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 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.
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)
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.