- How does the water industry decarbonise its water provision?
- Desalination is key to water provision in the Middle East. How do governments and industry promote other methods, such as recycling, reuse, treatment and stormwater harvesting?
- Can improved demand side management shift water use and if yes, is its role high enough on the water agenda?
- How will investment in low carbon water be funded?
Monday 16th January
14.00 | Opening presentation
HE Eng Yousif Al Ali
Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE
14.10 | Presentation: Water decarbonisation
Executive Director, Strategy and Planning
Emirates Water & Electricity Company
14.25 | Panel: Evaluating the water sector's path to net zero
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Faisal Ali Rashid
Senior Director, Demand Side Management
Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai
Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramahi
Director Asset Management & Technical
Amer A. Alrajiba
VP of Capacity Planning & Analysis,
Saudi Water Partnership Company
14.55 | Case study: Forecasting future water demand as cities and populations grow
- What future demands are being forecast for water-scarce countries in the GCC?
- What metrics, in addition to population growth, must be considered in long-term planning?
- How are the interlinks between water, energy, city and industry-use, and food security considered?
15.10 | Panel: Ensuring socio-economic strength through water resilience
- How does ensuring extensive potable water availability also bring economic benefits to a country?
- Can nations promote greater gender equality through improved water resilience?
- What role should governments, NGOs and the private sector play in promoting socio-economic advantages through strong water resilience?
15.45 | Panel: Water security across a GCC network
- Should there be a connected water network/market in GCC to promote greater water security?
- Is work required to better connect both intra- and inter-country water networks?
- Would a connected network reduce water risks for GCC countries?
Dr Najib H. Dandachi
Dr Corrado Sommariva
CEO & Founder
Dr Mohamed Hamyd Dawoud
Advisor - Water Resources, Environment
Quality, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Eng Aaesha Saeed Alshehhi
Director Water Production,
Etihad Water and Electricity
Dr Shehab Al Ameri
Water Asset Division Manager,
16.30 | Close of day 1
Tuesday 17th January
10.30 | Presentation
10.40 | Panel: Low-carbon desalination and its role in a net zero strategy
- What should be considered when making investment decisions that match desalination with net zero strategies?
- What technology advancements in desalination will bring down the carbon cost of producing potable water?
- Reverse osmosis has contributed significantly to decarbonising desalination - but what additional or alternative steps can be taken to decarbonise desalination further?
Moderator: Imteyaz Ahmad
Future Water and Power Consulting
Sameer Al Khateeb
Lead, Sustainable Water Desalination,
Dr Ahmed Saleh Almoudi
CEO, Research & Innovation Institute,
Saline Water Conversion Corporation
Emirates Water and Electricity Company
11.20 | Presentation: Desalination - recovering minerals
- Recovering minerals can have both environmental and economic benefits - how can these opportunities be promoted and exploited successfully?
- This talk will look at the latest research and reasons that are driving a future industry of recovering minerals from brine.
- Once recovered, what economic benefits do these minerals offer, and how will they be used by different industries?
11.35 | Presentation: Decentralisation of desalination
- Much of the focus regionally has been on large scale desalination plants. But could small-sized, highly localised desalination plants offer an opportunity for water security for communities?
- Can decentralised desalination be an important part of a decarbonisation strategy?
- Decentralised desalination reduces water transport requirements, but what about the network? Can it also be connected to the wider water network?
- What happens to byproducts?
11.50 | Panel: Investing in low carbon water systems
- Reducing water stress and increasing food security will require investment in the GCC water systems. Governments are investing in their individual water networks - where does the private sector fit it?
- What types of finance are available and in terms of infrastructure, where is it most required as governments look to both desalination and different forms of water reuse?
12.30 | Break
14.00 | Panel: How digitalisation of asset management can improve efficiency
- This panel will look at technologies that can be used for better asset management, in terms of running, down time and maintenance
- How will digitalisation improve efficiencies and contribute to decarbonised water systems
- What examples are there of technology use to improve asset management
Moderator: Lu’ay Khdeir
Regional Water Market Director,
Middle East, Atkins
Dr Bruce Stedall
Asset Management Director,
Head of Innovation and Technology,
Julio de la Rosa
Business Development Director for Water
Solutions ME, Acciona Agua
14.45 | Digitalisation in the water industry
14.45 | Case Study 1
15.00 | Case Study 2
15.15 | Case Study 3
15.30 | Case Study 4
15.45 | Panel: Meeting water needs efficiently as capacity demands rise
- Populations are rising, industries are expanding, food security is becoming more prominent and countries are turning to new revenue streams such as green hydrogen
- Water-stressed countries, where desalination is imperative, have increasing demands on a precious resource
- At the same time, governments are introducing decarbonisation targets - how does the industry meet these demands?
