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    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)

    President, COO & Chief Technical Officer, Innovyze Inc.

    Paul Boulos is a President and Director of MWH Global (www.mwhglobal.com), one of the world's leading environmental engineering and construction firms, with more than 7,500 employees in 31 countries and annual revenues exceeding $1.5 billion. Mr. Boulos is also the Founder, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze (www.innovyze.com), a global multi-million-dollar smart water engineering software company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH Global. Its clients include eight of the top ten ENR engineering design firms, 49 of the top 50 U.S. cities, eight of the top ten cities in East Asia, ten of the top ten cities in Australia, ten of the top ten water utilities in the UK, six of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states, and more than 8,000 progressive clients (including U.S. military bases) in over 60 countries. Mr. Boulos has authored nine authoritative books and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry, and has received numerous honors from scientific and engineering societies, governments, universities, and NGOs. Among these acknowledgements are notable technical awards for excellence in scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Boulos was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction; was granted the Distinguished Alumni award by the Lebanese American University; and was awarded Honorary Diplomate status by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers as well as Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers, both academies' highest honors. He was also recognized with the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation, the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and special U.S. Congressional recognitions for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. He was inducted by Eminence as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Boulos chairs the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (New York, NY and Beirut, Lebanon), is a member of the Board of Directors of AMIDEAST (Washington D.C.) and chairs its Lebanon Advisory Board, the Dean's International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (Reston, VA).

    COO, Water Innovations Alliance

    Mr. Caprio is the COO of the Water Innovations Alliance. 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 Conferences and has successfully produced 5 Water Innovations Alliance Conferences. Mr. Caprio is the Event Director of the 3rd Annual Water Innovations Alliance Conference, September 26-28, 2011 in Boston, MA. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WICC 600AM, 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.

    Director, Workflow Solutions, Hach Company

    Kathryn works at Hach Company and has held various positions in product development, product management, marketing and management. Today she works with Optimization Solutions, Intelligent Information Management and Hach Homeland Security Technologies to develop breakthrough technologies used to improve water quality and treatment optimization. Kathryn earned her BS Chemistry and BS Biology from Sterling College and MBA from Colorado State University.

    founder and Chairman of LDJ Capital

    David Drake is the founder and Chairman of LDJ Capital, a Private Equity firm in New York City, and of its subsidiary The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series (?TSL?), a global events and media company covering education and creation of financial innovation programs for the Private Company Marketplace.

    His investment in The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events educates start-ups and Small & Medium-sized Enterprises in the areas of capital formation, capital access, crowd funding, angel capital including, but not limited to expertise on eb5 green card programs, micro finance, venture capital and private equity. His proclivity towards impact investments interleaves directly with the Private Company Marketplace and his TMT investment strategies and family office clients at his holding company LDJ Capital. His network extends across all continents and allows access to financing in the Private Company Marketplace from hedge funds, high net-worth investors, Sovereign Wealth Funds, private equity firms, family offices to institutional pension funds and fund of funds.

    This geographical capital market access is in, but not limited to, US markets and London with exceptional relationships and focus supported by regular road shows to Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hong Kong. LDJ Capital is headquartered in New York, with partner offices in Zurich, Stockholm, London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

    Mr Drake is the founder and former Executive Board member of Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) which are the leading global organizations in this space. The nascent crowd funding phenomena is the largest new financial instrument SMEs and start-ups have ever seen. David was involved in lobbying Senators and Congressmen for the JOBS Act which President Obama signed into law April 5, 2012. The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA works with Mr. Drake through CFIRA to identify best practices in the Crowd Funding industry. He was a member of the U.S. Commerce Department's delegation to Brussels and Rome where he met with European Ministers and national legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum last July 2012.

    As a thought leader on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act) including Reg A+, Reg D 506, Crowd Funding Capital and Onramp IPO, he speaks and writes extensively on these topics all over the USA and globally. He presented on the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank Act at the Thomas Reuters Buyout Conference in Dallas (alongside KKR, Carlyle, Texas Retirement Fund, Deutsche Bank), at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France, and at the Puerto Rico Venture Forum including other 150+ events globally in the last 18 months. He also writes extensively on these topics of his expertise and has editorials published in leading global industry websites such as: www.forbes.com, www.pehub.com, www.equities.com, www.crowdsourcing.org, www.cfira.org, www.globeforum.com, and www.sme-world.com, to name a few.

