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Speakers and Panellists

FBFritz Barth, Co-Chairman European Water Partnership.

Friedrich Barth studied Geo-ecology and Hydrology in Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway (Ireland). He gained administrative experience in various national and international organisations, among them the Environmental Ministry of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German Water Partnership and the European Commission. Subsequently, Friedrich Barth established and managed several national and international bodies and stakeholder processes. Currently Friedrich Barth serves as an advisor to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as various UN agencies and the African Council of Water Ministers (AMCOW). He is also Vice Chairman of the European Water Partnership.

kuvaLena Brandt, Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU Press Counsellor

Leena Brandt is Press Counsellor at the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU since 2013.  She has previously worked as a journalist in Finland and covered economic and EU affairs. She worked also four years  in Brussels 1995-1999 as a correspondent for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Before entering the Foreign Ministry she had her own media coaching business for several years.
PMPavel Misiga, Head of DG Environment Water Unit European Commission.

Pavel Misiga is a graduate of Comenius University, London School of Economics and Princeton University. He worked as an environmental consultant and a government official in his home country Slovakia. He served as a director at the Ministry of Environment and advisor to the State Secretary for Environment. In the period 2000-2003 he represented his country in the EU accession negotiations on environmental issues. He joined the European Commission in 2003. In the period 2003-2006 he was responsible for the implementation of environmental projects financed by the Cohesion Fund. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the head of unit that developed and implemented policy in the areas of Sustainable Consumption and Production, Eco-innovation and Circular Economy. Since June 2014 he has been the head of the “Water” unit in Directorate-General for Environment responsible for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.

Sirpa Pietikäinen käyttökuvaSirpa Pietikäinen, Member of European Parliament.

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish Member of the European People’s Party (EPP) with a long history as a politician. She started as a Member of the European Parliament in 2008, and has since served in the parliament. She was Finland’s Minister of Environment in between 1991 and 1995. At the European Parliament, Ms. Pietikäinen is Member in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and substitute Member in the Environment and Public Health Committee and in the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee. A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economic, Ms Pietikäinen has developed a specialization in negotiation theories.

TVThomas Vereijken, Chairman of European Water Partnership

Thomas Vereijken is the Chairman of EWP, until September 2009, he was Director of the Dutch Innovation Bureau for Watertechnology, based at the Netherlands Water Partnership, focusing on the accelerated dissemination of new innovative water technologies.

Tom Vereijken studied food technology and environmental technology following which he worked for over 20 years for technology developing company Paques B.V, focusing on design and performance of industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Besides chairing the EWP, since January 2009 he is the President of the Brussels based European Partners for the Environment. Tom Vereijken received executive MBA-degrees from Nyenrode University (NL) and the University of Rochester (NY) in 1998 and was decorated by the University of Valencia in 1992.


GetDocument_neuDr. Andrea Stögbaue, BASF Environment and Permit Department.

Dr. Andrea Stögbauerstudied Geoecology at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and later acted as an Assistant professor at the University of Münster, Germany. She has been working for BASF SE since 2008 in the Division for Environment, Health and Safety as a Senior Consultant for Global Environmental Technology implementing BASF Water Goals by overseeing coordination for Water Framework Directive, Environmental Quality Standards, and Micropollutants.

Barry O'Donovan photoBarry O’Donovan, ABP Food Group Environmental & Sustainability Officer.

Barry is a graduate of BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Currently, Barry is an environmental and sustainability officer with ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading, privately owned, food processors. Barry communicates with all levels of personnel on a number of environmental and sustainable initiatives. Resource efficiency is at the forefront of his work and this involves water usage, fossil fuel consumption, waste management, lean manufacturing, renewable energy, biodiversity, supply chain sustainability, corporate social responsibility, positive behavioural change and communication campaigns.

Barry has assisted in the expansion of ABP’s roadmap for future resource consumption. In his work, Barry continuously seeks to engage staff members across all departments with the various environmental and sustainability initiatives undertaken by ABP. He also ensures that resource inputs are minimised, which helps the company to decouple resource consumption from productivity.

Bengt_Hansen_KemiraBengt Hansen, Kemira Municipal & Industrial Senior Application Specialist.

Mr Hansen works as a Senior Application Expert in Kemira Municipal & Industrial. He has 25 years of experience in the water, wastewater and sludge treatment field. Most of his career he has worked on different positions in Kemira with focus on application development and R&D. He has worked internationally for most of his career and been involved in projects on five continents mainly with focus on wastewater treatment and phosphorus recycling. He holds a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering at University of Lund, Sweden and has published more than 15 international articles and presentations and is co-author to 2 books about water and sludge treatment.

Emma LuptonEmma Lupton, CDP European Account Manager Water.

Emma is the European Account manager at CDP focused on driving corporate water stewardship in Europe. Prior to CDP Emma worked for Alliance Trust on a project to formalise the integration of water into their decision making process. Prior to that Emma managed the corporate water stewardship programme for Global Water Intelligence and she has a background in wealth management. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London in Environmental Technology, specialising in Water Management and holds the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA Society of the UK.

foto Eric de DeckereEric de Deckere, Antwerp Port Authority Technical Manager Environment.

