8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:15 AM Adopting New Water Technology: A Call to Action
With increasing attention on the value of water and heightened awareness around the importance of efficient global water management, the stakes for continued innovation and advances in water technology have never been greater.
9:15-10:15 AM The Economic Impact of Water Scarcity in the Middle East
Water-stressed cities and regions are at high risk of economic losses due to water scarcity, which poses a significant threat to GDP growth.
10:15-11:15 AM Promoting Investment in Water Projects
Improving water access and service quality and implementing innovative water technologies requires massive investment in infrastructure. Participants will discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs), procurement policy, and projects that can contribute to economic growth and development.
11:15 -11:30 AM Break
11:30-12:30 PM Watering Smart Cities
As more people migrate to urban centers over the next 20 years as expected, there will be huge pressure on public resources, including water treatment, recycling/reuse, and distribution. This session will showcase technologies to source, monitor, treat, and deliver water to users in revolutionary new ways.
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch Keynote: Best Practices in Corporate Water Stewardship
This session will highlight case studies and best practices of leading corporate responses to growing water demands.
1:45-2:45 PM Water for Agriculture
Agriculture accounts for nearly 85% of water use in the Middle East. With new technologies, farmers can measure, analyze, monitor, and automate processes to give crops and soil exactly what they need with the minimum amount of water required. This session will showcase best practices and new technologies in managing water for agriculture use.
2:45-3:45 PM Solutions at the Water-Energy Nexus
There is an inextricable link between water and energy. Water is a major input to energy extraction, production, and deployment and huge amounts of energy are required to generate fresh water in water scarce countries. This session will explore policies, technologies, at the water-energy nexus and showcase best practices and case studies.