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    COO, Water Innovations Alliance

    Mr. Caprio is the COO of the Water Innovations Alliance HYPERLINK "http://www.waterinnovations.org" www.waterinnovations.org. 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.nano.gov/" http://www.nano.gov/. 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.

    President and Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21

    Kelly Carnes is President and CEO of TechVision21, a Washington, DC-based technology strategy firm. TechVision21 leverages technology, business and government expertise to help companies: pinpoint and secure research and technology funding; forge critical alliances with business and government leaders; and promote and protect their interests in Washington.

    Most recently, Ms. Carnes served four years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy where she served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage.

    Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career, as an attorney at a top national law firm, where she structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions.

    Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

    CEO, Aqleo

    Prakash has more than twenty years of leadership, technical and management experience with companies in new product development and commercialization. He was the Founding CEO and Chairman of Eka Systems Inc. He led Eka Systems through its early days and into its growth phase building a strong team of domain experts from networking technology and utility industries. Eka Systems was sold to Cooper Industries in April 2010. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Water Innovations Alliance. Prior to Eka Systems, he was with Comsat Corporation and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, ENBALA Power Networks

    Rob Coulbeck monitors and manages ENBALA's regulatory and rule requirements as identified by the Independent System Operators (ISO), Regional Transmission Operators (RTO) and other government agencies in all regions of operations. Rob brings over 20 years of electricity industry experience to ENBALA, with a strong focus in power grid management, generation portfolio optimization and energy trading.

    Rob's career began as an electrical operator with Ontario Hydro and Hydro One before joining Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 1999. He played a key role in OPG's preparation for the opening of the Ontario Wholesale Electricity Market in 2002 and represented the generation portfolio interests in IESO stakeholder initiatives. In November 2007, Rob joined Royal Bank of Canada to monitor the electricity markets of North-Eastern Interconnect System. He was active in the stakeholder communities of NYISO, PJM, MISO, ISO-NE and IESO representing the interests of RBC and the trading/marketing community. Rob is committed to promoting efficient wholesale electricity markets and believes the coordination of all North-Eastern Interconnect markets will provide a solid foundation for future market developments.

    Vice President, Environmental Compliance, United Water

    As vice president of environmental compliance and chief environmental compliance officer, Brent Fewell is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of United Water?s nationwide environmental compliance program.

    Fewell has over 19 years of environmental science, technical, policy, and legal experience. Prior to joining United Water in 2009, he was an environmental attorney with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic counseling to companies, trade associations, and state and local governments on policy and legal matters related to water quality management.

    Earlier in his career, Fewell served as the principal deputy assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency?s Office of Water. In that capacity he helped to oversee all aspects of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act programs. He was also responsible for overseeing programs impacting wetlands, effluent limitation guidelines, wastewater and storm water permitting, water quality trading, sustainable infrastructure, TMDL and impaired waters. In addition, as associate administrator for EPA's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, he was responsible for managing EPA's relations between Congress and the States.

    Fewell is a member of numerous professional associations and currently serves as a board member of the Clean Water America Alliance, senior contributor to WaterWorld?s Advisory Committee, executive committee member of the Chesapeake Fund, chair of the In-House Counsel Committee for the American Bar Association?s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, and co-chair of the Wetlands and Endangered Species Committee for the Federalist Society. He is also active in the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

    Fewell graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Maine, earned a Master?s in environmental management from Duke University, and completed his J.D. at Duquesne University where he served on Law Review.

    Manager, Innovation Development, American Water

    Mr. Gagliardo is well known throughout the United States, in Europe and Asia for his defining work on indirect potable reuse as a scheme to supplement the potable water supply in San Diego, California. Paul is a registered engineer in California and has a Masters degree in Public Health. He has pioneered the efficacy testing and use of new technologies in businesses that vary from energy conservation, hazardous waste remediation, solid waste resource recovery, water treatment, wastewater treatment, contaminant monitoring and strategic planning. He has authored over fifty technical papers on subjects ranging from low and high pressure membrane systems, monitoring systems, UV disinfection systems, strategic planning and watershed management. He has given presentations on five continents and in ten different countries and has been the invited keynote speaker on multiple occasions.