    For charity, Mr. Drake hosted the Harvard Club and Boston Symphony performances at his home and sat on the advisory board of Best Buddies Charity for autistic kids. Mr. Drake has been behind raising money for charities through his participation in producing the Carnegie Hall concert series.

    Mr. Drake speaks six languages and holds Bachelor?s Degrees in both Chemistry and Marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C. He has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

    Global Government Relations Leader, GE Water & Process Technologies

    Jon Freedman is Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy for GE's global water business, and he is based in Washington, DC.

    Freedman is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on water policies. He teaches a class at the University of Pennsylvania called, "The Future of Water," and he has recently spoken on water issues at conferences in China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and the United States. He also served for six years on the Board of Directors of the WateReuse Association, and chaired its National Legislative Committee. In that capacity, Freedman helped set the Association's legislative agenda and leads visits with government officials to advocate for greater water reuse.

    Freedman joined GE more than 11 years ago as a Business Development Leader with GE Energy, where he was responsible for growing GE's global water business. He led the acquisition of a global water treatment company that helped GE create what today is one of the world's leading advanced water treatment companies with more than 50,000 customers in 130 countries around the world.

    Before joining GE, Freedman worked in various senior leadership roles for Suez Water, both in the United States and in Paris, France. His roles included Vice President & General Counsel for Suez Water's US real estate business unit, and Director of Business Development for the Western US.

    Freedman earned a BA from the University of Virginia, a JD from William & Mary Law School, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    General Manager, DC Water

    George Hawkins, General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), was named to the post in a unanimous vote September 3, 2009 by the board of directors. With an operating and capital budget of nearly $800 million dollars, DC Water provides drinking water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment for a population of more than 600,000 in the District of Columbia, as well as the millions of people who work in or visit the District. DC Water also treats wastewater for a population of 1.6 million in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The Authority operates the world's largest advanced wastewater treatment plant at Blue Plains, with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak daily capacity of more than a billion gallons. DC Water's service area covers 725 square miles.

    Hawkins has launched an ambitious agenda at DC Water that complements a vast 10-year program to improve aging infrastructure and comply with ever more stringent regulatory requirements. DC Water is designing and implementing a $2.6 billion program, the Clean Rivers Project, to nearly eliminate overflows of sewage and stormwater to the Anacostia, Potomac and Rock Creek. DC Water is also investing $950 million to achieve the next level of nutrient reductions and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, DC Water is implementing a $400 million digester program to help manage solids being removed from reclaimed water that will become the region's biggest source of renewable energy, reduce the volume of biosolids by almost half, and disinfect the biosolids to be clean enough to sell as fertilizer at retail stores. The digester project will be the first in North America to use the CAMBI treatment process, and the largest installation of CAMBI in the world. Finally, Hawkins has gained approval from the board of directors to triple the rate of DC Water's program to replace water and sewer infrastructure frequently installed generations ago.

    In parallel to these capital expenditures, Hawkins is leading a cultural change within DC Water. He has launched the Team Blue program to engage front line staff in improving the enterprise, connected to the BlueStat process to evaluate business processes with benchmarks and performance statistics. DC Water recently rebranded the enterprise to strengthen connections to the public, and has launched a Facebook page, Flickr and YouTube pictures and videos, and a customer-oriented Twitter account. Hawkins is also building a new and strong relationship with local and national environmental advocates to work in tandem to achieve the next generation of water quality improvements.

    Prior to joining DC Water, Hawkins served as director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), a $110 million dollar agency with 300 employees. DDOE performs city, county and state environmental functions for the nation's capital. The agency is responsible for providing energy assistance to District residents; reviewing development applications for compliance with environmental requirements; monitoring and enforcing air and water quality standards; regulating the use and disposal of toxic substances; preserving the District's natural habitat for fish and wildlife; and developing and implementing stormwater management regulations to minimize runoff pollution into District waterways.

    Hawkins implemented the Anacostia 2032 Plan to transform one of the most polluted rivers in the country into an environmental gem that will drive economic revitalization. Hawkins also led the District's efforts in reducing childhood exposure to lead hazards, negotiated the nation's most stringent federal permit to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff andmanaged the nation's most successful low-income energy assistance program, including conservation and weatherization. He launched and chaired the Mayor's Green Team, which coordinated the District Government's sustainability program across more than 40 agencies. In 2008, Hawkins launched the Mayor's Green Summer Job Corps, a group of several hundred District youth engaged in environmental cleanups and public education. In 2009, the program grew into the largest green jobs program for youth in the country, serving more than 5,000 young people with a focus on energy and stream ecology and in neighborhood based clean-up programs.

