Mary-Anna Holden was appointed by Governor Christie and confirmed as a member of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in January 2012. She was reappointed by Governor Murphy in April 2018.
Prior to her nomination, she served as Mayor of the Borough of Madison for four years and a Councilwoman for ten years. During her service in Madison, she chaired or co-chaired every committee and department in the borough, including electric and water utilities, public works, engineering, transportation and public safety. She also was chair of the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting wastewater facility, and served for 11 years as a trustee of the N.J. Historic Trust.
She is immediate past chair of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ Committee on Water and also serves on its subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal, Critical Infrastructure Committee and Military Workforce Development Task Force. She is a member of Jersey Water Works’ Green Infrastructure Committee, the N.J. Clean Water Council and the National Council on Electricity Policy. She is Chair of the University of Missouri’s Financial Research Institute, a board member of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University and is past president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Ms. Holden is also a member of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) Advisory Board for the Regulatory Training Initiative.
Zeev Elkin was born in 1971 in Kharkov, then part of the Soviet Union (today in the Ukraine), and studied Mathematics at Kharkov University from 1987-1990. In the middle of high school, Elkin began learning Hebrew secretly in the framework of the Jewish underground. In 1989, he established the local Hebrew Teachers Organization, became the Deputy Head of the 100,000 member Jewish Community of Kharkov, and the first and last head of Bnei Akiva of the Soviet Union. Elkin immigrated to Israel in December of 1990 and studied at the Har Etzion Yeshiva until 1995, while at the same time working in the Aliya Department of the Gesher Organization.
Elkin has a BA in Mathematics from Hebrew University, a MA in the History of the Jewish People from the Hebrew University, and before his election to the Knesset, was at an advanced stage of completing a doctoral thesis at the Hebrew University in the subject of Jews in Islamic countries in the Middle Ages. From 1996-2006 he taught in the University’s School of History of the Jewish People and the School of History, and headed the Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian. In addition, he served as an advisor on Russian Jewry to the head of the Education Department of the Jewish Agency.
Elkin was first elected to the Knesset in 2006, and in the 17th Knesset he served as a member of the Finance Committee, the Education Committee, the Constitutional Committee, and the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee. In the 18th Knesset Elkin served as Chairman of the Likud Faction and Chairman of the Coalition, as well as chairman of the Sub-Committee on Judea & Samaria in the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, chairman of the Land of Israel Lobby, chairman of the Jerusalem Lobby, chairman of the Lobby for Supporting the Diaspora, and chairman of the Lobby for Gush Katif Evacuees. In November 2012, in the Likud primaries, Elkin placed 8th in the party primaries and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in March of 2013, following the general election for the 19th Knesset. Elkin held the post until May 2014, when he was appointed Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In the Likud primaries in December 2014, Elkin placed 7th and in May 2015, following the general election for the 20th Knesset, was appointed Minister of Aliyah and Absorption as well as Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage. In May 2016, Elkin spearheaded the initiative to add the Yisrael Beiteinu party to the government. As a result, Elkin agreed to give up the Absorption portfolio which was transferred to the Beiteinu party within the framework of the coalition agreement. Minister Elkin continues to serve as Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage and a member of the Security Cabinet and in August 2016 Minister Elkin was also appointed Minister of Environmental Protection. In May 2020, after new government was established Minister Elkin was appointed Minister of Higher and Complementary Education and Minister of Water Recourses
Elkin lives in Jerusalem. He is married with five children.
Mr. Aviv Berkovich
Aviv Berkovich is the Head of the Water sector at the Israel Export Institute, a non-profit governmental agency. Aviv is specializing in Scouting and matching Israeli water tech innovation with global players. Aviv holds an MA in Conflict resolution, management and negotiation and a BA in Political Science and Government from Bar-Ilan University.
Ms. Yifat Alon-Perel
Mrs. Alon-Perel is the Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, heading Israel’s trade policy vis-à-vis the United States.
