BusinessH2O

BusinessH2O International Business & Policy Forum

30
October
Wednesday
8:30AM ET
4:30PM
1 day
30
October
Wednesday
8:30AM ET
4:30PM
1 day

Location

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062

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Water is a vital resource for business and a critical fuel for economic growth and prosperity. From energy and minerals to manufacturing and agriculture, water is an essential ingredient to the food we eat and the products we use every day.  Yet, we are facing a major water challenge globally.  Groundwater basins are drying up, droughts are becoming more common, and growing populations are overloading outdated water systems.

The Middle East, in particular, is the most “water-starved” region in the world. According to the World Bank, the region is expected to face the greatest economic losses from water scarcity with over 70% of the region’s GDP exposed to high-water stress, and 60% of the population water insecure. 

Addressing these challenges will require innovation in water management and leadership from the business community. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with AmCham MENA are organizing the BusinessH2O Middle East Water Innovation Summit to tackle water issues in the Middle East by profiling major projects throughout the region and highlighting new technologies and policy solutions that can be used to alleviate water shortages.

Founded in 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's BusinessH2O Water Innovation Initiative is a flagship program that brings together business leaders, government stakeholders, and water management experts to showcase innovation in water management and develop practical solutions to our growing global water challenges. 

Conference Topics

  • Discuss public policy that develops and deploys innovative water technologies in the Middle East
  • Highlight leading water infrastructure and resource management projects in the Middle East
  • Showcase examples of government and private sector cooperation in the water sector
  • Share best practices that can support good water management

 

Please contact Josh Kram, Executive Director, Middle East Affairs, at jkram@uschamber.com for more information

 

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BusinessH2O Initiative

Agenda

Draft Agenda

Wednesday October 30, 2019
8:30am to 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

Registration and Breakfast

9:00am to 9:15am

Welcoming Remarks

Welcoming Remarks

Speakers: 
Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President, Middle East Affairs
Eng. Mohammed Bataineh, Chairman and CEO, AgriJordan
9:15am to 10:15am
Moderated By: 
Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: 
Gustavo Saltiel, Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist
Dr. Hazim El Nasser, Chairman and Founder, Middle East Water Forum
Jennifer Mack, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator and Global Water Coordinator
10:30am to 11:20am
Moderated By: 
Speakers: 
Henry Charrabe, CEO and Managing Director
Yehuda Kaploun, President
Joe St. Julian, General Manager
11:20am to 11:40pm

Country Profile: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Country Profile: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Moderated By: 
Eng. Mohammed Bataineh, Chairman and CEO, AgriJordan
Speakers: 
11:40am to 12:00pm

Networking Break

Networking Break

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lunch Session

Lunch Session

Moderated By: 
Josh Kram, Senior Director, Turkey and Middle East Affairs
Speakers: 
David Schenker, Assistant Secretary
Brenda Burman, Commissioner
1:15pm to 1:30pm

Networking Break

Networking Break

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Moderated By: 
Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader
Speakers: 
Sucharita Dasa, Director
Dr. Bushra Bataineh, Head of Water Infrastructure Development
Sara Mareno, Director
2:20pm to 2:40pm
Moderated By: 
Josh Kram, Senior Director, Turkey and Middle East Affairs
Speakers: 
2:40pm to 3:00pm

Networking Break

Networking Break

3:00pm to 3:20pm

Country Profile: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Country Profile: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Moderated By: 
Speakers: 
Eng. Ali Subah, Secretary General
3:20pm to 4:10pm
Moderated By: 
Speakers: 
Kevin Price, Senior Science and Technology Advisor
Lee Angelelli, Executive Client Architect
George Hawkins, Founder and President, Moonshot Missions
4:10pm to 4:30pm

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

10:15pm to 10:30pm

Networking Break

Networking Break