    During his twenty plus years at the City of San Diego, Paul created and managed the Aqua2000 Research Center. This program focused on the testing of new technologies for use in the water and wastewater business. The Aqua2000 Research Center helped develop the membrane bioreactor system from a novelty to the de facto technology of choice for recycled water applications. Paul's team developed the performance test protocols that are being used by the California Department of Health Services to determine if systems can be used in specific potable water and recycled water applications. He prepared and submitted performance analyses to the California DHS for acceptance on over twenty new technologies.

    Since leaving the City of San Diego he has continued to assist innovators in the development of their new products and help them become commercialized. Currently, Mr. Gagliardo is the Manager / Innovation Development for American Water. American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States operating over 400 water plants and 300 wastewater plants in 32 states. In this position he is responsible to identify new technologies that can be incorporated into American Water's various business enterprises. The IDP's primary objective is to look for innovations that enhance American Water's water and wastewater services, increase operational efficiencies, lower operational costs and position American Water for growth in the areas of reuse, desalination and wastewater bioenergy. Paul is responsible for the identification and screening of ideas and navigating those selected ideas through a Stage-Gate process toward eventual commercialization inside and outside of American Water facilities.

    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.


    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is serving her 10th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. The 30th District is entirely within Dallas County and encompasses a large portion of the City of Dallas as well as the entire cities of DeSoto, Lancaster, Wilmer, Hutchins, and Balch Springs. Portions of the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Ferris, and Ovilla are also in the district. The Dallas portion of the district is home to the downtown central business district and Arts District, as well as the neighborhoods of Fair Park, Cadillac Heights, the Cedars, Victory Park, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Love Field, Urban Park, Pleasant Grove, Joppa, South Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum, Munger Place, Swiss Avenue, Lower Greenville, Forest Hills, and West Dallas.

    In December 2010, Congresswoman Johnson was elected as the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Congresswoman Johnson continues to emphasize the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

    Congresswoman Johnson is a current member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has been since being elected in 1992. She is also the highest ranking Texan on this committee. Congresswoman Johnson also presently serves on the Aviation Subcommittee, Highways and Transit Subcommittee and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.

    In 2007, Congresswoman Johnson was appointed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) to serve as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment during the 110th and 111th Congresses. She was the first African-American and first female in Congress to hold the position of this Subcommittee Chair. While holding the position of Subcommittee Chair, Congresswoman Johnson sponsored the Water Resources Development Act. She successfully secured and led Congress in overridding President Bush’s veto of it. This was the only veto override during his presidency. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment has jurisdiction over water conservation, pollution control, infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup.

    Congresswoman Johnson has previously served on the Subcommittee on Railroad, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as well as served in position of Senior Democratic Deputy Whip; Chair of the House Metro Congestion Coalition; Co-Chair for the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness; and Co-Chair for the TEX-21 Congressional Caucus, which is a forum to address Texas transportation needs through the reauthorization of TEA-21.

    Congresswoman Johnson is Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus and of the House Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. Congresswoman Johnson had the honor to serve as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress and presently co-chairs the Technology and Infrastructure Development Taskforce of the 112th Congressional Black Caucus. She is also a Member of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors.

    Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Johnson has earned the reputation of being a stateswoman who is dedicated to improving U.S. foreign relationships and policies. She works tirelessly towards improving human rights around the globe. Congresswoman Johnson’s acclaimed initiative “A World of Women for World Peace” has been nationally and internationally recognized.

    Congresswoman Johnson studied nursing at St. Mary's College at the University of Notre Dame. She returned to Texas when she successfully passed the National Board Examination in Nursing. She later became Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas and received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1967. She received a master's degree in public administration from Southern Methodist University in 1976. Congresswoman Johnson is the first nurse to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

    Congresswoman Johnson was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 and became the first woman in Texas history to lead a major Texas House committee, the Labor Committee. As an advocate for workers, children, and families, she was recognized and appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Regional Director of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1977. In 1986, she was elected a Texas state Senator, becoming the first female and African-American from the Dallas area to hold this office since Reconstruction.

    Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress. She is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law. She also has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services. Her district office in downtown Dallas specializes in working with all federal departments and agencies to assist constituents in solving a wide range of individual problems.

