water stewardship, the summit will focus on business and investment opportunities – including bankable water projects and other innovative financial solutions (blue bonds and water stewardship funds etc) as well as how companies can collaborate to solve shared water challenges and generate better returns on investments in river basins where they operate.

With water stress increasing and concern growing in boardrooms about water risks to operations and investments, the 2018 FT Water Summit will provide investors and corporate leaders with another perspective – turning risk into an opportunity by investing in sustainable water projects and/or transforming their corporate water management could unleash a flood of returns. It would also boost progress towards achieving SDG6 (‘Water for All’) – a target that many of the world’s leading companies have signed up to.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/17/2018 08:00:0010/17/2018 17:05:00trueFT Water Summit"Not only can water float a boat - it can sink it." - Chinese proverbThe FT Water Summit is a unique event on the global financial and water calendars. Targeted at CEOs and CFOs of companies that depend on water as an input in their products, processes, and/or supply chains as well as banks and investors and global financial institutions, the summit looks at water from a corporate perspective.With water risk rising rapidly up the corporate agenda, the first two summits focused primarily on how to respond to this risk. But the 2018 summit will be different.In association with WWF, one of the driving forces behind corporate water stewardship, the summit will focus on business and investment opportunities – including bankable water projects and other innovative financial solutions (blue bonds and water stewardship funds etc) as well as how companies can collaborate to solve shared water challenges and generate better returns on investments in river basins where they operate.With water stress increasing and concern growing in boardrooms about water risks to operations and investments, the 2018 FT Water Summit will provide investors and corporate leaders with another perspective – turning risk into an opportunity by investing in sustainable water projects and/or transforming their corporate water management could unleash a flood of returns. It would also boost progress towards achieving SDG6 (‘Water for All’) – a target that many of the world’s leading companies have signed up to.FT-Water-Summitb6d27866c4759358b91c7d81172994f2MM/DD/YYYY

Testimonials from the FT Water Summit


“The most interesting event attended this year connecting industry, institutions and NGO, focus on common goal and now to achieve it. Brilliant!”

Rodolfo Nervi, Bacardi            

“An excellent networking event to hear thought leadership on the key issues facing global economies”

Lila Thompson, British Water

A thought provoking and stimulating event”

Tony Clark, Glacex Environmental

“Great mix of speakers from blue chip companies to inspirational artists. A well rounded approach.”

Dania Sauza, DNV GL

“I have participated in many events all over the world but it's the first one organised by the FT. I am astonished!”

Paulo Santos, Copem Engenharia

"Water will be the most important issue of the 21st. Century the FT Water summit is making a real contribution to the recognition and action needed to resolve it.”

Jack Moss, AquaFed


Agenda - 17th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and morning refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times 

  • 9:05am
    Opening Panel: Investing in the world’s most undervalued resource

    Panel discussion on why companies and investors should see water as an investment opportunity, not just a cheap input.

    Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division 412, ‘Water, Urban Development, Mobility’ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ
    Vincent Maagdenberg, Global Head Lending, ING Wholesale Banking
    Chris Limbach, Managing Director, Investments, PGGM Institutional Business
    Andre Fourie, Global Director, Water Sustainability, AB InBev

    Moderated by Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times 

  • 9:45am
    Circular Dialogues

    An off-stage opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they’ve heard during the preceding panel discussion. 

  • 10:05am
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 10:25am
    Keynote Address

    Jean-François van Boxmeer, CEO, Heineken

  • 10:50am
    Keynote Address: Three ways in which development partners and private sector actors can cooperate to improve water security worldwide

    BMZ views water as a key to implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda, but also acknowledges that those ambitious goals can only be achieved if we cooperate.

    As one of the largest donors in the water sector, BMZ invests an annual amount of 350-400 million Euros. Through cooperation with private investors and companies, this public money can catalyze much bigger investments for water security. Here are three ways how to do this.

    -          Blended finance has huge potential to increase water investments. Germany and other governments use official development assistance strategically to catalyze private investments for development purposes. BMZ is supporting this approach through KfW’s involvement in pooled funds and financing facilities.

    -          Water stewardship programmes create win-win situations for all water users. BMZ, through GIZ, supports water stewardship programmes in countries such as Zambia, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

    -          Solidarity levies are a promising tool to mobilize resources for pro-poor water access. Governments and companies need to cooperate to establish and sustain such levies, for example on consumer goods.

    Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division 412, ‘Water, Urban Development, Mobility’ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ

  • 11:10am
    Opening the floodgates: Innovative financial solutions for water secure future

    Panel discussion on what has held investors back and how to unblock the billions of dollars available for investment in water stewardship companies and sustainable water projects (investing in ‘champion’ companies, bankable projects, blue bonds, water stewardship funds).

    Monika Beck, CEO, DEG
    Roberta Barbieri, VP, Global Water and Environmental Solutions, Office of Sustainability, PepsiCo 
    Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF
    Emilio Cattaneo, Executive Director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) 
    Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director, Finance in Motion
    Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:50am
    Ministerial Address

    Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State, Department for International Development

  • 12:10pm
    Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

    Waterproofing business as the climate changes: risks, regulation, and response.

    This high-level panel will address the increase in water-related risks, call for greater disclosure to help hedge risk and highlight the need to set targets as companies do with carbon. 

    Rebecca Self, CFO, Sustainability, HSBC 
    Fiona Reynolds, CEO, UNPRI 
    Tom Butler, CEO, ICCM 
    Paul Simpson, CEO and co-founder, CDP
    Ewan Andrew, MD, International Supply Center, Diageo
    Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Circular Dialogues

    An off-stage opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they've heard during the morning sessions

  • 1:10pm
  • 2:00pm
    In-depth Interview: Our future is blue

    Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Interviewed by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm
    Keynote Address: Water for sustainable development

    Maurizio Patarnello, CEO, Nestlé Waters

  • 2:40pm
    Keynote Address

    Fiona Dawson, CEO, Mars Foods

  • 3:00pm
    Spotlight on developments in water financing

    The pace of regulatory and financial innovation in water investment is increasing. What does the future hold and where should governments be focusing their efforts?
    Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

  • 3:10pm
    Circular Dialogues

    An off-stage opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they’ve heard during the morning sessions

  • 3:30pm
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm
    Keynote Address

     Vivien McMenamin, CEO, Mondi South Africa

  • 4:05pm
    Watershed Moment: Roundtable discussions

    Shifts in corporate and investor attitudes to water is gathering momentum - and opportunities are increasing. In this session, our delegates join small break-out discussions for more in-depth conversations about the topics that matter most to them.

    Delegates choose one discussion to join, from the topics outlined below:

    TABLE 1

    Innovative investments: Bankable projects, Blue Bonds & Water Stewardship Funds
    Hosted by Ambika Jindal, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, Wholesale Banking, ING Bank

    TABLE 2
    Assess, value and respond to corporate water risk
    Water Risk Filter is one-stop-shop for companies & investors to explore their water risk, estimate value and respond to operational and reputational risk

    Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change (tbc)

    TABLE 3
    Water Risk Filter 5.0: Assess, value and respond to corporate water risk
    Hosted by Ariane Laporte-Bisquit, Water Risk Filter Lead, WWF

    TABLE 4

    Water Stewardship Revisited: Creating value through collective action
    Hosted byStuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF


    TABLE 5

    Valuing Water Initiatives
    Hosted by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands


    TABLE 6

    A common approach to mitigate corporate water risk: The AWS Standard
    Water risk can manifest itself in a variety of ways depending on sector and geography as well as other factors. The AWS Standard provides a common framework for business and investors to assess and respond to water risk, and to identify opportunities for value creation.

    Hosted by Adrian Sym, CEO, AWS 

    TABLE 7
    New competitive edge: Creating shared value through collective action
    Hosted byGeoff Townsend, Leader, WssTp Cluster Theme ‘Water Smart Industry’

    TABLE 8
    Time for targets: ‘Context-based’ Water Targets and Metrics
    Hosted by Ian Knight, Global Sustainability Senior Manager, Mars Foods

    TABLE 9

    Topic tbc
    Sophie Tremolet, Senior Water Advisor, The Nature Conservancy 

    TABLE 10
    Innovative investments: Bankable projects, Blue Bonds & Water Stewardship Funds
    Investing in more sustainable projects and water stewardship is a win-win
    Hosted by Ambika Jindal, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, Wholesale Banking, ING Bank

    Assess, value and respond to corporate water risk
    Water Risk Filter is one-stop-shop for companies & investors to explore their water risk, estimate value and respond to operational and reputational risk

