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Conference Programme

Our need for water has collided with the realities of reduced water supply and increasingly threatened sources. The water management policies and practices needs to be redefined, costs are rising, and our legal and regulatory framework have to be re-aligned with current and future hydrologic and climatic conditions.

It’s time to take a good long look at how we address these issues. Water India conference will discuss the important issues such as groundwater, surface water, wastewater, drinking water, irrigation, water law, reuse, generation, restoration, conservation & efficiency, erosion & sedimentation. The tentative agenda is as follows:

DAY 1: 22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Time Conference Room A
0930-1100 hrs Introduction & Welcome: Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
Address by Industry Partner: Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Director, Mazars Advisory LLP
Address by Knowledge Partner: Mr. Sameer Jain, Partner & Lead – Urban Transformation, KPMG
Address by Knowledge Partner: Mr. Rahul Bagdia, Director & Co-founder, pManifold
Inaugural Address: Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Minister Housing & Urban Affairs Government of India
Release of reports:
Synchronizing a SMARTER India: by Mazars
Internet of Things in Smart cities: by KPMG
City EV Readiness: Bottom-up approach to scale EVs: by pManifold
Vote of Thanks and Ribbon Cutting: Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group Exhibition Tour
1100-1130 hrs Tea break
Time Conference Room D: Water India
1130-1300 hrs High level panel discussion: Water for a sustainable future
Session focus:

The session will bring the industry leader together to discuss the robust, inclusive, leading-edge solutions for a sustainable water future. The session focus is as follows:
• Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
• Adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all
• Improve water quality
• Increase water-use efficiency across all sectors
• Supply of freshwater to address water scarcity
• Integrated water resources management
• Protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
• Global cooperation for a global issue
• Participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

Moderator: Mr. Puneet Srivastava, Sr. Advisor, Water and Sanitation, India

• Mr. Santosh Kumar Dwivedi, Operations Head – Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, HCL Foundation, India
• Mr. Abilash Haridass, Co Founder, WEGoT Utility Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Avinash Kumar, Director-Programs and Policy, WaterAid, India
• Mr. Shalabh Kumar, Member-Water Supply, Delhi Jal Board, India
• Swamini Adityananda Saraswati, Ganga Action Parivaar, India
• Mr. N. Srinivas, Chief Engineer/G.M (TECHNICAL),KUIDFC, India
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1530 hrs Emerging technologies and innovation in water sector
Session focus:

• Digital transformation
• Policies and regulations to support utilities for deploying advanced technologies
• Long term innovations
• Platform for research and innovation
• Data information and analytics
• Potential of digital to transform the customer experience
• Designing
• Solutions for wastewater, leakage, solar water pump, irrigation, recycle and reuse, groundwater flow, water desalination, etc.

Moderator: Mr. Puneet Srivastava, Sr. Advisor, Water and Sanitation, India

• Ms. Poonam Sewak, Vice President - Knowledge and Partnerships, Safe Water Network, India
• Dr. Yu-Jen Huang, R&D Department Manager, Ever-Clear Environmental Eng. Corp., Taiwan
• Mr. Mazharul Haque, Managing Director, Oasis WFS Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Manish Biyani, Associate Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, India
• Mr. Ulrich Schott, Principal Hydrogeologist, Dornier Consulting International, Germany
• Mr. Lalit Bajare, Managing Director, Nixie Engineers Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Vishal Sharma, Principal Design Engineer - Piping, Jacobs Engg India Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Manohar Bandarum, Founder, Sensworx, India
1530-1545 hrs Tea break
1545-1715 hrs Water economics: Valuation, pricing, technology, management and market development
Session focus:

• Pay as per the usage
• New technologies and innovations
• Valuation of fresh water: Parameters and pricing
• Surging water demands and usage
• Government initiatives, regulatory mechanism and incentives
• Obligations for water trading: needed or desirable
• Water management in cities
• Role of local communities and citizens for water market
• Global examples

Moderator: Mr. Puneet Srivastava, Sr. Advisor, Water and Sanitation, India

• Dr. Shishir Chandra, Programme Coordinator, WaterAid, India
• Mr. Kirit Goyal, CEO, Gazelle Information Technologies, India
• Ms Prashansha Gupta, Project Coordinator, Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Seva Sansthan, Banda, India
• Ms. Kangkanika Neog, Programme Associate, CEEW, India
• Mr. Vikas Shah, COO, WaterHealth International, India
• Ms. Kriti Sharma, Project Director, Enactus (SRCC), India

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