The following sessions can be selected as part of the Water / Land Use track.

Updated February 9th, 2015. Please note: Program is subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Tuesday

9:30-10:45am

Nourishing the Nations: Solving Agricultural Challenges in Africa and Asia

 

Many experts predict that global food production will need to double by 2050 in order to meet growing demand.  Can this be achieved without further eroding natural resources?  New practices and technologies will have to be introduced, especially in regions in Africa and Asia where population is expected to grow the most.  What are the distinct challenges in each region, and what are some of the solutions already being deployed on the ground?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Pamela Marrone
: Marrone Bio Innovations
Travis Lybbert
: University of California, Davis
Jeremy Potash
: California-Asia Business Council

Tuesday

11:00-12:15pm

Water, Water, Everywhere? How the Middle East is Reclaiming a Precious Natural Resource

 

Water scarcity is a natural challenge throughout the Middle East, and desert nations have been forced by necessity to address technological advances to ensure their societies’ access to a most important natural resource. What lessons can be learned from the results of targeted public and private investments to pilot novel water technology development such as advanced desalination?

 

Speakers:
Laura Demmons
: Sylvan Source
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
George Messiha
: U.S. Embassy – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Laura Shenkar
: The Artemis Project
John Webley
: Trevi Systems

Tuesday

2:15-3:30pm

Moving Millions: How Brazil and Mexico Manage Hyper-Urbanization

 

The UN estimates that rapid urbanization in the developing world will lead to the existence of 29 megacities – a population higher than 10 million - by 2025. In Latin America, Mexico City and Sao Paulo highlight the challenges and opportunities posed by rapid urbanization. What technological advances are available to counteract the natural negative impacts of rural-urban migration?

 

Speakers:
Marcelo Ignatios
: SP Urbanismo
Warren Karlenzig
: Common Current
Lewis Knight
: Gensler
Emerson Souza
: Itron
Cynthia Torres
: U.S. Commercial Service – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday

4:00-5:15pm

Fields, Factories and Faucets: Ensuring Safe and Reliable Water for Future Generations in Asia

 

Ensuring safe and reliable water resources is a fundamental challenge for economies of all development levels in Asia. Advanced economies like Singapore have used their economic and political stability to address issues inherent to an island nation, and are clear examples of successful water use and conservation strategies. Can other Asian nations facing equally difficult water use challenges similarly succeed, even without similar resources?

 

Speakers:
Haw Cheng Ng
: U.S. Embassy - Sinapgore
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
Will Sarni
: Deloitte Consulting
Mark Stephenson
: Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Margaret Wong
: McWong Environmental Technology

Wednesday

9:30-10:45am

Making Rain: Financing Sustainability Around the Globe

 

Without finance, sustainable solutions to the world’s development challenges will remain an elusive goal. There is broad agreement that investment in sustainable development will have to scale rapidly over the next decade in order to support global prosperity, particularly in low- and middle-income nations that are especially exposed to resource scarcity and the effects of a changing climate. Where is this finance coming from now and how is it being deployed on the ground? What are the prospects for scaling it rapidly over the next decade?

 

Speakers:
Matt Cheney
: CleanPath Ventures
Shari Friedman
: International Finance Corporation
Morgan Hervé-Mignucci
: Climate Policy Initiative
Brian O’Hanlon
: Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Ryan Hollowell
: U.S. Commercial Service – Newark, NJ

Wednesday

11:00-12:15pm

Powering a Continent: Financing Clean Tech Deployment in Africa

 

Africa is a diverse continent, and has long been the recipient of funding from the world’s development agencies and NGOs. Recent trends on the continent have focused on providing localized economic development and empowerment of rural populations. Power and connectivity have been prime targets of these renewed efforts, and agencies and institutions like OPIC, the U.S. Trade Development Agency, ExIm Bank, and the International Finance Corporation have taken the lead in funding scalable advanced technology to enable development goals and “Power Africa.” How can U.S. technology companies take advantage of these new funding sources?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Linda Maepa
: ElectronVault
Sanjiv Malhotra
: Oorja Protonics
David Mozersky
: Humanity United
Brian O’Hanlon
: Overseas Private Investment Corp.


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