In her role, Yifat oversees the Trade and Economic Mission, aims to promote and facilitate trade and investment between Israel and the United States, and to enhance bilateral commercial relations. For this purpose, Mrs. Alon-Perel works closely with the U.S. federal government agencies, as well as the private sector. In addition, Yifat oversees Israel’s engagement with the international financial institutions, i.e. the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Prior to this post, Yifat was the Director of Bilateral Trade Agreements Division at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, negotiating free trade agreements. Mrs. Alon Perel previously served as the commercial attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Madrid, Spain.
Ms. Alon-Perel earned a MA in Economics and a BA degree in PPE (Philosophy, Political Sciences and Economics), both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Yifat speaks Hebrew, Spanish and English. She is married to Shlomo, a software engineer, and a mother of three children.
Dr. Ami Appelbaum
Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority. Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years’ experience in research, development and senior level management in the field of the Semiconductor. Prior to the current job as Chief Scientist, Dr. Appelbaum served for 22 years at numerous executive positions at KLA Tencor, $15.6B Market Cap and world leader in the business of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry based in the Silicon Valley, CA. His most recent position was Corporate Senior Vice President and president of KLA Tencor Israel.
Dr. Appelbaum holds a Doctorate and Master degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and an Engineering degree from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, all in the field of materials engineering.
Dr. Appelbaum is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and holds 7 patents in the field of semiconductor equipment and processing.
Mr. David Balsar
Mr. Balsar is the General Manager of innovation and ventures at Mekorot National Water Company. He joined Mekorot to implement the government resolution and lead the company’s investments efforts in water technology startups.
A former professional athlete and a lawyer with international experience working at both corporations (two London-based media companies) and startups (founding and managing two ventures). Mr. Balsar has four academic degrees, including an MBA from INSEAD and a Master in Philosophy.
Mr. Umair Alam
Umair is a water industry professional and holds an MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering. He gained experience working as a Process Engineer on the design and delivery of infrastructure projects for a large water utility.
Umair has a good appreciation of all aspects of Water Treatment and at Isle has repurposed honed problem-solving and modelling skills to support clients unlock value in their digital transformation journey. From strategy to delivery, Umair takes a technology-agnostic approach to advisory at Isle. He is an associate of CIWEM and is the Vice Chair for the CIWEM Metropolitan committee.
Dr.Ing, Clifford A. Braima
Ing. Dr. Clifford A. Braimah is the Acting Managing Director of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
Prior to his appointment in March 2017, Ing Dr. Braimah was the Dean of the School of Engineering at Tamale Polytechnic, Ghana. He joined Tamale Polytechnic in 2000 as an Instructor and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in 2011.
Over the years, Ing. Dr. Braimah has been involved in the planning, designing, implementation and evaluation of many local and donor funded projects. Few of the projects are the Performance audit of Savelugu Water System for the Savelugu/Nanton Municipal Assembly in the Northern Region, Training of small towns water supply system operators and managers on operations and maintenance for 30 small towns in Northern Ghana, CIDA funded Development of training manual for small towns water supply system operators, Training of Engineers of MMDAs on tools in monitoring and supervision of small towns water supply systems in all 216 MMDAs in Ghana.
Ing. Dr. is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and International Water Association. He is a lead author on numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on Water and Engineering.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Water Management from Cranfield University, UK.
Mr. Alan García Clydesdale
Executive Director of SOFOFA HUB, is a chilean entrepreneur who has been part of the corporate innovation ecosystem during the past 15 years, leading change from private, public, and social sectors in Chile. SOFOFA is the biggest business association in Chile, representing more than 4000 firms, 22 local regional associations, and 48 industrial sector associations. SOFOFA Hub was founded in 2019 as an open innovation platform that facilitates linking business challenges to global technology solutions in a collaborative process. SOFOFA Hub has focused during the past year in Circular Economy, Climate Change and recently COVID19 challenges, working closely with industrial sectors like Agriculture, Aquaculture, Mining, Food, and Energy.
