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2013 SPEAKERS

  • Marco Annunziata
    Chief Economist, GE Corporate

    Marco Annunziata is the chief economist and executive director of global market insight at General Electric Co., responsible for global economic, financial and market analysis to support GE's business strategy. The author of "The Economics of the Financial Crisis," Annunziata is a member of the European Central Bank's Shadow Council and the European Council of Economists. Before joining GE in 2011, he was chief economist at UniCredit and chief economist for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Deutsche Bank in London. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent six years at the International Monetary Fund, splitting his time between emerging markets and the euro zone. At the IMF, Annunziata was involved in regular consultations with the Italian government, the Bank of Italy, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, and took part in loan negotiations in several European and Latin American emerging economies. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. from the University of Bologna.

  • Ben Armstrong
    CEO, WellDone

    Ben Armstrong is CEO at WellDone, an organization building technology tools that aim to transform aid projects into lasting utilities, beginning with rural water and sanitation. He was previously an associate at Hattery, where he worked with the Gates Foundation on mobile technology for sanitation and wrote on how mobile media is affecting democracy in Africa. He also worked at Google, where he sought to improve technology use at African universities and the Supreme Court of Ghana. Ben has launched an entrepreneurial development program in Uganda and worked with agriculturalists and technologists in Ghana and Nigeria. He was a White House Intern and studied at the University of Oxford and Northwestern University.

  • Laurent Auguste
    CEO, Veolia Water North America

    Mr. Auguste is president and CEO for Veolia Water Americas, leading Veolia Water's municipal and industrial business activities in both North and South America. He is a member of the Executive Committee for Veolia Water, the world's No. 1 water company.
    Based in Chicago, Mr. Auguste has been active in the development of the Water Impact Index, Veolia Water's new tool for measuring the impact of human activity on water resources. He advocated that the Great Lakes serve as the first global implementation site of this new tool, along with the first-ever carbon-water study of a major metropolitan water cycle.
    He's also the founder of www.growingblue.com, a data-driven, online water resource about our global water challenges. Mr. Auguste is an active board member of the Clean Water Americas Alliance and the Milwaukee Water Council.

  • Terry E. Biederman, P.E.
    Global Industry Manager- Water, GE Intelligent Platforms

    Terry Biederman joined GE Intelligent Platforms as Global Industry Manager- Water in March of 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he was Director of Public Works (DPW) for Waterford Township, Michigan for sixteen years where he was responsible for operations of the Water/Sewer and Facilities and Operations Divisions.
    During his tenure at Waterford Township, Mr. Biederman was responsible for transforming the DPW into a state-of-the-art smart water operation leveraging advanced technology and management practices.
    Prior to that Mr. Biederman spent ten years with the Genesee County Drain Commissioner Division of Water and Waste Services where he was Assistant Design engineer, Operations and Maintenance Section Engineer and Director.
    He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also an active member of the following organizations:
    Member of Michigan American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Utility Committee. Chair and Co-Chair from 2006 to September of 2011
    Committee Co-Chair for Michigan Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) through AWWA
    Member of Southern Michigan Water and Sewer Utilities Association
    Member of the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA)
    Member of the American Public Works Association (APWA)

  • Amanda Brock
    CEO, Water Standard

    Amanda Martin-Brock is CEO of WATER STANDARD, a global water treatment company delivering innovative enhanced oil recovery, produced water treatment, and desalination solutions to the Energy and Water Sectors. Named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle, Amanda has spent her career as a leader and pioneer in energy and water related businesses. In 2007, she helped develop WATER STANDARD, a global water treatment company committed to delivering innovative water and produced water treatment and desalination solutions to the Oil & Gas and Water Industries. In March 2008, Ms. Brock raised one of the largest equity commitments for a start up in the water industry to globalize its business. WATER STANDARD is now recognized as an industry leader in water treatment for water-based enhanced oil recovery and produced water treatment/reuse. In 2012, Global Water Intelligence described WATER STANDARD as the company "doing the most to bridge the gap between the oil and the water industries."

  • Vincent Caprio
    Executive Director, Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

    Mr. Caprio is the Executive Director of the 'Water Innovations Alliance Foundation'. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in the 'NNI Workshop'. Mr. Caprio is the founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) Conferences and has successfully produced 10 WIAF Conferences. Mr. Caprio is the Event Director of Water 2.0, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at NBC Headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including 'This Week' with Ann Karrick and Vincent Caprio on WICC 600AM, and 'The Caprio Technology Report' on WCCC discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.
    Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University's Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova's President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.

