The AIWW2019 leadership platform aims to open up dialogue on key areas and global trends for redefinition, action and investment within three fora: Utility Leaders, Resilient City Leaders and Industry Leaders.

Cross cutting themes that will be discussed are Leadership, finance and governance driving local water availability; Regional/city development and circular water systems; and Climate change, resiliency and effective ecosystems.

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Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry
Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities
Radboud van Kleef, Managing Director Aquasuite®

Utility Leaders Forum

ULF Table 4: Revolutionary developments on ICT, data, robotica, digital and smart solutions
Theme: ICT & Data: artificial intelligence and smart robotica
Moderator and Session Coordinator: Radboud van Kleef, Managing Director Aquasuite® at Royal HaskoningDHV
Monday, 4 November 2019 | 10h00-11h30M

As water infrastructure expands due to population growth and becomes ever-more complex and subject to tighter regulations, a holistic vision is needed to plan for future development. The increasing non-linear complexity of water systems means that utilities can no longer operate their processes manually and need a clear way forward in order to avoid bottlenecks and points of failure. Current processes involve collecting and optimising data; the near future will be predictive control; and the future is automated decision support. This roundtable looks at how utilities and industry can work together to better optimise operations by digitizing processes.

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“Digital transformation can bring us automated decision support, moving towards the fully automated managing of infrastructure in a pre-emptive and holistic way.” 

Radboud van Kleef, Managing Director Aquasuite® at Royal HaskoningDHV


Resilient City Leaders Forum

RCLF Table 9: Vejle – Developing water sensitive futures
Theme: Integrated water and resource management
Moderator and Session Coordinator: Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV
Monday, 4 November 2019 | 10h00-11h30

Following its Resilience Strategy (2016), the city of Vejle (Denmark) is working on social and institutional solutions to facilitate its transition to a water-sensitive future. Vejle is collaborating with six other mid-sized cities in the North Sea Region (NSR) in the EU-Interreg funded CATCH pilot project (CATCH: ‘water sensitive Cities: the Answer To CHallenges of extreme weather events’). Cities in the NSR mainly focus on dealing with too much water and flooding. However, prolonged heat and dryness during the recent 2018 summer led to drought in many countries across Europe, including the NSR.

This was an instant wake-up call for cities in the NSR which must also consider adaptation to more severe droughts and water scarcity. In a pilot similar to CATCH, a network of six Australian cities, including the city of Townsville, is developing ‘Water sensitive city visions and transition strategies’. Bearing in mind the differences in regional water challenges, this roundtable will look at the experiences and lessons learned from both ‘water sensitive future’ pilots in the North Sea Region and Australia, which are applicable to the water challenges experienced by cities around the world.

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“The new generation in digital tools will enable better awareness about climate related risks and their impacts, and how to accelerate climate adaptation actions.” 

Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV


Industry Leaders Forum

ILF table 3: Resilience and mitigation of supply chain interruptions to reduce risks
Moderator and Session Coordinator: Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV
Monday, 4 November 2019 | 10h00-11h30

Water is a vital aspect in the supply chain, which is at risk of disruption from floods and droughts. To mitigate supply chain interruptions caused by severe weather, industries must take steps to increase their resilience. This means obtaining insight into the operations of all key suppliers, where they are based, and what vulnerabilities they may have. Digital trends offer opportunities for analysing, forecasting and minimizing these risks. The aim of this roundtable is to provide an overview of the current state of digital solutions, the value of potential solutions, and the lessons learned from industries on their digital journey.

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“New digital innovations offer great opportunities for analysing, forecasting and mitigating risks related to business continuity.” 

Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry at RoyalHaskoningDHV



Royal HaskoningDHV at AIWW2019