Mr. Yaron Dycian
Yaron Dycian is a the chief product and strategy officer at WINT. He has over 30 years’ experience ranging from fortune 100 companies to building innovative startups. At WINT he leads products, , technology, go-to-market strategy and marketing. Prior to WINT he drove strategy and products at Consumer Physics, makers of the world’s first micro-spectrometer. Before that he was a senior executive at Trusteer, the market leader in cyber fraud protection for financial institutions later acquired by IBM for a reported $1B, the largest acquisition ever of an Israeli cyber security company.
Prior to Trusteer Mr Dycian was at RSA, the security division of EMC following RSA’s acquisition of Cyota where he held various executive positions. Mr Dycian also worked for Mercado Software, a developer of e-commerce infrastructure software that was acquired by Omniture, now owned by Adobe systems, and prior to that with Lannet, the company that invented the Ethernet switch.
Mr Dycian holds an MBA summa cum laude, an MS in Engineering summa cum laude, and a BSc in Mathematics and Physics with the IDF’s Talpiot excellence program.
Mr. Ralph Erik Exton
Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Digital Officer As Chief Marketing Officer for SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions, Ralph Exton is responsible for providing leadership and program direction for the business’s, strategic marketing activities, communications, business development, and business strategy. In addition, Ralph is also the Chief Digital Officer, leading the business’s digital center of excellence, the core digital initiatives and overall digital strategy.
Mr. Zach Fenster
Zach Fenster is currently VP of Business Development and previously Chief of Staff to the Chairman at Watergen, the revolutionary Israeli company bringing drinking water from air to people everywhere. Prior to that, Zach served in the Defense Ministry’s Coordination for Government Activities in the Territories unit, working directly with Israeli, Palestinian, and international governments and organizations in order to address critical civilian issues in the Territories. Zach previously served as deal-flow analyst at Sadara Ventures, and was the Founding Director of the Palestinian Internship Program (NGO). Zach is a graduate of Middlebury College (BA) and Tel Aviv University (MA
Prof. Andrea Guerrini
Andrea Guerrini is Member of the Board of ARERA, the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (www.arera.it), and President of WAREG, the Association of European Water Regulators (www.wareg.org).
From 2016 until his nomination in ARERA in August 2018, he was President of the Public Operator of the City of Livorno (www.asaspa.it).
Mr Guerrini is professor of Performance Management, Planning and Control in the Department of Business Economics at the University of Verona, where he has been researching and teaching water utilities and regulation. He is the author of numerous publications, including monographs and articles for international reviews. In 2014 he wrote a book on “Water management in Italy: Governance, Performance and Sustainability” and in 2018 a book on “Management of water services companies. An operational manual for management and control”.
He has been leading research projects financed by the EU, and was one of the founders of the Water Management and Technology Research Centre.
Prof. Guerrini has been drafting the tariff methodology for drinking water services for the City of Bolzano.
Ms. Michelle (Du Toit) Harding
Michelle Harding has 30 years’ experience in the water infrastructure sector, mostly in pipe projects in Southern Africa; the largest being in Angola, valued at around $10m.
Michelle held various senior positions at local and international pipe manufacturers as well as some of the largest construction companies in Southern-Africa e.g. General Manager responsible for factories, Sales & Marketing Director, Business Development Director for Africa & Australia and Managing Director for Southern Africa & European listed pipe companies
She is passionate about finding and implementing business opportunities in Southern-Africa as a means to see the continent grow to its full potential.
After many years in listed national & international corporates, mostly number one in their respective sectors, she decided to establish an entrepreneurial company to explore business opportunities in water.
She founded Legacy Water Solutions a few years ago, adding energy solutions & business analytics to the scope in the last year as it gained momentum in line with the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
Legacy Water & Energy is focussed on the key sectors of Agriculture, Mining and Industrial.
Michelle is married to John and has 2 sons that are married with children.