    Hosted by, tbc

    New competitive edge: Creating shared value through collective action
    Tackling larger-scale shared water challenges that benefit both businesses and the communities and river basins they operate in. How companies can work together and with government bodies to improve water availability. 
    Hosted byGeoff Townsend, Leader of the WssTP Cluster Theme ‘Water Smart Industry’ 

    Time for targets: 'Context-based' Water Targets and Metrics
    What is a context-based water target? How do you do it? What are the structural implications for sustainability reporting? And what role are context-based targets likely to have in how corporates address water.
    Hosted by Ian Knight, Global Sustainability Senior Manager, Mars Foods

  • 4:40pm
    Wall Street and Water: How investors are increasingly leveraging water data as part of investment decision-making

    Brooke Barton, Senior Director, Water and Food, Ceres

  • 4:50pm
    Closing Address - The Water World We Want

    Why good investments now can reap returns and help ensure that predictions of worsening water stress, scarcity and pollution 2040 are not realised – benefiting companies, communities and countries.

    Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Advocacy and Campaigns, WWF-UK

  • 5:05pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times 

  • 5:05pm
    Drinks reception sponsored by Diageo

Keynote Speakers (8)

Susanne  Dorasil

Susanne Dorasil

Head of Division 412, ‘Water, Urban Development, Mobility’
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Susanne Dorasil LL.M is currently Head of the Water, Urban Development, Mobility Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Susanne Dorasil was formerly Head of Economic Cooperation & Development at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi, India.

Before working in India she was Head of the Economic Policy & Financial Sector Division, in charge of sustainable economic development (economic policy, financial and privat sector development), corporate social responsibilities and innovative business models for development as well as ICT for development. She served as German co-facilitator of the G20 development pillar on Private Investment and Job Creation and as German co-chair of the Sub-group on SME Finance of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. She was also member of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8.

Formerly Susanne Dorasil was Private Secretary to the Permanent State Secretary of BMZ, Senior Advisor to the German Executive Director at the World Bank Group, Deputy Head of the Central Africa, West Africa II, Madagascar Division, and Deputy Head of the Legal Division. She studied law at the Free University of Berlin and holds a Master of Laws degree from King’s College London. She passed her bar examination in Berlin.

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper

Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns

Tony Juniper CBE is the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK. Until January 2018 he was an independent sustainability and environment advisor, working for 10 years as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and a co-founder of sustainability consultancy group Robertsbridge. On joining WWF, Tony remains a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts.

Tony began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests, and from 2003–2008 was the organisation's executive director. From 2000–2008 was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. He speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and has authored many books, including the multi-award winning bestseller ‘What has Nature ever done for us?’ published in 2013. His latest book, Rainforest – dispatches from Earth’s most vital frontlines, was published in April 2018.

Tony was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild conservation medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to conservation.

Maurizio Patarnello

Maurizio Patarnello

Nestle Waters

Maurizio Patarnello joined Nestlé, the large Swiss F&B company, in 1993 where he has spent the majority of his career.  He held various positions in finance over six years before joining San Pellegrino.  He took on different positions of increasing responsibility at Nestlé Waters and overseas, notably in the Middle East region, before being appointed to the position of Market Head in the Ukraine and then Russia.  He has been the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Waters since the 1st of January 2017.

He graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Business administration.  He is also a graduate of the IMD Business School and has an MBA from STOA Business School.

Harriet Baldwin

Harriet Baldwin

Minister of State
Department for International Development

Harriett Baldwin was appointed as Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 9 January 2018. She was elected as the MP for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006.

Harriett was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. She was promoted to Lord Commissioner in July 2014 and served in that post until May 2015. Harriett served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) from May 2015 until July 2016. She then served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from July 2016 to January 2018.

Henk Ovink

Henk Ovink

Special Envoy for International Water Affairs
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions. Ovink is also Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, installed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank Jim Kim with 10 Heads of State / Heads of Government including Prime Minister Rutte from The Netherlands to catalyze change in water awareness and implementation. Henk is Principal for Rebuild by Design, the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force where he was Senior Advisor to the Chair. He has been Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands. Ovink teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD and is member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam.

Fiona Dawson

Fiona Dawson

Global President
Mars Foods

Fiona Dawson has had a long career with Mars, Incorporated. She now serves as Global President of Mars Food, Drinks and Multisales, and is a member of the Mars, Incorporated Leadership Team.