  • Ralph Exton
    Chief Marketing Officer, Water & Process Technologies, GE Power & Water

    Mr. Exton is the Chief Marketing Officer for GE Power & Water - Water & Process Technologies. He has held this role since February of 2012. In this role, Mr. Exton provides strategic leadership and program direction for the marketing activities and sustainability efforts for the water and process technologies business. He is also the leader for the ecomagination program and water reuse and reduction initiatives, as well as the Water for Humanity program.
    In addition to his current responsibilities as CMO, Ralph is also the Business Program Manager (BPM) for the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP) that is designed to attract, retain and grow a diverse and global population of future sales and marketing leaders for the business and for GE as a whole.
    Mr. Exton has been elected as a member of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Ralph is also an active member of International Desalination Association and is Co-Chair for the AIChE International Society for Water Solutions.
    Over the years, Ralph has achieved extensive international experience and has received significant leadership, sales, marketing and business management training.
    Mr. Exton graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS Mechanical Engineering degree in 1987 and has over 25 years of advanced water treatment, purification and reuse experience.

  • Alan Hinchman
    GE Global Marketing Director-Infrastructure & Head of GE Intelligent Platforms' Energy, Oil & Gas, Water and Commercial Buildings Offering

    Alan was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and began his career while in college working for a small industrial engineering company, Burr Engineering. After graduation Alan joined one of the largest global engineering consultant CH2M Hill and spent the next two years traveling between branches working on numerous infrastructure related projects. In 1997 was promoted to lead the Southeast Automation Group for CH2M Hill. For the next 3-years Alan lead the automation deployment of seven new Orlando Utilities Commission water plants. He joined GE Automation Services in Charlotte, NC as an Application Engineer in 2000, and promoted a number of times reaching Water Commercial Leader. In 2005, GE Automation Services was sold and the new owners Maverick Technologies retained Alan as Vice President of Operational Consulting. While at Maverick, he was responsible for the develop of their Utility Optimization offering and worked with many Fortune 500 businesses on reducing energy and water consumption. Alan rejoined GE with GE Intelligent Platforms in 2007 as a Global Industry Manager where he serves today.

  • Erik Hromadka
    CEO, Global Water Technologies

    Erik Hromadka has served as CEO of Global Water Technologies (OTC Pink: GWTR) since 2009. He refocused the company with an emphasis on new technology, targeting opportunities to reduce loss in drinking water systems by introducing "smart grid" data and interactive tools. The company is using a comprehensive "people + pipes + policy" approach to develop such solutions in a living laboratory setting in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

  • Timothy Kim
    Senior Loan Officer & Founding Member of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance Division at US Export-Import Bank

    Timothy Kim is a Senior Loan Officer and founding member of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance Division at US Export-Import Bank. In this capacity, he originates and structures credits across the broad spectrum of the industry including solar, wind, gasification and biomass. To date, Timothy has closed more than sixty international transactions, with an aggregate total of over $3 billion across the public and private sectors.
    Previously, he worked in the Bank's Trade Finance Division, where he underwrote sovereign and corporate deals in the oil and gas, mining, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. His past experience also includes structuring project finance transactions at KfW IPEX-Bank (Power, Water and Utilities), and managing private equity deals as an Investment Manager at Connective Capital GmbH, both in Frankfurt, Germany.
    Timothy completed graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, where he received a Master of Arts in International Economics. He is also a graduate of New York University (NYU) where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History.

  • Upmanu Lall
    Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Columbia University and Director, Columbia University Water Center

    Dr. Upmanu Lall is a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, risk analysis and mitigation. His research has emphasized hydrology, water resource systems analysis, operations research and stochastic processes with applications to flood/drought risk and uncertainty assessment and the design and operation of water systems. He has pioneered the application of techniques from (a) nonlinear dynamical systems, (b) nonparametric methods of function estimation and their application to spatio-temporal dynamical systems, and (c) the study of multi-scale climate variability and change as an integral component of hydrologic systems. As new knowledge was created in these areas, he has focused on its application to water resources management through innovation in adaptive or dynamic risk management methods that can use information on the structure of climate for simulation or forecasting. Recently, he has become concerned with the issue of global and regional water sustainability, and the more general issue of modeling and managing planetary change due to coupled human and natural dynamics. He is developing technical and policy tools for the projection and management of environmental change as part of a quantitative approach to sustainability of earth systems.