    Congresswoman Johnson is the proud mother of her son, Kirk, and of her three grandsons, Kirk Jr., David, and James.

    Partner, Venable LLP

    Clifton McCann is an experienced patent attorney who specializes in the strategic development and defense of patent rights in the chemical, biological, and mechanical arts, including patents for water treatment methods and equipment, anti-corrosive materials, chemical recycling, polymers, and alloys. As lead trial and appellate counsel he has an undefeated record in patent infringement litigation, with awards and settlements ranging into eight figures in the water purification field.

    Mr. McCann uses his 30 years of experience to help clients stay focused on business and practical aspects of patenting, which in turn allows his clients to make informed decisions on patent procurement, exploitation, and defense based on realistic estimates of cost and the likely impact of patent protection on market share, industry leverage, profits, and business value.  Mr. McCann provides patentability and infringement opinions, procures patents and manages patent portfolios, conducts IP audits, drafts and negotiates patent licenses, enforces patent rights, defends against patent infringement challenges, and when necessary, litigates patent rights in the federal district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mr. McCann has served as Chairman of the Patent Section of the Bar Association of D.C. and Chairman of the American Bar Association?s Committee on Intellectual Property Litigation.  He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Patent Section of the Bar Association of D.C., a Trustee of the Foundation of the Bar Association of D.C., and an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Licensing Executives Society.  He is a frequent speaker at the International Water Conference and other forums on topics of patentability, damages, dispute resolution, and other patent issues.

    Mr. McCann is an equity partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C.  Before joining Venable he managed Lane, Aitken & McCann, a patent boutique listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms.  Mr. McCann studied chemistry and biology at Northern Illinois University, obtained his J.D. from Catholic University of America, and received an LL.M. in intellectual property law from George Washington University, one of the nation?s top three law schools in the patent field.

    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.

    Executive Director, Water Innovations Foundation

    Mark is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance, a seasoned technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and visionary, currently focused on developing several early stage ventures in cleantech and health 2.0. Mark is the former managing director and co-founder of Bang Ventures, an investment firm focused on technology investments including Web 2.0, new energy innovations and medical devices. He also co-founded New Europe Ventures, the Benet Group, Leonardo BioSystems, Lux Research and the NanoBusiness Alliance. He has served as a senior executive at, Opion, GolinHarris and NRW and has consulted for companies such as NanoSys, Engelhard, Mastercard, Yahoo, eSpeed, Pixar and DaimlerChrysler.

    Mark was recognized by Forbes as a "powerbroker" and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, ABC, BBC, N.Y. Times, Business Week, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Mark also appears regularly as a Fox Business News and CNBC technology commentator and on occasion serves as a co-host of SquawkBox. Mark was an appointee in the Clinton Administration developing policy, legal and communication strategy for HUD and FHA programs. He is a graduate of the U. Denver College of Law (JD) and Boston U. (BFA, Painting).

    General Counsel, GE Intelligent Platforms

    Ms. Moreno is General Counsel to GE Intelligent Platforms, a division of GE headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. GE Intelligent Platforms offers software, control systems, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing. As General Counsel, Ms. Moreno oversees all legal and compliance issues for the business around the world, including intellectual property, litigation, contracting, import and export control, government relations and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to becoming GE Intelligent Platforms General Counsel, she served as Counsel to the Hudson River Program for the General Electric Company. The Hudson River Program includes the implementation of one of the largest and most logistically complex environmental dredging cleanups in U.S. history. Ms. Moreno managed all legal issues for the Hudson River Program including remedial, regulatory, contractual, real estate, compliance and health and safety matters. In addition, she managed CERCLA, toxic tort and natural resource damages litigation and contract disputes related to the Hudson River.

    Prior to joining GE, Ms. Moreno was Counsel in the Albany office of Nixon Peabody. Ms. Moreno specialized in the siting and permitting of major electric generating facilities, transmission lines and gas pipelines, and environmental litigation.