She has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights. She is a member of the Women’s Business Council, where she co-chairs a group seeking to advance women in the executive pipeline.

Fiona Dawson previously served as President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Vice President of the Food and Drink Federation, where she led both the Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing committees, becoming a pivotal member of the U.K Responsibility Deal. Dawson was also the first female leader recognized with The Grocer Cup, voted by readers of The Grocer to business leaders who have inspired their teams to achieve exceptional results.

Vivien McMenamin

Vivien McMenamin

Mondi South Africa

Vivien McMenamin has more than 14 years’ experience with Mondi, having joined Mondi Paper South Africa as Manager Corporate Affairs in 2003. After joining Mondi, Viv went on to be appointed Director of Sustainable Development for the Mondi Group and a member of the Mondi South African board in 2004 before becoming Director Land & Forestry for Mondi’s South African business in 2006.
As Director of Land & Forestry Viv was instrumental in developing and implementing Mondi’s approach to managing forests sustainably. The WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme (now the WWF-Mondi Water Stewardship Partnership) a pioneering initiative focused on protecting wetlands and biodiversity, helped Mondi to strengthen the water stewardship practices in its South African forestry operations. This partnership programme, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, bolstered South Africa’s wetland conservation efforts and grew into a global partnership between WWF and Mondi. It excelled in developing a deep understanding of the socio-ecological issues critical to wetlands and freshwater stewardship and the technical skills needed to wisely manage wetlands. The programme enabled and now involves many other landowners and catchments.
Prior to Mondi, Viv worked extensively with government, trade unions and non-governmental organisations in South Africa, serving Nelson Mandela as a member of the President’s Task Force on Local Economic Development and as a member of President Thabo Mbeki’s Economic Advisory Panel.

Jean-François  van Boxmeer

Jean-François van Boxmeer

Chairman and CEO

Jean-François van Boxmeer has been Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Heineken N.V. since 2005.

He joined the company in 1984 and, after three years as a trainee in production, sales and administration in Amsterdam, he moved to Africa. As Sales and Marketing Manager, first for Bralirwa in Rwanda and then Bralima in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Jean-François helped to build Heineken’s business in these two important markets. He was appointed General Manager of the DRC in 1993.

In 1996 he returned to Europe to become President & General Manager of Zywiec S.A. in Poland, and 3 years later was promoted to become Vice-President & General Manager of the newly formed Grupa Zywiec S.A, one of Poland's leading brewers. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager of Heineken Italia Spa. In 2001 he was promoted to the Executive Board, with worldwide responsibility for supply chain and technical services, as well as the operating businesses in North-West Europe, Sub- Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.

Since becoming Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer in 2005 Jean-François has overseen a period of significant growth with the company consolidating its position as the most geographically diverse brewer in the world, the largest brewer in Europe and the third largest globally.

Jean-François sits on the Board of Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods Inc.) as an Independent Director, a position which he has held since 2010. And is a member of the shareholders committee of Henkel AG & Co.KGaA.


Speakers (21)

Ariane  Laporte-Bisquit

Ariane Laporte-Bisquit

Water Risk Filter Project Manager

Ariane Laporte-Bisquit is the Water Risk Filter Project Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the ongoing evolution and implementation of the Water Risk Filter strategy. She leads on the engagement with investor and corporate users of the tool in collaboration with the wider WWF network. Before joining WWF, she led CDP’s water security work in Europe and worked on several water-related projects in South Africa, Bangladesh, and the French Guianas.

Callie  Stinson

Callie Stinson

Project Lead, Global Water Initiative
World Economic Forum

Callie Stinson is the Project Lead of the World Economic Forum’s Global Water Initiative, where she primarily focuses on harnessing advanced technology to help accelerate and scale progress across the water sector. Previously, she managed the Forum’s Philanthropic Organizations community, driving strategic engagement of private independent foundations around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining the Forum, Callie held positions with UN-Water and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her five years at the Gates Foundation, she helped drive strategic communications and advocacy efforts for  the organization's Global Health and Global Development programs. Callie holds a MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she specialized in Human Security and International Environment and Resource Policy, and a BA in Environmental Policy from Whitman College.

