Jan 06, 2014

IWS 2014 to Address Water Sustainability Challenges

Seventy-seven global water experts from 19 countries to participate in this year's conference

International Water Summit Sustainability Challenges Abu Dhabi

The 2nd International Water Summit (IWS), hosted by Masdar and in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, has announced the participation of more than 77 speakers and experts from 19 countries for its 2014 conference edition to be held in Jan. 20 to 22 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi to address key challenges and solutions facing the arid regions in integrated water resource management, renewable energy desalination, successful strategies for water re-use, optimizing water production, water security issues and the water-energy nexus.

The conference in 2014 will highlight case studies and host best practice sharing sessions from different countries like Japan, Singapore, United States, Australia, UAE and Saudi Arabia making IWS an essential platform for solving and implementing water solutions.

Endorsed by Intl. Desalination Academy (IDA), IWS will offer 15 industry enhancing desalination sessions that will provide groundbreaking scientific insights on low energy desalination technologies as well discussing the IDA strategic selection with a special focus on the GCC region and the evaluation system. In addition to the main conference sessions, IWS will also host the IDA Academy courses alongside the conferences this year.

IWS Exhibition & Conference, part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, will bring together more than 5,000 policy and business leaders, scientists, academia, innovators and entrepreneurs in a collaborative environment, to solve water sustainability challenges in arid regions. The IWS 2014 conference program will feature some of the key local and international leading water sustainability experts such as H.E. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) UAE; H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary general, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), UAE; Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-AlShaikh, deputy governor for planning and development, SWCC, Saudi Arabia and president of Intl. Desalination Assn.; Dr. Peter H. Gleick, president, Pacific Institute,; Adrian Sym, executive director, Alliance for Water Stewardship, Germany and Dr. Andreas Hauser, director of water services, TUV SUD Asia Pacific, Singapore, amongst many others.

Yousuke Matsumiya, director international division, technical department, Japan Sewage Works Assn. (JSWA) will share on how the Japanese are advancing water reuse technology as part of the Waste Water Treatment and Re-Use workshop. Maurice Neo, director for industry development, Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB) will share Singapore's water sustainability success story in the main conference.

The program also gives companies such as utilities, contractors and MEP consultants an opportunity to gain from best industry practices in the market and to be introduced to the latest cutting edge technology; giving businesses an opportunity to adopt the best technology.