  • Scott Livingston
    CEO, Livingston Securities, LLC

    Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for over 18 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. Mr. Livingston has been called "sharp and highly connected" by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends at MIT, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Nanobusiness Alliance, Brookhaven National Labs, Rice University Center for Nanotechnology, the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Albany Nanotech, Hillary Clinton's Jobs for New York, the US Congress Nanotechnology Caucus and the US Congress High Tech Caucus, and at conferences on economic development and job creation through investment in advanced technologies in over a dozen states across America. In addition, Mr. Livingston is also the creator of the annual "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," Wall Street's largest annual nanotechnology investor conference since 2005.
    From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Livingston was a Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Livingston was a Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman in 2002, Mr. Livingston began his focus on nanotechnology and started to cover the field for institutional and individual investors. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Livingston served as a Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co (later renamed SG Cowen Securities), where he was a member of the Chairman's Club from 1998 to 2000 the firm's highest honor for private client management. While at Cowen, Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including genomics, Y2K preparedness and defense technologies. From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Livingston was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Livingston was named a Senior Vice President in 1993, at the age of 24, one of the youngest appointees for the firm at that time. While at Smith Barney Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including biotechnology, data networking and telecommunications services. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Livingston was a Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Smith Barney Inc. acquired Shearson Lehman Hutton in March of 1993. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Livingston was an investment representative with Citigroup Global Markets.
    Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston sits on the Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the NanoEthics Group. Mr. Livingston's registrations include Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 65.

  • Doug MacNair, Ph.D.
    Practice Leader - Natural Resource Economics, Cardno ENTRIX

    Doug MacNair, Ph.D. is the Practice Leader for Natural Resource Economics for Cardno ENTRIX. The practice helps clients value ecosystem and natural resource services in their decision making using multi-criteria decision analysis and other quantitative tools. The types of projects include watershed protection, land-use planning, water resources and environmental liability management. He has also led major natural resource assessment projects that quantify the intangible value of human use of the environment, including fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation, aesthetics and open space. Prior to his career in environmental economics, he was the Associate Director of Economic Research for NASDAQ, the over-the-counter stock market.

  • Kevin M. McGovern
    CEO, The Water Initiative

    Kevin McGovern, (AB '70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative®. Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven (7) of which have become world/category leaders including SoBe Beverages and Tristrata (AHA Skincare technology). McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property. McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon air and water purification filters. KXI holds over 60 issued patents and has created and supplied the initial "end of the tap" filters ($US 500 million market) for both Procter and Gamble under the "PUR" brand and Clorox under the "Brita" brand. In 1996, KX Industries invented and supplied the first refrigerator water filters - currently a $US 300 million market.
    McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, which was the US's fastest growing beverage company growing to $250mm in sales in less than 4 years and established the "new age"/nutraceutical beverage category. SoBe was sold to PepsiCo.
    Mr. McGovern is also renowned for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC. Angstrom Publishing LLC and Forbes Magazine co-publish a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter, entitled The Forbes/Wolfe NanoTech Report.
    Mr. McGovern has served on Cornell's Board of Trustees since 2001 and serves as Co-Chairman of Cornell's Technology/IP Committee. Mr. McGovern was named the Cornell "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2007, was recently given St. John's "Distinguished Alumni Award" in 2010 and in 2011 was awarded The East West Institute's "Game Changer Award".