    Prior to coming to the District, Hawkins was executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization which, under his leadership, came to be recognized as the state's foremost advocacy group promoting smart growth. While there, he worked the governor's office to focus development on transit stations and urban areas. Hawkins also served as executive director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, where he built an award-winning program to improve local zoning and master plans to both target growth and protect critical ecosystems. Mr. Hawkins held senior positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including Senior Assistant Regional Counsel and Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator. He served Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review, playing an integral role in streamlining and strengthening environmental protection programs at EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Mr. Hawkins began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1983 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. Since 1999, Mr. Hawkins has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University. He lives in the District of Columbia.

    Vice President, Risk Management, Water Standard

    Andrea Hayden, Vice President of Risk Management for Water Standard Company, specializes in the economic nexus between the financial, technical, and regulatory project components. She has constructed robust project-level economic models to estimate price regimes and has conducted detailed risk analysis for water asset deals evaluating project specifications, financing structures, market conditions, and environmental regulations.

    Throughout her 19 years in the water industry, she has developed expertise in areas which include creating valuation and risk analysis models; performing economic valuations of water rights and assets; developing pricing protocols; estimating water supply costs; writing, presenting and managing environmental permits; and conducting wetland/watershed resource assessment. Additionally, she has co-authored articles assessing the financial and environmental issues related to water management and is a speaker at industry seminars.

    Prior to joining Water Standard Company, Ms. Hayden was an independent consultant specializing in the valuation and acquisition of water assets with primary focus on the economic and risk profile of the transactions.

    Ms. Hayden earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Urban/Environmental Policy from Tufts University. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts, where she specialized in international finance/banking and environmental/resource policy.

    Managing Director, NGP Global Adaptation Partners

    Mr. Hill joined NGP in 2010 and serves as Managing Director. He is an industry leader in the water and environmental services sectors. He has over 30 years of experience in both water and environmental service company operations as well as over a decade of private equity experience in the water industry. Mr. Hill leads NGP's efforts in the sourcing, execution and monitoring of opportunities in the water and environmental services sectors.

    Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Hill was a Managing Partner with Summit Global Management, Inc. where he was responsible for all private equity investments in the water sector. From 1999 to 2008, he served as a Managing Director of Aqua International Partners and then The Halifax Group, both affiliates of the Texas Pacific Group. Mr. Hill's early career was with Atlantic Richfield and Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he held operating and executive roles in the environmental and water sectors.

    Mr. Hill received a Bachelor of Science in Biology / Chemistry in 1977 from Edinboro State University and a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as a Trustee of the Water Keeper Alliance.

    Global Industry Manager - Water; GE Intelligent Platforms

    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.

    Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Program on Energy & Environment

    Ms. Lyons has provided energy policy consulting services, with a focus on nuclear fuel cycle and nonproliferation, to utilities, industry, nonprofit and academic institutions, and various national as well as state governments since the late 1970s. Other areas of research and expertise include electric power policy, international energy trading, and energy and water issues. With her colleague, Julian Steyn, Ms. Lyons co-wrote the critically acclaimed book on nuclear policy by Senator Pete Domenici, A Brighter Tomorrow (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

    Ms. Lyons began her career at International Energy Associates Limited (IEAL), a nuclear consulting firm established in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Energy Resources International, Inc., where she worked as a senior consultant, Ms. Lyons worked for Pickard, Lowe and Garrick, Inc., a nuclear engineering consulting firm in Washington, DC.

    In addition to numerous articles and client reports during her years as a consultant, under the auspices of the Atlantic Council's Program on Energy and Environment, Ms. Lyons has written U.S.-China Cooperation on Low-Emissions Coal Technologies: Realities and Opportunities; Developing a Realistic and Balanced United States Electric Power Generation Portfolio; United States-China Cooperation on Nuclear Power: An Opportunity for Fostering Sustainable Energy Security; Energy for Water and Water For Energy; and Primary Energy and Transportation Fuels and the Energy and Water Nexus: Ten Challenges.

    Ms. Lyons has a bachelor of science degree in the Foreign Service with a concentration in international relations, law and diplomacy, from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She studied at New York University in Paris and at L'École des Études Politiques (Paris).

    Chairman & CEO, The Water Initiative

    The founder of over fifteen companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global join ventures; As chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to business, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property. Since its inception in 1989, McGovern Capital has also been 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 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.