Ms. Ayelet Karp
Ms. Ayelet Karp, leads Israel’s Trade and Economic mission in Ghana and West Africa. Prior to her appointment in Ghana, Ayelet worked at the Ministry of Economy and Industry in the Strategic Planning Department, leading various projects aimed at enhancing innovation and growth of the Israeli manufacturing sector.
Ayelet is an Alumni of Israel’s prestige civil service cadets program, and holds a Master's degree in public policy as well as an BA in Psychology and Biology and MA in Synthetic Biology.
Ms. Rochi Khemka
Rochi currently leads global partnerships for the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), World Bank, driving coalition building and alliances with key stakeholders for sustainability leadership. In the past, she has led the development of public-private engagement models and innovative financing mechanisms, resulting in many first-of-its-kind programs and projects.
Prior to the 2030 WRG/ World Bank, she worked with International Finance Corporation (IFC), championing strategies for private sector stewardship with leading corporates, and with McKinsey and Company, advising capital markets and investment banking clients.
Rochi holds a Master’s in Financial Economics from University of Oxford, UK.
Mr. Steve Kloos
Steve Kloos is a Partner with True North Venture Partners, a Chicago-based firm that invests in early stage disruptive innovations in cleantech and supports those companies on their journey to transform and lead global industries over time.
Steve is the Chairman of the board of Current, a non-profit platform for water innovation, he serves on the ImagineH2O Advisory Board, and is as a judge for the Global Cleantech 100. Steve has also advised the Singapore government on water issues, trends, and research.
Prior to joining True North, Steve worked in various R&D roles at General Electric in the US and Asia, including serving as Advanced Technology Leader, being an active member of GE’s venture capital team, founding and leading GE’s Singapore Water Technology Centre at NUS and founding and leading GE’s water R&D team in Shanghai. Steve started his career at Osmonics doing membrane R&D and he holds a PhD in Chemistry from North Dakota State University.
Ms. Karin Krchnak
As an international environmental lawyer, Ms. Krchnak has worked to improve policies and procedures related to environmental management and resource conservation worldwide for over 25 years. She has spent the last 15 years in leadership positions around improving water resource management. This has included managing initiatives focused on advancing corporate water stewardship, water security, and building better governance through increased transparency, rule of law and institutional strengthening.
She currently leads the 2030 Water Resources Group, hosted by the World Bank Group. Ms. Krchnak received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has published extensively in international environmental policy and sustainable development, particularly on freshwater issues. She has served on numerous steering committees, including the Board of Governors of the World Water Council (WWC), and currently serves as Vice-President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA).
Mr. Danny Lacker
Head of the Water Security and Emergency Division Israeli Water Authority
Responsibility and regulation for all The issue of economic security and emergency water in State of Israel. Responsibility Areas: Human Resources, Budget, Procurement and Logistics, Tenders, Security and Information Systems
Senior VP to the Israeli Water Authority of Administration and Human Resources Logistics Organization.
Responsibility Areas: Human Resources, Budget, Procurement and Logistics, Tenders, Security and Information Systems.
Director of Security and Emergency at the Water Administration in local authorities
Liability of water systems protection, Preparation of the urban and the municipality water crisis and emergency situations, Water Crisis Event Management practice, writing a professional turn, responsibility for monitoring, review and execute training exercises in conferences, training of security managers of the water and sewage corporations, Initiation of Technologies measures development in emergency water supply protection. Serves as chairman of the upper protection committee includes representatives of the Israel Police, the Ministry of Health, emergency management and other bodies
IDF Military service at the combat engineering corps
Variety of field roles, Training and Headquarter, At the role of company commander in the battalion operations and an officer of the Engineering Operations Division Central Command. Also I'm an Active reservist I was the battalion commander and the Second Lebanon War as engineer officer and currently serves as the division rear command of Lt. Colonel gradually.
B.A. In political science and public administration from the Bar-Ilan University (1995).