Alex  Mung

Alex Mung

Head, Global Water Initiative
World Economic Forum

Alex Mung is the Head of the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiative, leading its efforts in raising awareness and mobilizing public-private cooperation to tackle the global water challenge.  Alex’s experience in building innovative partnerships and cross-sector approaches for water resource management has taken him to countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The Water Initiative is currently focused on exploring the potential of advanced technologies to help accelerate and scale progress across the water sector. Prior to the World Economic Forum, Alex was an Environmental Engineer with Alcan Inc., a Canadian aluminium company, driving down its environmental footprint across their network of primary metal smelter operations.  Alex received a degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Queen's University, Canada.

Sophie  Trémolet

Sophie Trémolet

Senior Water Advisor
The Nature Conservancy

Sophie Tremolet is an economist with 20-year experience in the water sector. For the majority of her career, Sophie worked as a consultant advising utilities, development banks, bilateral donors, philanthropic foundations or NGOs on issues including the design of institutional and regulatory regimes, project preparation and evaluation and design of innovative financing approaches.

Over the last two years, she led on loan preparation and supervision activities at the World Bank, with a particular focus on extending access to sustainable water and sanitation services for the poor in Western and Northern Africa.

At The Nature Conservancy, she works on mobilizing investments for source water protection activities in Europe and globally, where eco-systems and economies are at risk due to soil erosion, pollution and over-abstraction. Sophie holds a bachelor degree in history and geography from the Sorbonne, a master degree in international relations, finance and economics from Sciences Po in Paris and a Masters in International Affairs with a specialization in economic and political development from Columbia University in New York.

Ian Knight

Ian Knight

Global Sustainability Senior Manager
Mars Inc.

Ian Knight is based in the UK and works in the Mars Corporate Sustainability Team where he covers value chain water stewardship and the operational sustainability of the global factory network. He is a Chemical Engineer and has held various Engineering and Sustainability leadership roles within Mars over a thirty year period.

Josué Tanaka

Josué Tanaka

Managing Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, Operational Strategy and Planning
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Since 2006, Josué Tanaka has led EBRD’s efforts to scale up energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate adaptation financing in central and Eastern Europe and in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. Cumulative EBRD climate financing at end 2017 reached EUR 26.2 billion in over 110,000 projects and subprojects for a total value of over EUR 148 billion of which two thirds in the private sector. This includes a specific focus on the financing of cities infrastructure and services with cumulative EBRD investments of EUR 7.3 billion in over 430 projects in over 200 cities.

Prior to EBRD, Josué Tanaka was at the World Bank being Special Assistant to the President and working in different posts on strategic planning, tropical forest conservation and environmental financing matters.

Sylvia Wisniwiski

Sylvia Wisniwiski

Managing Director
Finance in Motion

Sylvia Wisniwski serves as a Managing Director at Finance in Motion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she oversees the company’s initiatives for conservation, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. During her tenure, Finance in Motion has developed into one of the world’s leading impact investment managers with around EUR 2 billion in assets under management and offices in 17 countries. Her expertise in blended finance models and layered structures has proven instrumental in the creation of unique impact investment funds. Sylvia has more than 25 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries. Starting her career in German development cooperation (GIZ), she has worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers. Sylvia holds both an M.A. in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from Tübingen University as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.

Stuart Orr

Stuart Orr

Freshwater Practice Lead

Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, driving the freshwater strategy of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation. A global authority on water stewardship, Stuart has spent the past decade devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation at WWF by engaging business and finance, and focussing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and mainstream publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein in the Mekong. Stuart has also sat on various advisory panels and boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Water Security Council and the IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources Advisory Steering Committee. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Andre Fourie

Andre Fourie

Global Director, Water
AB InBev

Andre Fourie is Global Director, Water at AB InBev, the world's largest brewer. Our Dream is to be the best beer company bringing people together for a Better World! He leads the company’s work on water stewardship such as investing in watershed protection in high-stress areas, improving water management in our agricultural supply chain and helping provide access to water to communities in need.

Andre was previously Head of Water Security and Environmental Value at SABMiller, responsible for managing the group value chain carbon footprint including packaging sustainability. He was Head of Sustainable Development at the South African Breweries (SAB), with a focus on water stewardship and sustainable agriculture. He holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University and a Masters in International Politics from the University of Pretoria.  

