Our Future Water: Young Water Leaders Berlin Event: Nov 7, 2018

Our Future Water: Young Water Leaders Berlin Event: Nov 7, 2018

Our Future Water: Young Water Leaders Berlin Event: November 7, 2018

InterContinental Hotel Berlin

Our Future Water: Young Water Leaders Berlin Event connects current leaders with future leaders to ensure a water-secure world for today’s and future generations

Our Future Water, founded by Robert C. Brears, Author of Urban Water Security (Wiley) and Founder of Our Future Water, Mitidaption, and Mark and Focus, created Young Water Leaders in September 2017 to connect current leaders with future leaders.

This is Young Water Leaders’ first global event that brings current leaders and future leaders together to build a water-secure world.

Young Water Leaders Berlin involves an array of over 15 interdisciplinary national and international speakers addressing how we can achieve water security.

With extensive networking opportunities throughout the day, enhance your knowledge, make new contacts, and be part of the future of water management.

~Robert Brears, Author of Urban Water Security (Wiley) and Founder of Our Future Water, Mitidaption, and Mark and Focus


Meet your speakers

Dr. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou 

Vice Chair of Steering Committee Global Water Partnership

Dr. Avgerinopoulou is a politician in environmental matters, a specialized attorney in International, Environmental and Sustainable Development Law, and the recipient of the Green Star Award awarded by  UNEP, OCHA, and Green Cross International for her leadership in prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies. As a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, she has held the positions of the Chair of the Special Standing Committee on Environmental Protection and the Subcommittee of the Water Resources of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as the Chair of the Permanent Standing Committee of National Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament. She is currently the Chair of the Circle of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians of Sustainable Development (COMPSUD), the Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (IELST).*


Rose Osinde Alabaster

Water, Sanitation Policy & Environmental Governance Advisor

A water and sanitation governance, policy and human rights in development expert, with close to 20 years of global experience working with key development partners including the European Commission Delegation in Kenya and Somalia; the African Development Bank; and with development organizations including GIZ, WaterAid, SIWI, Sweden, ActionAid Kenya, and World Vision Kenya. 


Uwe G. Becking

Director IBM Germany, Head of Strategic Business Development Digitalisation Public Sector

Uwe is Head of Strategic Business Development in the Public Sector Digitalisation area in IBM Germany and previously with worldwide IBM responsibility for Labour, Employability and Welfare including strategic initiatives, developments and emerging trends. Before he was 9 years as an executive civil servant in the Federal Agency of Employment (BA) in Germany in the Nuremberg headquarters, Uwe was active part of their transformation with the strategic implementation of the ‘Agenda 2010’ and ‘Hartz-Laws’ projects. In this reform it comprised different engagements like IT Strategy, restructuring new German social basic security (SGB II) and BA strategy, ERP/ SAP implementation and “Virtual Labour Market – VAM”. Previously, Uwe gained extensive professional experience in a series of management positions in various industries.


Uwe G. Becking

Direktor IBM Deutschland GmbH, Leiter Strategische Geschäftsentwicklung Digitalisierung Öffentliche Verwaltung (ÖV)

Uwe Becking leitet die strategische Geschäftsentwicklung im Bereich Digitalisierung der Öffentlichen Verwaltung der IBM Deutschland und war vorher für IBM weltweit verantwortlich in strategischen Initiativen, Entwicklungen und Trends im Bereich Arbeit, Beschäftigungsfähigkeit und Soziales. Davor war er 9 Jahre im Management der Zentrale der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) in Nürnberg aktiv in deren Reform mit der strategischen Implementierung der von der Bundesregierung entwickelten Programme “Agenda 2010” und “Hartz-Gesetze“ tätig. In dieser Reform umfasste dies eine Reihe von Tätigkeiten in verschiedenen Bereichen wie IT Strategie, Neuordnung der Grundsicherung SGB II und BA Gesamtstrategie, ERP/ SAP Einführung, BA Finanzen und “Virtueller Arbeitsmarkt – VAM”. Vorher arbeitete Herr Becking im Management verschiedener Branchen.


Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Bennerscheidt

Managing Director (MD) of EADIPS FGR

Christoph is Managing Director of the Fachgemeinschaft Guss-Rohrsysteme (FGR®) e. V., which is a technical and scientific association whose membership comprises European companies producing pipes, fittings and valves made of ductile iron. The association also operates under the English-language name European Association for Ductile Iron Pipe Systems ∙ EADIPS®.


Martin Bernhardt

Founder of Dynamic Applications

Martin is developing Dynamic Applications, a Small Business Consultancy focused on product cost, efficiency, sales, and net profit. They support Startups in developing 21st century Business Models. At the same point, Dynamic Applications is a digital Startup accelerator. In continuous integration, they deliver a software for the Renewable Energy Markets of 21st century that allows everyone to do calculations in x/y/t in a simple way, and it can integrate over time. Dynamic Applications are free of charge, and thousands of people around the globe are voting and downloading their top favourite, extensible business planners every month.

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Christian Brachmann

Managing director Stadtwerke Wadern GmbH

Christian is Managing Director with a long-time experience in multiple discipline projects within various sectors, especially energy and water supply, infrastructure and the public sector. He is highly motivated with a hands-on can do attitude taking direction well and working hard to manage stakeholder expectations. His special skills: sales and marketing, pricing, project management, infrastructure,
process optimisation water management, and water pricing models.
municipal development management. 


Robert Brears

Founder of Mitidaption

Robert is the author of  Urban Water Security  (Wiley),  The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus  (Palgrave Macmillan), and of the forthcoming titles  Blue and Green Cities  (Palgrave Macmillan) and  Natural Resource Management and the Circular Economy  (Palgrave Macmillan). He is editor of the Climate Resilient Societies book series with Palgrave Macmillan. Robert is a contributing author for the World Bank’s Water Blog, Asian Development Bank’s Blog, United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Making It Magazine, and Green Growth Knowledge Platform.

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Siegfried Gendries

Communication Consulting Water and Blogger  LebensraumWasser.com

Siegfried is a water communication consultant who works on water tariffs and development/implementation of innovative water pricing systems, social media-communication on water, and water-marketing.


Andrea Henao

‎Managing Partner 360 Agency Berlin

Andrea is one of the founders of 360 Agency Berlin. She is a revolutionary thinker believing an agency should take full responsibility of the brands and product they promote.  Before deciding business could be focused on much more than money, she spent 12 years in global advertising working on huge accounts  –  Volkswagen global account at Mediacom, Heineken global account at Starcom, LG global account at Mindshare and Philips global account at Carat.

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Nicolas Imbert

Executive Direction of Green Cross France et Territoires

Revitalization and executive direction of Green Cross France et Territoires, French branch of the international NGO created and headed by President Mikhail Gorbachev. Coordination of activities in the scope of food and agriculture, preparedness and resilience, water, coastal areas and ocean, resources, energy strategy and energy transition, sustainable cities, sustainable finance and tax. Operational supervision of advocacy activities and projects. Achieved recognition of Green Cross as a stakeholder with respect to the French authorities, climate authorities (such as COP21 / COP22), and environmental authorities, local and governmental bodies. 


Dr. Ina Keggenhoff 

‎Lecturer – ‎Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin

Ina Keggenhoff gained professional experience as a Project Director at German Water Partnership (GWP), as an official in the flood protection department at the State Office of Environment Brandenburg and as a research assistant and lecturer in the field of climate science and water management at Giessen University, the ITT Cologne and the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Ina completed her PhD thesis at Giessen University in 2015. Her research analysed changes, patterns and driving forces of temperature extremes over Georgia. Ina is active on the Young Water Leaders Network.