M.A In political science and public administration from the Bar-Ilan University (2004)
Dr. Ernesto Rodríguez Leal
Ernesto Rodriguez Leal is Head of Research, Development and Innovation for Rotoplas Group, where he is responsible for new product, service and business model development.
Ernesto holds a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He completed master’s degrees in Mechatronics and Global Technology Management from the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College London. He participated in the Graduate Program at Singularity University and is certified in Strategy and Innovation by MIT.
Ernesto has been recipient of prestigious scholarships and research grants from the Governments of Chile, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and Peru. He is a member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico (SNI) Level I, author of the book entitled "Evolutionary Design of Parallel Mechanisms" and more than 30 other peer publications. He has filed 5 patent applications and co-founded 3 startups that participated in high-impact incubation and acceleration programs.
Ernesto is a frequent speaker and keynote lecturer in several forums, winner in competitions such as Hacking Medicine, The Venture Chivas Regal Mexico, and World Cup Tech in Health and Robotics/AI. He served as Associate Professor in Robotics and as Director of the Academic Program of Innovation and Development at Tecnológico de Monterrey
Mr. Robert Owens
As Global Manager of Business Development for Bechtel’s Water & Pipeline Business Line, Robert supports the development of projects globally in the areas of desalination, industrial water treatment, and conveyance of oil, gas and water. Robert is based in Santiago, Chile, the headquarters of Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Global Business Unit.
Prior to his current position, Robert was the Commercial Manager for the construction of Google Fiber in three US cities. Robert has been involved in the Water & Pipeline Business Line since its formation in 2015.
Before joining Bechtel, Robert worked in engineering and management roles in Schlumberger. As a field engineer, Robert worked in hydraulic fracturing operations in Russia and Mexico. In a management consulting role based in Mexico City, Robert supported operating companies in solving operational and strategic planning challenges across Latin America and Europe. For three years prior to joining Bechtel, Robert was the market analyst for Schlumberger Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science & Engineering, a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering, both from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Spanish & Portuguese.
Mr. Amir Peleg
Amir is the Founder & CEO of TaKaDu, a global leader in Central Event Management (CEM) solutions for water utilities. TaKaDu provides utilities with a cloud-based analytics software for detecting and managing the full life cycle of all network events and incidents (leaks, bursts, faulty assets, data issues, water quality, and more), changing the way utilities work to provide higher operational efficiency, reduce water loss and generate strategic insights.
The TaKaDu solution is a mature SaaS product and is deployed in leading utilities worldwide: Australia, Europe, Israel, South America and the US.
TaKaDu was honored as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum of Davos and featured as a Harvard Business School case study. In addition, Amir is a CoFounder of SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, a global industry organization bringing together stakeholders in the smart water space.
A serial entrepreneur, Amir founded YaData in 2005, serving as CEO until the company’s acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. Prior to that, he founded Cash-U in 1999 (later named Unipier).
Amir holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Elly Perets
Elly Perets joined Utilis in 2015. Before, he founded Progressive Labs and served as the CEO, providing an innovative SAAS based software solution for retailers worldwide. Elly served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pageflex Inc., a US based company, operating from Marlborough MA, providing web-based branding, documenting compassion engines and campaign management solutions. Elly has a vast knowledge in Theory of Constraints having served as a consultant at the Goldratt Group. Prior to that, Elly served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Press-sense Ltd., a web-based software management systems provider.
Elly Holds a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, The Wharton School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science as well as a Law degree (L.L.B) and a Business degree from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia, Israel.
Mr. William Sarni
Will is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovation. He was ranked as; A Key Player Pressuring Businesses to Care About Water and one of the Top 15 Interviews In Smart Water Magazine 2019. He has been a sustainability and water strategy advisor to multinationals, water technology companies, investors and non-governmental organizations for his entire career. Will works with multinationals on corporate water strategies, water technology innovation and water market entry strategies. His work with water technology companies is as a strategy advisor and investor.