Chris Limbach

Chris Limbach

Managing Director Investments
PGGM Institutional Business

Chris Limbach is the Managing Director Investments at PGGM Institutional Business. PGGM is a leading Dutch pension manager with its roots in the healthcare and social work sector that manages € 200 billion of assets for its pension fund clients. Chris is responsible for the policy advice of strategic asset allocation and responsible investments, besides the fiduciary function that covers the implementation and monitoring of the clients’ investment policies.

He joined PGGM in 2008, but began his career as a derivatives trader at Optiver in Amsterdam and Chicago. Chris studied Fluid Dynamics at the faculty of Civil Engineering at Delft University and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He is an outspoken advocate of the collaboration between the Dutch water and pension industry.

Brooke Barton

Brooke Barton

Senior Program Director, Water & Food Programs

Brooke leads Ceres’ Water & Food Programs, directing the organization’s strategy for mobilizing leading corporations and investors to address the sustainability risks facing our freshwater, food and agriculture systems. In this capacity, she oversees Ceres’ research and private sector engagement activities on the financial risks associated with growing freshwater challenges and deforestation. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and two studies focused on agricultural water risks facing the food sector: Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks and Water & Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production. Previously, Ms Barton directly advised Ceres’ member companies in the food and beverage sector on strategies for enhancing the overall sustainability of their operations and supply chains. 

Prior to Ceres, she was a researcher for the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, where she wrote case studies and articles on the integration of business strategy and sustainability. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in economics from Duke University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Anthony  Cox

Anthony Cox

Deputy Director, Environment Directorate

Anthony Cox is the Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since joining the OECD in 2000, Mr Cox has led work on water, climate, fisheries, political economy of reform, green finance and fossil fuel subsidies. He has overall responsibility for the OECD’s Horizontal Programme on Water, which pools the expertise from across the OECD to address economic and governance issues in water policy. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr Cox worked as Senior Economist in the Australian Public Service, including positions in the Productivity Commission and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer
Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with responsibility for its global operations.  The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,000 signatories collectively representing over US$80 trillion AUM.  Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent 7 years as the CEO.  Fiona also serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact and she is the Chair of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein initiative). She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+ which is the largest ever investor engagement with listed companies.  Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce. In 2018 she was named by Barron’s magazine of one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally. Fiona has formerly been a pension fund director/trustee of AUSfund and been on the boards of Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and the National Women in Super Network. In 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy.

Vincent  Maagdenberg

Vincent Maagdenberg

Global Head Lending
ING Wholesale Banking

Vincent Maagdenberg (1976) was appointed Global Head Lending for ING Wholesale Banking in April 2018. In this role he is responsible for the lending product proposition including the execution with commercial responsibility for the sector agnostic teams: Diversified Lending, Structured Acquisition Finance, Structured Export Finance, Securitisation and Sustainable Finance.

Vincent joined ING in 1998 where he has performed various functions for ING Bank in the field of Credit Risk in Amsterdam and Brussels and in Structured Finance in Amsterdam, New York and London. He has also spent some time in the Investment Risk Management function within ING Insurance. He returned to the bank in July 2012 to become the head of Risk & Capital Integration. In this role he has been responsible for inter-risk aggregation processes and for providing bank-wide risk information to the Management Board Bank. In November 2014 he became Chief Risk Officer for ING Netherlands. In this role, with 380 colleagues, he managed the Credit, the Market, the Operational, and the Compliance risks of ING in the Netherlands. The legal department was also included in his domain.

Emilio Cattaneo

Emilio Cattaneo

Executive Director
Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

Emilio Cattaneo has been Executive Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) since 2015. With a capital base of just over US$1 billion, EAIF has supported some 70 projects in over 20 sub-Saharan countries since being established in 2002. It works across 8 sectors, including energy, oil and gas transportation, telecommunications, transport and water. In 2017, it was the lead arranger of the debt finance for the US$60 million water treatment and supply plant now being being built by Kigali Water Limited (KWL). KWL, a subsidiary of Metito, will operate the plant on a build, operate and transfer basis. Over 500,000 citizens of Rwanda’s capital will benefit from the 40 million litres the plant will supply daily.

Emilio has over 30 years of corporate finance, asset management and advisory experience across several markets, including Africa, Latin America, India and Southern Europe. He is a graduate of Oxford University.

EAIF is a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multi-donor organisation with members from seven countries and the World Bank Group.