16.30 | Close of day 2
Wednesday 18th January
10.30 | Presentation: Attracting capital investment into food technology
- How do governments and local food producers attract the investment required to create a commercial scale, long-term food tech market?
- How does the industry use technology to marry food production with water security?
- How encourage entrepreneurship and support small foodtech innovation?
- Does the market need more long-term deals on pricing to attract investment?
Mohamed Al Dhaheri
10.45 | Panel: Building resiliency and supply chain efficiency into a decarbonised food system
- This discussion focuses on the many approaches can be taken to improve food security and introduce greater supply chain efficiency, including technology, greater localisation and research
- How close can the region get to localisation of production and food independence?
- What technologies are significantly changing approaches to local food production?
- What net effects would this have of promoting a low-carbon food system?
Dr. Mohamed Ali
Partner - Food Practice Lead,
Dr Mohamed Hamyd Dawoud
Advisor - Water Resources, Environment &
Quality, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Head of Operations
Dr Hanaa Gomaa
Regional Senior Leader Integrated Supply
Chain and IBP Asia Middle East and Africa
Yazen Al Kodmani
Deputy General Manager
Emirates Bio Farm
11.30 | Panel: Future of farming: Indoor crop factories
- GCC countries are striving for food security. But water stress and hot, dusty conditions do not suit mass farming
- Is the future of food in the GCC indoor crop factories, growing edible plants under strict climate-controlled conditions?
- How will a move to indoor farming change the industry, but ensure quality and taste (a common complaint) - and will this bring food security, whilst meeting the region's energy and water use ambitions
- What crops can't be grown - and will this change within the coming 10 years?
12.15 | Presentations: Using technology to improve food production/security
- Each presentation will explore a different aspect of technology use to either improve efficiencies in crop production or food security.
12.15 | Water innovation for marginal environments
Dr. Tarifa Ajeif Al Zaabi
International Center for Biosaline Agricultur
12.30 | Improving efficiencies through AgriTech
Dr. Shamal Mohammed
Director AgriTech and R&D
12.45 | Monitoring crop production with IoT
13.00 | Break
14.30 | Presentations: Protecting against storm water - and capturing run off for reuse
- Extreme rain events can cause rapid flooding, loss of life and financial hardship. What can Middle East countries do to better capture storm water?
- Can storm water be an unpredictable but useful component in a country's total water system?
- How is it treated and stored?
14.30 | Presentation 1
Executive Chairman-Group CEO,
Dr. Yuming Su
State Key Laboratory of Silica Sand Resources
14.45 | Presentation 2
Dornier Consulting International
15.00 | Presentations: Water re-use
Case Study 1: Wastewater Reuse for Irrigation: Abu Dhabi
Dr. Mohamed Hamyd Dawoud
Advisor - Water Resources,
Environment Quality, Environment Agency
15.15 | Case Study 2
15.30 | Presentation: Atmospheric water extraction
- Research continues into expanding opportunities for using atmospheric water for water-stressed communities
Global Engineering Director
15.45 | Presentation: Tapping into wastewater resource recovery
- An assessment on how wastewater (including industrial wastewater) can be taken from a waste product to reusable products
- Insight into the opportunities and challenges of reducing carbon emissions and reaching a point of having decarbonised recycled water
Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company
16.00 | Panel: Decarbonising water through treated effluent
- Better and increased treatment of wastewater reduces pressure on desalination
- What technologies will improve water treatment, its modelling and industry decision making?
- How will better modelling upfront improve long term planning for wastewater treatment?
Dr. Evan Paleologos
Professor of Civil Engineering,
Abu Dhabi University
Director Applications, Engineering,
Product Management & Tendering, Xylem
Abdul Qadir Malik
Head of Capital Project Delivery,
RAK Wastewater Agency
Mayyada Salem Al Bardan
Manager of Research & Studies Department
Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority
Dr. Titia de Mes
Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company
Business Development Efflo-Air