Prior to Water Foundry Will was a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting and founded and led the water strategy practice. He was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm, prior to Deloitte.
As a seasoned author Will has written numerous books and articles and continues to present on subjects such as the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus. He is the author of: “Corporate Water Strategies” (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013); “Water Tech – A Guide to Investment, Innovation and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector” (Sarni, W. and Pechet, T., Routledge 2013); “Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus: New Strategies for 21st Century Growth” (Dō Sustainability 2015), and his latest books “Water Stewardship and Business Value: Creating Abundance from Scarcity” (Sarni, W., and Grant, D., Routledge 2018) and “Creating 21st Century Abundance through Public Policy Innovation: Moving Beyond Business as Usual” (Sarni, W. and Koch, G., Greenleaf Publishing 2018). He is currently working on “Digital Water: New Technologies for a More Resilient, Secure and Equitable Water Future” (Routledge, 2021).
Sarni is a co-founder of WetDATA.org and a Board Member of Flowater, Silver Bullet, Project WET and the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club. He is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the WAITRO Global Water Innovation Summit 2020, on the Executive Council of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience. He was an Advisor to the 2020 X-PRIZE, Infinity Water Prize, the Bold Visioneer for the 2016 X-PRIZE Safe Drinking Water Team and was on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week from 2013 through 2019.
Mr. Yaniv Shoshan
Yaniv is blending experience from diverse areas into his passion, transforming complex problems into clear stories and simple to use products. Yaniv has 30 years of experience in operating and designing complex aerospace systems and other mission-critical products where he practiced techniques to lower operators’ cognitive load and create an optimal user experience.
Yaniv founded and owned a Product Design firm and then established and managed the Elbit Systems Product Design Department, before moving into Program and Product Management where he managed a $50M aerospace program for Elbit systems, a solar home generator for the rural African market for Lumos Global and an AR-for-drones mobile application for Edgybees.
While running those positions Yaniv practiced his creative skills into storytelling and marketing techniques to promote new products and initiatives both inside $3B global corporate and in fast-growing startups and firms and launched over 1000 products and campaigns.
Yaniv holds a Product Design diploma from Hadassah college and an MBA from Kellogg School, Northwestern Unversity, and Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Matthew Stephenson
Matthew is European Director at Isle Utilities, a specialist consultancy advising on the adoption of new technologies in the global water sector. Matthew has spent 25 years in the water industry, having spent time in management roles at a UK water utility, and time as a technology provider for the global water giant SUEZ. He now spends time helping technology providers and water utilities to navigate the complexities of finding, choosing, and assessing new technologies that move the sector forwards.Most recently Matthew has lead a study of the technology options that exist for water utilities to help manage the effects of the covid crisis, on behalf of 23 water utilities from around the world.
Mr. Bryan Stubbs
Bryan Stubbs is a recognized leader in technology based economic development. Since April of 2014 he has led the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA), a leading water technology cluster consisting of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of the Great Lakes regional blue economy. In that role he has leveraged and accelerated water technology to drive economic development including the addition of 900+ net new water economy jobs in Greater Cleveland since 2014. Recently he has led the creation of two water technology testbeds in partnership with the U.S. Dept of Commerce, annually runs a $100,000 open innovation challenge (program created in partnership with NASA), co-founded the Smart Great Lakes initiative, and launched a seven figure Smart Citizen Science Initiative in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Currently he is fund raising for a $5m water technology seed investment fund in partnership with the State of Ohio. He Chair’s the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Water Technology Innovation Clusters Program and serves as an appointed member to the US Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).
Before joining CWA, Stubbs led technology based economic development projects including the Oberlin Project where he served as the Managing Director as part of the US Green Building Council and Bloomberg C40 programs. Prior to his work in Oberlin Stubbs was the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Chicago Westside Entrepreneurship Center, a partnership program of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce, University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Community Ventures. Stubbs earned a BA from the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Illinois and an Executive MBA/MPA from the Presidio School of Management.