Monika Beck

Monika Beck

Member of the Management Board

Monika Beck has been a member of the management board at Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH since July 2018. Previously, she headed up KfW’s Compliance department. She held various management positions from 2004 to 2015 at KfW Development Bank. During this time, she initiated, established and managed numerous MSME funds and funds in the climate finance and education finance fields, including, for example MEF and EFSE. Monika Beck joined KfW in 2001. She studied economics in Stirling and Cologne. In the early part of her career, she worked for three years as a product manager at L’Oréal and, between 1992 and 2001, she worked at ProCredit Group, mainly in Latin America.

Ambika Jindal

Ambika Jindal

Vice President, Sustainable Finance, Wholesale Banking
ING Bank

Ambika Jindal works in ING´s Sustainable Finance team which drives the mainstreaming of sustainable business opportunities in the Wholesale Banking portfolio. Her team designs innovative financial solutions and works with clients and experts to accelerate transitions to more sustainable business practices. She leads ING’s efforts on Water which is one of the focus areas with energy transitions and circular economy.

Ambika has recently completed her Master in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University which helps her to lead change and effectively respond to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world.

Prior to this, Ambika was with ING’s Corporate Credit Risk Management department where she gained an in-depth understanding of capital drivers, risk measurement and risk managements actions aimed at mitigating risks.

Ewan Andrew

Ewan Andrew

MD, International Supply Centre

Ewan Andrew’s career with Diageo spans over 20 years and has included various senior leadership roles in Manufacturing, Procurement and Supply Chain management. He was appointed Managing Director, of Diageo’s International Supply Centre in July 2014, based at the Global Supply headquarters in Edinburgh and responsible for over 5000 employees across a global end to end supply chain of 100+ sites.  The International Supply Centre produces and exports to over 180 countries around the world, shipping more than 100 Million cases of premium Spirits and Beer a year - including Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Baileys, Don Julio, Smirnoff, Gordon’s and Tanqueray.

Prior to his current role, Ewan, from a Miami base, led Diageo’s Supply & Procurement operations in Latin America & the Caribbean. Before this he held a number of senior leadership positions living in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, including SVP for Manufacturing & Distillation in North America where he ran Diageo’s extensive operational factory network in the US and Canada

Roberta Barbieri

Roberta Barbieri

VP, Global Water and Environmental Solutions, Office of Sustainability
PepsiCo. Inc

Roberta Barbieri is PepsiCo’s Vice President for Global Water and Environmental Solutions. In this role, she is accountable for executing the environmental and water sustainability strategy of the company, including integration of environmental sustainability into core business processes, and delivery of PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose goals for Climate, Water, Waste and Sustainable Packaging. Before joining PepsiCo, Roberta worked for Diageo, where she held the position of Global Environmental Director and served as the principal architect of Diageo's Global Environmental Sustainability strategy.  Prior to Diageo, Roberta spent five years at Vivendi Universal where she was responsible for leading the company's global EHS compliance auditing program and developing the company’s first EHS management system.

Roberta is past chair of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable’s Water Working Group and has served on the Steering Committee for the CEO Water Mandate.  Roberta holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven, as well as a BS in Environmental Conservation and International Studies from the University of New Hampshire.  In addition to her native English, Roberta speaks Spanish and Italian.


Tom  Butler

Tom Butler


Tom has been CEO of ICMM since July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, focused mainly on mining and power projects in Africa.
From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries.

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson


Paul Simpson is the CEO and co-founder of CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. Founded in 2000, CDP is a non-profit organization which created and operates the global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, manage and share vital data on their environmental performance.

Mr Simpson sits on the board of We Mean Business, and is a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Prior to CDP, he worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. He was previously on the Board of EIRIS, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and a High Level Panel Member for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue.


Summit Chair (1)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Moderators (1)

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Who is the FT Water Summit for?

The summit is designed for an international audience of company CEOs and CFOs as well as investors from private and public financial institutions. It will also be of interest to development finance institutions, governments and policy-makers, particularly ministries responsible for economic planning, infrastructure, and water resource management.