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Friederike Lauruschkus 

Managing Partner civity Management Consultants GmbH & CO. KG

Friederike Lauruschkus studied economics at the University of St. Gallen and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. She has been advising companies since 1997, first for Bossard Management Consultants, then as a partner for the Metropolitan Consulting Group and then for BSL Management Consultants. In 2010 she founded Civity Management Consultants together with an established team.


Ulf Leonhard

‎Founder, WaterVent

Ulf is founder of WaterVent which matches technology entrepreneurs (focus: cleantech, water, industry and related) with investors. WaterVent has held eleven forums in US, Europe and UAE with appr. 2,150 attendees. The forums have led to: serious negotiations for appr. $ 220 Mio reported; attendees reporting more than 1,100 serious leads acquainted; appr. 11,500 enquiries to attend received; the development of a Global Database of appr. 55,000 water tech companies, investors, services, clusters, experts created.

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Martina Macpherson

Partner, Sustineri & Chair, BoD, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

Martina Macpherson is a partner at Sustineri, an independent consulting firm specializing in Climate Risk and ESG / SDG advisory, research, products, investment content, and engagement services – with over 17 years of experience in consulting, asset management, banking and financial services. She is a writer, (academic) lecturer and presenter on sustainable investment and green finance themes and contributes regularly to industry and academic publications. 

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Piero Pelizzaro

Chief Resilience Officer Milan

Piero is the Chief Resilience Officer and the City Lead for the H2020 Lighthouse project Sharing Cities at the Municipality of Milan.  He is an advisor of the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea on Urban Adaptation Policy to Climate Change. In recent years was the Co-Founder of Climalia, specialised consulting company providing climate services in Italy, where he operates as Resilience Specialist. Piero was an Acclimatise Associate. Piero is a member of the  European Commission Mayors Adapt Practitioners Work Group  and Member of  FiRe 2016 Implementation Working Group  at Climate Policy Initiative. He is member of the Advisory Board of the EU FP7 Ramses Project that aims to structure a cost\benefit analysis methodology for Urban Adaptation Plans. 

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Dr. Bastian Piltz

Head of Business Development Germany, Isle Utilities

Bastian is passionate about the use of clean technologies for enhancing the integration of humans with natural water cycles. During his MSc in marine microbiology at the Max-Planck-Institute in Bremen, he studied the links between uncontrolled nutrient runoff and cyanobacterial blooms on a Caribbean coral reef. After gaining practical experience in new sanitation and decentralised systems at NIOO-KNAW and Metabolic in the Netherlands, he went on to develop a technology using microalgae to recover nutrients from human urine in his PhD at the University of Cologne. At Isle Utilities, he his now working on consulting projects and innovation networks to bridge the gap between new technologies and their commercial application in the water sector.

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Dr. Anabel Ternès

Managing Director

Dr. Anabel Ternès is an entrepreneur with a focus on health and sustainable lifestyle, a digitalization expert and author. She is managing partner of CoCarrier GmbH and HealthMedo GmbH. As Managing Director and professor for communication and e-business she heads the Institute for Sustainable Management (IISM). She is, among other social engagements, CEO of Get Your Wings, board member of NFTE Germany, advisory board member of INITIATIVE FÜR FRÜHE BILDUNG, Editorial Board Member of the Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review and mentor at StartupTEENS.

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Dr. Thomas Track

Head of Water Technologies at DECHEMA

Dr. Thomas Track, Head of Water Technologies, focus: industrial water management at DECHEMA Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Frankfurt/Main (D). He has more than 25 years of experience in industrial and municipal water management. Thomas Track is member of several expert groups on national and European level.


Agenda (exact speaker order tbc)

08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Speech
Morning Speakers 
Networking Break

Outside the room

Morning Speakers
Networking Lunch

LA Cafe

Afternoon Speakers
Networking Break

Outside the room

Afternoon Speakers
17:30-19:00 Networking Drinks


*A proxy may speak on her behalf as Vice Chair of Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership



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