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Spotlight 2019

Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

6 - 7 June 2019

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By Invitation



Held in between the main SIWW editions, the SIWW Spotlight series are exclusive by-invitation events to continue the dialogue from SIWW and foster ongoing exchanges on pressing challenges faced by the water sector worldwide.

The SIWW Spotlight 2019 was held from 6 to 7 June 2019 and focused on industrial water solutions and is held in partnership with the Ecosperity Week.

Water is critical for industries as a product and as a component in processes and supply chain, and yet has many competing uses. Technologies are readily available to help businesses reduce the risks water pose to their bottom lines by reducing their water use, replacing water from alternative sources and reclaiming used water.

However, not enough is being done to lower industrial water demand. Companies must now get their water management approach and financing right in order to take advantage of the benefits and scalability of technologies to reduce their risk and reliance on water.

SIWW Spotlight 2019 looked into best practices in:

  • Making Water a Priority in Your Boardroom - Getting senior management to recognise the importance of water.
  • Framing it Right - Get a head start by putting in place the right framework and institutionalise your water management practices.
  • Tapping Technologies - Discover advanced technologies to lower water consumption in your company.
  • Valuing the Precious - Water is too often considered a cheap and disposable resource. By valuing it rightly, businesses and the environment can reap substantive benefits.

Target profile for Spotlight 2019 delegates is as follows:

  • Large non-domestic water users and their supply chain vendors (e.g. petrochemicals, oil, pharmaceutical, microelectronics, F&B, textile sectors)
  • Chief Sustainability Officers / Chief Supply Chain Officers / Chief Operating Officers who lead sustainability efforts and manage water risks
  • Key decision makers, and utilities and process managers keen to learn about and adopt best practices in water management for Operational Excellence
  • Lead R&D and implementation for innovative water / wastewater technologies for industrial applications


Day 1 (Thursday, 06 June 2019)

08:30 - 12:30

Ecosperity Conference

The Ecosperity 2019 conference will explore how we can accelerate the pace of change and bring about scalable solutions that enable the transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient future. The discussions will explore business approaches and successful collaboration models along the thematic tracks of Circular Economy, Energy Transition and Water Management

Discussion topics include:

  • Science-based approach to guide businesses and policy makers in their climate ambitions
  • The business case for a circular economy
  • Pathways to decarbonise our energy systems
  • Innovative approaches to bridge the water supply gap

Ecosperity Conference Programme

Time Programme
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration and Coffee
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Welcome Remarks & Joint Opening for Ecosperity Week
Confirmed Speakers: Lim Boon Heng - Chairman, Temasek Holdings and Victoria Kwakwa - Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
8:45 am - 9:05 am Guest-of-Honour Address by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
9:05 am - 9:25 am
Our Shared Resources, Our Shared Responsibility to Live Within Our Means
Confirmed speakers: Naoko Ishii - Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility and Dr Will Steffen - Councillor, Climate Council of Australia
9:25 am - 9:45 am
Transitioning to a Low-carbon and Circular Economy is Serious Business
Confirmed speaker: Christiana Figueres - Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Founding Partner, Global Optimism Ltd.; & Convenor, Mission 2020
9:45 am - 9:55 am
Making Circular Fashionable
Confirmed speakers: Arthur Huang - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Miniwiz
9:55 am - 10:20 am
The Business Case for a Circular Economy
Confirmed speakers: Edwin Keh, CEO, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel and Harsha Vardhan - Global Environment Manager - Production, H&M
Moderator: Ariel Muller - Managing Director, APAC, Forum for the Future
10:20 am - 10:50 am Tea Break
10:50 am - 11:10 am
Lessons for Southeast Asia’s Clean Energy Transition
Confirmed speaker: Dr Ernest J. Moniz - Chief Executive Officer, Energy Futures Initiative and Nuclear Threat Initiative; Special Advisor to the MIT President
Moderator: David Turk, Head of Strategic Initiatives Office, International Energy Agency
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Beyond Renewables: Technology Solutions Addressing the Decarbonisation Imperative
Confirmed speakers: Ian Chapman - Chief Executive Officer, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Pierre-Etienne Franc - Vice-president, Air Liquide, Wong Kim Yin - Group Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Power Limited
Moderator: Janice Lin, Chief Executive Officer, Strategen Consulting
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Creative Solutions to Bridge the Water Supply Gap
Confirmed Speakers: Dr Helge Daebel, Investment Director, Emerald Technologies Venture, Francois Fevrier, CEO Water Asia, SUEZ Asia and George S. Hawkins, Esq., Founder and President, Moonshot LLC and Moonshot Partners
Moderator: Dr Piers Clark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Isle Group Ltd
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm
Closing Reflections: From Ambition to Action
Confirmed speaker: Robin Hu - Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek
12.30pm - 1.30pm Ecosperity Networking Lunch