    Ms. Moreno graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Japanese. She then graduated from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. She is admitted to the bar in New York State as well as the bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

    Shaurya Prakash graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been on the faculty at The Ohio State University since 2009 in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is the director of the Microsystems and Nanosystems Laboratory at OSU, and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and papers. He is a leading organizer of nanofluidics technical topics at ASME meetings. He is also a member of the ASME Energy-Water Nexus Interdisciplinary Council and is leading the efforts for evaluating nanotechnology-based solutions for the energy-water nexus. His research focuses on developing microsystems and nanosystems for applications in water purification, renewable and alternate energy, and chemical and biological separations. His group addresses fundamental scientific questions and strives to develop new technologies for problems important to modern societal needs. The research work is multi-disciplinary in nature and often requires bridging several fields including mechanical engineering, surface chemistry, and materials science.

    Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP

    Cliff Rothenstein is a government affairs advisor in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Rothenstein focuses his practice on issues related to environmental policy, including issues arising under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund cleanup, and brownfields and recycling policy.

    Mr. Rothenstein has more then 30 years of congressional and federal executive experience. Mr. Rothenstein served as a professional staff member for almost a decade on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). While with the committee, he advised members on virtually all environmental matters including Superfund reauthorization, brownfields, and the Clean Air Act.

    After that experience, Mr. Rothenstein worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Hazardous Response, the top administration official for brownfields, recycling and Superfund efforts. Mr. Rothenstein also served as EPA's director of the Office of Underground Tanks. While with the EPA, he led the agency's Superfund reauthorization efforts which resulted in the enactment of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act and the Superfund Recycling Act. He also successfully implemented key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 regulating gas stations and underground storage tanks.

    Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Rothenstein served most recently as the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Policy Communications at the Federal Highway Administration where he served as the primary point of contact with Congress on the surface transportation reauthorization and other legislative and policy matters.

    Information Management Business Unit Manager, Hach

    Charles (Chuck) Scholpp, Director of Hach Integrated Information Management Business Development, is responsible for developing integrated solutions that leverage instrumentation, communications, people and software. Hach is the worldwide leader in manufacturing and distributing analytical instruments and reagents used to test the quality of water and other liquid solutions.

    Scholpp, a senior leader with more than 10 years of experience managing professional teams, has been with Hach since 2003. In his current position, he is delivering on a vision and strategic plan for offering a portfolio of integrated software, hardware and services to help drinking water and wastewater utilities optimize their operations through improved information management. Scholpp has also served as global product manager, product development manager and vertical market specialist (drinking water and industrial markets).

    Scholpp holds a M.B.A. degree from Kellogg School of Management as well as a Master of Engineering Management degree from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He also has a Bachelor?s of Science degree in management engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

    Executive Director, International Private Water Association (IPWA)

    Kathy Shandling is the Executive Director of the International Private Water Association (IPWA) - a global advocacy/non-profit organization that serves as a conduit between the public and private sector players involved in the water/wastewater infrastructure project and service arena. IPWA specifically promotes the implementation of public-private partnerships, the development/use of long-term sustainable financing tools, and the creation of project development facilities that assist in the viable structuring of bankable water utilities/water projects.

    Ms. Shandling was instrumental in launching the IPWA Financial Tools Taskforce which has been steadfast in its support of evolving sustainable local currency financing initiatives for the funding of water/wastewater infrastructure projects in developing countries as well as the implementation of new funding instruments to address the growing infrastructure refurbishment requirements in the more advanced Middle Income and OECD-member countries.

    In addition to her commitments with the International Private Water Association (IPWA), Ms. Shandling has been a frequent contributor to a number of trade publications and websites including UIM, Global Water Intelligence, Water Technology, and Maxims News.

    Kathy Shandling holds an MSc Economics (political economics) from The London School of Economics and a BA (political science) from Wellesley College.

    Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Michael Shapiro joined the Office of Water as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in November 2002. Prior to that, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). He has been in that position since February 1997, with a brief nine months as Acting Assistant Administrator during the transition between Administrations. Before that Mr. Shapiro was the Director of the Office of Solid Waste, where he had served since November 1993. Prior to that, Mr. Shapiro served first as Deputy Assistant Administrator and then as Acting Assistant Administrator in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, where he directed implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Shapiro held a variety of positions in the Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, where one of his responsibilities was developing EPA's Toxic Release Inventory.

    Mr. Shapiro has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard. He has also taught in the public policy program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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