Agenda

8.00

Registration, coffee & pastries

9.00

Welcome address

9.15

Opening Keynote address

Ambassador Pio Wennubst, Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

9.35

Panel session: Water security, climate and business continuity

A panoramic view of the impact of water risks on business continuity and economic activity.

Coverage:

  • Analysis of  global water risks
  • Water as a systemic risk – flood and drought issues
  • Site location and impact on future business-development strategies
  • Supply chain risks

Panellists:
Stella Thomas,Founder and Managing Director, World Water Fund
Ashim Paun,
Climate Change Strategist, HSBC Bank plc

10.25

Presentation: Approaches to Investing in water

Analysis of due diligence procedures and research methods applied to investing in water-related investments

Coverage:

  • Investment drivers
  • Water investing – how, why and what
  • Approaches to water investing

10.55

Coffee break

11.15

Panel: Water risks within the portfolio

 Discussion on how to increase asset owners' and asset managers' awareness and management of water exposure in portfolios.

Coverage:

  • Issues on identification and assessment of water risk at the portfolio level
  • Integration of water risk at the asset level

Panelists:

Esther Delbourg, Head of Responsible Insurance, AXA

Kristel Verhoef, Active Ownership Specialist, ACTIAM

Rick Stathers, Director of Investor Initiatives, CDP

12.15

Panel session: Assessing and managing corporate water footprint

Analysis and opinions on measuring water footprint, both internally and through the supply chain.

Coverage:

  • Measuring the corporate water footprint internally
  • Identification of the water footprint  in the supply chain
  • Reporting water exposure and mitigation measures

13.05

Lunch

14.05

Presentation: The new approach to water risk analysis in insurance – Big data versus historical data

Presentation on how the insurance industry is now assessing claims using Big data

  • Instrumentation information
  • Connectivity and data processing
  • Impact on predicting insurance claims  

14.35

Panel: Water infrastructure and utilities opportunities

Panel discussion on public and private investment in utilities and infrastructure to meet future demand

Coverage:

  • Existing infrastructure vs future water demand
  • Future demand versus population growth and climate change
  • Options infrastructure financing vehicles

15.25

Afternoon coffee

15.45

Presentation: Opportunities in blended finance, SDGs and water investments

Methods and opportunities for commercial finance through development finance structures in relation to 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Evidence of success in relation to blended finance and water security investments
  •  Types of instruments and financing structures applicable to water security
  • Case studies

Panellists:
Xavier LeFlaive, Water Leader, OECD
Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM

16.35

Panel session: Investing in water management

A look at the latest developments in water-efficiency technologies

  • The Internet of things: Applications to water
  • Water management software
  • Next generation water technologies

Panellists:
Piers Clark, CEO, Isle Group

17.25

Concluding remarks

17.30

Conference ends and networking drinks