Roselle-Simpor Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

12:30 - 13:30

Ecosperity Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:10

Making Water a Priority in Your Boardroom

Corporations globally are under pressure from governments and the public to reduce their consumption on freshwater, to reduce water pollution and to improve water management. This session discusses how water became important to their senior management, how improved water management is not just for the company but also society, as well as the best managerial and technological practices in lowering water consumption by REDUCE, REPLACE and RECLAIM. This session invites international experiences and discusses why water is still not a priority in many boardrooms globally and what more can be done.

  • Mr Magdi Batato - Executive Vice President and Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A.


Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

14:10 - 14:35

Global Industrial Water Market Outlook

Provides upcoming trends for the global industrial water market.

  • Dr Philippe Rohner - Senior Investment Manager, Pictet Asset Management


Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

14:35 - 16:00

Framing it Right

With water being a part of a corporation’s DNA and driven by the leadership, the first step is to have the right framework and the correct tools to determine the existing water footprint and the links between water and process economics in existing business and new ventures. This session explores the frameworks and useful tools to help make decisions and design systems to reduce, replace and reclaim water.

  • Mr René Hoeijmakers - Executive Director, Water, Ramboll
  • Mr Richard Pamenter - Vice President, Global Head of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Mr Harry Seah - Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
  • Mr Harsha Vardhan - Global Environment Manager - Production, H&M
  • Mr Jian Kuang Wang - Senior Vice President (Operations / Fab Operations), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company


Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

16:00 - 17:30

Teabreak and One-to-One Meetings

17:30 - 18:15

Transfer to SIWW Spotlight 2019 Dinner

18:15 - 21:00

SIWW Spotlight 2019 Dinner - The Ocean Gallery at the S.E.A. Aquarium

Offering a mesmerising view of the vast marine realm, the Ocean Gallery at the S.E.A. Aquarium promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Immerse yourself in the fascinating marine world through the world’s largest viewing panel and the optional guided tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium prior to the dinner.

Day 2 (Friday, 07 June 2019)

08:00 - 09:00

SIWW Spotlight 2019 Networking Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30

Tapping Technologies

Technologies to lower industrial water consumption are already here. After assessing the correct water footprint, the next step is to look for the right technological solutions to reduce the footprint. This session explores successful showcases of technologies implemented to reduce, replace and reclaim water in factories, and also explores new and emerging technologies.



Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

Valuing the Precious

Not being able to achieve a sufficient return on investment (ROI) on technologies that lower water consumption can be a barrier for a company in reducing its water risk. This may be due to the low price that the company is paying for its water and high infrastructure costs. This session explores tools to identify, measure and value the direct and indirect impacts of water to ensure that the ROI of such investment is encompassing.

  • Mr Peter Nicol - Global Water Director, Jacobs
  • Ms Bianca Nijhof - Managing Director, Netherlands Water Partnership
  • Mr Sudipto Sarkar - Practice Manager (EAP region, Water Global Practice), World Bank Group
  • Mr Vishal Sharma - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nalco Water Asia Pacific, Ecolab Inc
  • Mr Tom Williams - Director, Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

12:30 - 12:45

Closing by PUB Chief Executive, Mr Peter Joo Hee Ng


Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

12:45 - 13:00

Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, and Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

Melati Room, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

13:00 - 14:00

Ecosperity Networking Lunch

14:00 - 18:00

Site Visits

To complete and enrich delegates’ experience, exclusive technical sites have been planned. Delegates will be able to witness first-hand how companies from diverse industries – petrochemicals, nutraceuticals and wafer fabrication – have set exemplary records in enhancing water efficiency.

Learn how companies from various sectors incorporate the latest technology to achieve efficient water usage within their plants at Spotlight 2019 Site Visits.

SIWW Spotlight 2019 Sponsors