Agenda setting thought leadership from the most prominent figures within the water sector and beyond. Keynote speakers are the top specialists in their field and will provide the overarching narrative for the congress. Keynotes and supporting panels will frame the key discussions and topics that will be addressed during the week of the congress.

Ana Deletic

Could Blue Green Infrastructure Deliver on Robust Water Services?

Ana Deletic

Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Division of Research
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). Until mid-2017 Ana was Associate Dean of Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure research institute at Monash University.

Ana leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issue focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. Earlier she led the development of a number of green nature based water treatment systems which are now widely adopted in Australia and abroad.

Ana is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and Editor of Water Research. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research.

Creating Value from Data – a Digital (R)Evolution in our Business

Herve Buisson

Vice President – Process Engineering
Veolia Water – Solutions and Technologies, France

Hervé BUISSON  is currently Vice President – Process Engineering with Veolia Water Technologies Americas, based in Cary, North Carolina, USA.  He has worked for over 20 years with Veolia in various senior technical positions including Managing Director of the Corporate Research Centre of Veolia Water near Paris.  Prior to his positions in Veolia, Hervé worked as Program Director at the Wastewater Technology Centre in Burlington, Canada and at the Tunisian National Research Institute near Tunis.   A recognized global water and wastewater expert, Hervé is a frequent invited speaker in water and innovation events.   He has also participated in various technical and scientific advisory boards, including for the SCELSE Biofilm project in Singapore, MEDRC Desalination Centre, Canadian National Research Council, Duke University, European Framework R&D programs…


A graduate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Toulouse National Polytechnic Institute in France, with post graduate studies at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and Mc Master University in Canada, Hervé Buisson is a citizen of France, Canada and USA

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Antibiotic Resistance Genes as Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Towards Actionable Policy and Practice in Risk Assessment, Monitoring, and Mitigation

Amy Pruden

W. Thomas Rice Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Virginia Tech, United States

Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems. Her current research, funded by The National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation, and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water, and other water systems.  She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology.  Dr. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research. She holds a B.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental science, both from the University of Cincinnati.

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Managing the drinking water microbiome

Lutgarde Raskin

Professor of Environmental Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan, United States

Dr. Lut Raskin, the Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in molecular microbial ecology applied to water quality control. Most of her research focuses on various aspects of the engineered water cycle microbiome. Her laboratory especially focuses on drinking water systems including biofiltration, disinfection, distribution, and premise plumbing, and water and energy recovery from waste streams. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 300 conference proceedings papers and abstracts.
Dr. Raskin has maintained a high level of professional service through several societies focusing on both microbiology and engineering and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Water Environment Federation.
Lut was the winner of 2016 IWA BioCluster Award. She has also received 2007 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Frontier Award in Research, the 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the 2002 Paul L. Busch Award (Water Environment Research Foundation Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research), and a 1997 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Jihui Qu

Evolution and Innovation of Water Purification Technologies:  Return to Simplicity

Jiuhui Qu

 Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Director of Research Center of Eco-Environmental Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Qu is the former Director of the Research Center for Ecological and Environmental Sciences (RCEES) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He has been an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, China, since 2009. He serves/served as Vice President of the All-China Environment Federation, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences and the Chinese Society for Sustainable Development. His research expertise is mainly in water pollution control, particularly development of the theories, technologies, and engineering applications relating to drinking water quality and safety. He has achieved numerous innovations in water treatment, water quality risk assessment and water pollution control. He has authored three books and more than 400 journal papers and hold more than 80 Chinese and international patents. He was awarded the second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Awards in 2004 and 2006 respectively, the Science and Technology Progress Award from The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation in 2009, and the Global and East Asia IWA Innovation Project Awards in 2010, the second prize of the National Technology Invention Awards in 2012. He was elected as the Distinguished Fellow of IWA.

Zhiguo Yuan

Exploring new opportunities for resource reuse in wastewater management

Zhiguo Yuan

Director, Advanced Water Management Centre
The university of Queensland, Australia

Prof Zhiguo Yuan is the Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and an IWA Fellow. His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards including the 2015 ATSE Clunies Ross Award. He was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. He was awarded the highly prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2017. He is an Editor for Water Research.


R&D to Future-proof Singapore’s water system

Harry Seah

Assistant Chief Executive (Future Systems & Technology)
PUB (Singapore’s National Water Agency),  Singapore

Mr Harry Seah holds the concurrent posts of Assistant Chief Executive (Future Systems & Technology) and Chief Engineering and Technology Officer at PUB, Singapore’s national water agency. He leads PUB’s efforts in the continuous exploration, research and development of water technology essential to future-proof PUB’s water system. In his current role, Harry also integrates PUB’s R&D efforts with the facilitation of water industry development and the commercialisation of new water technology.

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