Eric de Deckere is working for the Antwerp Port Authority since 2011. He is sustainability coordinator for the port. He is also responsible for integrated water management within the port, eg. identifying significant emissions, reaching the good ecological status, ballast water policy, etc. He is actively involved as organisational stakeholder within the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative). He is member of the steering group of SedNet (the European sediment network). He is also linked as Professor to the University of Antwerp, where he is involved in the advanced master ‘Technology for Integrated Water Management’. Previously he worked fulltime as a lecturer at the Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development of the University of Antwerp. The past two decades he has been involved in a variety of projects related to integrated / sustainable water management both in the South and the North.

Attachment-1Gerard Rass, Association pour la Promotion d’une Agriculture Durable Secretary General.

Gerard studied agronomy and scientific ecology and subsequently worked in Africa, Madagascar and French Guyana. Since his return to France 34 years ago, he has become a no-till and crop protection specialist for Monsanto in Europe and also supervised during 10 years a no-till project in Senegal. The origin of his work with APAD began in 1998 as a member representing the Board of ECAF, the European Conservation Agriculture Federation. In 2003 he was elected as the Secretary General. On the private side, had been active in several associations for wildlife preservation.

P-026843-00-01hHeidi Jern, Member of Cabinet to Vice-President of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competetiveness. European Commission.

Heidi Jern is a Member of Cabinet in the office of Vice-President Jyrki Katainen (Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness) at the European Commission. As part of her daily work, her policy focus is on green growth, the circular economy, energy and climate action. Prior to joining Mr Katainen’s cabinet, Heidi also served as a Member of Cabinet for Vice-President Olli Rehn under the Economic and Monetary Affairs portfolio. She has previously worked in the European Parliament and at the EU Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office in Finland.

!khughesKathy Hughes, WWF UK Freshwater Programme Manager

Kathy has worked for WWF for three and a half years and specialises in Water Framework Directive implementation – particularly how civil society and business can contribute to greater implementation and healthier waters. Kathy has expertise in environmental legislation, catchment management approaches, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and fisheries.

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Liz Lowe, The Coca-Cola Company Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager

Liz started her career in consumer PR at London agency Lynne Franks PR.  Following a period as part of SEGA’s marketing team, she moved to Pearson’s multiple media publishing business, Pearson New Entertainment, before joining Coca-Cola Great Britain’s Public Affairs & Communications team, working on a broad range of brand and corporate projects including the FIFA World Cup, Football League, Olympic Games and grassroots sport programmes. Since 2006, Liz has led the company’s corporate responsibility & sustainability communications in GB, developing programmes and award-winning partnerships with charities such as WWF-UK, Special Olympics GB and StreetGames to deliver shared value around water conservation, physical activity and community initiatives. She leads ParkLives, a new long-term public-private partnership programme with local authorities offering free physical and conservation activities in parks.

RademacherMichael Rademacher, Heidelberg Cement Director Biodiversity and Natural Resources.

Michael is an ecologist with a PhD in mining and nature protection, he has 19 years of experience in biodiversity management in mining sites and extensive expertise in site rehabilitation and landscape planning for HC quarries worldwide. His experience ranges from biological mapping and monitoring, studying biodiversity Indicators, Natura 2000 & Environmental Liability assessments, developing partnerships with NGO’s and CSR projects as well as international PPP projects and nature trails and training programs for external stakeholders. He is also the quthor of numerous scientific articles in worldwide publications and the publisher of HC book series on species living in quarries. Privately, he works as an Associated professor at the University of Bingen, Germany.

Monica Scatasta, European Investment Bank Head of the Water and Waste Management Division, Projects Directorate.

Photo linkedinRamón Vallés, INNEON Deputy Coordinator Zabala Innovation.

Ramón Vallés Iñarrea is consultant at ZABALA Innovation Consulting where he is responsible for supporting private companies and Academia in the management of their R&D Projects as well as on the exploitation of their results.

He is Deputy Coordinator of the Network for Eco-innovation Investment  ( INNEON), initiative aiming at extending the public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, and provide a unique forum dedicated to the interaction between a select cohort of innovators and relevant investors.

VahalaRiku_02[1]Riku Vahala, Professor, Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Aalto University, School of Engineering and Department Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group.

Professor Riku Vahala is a deputy manager of the Aalto University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before the university career he worked 10 years for the water industry and acted as a chairman of Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP) and as a chairman of the EUREAU Joint Working Group for Research. Currently, he is a Head of the Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group in Aalto University. He has been involved in the European projects e.g. in the Advisory Committees of TECHNEAU and PREPARED projects. His professional experience covers the whole water cycle.

20141001-9046-veldemanphotoStuart Rutherford Director of Water & Environmental Affairs European Crop Protection Association

Stuart Rutherford is ECPA Director for Water and Environmental Affairs, primarily managing water policy and stewardship, together with food residues issues and related relations with EU and other international bodies, stakeholders and NGOs. Stuart  studied Marine Biology at Bangor University North Wales, and has previously worked in consultancy in Brussels covering environment, health and safety, technical standards and transport policy, and for Hercules, a US specialty chemical company.

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