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Water Summit Agenda (Nov 18)

9.30   Registrations & Coffee

10.10   Welcoming remarks

Kristina Jeromin, Head Group Sustainability, Deutsche Börse 

10.15   Introductory Interview

Eberhard Brandes, CEO, WWF Germany 
Karsten Löffler, Chair Sustainable Finance Advisory Council to the German Government

Interviewed by Vanessa de Lacaze,
MC, Water Summit

10.30   Opening Keynote Address – Climate crisis: Water is the biggest risk but also the greatest opportunity

Peter van Mierlo, CEO, FMO

10.45   The Water Challenge – How water impacts your business and investments

Shalini Unnikrishnan, Managing Director and Partner, BCG
 
11.00   Panel discussion – Waterproofing investments as the climate changes: risks and responses

Sasja Beslik, MD, Head of Sustainable Finance Dev, J. Safra Sarasin
Pierre Rousseau, Strategic Advisor Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
Yannick Ouaknine, Head of Sustainability Research, Société Général
Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division, Water, Urban Development, Mobility, German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Andre Fourie, Global Director, Water Sustainability, AB InBev
Venera Vlad, Associate Director, EBRD

Moderated by Margaret Kuhlow, WWF Global Finance Practice Leader
 
12.00   Coffee break
 
12.15   Keynote Address – Shifting financial flows for freshwater: new approach to managing risk & seizing opportunities

Monika Beck, DEG CEO

12.30   Panel discussion – Funding the gap: how private sector investments in water and climate adaptation make business sense

Andrew Johnstone, CEO, Climate Fund Managers
Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director, Finance in Motion
Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining & Minerals
Stuart Orr, Global Freshwater Lead, WWF 
Ulrike Sapiro, Global Director, Water & Sustainable Agriculture, The Coca-Cola Company

 
Moderated by Victoria Crawford, Lead Environmental Resilience, WEF


13.20   Networking Lunch
 

14.15   How do Water Stewardship thinking and Climate Change guide our investments

Maurizio Patarnello, CEO, Nestlé Waters 
Interviewed by Rob Cox, Global Editor, Reuters Breakingviews 

14.30   Panel discussion – Transforming how water is valued in business and investment policies and practices to build climate resilience

Monika Freyman CFA, Director, Investor Engagement Water, CERES
Philippe Prufer, CEO, SKP Investimentos
Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investing, PGGM
Kim Hellstrom, Strategy Lead, Climate & Water, H&M 
Kathleen Dominique, Project Lead, Roundtable on Financing Water, OECD
Juergen Esser, SVP Finance, Danone Water


Moderated by Henk Ovink, International Water Envoy, Dutch Government
 

15. 20   Panel discussion: The influence of regulation and transparency to reduce business water risk.

Thibaud Clisson, Senior ESG Analyst, BNP Paribas 
Shelagh Whitley, Director ESG, UN PRI
Dr Edouard Perard, Senior Economist, Water, European Investment Bank
Thomas Verheye, Principal Advisor Green Finance & Investment, EC
Chris Holmes, Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group


Moderated by Kristina Jeromin, Head of Group Sustainability, Deutsche Borse
 

16.00   Watershed Moments

Small group tables highlighting investment opportunities, innovations, solutions. In this session, our delegates join small break-out discussions for more in-depth conversations about the topics that matter most to them.

Table 1 – Game-changing opportunity for private finance: Dutch Fund for Climate & Development (DFCD): Origination Facility & Water Facility

How investors can seize the opportunities presented by €160 million DFCD.
Hosted by:
                 Andrew Johnstone, CEO Climate Fund Managers
                 Aaron Vermeulen, WWF Green Finance Lead
 
Table 2 – Water Risk Filter: New Valuing Water Database & WAVE tool

Brand new valuation module and expanded response toolkit means the Water Risk Filter now enables companies & investors to explore their water risk, estimate value and respond to operational and reputational risk.
Hosted by:
                 Ariane Laporte-Bisquit, Water Risk Filter Lead
 
Table 3 – Valuing Water Initiative: Initial investments

The VWI will demonstrate the practical application of the UN Valuing Water Principles in different water value chains and sectors, which will help to bring the systemic change required to understand, value and manage water in all decisions (policy, industry, finance, behavior etc) which impact water. The discussion will focus on how optimally large pension funds, asset managers and lenders can and should engage policy-makers, companies and the water sector more actively in protecting and valuing water resources.
Hosted by:
                 Ambika Jindal, VWI Global Project Lead 
                Monika Freyman CFA, Director, Investor Engagement Water, CERES

Table 4 – The new Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standards 2.0

The updated AWS Standard provides a common framework for business and investors to assess and respond to water risk, and to identify opportunities for value creation.
Hosted by:
                 Sarah Wade, Strategic Programs Manager, AWS
                 Paul Heinemann, Vice President, DEG


Table 5 – Blended finance toolbox

What innovations in the blended finance tool box (financial mechanisms or products) are required in order to increase the leverage ratio of private finance mobilization. What has worked well and needs to be scaled up and what new stakeholders may need to be coalesced to achieve investment at scale in the water sector.
Hosted by:
                 Adrien Portafaix, BCG
                 Stefanie Fairholme, Director Climate & Resilience, Rockefeller Foundation


Table 6 – Matching capital with water re-use projects

Even for water re-use projects there is a funding gap despite its potential for two sided income streams. This session will explore what the root of this problem is and how capital can be mobilized to eradicate this funding gap.
Hosted by:
                 Jeroen Tielman, Founder & Managing Partner, QStone Capital

Table 7 – How water Stewardship can transform the Textile Sector

Putting water stewardship into practice: showcasing how we are working with international partners, brands and the financial sector to transform inside and outside textile factories in China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Vietnam.
Hosted by:
                  Alexis Morgan, WWF Water Stewardship Lead & AWS Chair
                  Kim Hellstrom, Strategy Lead, Climate & Water, H&M 


16.45   Closing Address – Investing in the Climate and Water World We Want

Pavan Sukhdev, WWF International President
 
17.15   AB InBev drinks reception

Megacities, like Shanghai, are dependent on rivers

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Water risks and opportunities

© Michel Gunther / WWF

Mai Po wetlands are critical to Hong Kong

© Martin Harvey / WWF

Buyuk Menderes Basin

© WWF-Turkey

A waste water treatment plant

© Sun Xiaodong