Job titles include:

CEOs / CFOs / Chief Sustainability Officer / Head of Water / Head of Business Development / Head of Investor Relations 


Benefits of Attending FT Water Summit in 2018

  • Hear from corporates and financiers involved in vangard bankable water projects that are generating returns and improving river basin health
  • Understand what investors really want to know about your water strategy
  • Find out how climate disclosure can help investors hedge against water risk 
  • Be inspired by some of the most passionate people making a difference in the world of water
  • Benchmark your water strategy with peers across industry verticals and discover new, effective and high-impact practices
  • Collect actionable techniques and insights from companies leading the way in water productivity to share with your team and across your organisation
  • Benefit from a highly immersive format that facilitates reflection on what's been said with speakers, journalists and peers
  • Discover what large corporates are doing to address water risk and challenges in their supply chains and in the river basins where they operate
  • Learn about cutting-edge tools, like the upgraded Water Risk Filter, and innovative financial solutions that are helping to turn risk into opportunity
  • Hear and discuss cutting edge views on water, finance and business
  • Get solutions-orientated views from government, industry, service providers and NGOs

We will also highlight implementation obstacles, hurdles and pitfalls, with particular attention paid to what didn't work - so that you won't have to repeat the same mistakes

The FT Water Summit Story

Not only can water float a boat – it can sink it”– Chinese proverb

The World Economic Forum has ranked water as one of the top global risks in terms of impact for the past six years. Growing populations and economies along with the impacts of climate change will only increase the challenges of water scarcity and quality, leaving companies facing greater operational, regulatory and reputational water risks to their assets, investments, brand, credibility, credit rating and bottom line.

The FT Water Summit was launched in 2015 with the aim of providing practical, action-focused content to help companies whose businesses rely on a dependable supply of clean water to succeed. It is solutions-focused and devotes attention to the ways in which water can give competitive edge, how it can be an enabler of growth, and how companies can work collaboratively with governments, NGOs and local communities.





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Presented By (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

In Association With (1)

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in nearly 100 counties. We work to transform the food system as, in it’s current form, it is the single biggest threat to nature. Our vision is a food system which provides nutritious food to all current and future generations while protecting our planet. To help achieve this, WWF is working across three pillars of the food system (Production, Diets and Loss and Waste) to protect areas of native vegetation from conversion for food production, effectively manage existing production areas to maximise ecosystem services, restore degraded agricultural soils, drive food choices which support human and planetary health, and reduce food waste.

Corporate Partners (3)

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the Mexico (MEXBOL: ANB) and South Africa (JSE: ANH) stock exchanges and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years. We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; multi-country brands Beck’s®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Hoegaarden® and Leffe®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Chernigivske®, Cristal®, Harbin®, Jupiler®, Klinskoye®, Michelob Ultra®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, Sibirskaya Korona® and Skol®. Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of nearly 200,000 employees based in more than 50 countries worldwide. For 2017, AB InBev’s reported revenue was 56.4 billion USD (excluding JVs and associates).

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world and the company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

Our business relies on water and other limited natural resources. We want to use those resources responsibly, preserving them for future generations. Measuring and managing our environmental impact is not only important for the planet and the communities in which we work, it is essential for the financial sustainability of our supply chain and our business. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact across our operations, and are working to extend environmental standards throughout our supply chain.

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s more than 52,000 employees offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.

ING Group shares are listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA AS, INGA.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).

Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s strategy. ING Group shares are included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World), where ING is among the leaders in the banks industry group.

Supporting Partners (3)

Global Water Intelligence publishes newsletters and reports providing analysis and strategic data on the international water market. Its flagship publication, the monthly industry journal Global Water Intelligence (GWI), has established itself as the market- leading publication for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking information and analysis on water projects with an element of private sector participation.

You can sign-up for a free trial of Global Water Intelligence, Water Desalination Report ( or DesalData ( and read executive summaries of our latest reports.

WaterBriefing is a dedicated portal providing news, analysis and intelligence service for business professionals with a strategic focus on the global water sector. We cover technologies, infrastructure and finance – and the growing challenges in both water and energy related issues at international and national level which are driving the sector’s investment decisions.

We are based in the UAE in view of the major water and wastewater infrastructure developments and investment programmes taking place in the Middle East and the strategically important role the region occupies as an international hub for the global water sector in Asian and African markets.

WssTP is the recognized voice and promotor of water-related RTD and innovation in Europe. WssTP strives to increase coordination and collaboration, to enhance the performance of the water service providers, water users, and technology providers, in a sustainable and inclusive way and to contribute to solving societal challenges through RTD&I. With 187 members across Europe on board, WssTP is recognised by the European Commission as the industry-led European Technology Platform(ETP) for Water.


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