    For the last 12 years, McGovern, has helped spearhead the development, launch, distribution and licensing for Tristrata, the world's leading supplier of skin care products marketed to/through dermatologists and plastic surgeons. NeoStrata is sold in 70 countries and has attracted (43) licensors/partners - including Avon, L'Oreal, Beiersdorf and Estee Lauder; many consider Tristrata's licensing success within its categories to have been the most successful licensing program of a consumer technology.

    In addition, McGovern is also one of the three (3) founders of SoBe Beverages, a nutraceutical beverage that grew to $250mm in three years - and sold to Pepsico in 2001 for $US 370 mm.

    President and CEO, Project WET Foundation

    Dennis founded Project WET in 1984 while working at the North Dakota State Water Commission. Through extensive partnerships and successful fundraising efforts, he has developed the program into a global leader in water resources education around the world.

    Dennis has published more than 50 water resource education guides for teachers and children and is the author/co-author of over 300 original water science and education activities. He also is a contributing author to over 30 children's activity booklets. Dennis has taught hundreds of water resources management education courses for water managers and educators, and through these efforts, has become a recognized leader and advocate for children's education worldwide. His international experience includes work in more than 40 countries and leadership roles in global initiatives supporting children's education.

    Dennis Nelson has worked in water resources management and education for over two decades, including at the East Dakota Water Management District in Brookings, South Dakota; the North Dakota State Water Commission in Bismarck, North Dakota; Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and the Project WET Foundation in Bozeman, Montana, where he is currently President and CEO.

    Dennis received a bachelor's in agricultural bacteriology and a master's in community and regional planning and natural resources management, both from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

    Senior Vice President, Woolpert

    John Przybyla is a Senior Vice President for Woolpert in Dayton, OH. He is a Professional Engineer in 5 states and a Certified GIS Professional. His work encompasses over 75 organizations in his 33 years of professional experience, including utilities, local governments, public institutions, airports, and Federal agencies. His work includes implementation of innovative information systems that have enabled his clients to improve performance, better serve customers, and reduce costs. He has helped shape significant industry trends including Automated Mapping, Data Warehousing, Geographic Information Systems, Facilities Management and Asset management. Mr. Przybyla is a Life member of the American Water Works Association, has been published in numerous periodicals, and has co-authored multiple books. Mr. Przybyla currently chairs a committee of the BuildingSMARTalliance on BIM to GIS integration which is the process of defining a standard for data interchanges. He holds both Bachelor?s and Master?s degrees from Michigan State University.

  • CAT SHRIER, Ph.D., P.G.
    Founder & CEO, WaterCitizen.Com

    Cat Shrier is Founder and CEO of WaterCitizen.Com. For more than 20 years, Cat Shrier has worked in water resources planning and policy, bringing together diverse people and diverse interests around water issues and management. Through her positions with legislative offices, environmental consulting firms, water agencies, nonprofits and universities, she has worked with people who engage with water because of their work, their homes, and their passions. East and west, north and south, urban and rural, coastal and inland, she has seen how powerful personal stories are, providing information and understanding that forms the base of any dialogue, plan, policy, or project. Drawing upon these experiences — strengthened by her academic background in government, geology, environmental management, engineering, and journalism — Cat has worked over the past 2 years to develop a new enterprise — Water Citizen — that will fill the need for ongoing capture and sharing of water stories. Water Citizen will engage the growing community of people who are already aware of the importance of water ("the water psychographic"), with leaders in water sustainability to attract a wider, general audience. Recognizing that news and media are powerful sources of ongoing education for adults (outside of formal academic programs), she is working with top journalists and media producers in the development of Water Citizen. Water Citizen will produce and publish online multimedia water stories that are fun, sexy, objective and balanced (not advocacy or crisis driven), presenting positive examples of how people and communities interact with water. Cat is developing the information infrastructure to support the development, promotion and distribution of water stories, reaching and partnering with a range of audience segments. She is currently launching Water Citizen's Charter Sponsor Challenge — seeking companies and organizations that are water sustainability leaders, to support the initial development of one-year 12-part multimedia story series on "hot and cool" topics. Water Citizen will also work with these companies to develop sponsor spots that tell their own stories in support of water education and communication. By producing high quality water stories while working with other leaders in water and communications, Cat is committed to engaging the water-aware audience, enriching the public experience of water and elevating the public dialogue on water.

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