  • Val Nicholas
    VP/Creative Director, NBC News, New York

    Val Nicholas started at NBC affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento California while a junior in college. During that local station stint, Val produced everything from news shows, talk shows, syndicated programming, specials, sports programming and in management, ran the marketing division and the special projects there. Moved to NBC Entertainment in Burbank and ran four different departments within the NBC Agency. Worked at ABC Entertainment as VP of Special Projects then on to MSNBC cable as VP of Marketing and also produced pilot programs. Currently serves as Vice President/Creative Director at NBC News and is tasked with coming up with new businesses in which to expand the NBC News Brand.
    He also teaches Maximum Creative classes at GE Crotonville's Leadership School where it is currently the most popular class on campus. Also teaches the course at many divisions around NBC Universal, the NY Film Academy and at GE divisions around the globe including Canada, Dubai, Lebanon, Cardiff, England and soon South Africa.
    Nicholas has won seven Emmy Awards out of 24 nominations over his career along with almost every other creative award in television.
    Nicholas served in the 11th Armored Cavalry on border patrol in the Fulda Gap. Nicholas hails from family with a deep military tradition, His grandfather served in WWII in Europe. His father fought in the Korean War. His uncle did multiple tours in Vietnam. Nicholas is the Service Officer of American Legion Post #1 in Leonia, New Jersey. Nicholas also serves as the national co-leader of the NBCUniversal Veterans Network as well as a consultant to the GE Veterans Network and Comcast Veterans Network.
    In addition Nicholas was one of the creators of the Got Your Six national Hollywood Veterans/Military Family effort launched in May 2012.

  • Kyle Reissner
    Senior Marketing Manager Automation Software, GE Intelligent Platforms

    Kyle Reissner, Senior Product Marketing Manager Automation Software at GE Intelligent Platforms, is part of the Global Product Management group at GE. He holds a diploma in engineering and brings a diverse global experience base in engineering, project management, sales and marketing across various verticals within the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. In his current role at GE Kyle spends most of his time with water customers exploring their biggest challenges and how Real-time Operational Intelligence software solutions, using the latest mobile phone & tablet technologies, is sparking the industrial mobile revolution everyone's been waiting for.

  • Diana A. Stavreva, PhD
    Staff Scientist, LRBGE, NCI, NIH

    Diana A. Stavreva completed her doctoral work at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1998, focusing on environmental mutagenesis. In August 2001, she joined the Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression (LRBGE) at the NCI, National Institutes of Health as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate nuclear receptor dynamics in live cells and receptor-regulated transcription. In 2006 Diana became a research fellow in the laboratory of Gordon Hager at NCI, NIH where she discovered gene pulsing, the oscillatory transcriptional response of GR-target genes to the pulsatile (ultradian) secretion of glucocorticoids that occurs naturally in mammalian systems. Diana became a staff scientist in 2011; while continuing her work on dynamic transcription regulation she initiated a study on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources. She uses a novel high-throughput fluorescence-based cell assay for biological testing of EDCs in water samples. This assay is based on quantitative analyses of cytoplasm-to-nucleus translocation of fluorescent protein-tagged nuclear receptor constructs in the presence of hormone or EDCs. Using this method the Hager lab, in collaboration with the USGS-BRD Leetown Science Center, demonstrated a wide-spread contamination of glucocorticoid and androgen activity in US water sources.

  • Richard F. Tomlinson II
    FAIA, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

    Richard F. Tomlinson II is a managing partner of the SOM Chicago office. Under his leadership, SOM continues to design some of the world’s largest, most complex, and high-profile projects. Mr. Tomlinson manages professionals from various disciplines within the firm and oversees the progress of key projects for SOM. As the key liaison between SOM and clients, general contractors, construction teams, and specialty consultants, he ensures that SOM meets client expectations while working within established schedules and budgets. Mr. Tomlinson has a diverse portfolio featuring several project categories including complex large scale developments, strategic planning, urban design and planning, mixed-use facilities, interior design, and infrastructure.
    Throughout his tenure at SOM, Mr. Tomlinson has managed projects that span industries and continents. He has experience in large scale mixed-use, corporate, residential, hospitality, financial, law, healthcare, and research architecture.
    Regardless of the size or scope of the project, Mr. Tomlinson gives unparalleled attention and detail to building strong client relationships and has garnered support from clients in the private, commercial, institutional, and federal and local government sectors.

  • Edmund Woodbury
    President, McCaffery Interests, Inc.

    Mr. Woodbury has twenty-five years of experience in the real estate industry in numerous executive positions focused on the successful development of $1.5 billion of urban mixed-use projects. Ed is a registered architect and practiced for seven years in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in various senior design and management positions. He also held senior positions in Oxford Properties and BCE Development (now Brookfield) before joining McCaffery Interests. Ed is also active in his community, having served on his zoning board, plan commission and is a former Trustee and President of the village in which he resides.
    Mr. Woodbury received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the University of Illinois.










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