Featured SWAN 2020 Speakers
SWAN 2020 is proud to feature the following senior, global utility and industry experts:
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water Group (UK)
Peter has been Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group since October 2013 and was previously Managing Director of Anglian Water from January 2010, and Chief Operating Officer from 2004. He was Chairman of Water UK from April 2012-October 2013 and is a Past President of the Institute of Water.
Peter is a member of Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group, run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. This influences at a national, EU and global level to reduce carbon emissions, and to champion resource efficiency in water, energy and other natural resources. Peter also works with Business in the Community as Chair of the Water Taskforce and has recently joined the Board of Trustees of WaterAid.
Peter is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, as well as Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.
João Faria Feliciano, Chief Executive Officer, AGS (Portugal)
Joao has been working in the water sector for over 20 years, with experience in several roles (from technical to management positions, both in Portugal and abroad). As of 2014, Joao serves as AGS’s Chief Executive Officer and manages AGS operations/services in Europe, Brazil and Chile. Joao holds a PhD in civil engineering focusing on strategic infrastructures and asset management in urban water services, as well as an MBA and a degree in hydraulics and water resources related areas.
Reid Campbell, Director of Water Services, Halifax Water (Canada)
Reid joined Halifax Water in 1998 after ten years in consulting engineering. He leads a department responsible for the “source to tap” operation of the water supply system serving the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, metropolitan area. He is also responsible for utility-wide SCADA and OT services. Reid is responsible for Halifax Water’s award-winning water loss control program, lead service line replacement program, is the Industrial Research Chair at Dalhousie University, and is an Executive co-sponsor of the AMI implementation and customer portal projects. Reid is a former Vice President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and is currently a member of its Water Utility Council.
Mark Gobbie, General Manager Asset Operations and Delivery, the South Australian Water Corporation (Australia)
Mark has almost 40 years’ experience as a professional engineer and General Manager in infrastructure delivery, with specialist expertise in water and wastewater. In his substantive role with the Corporation, Mark makes sure the organisations services meet the needs of our more than 1.7 million customers’ in the most efficient way. His teams look after asset management, bulk water and wastewater operations, capital works, Laboratory Services and River Murray Operations.
Prior to joining SA Water, Mark was employed with Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), most recently as its Vice President Water in the Companies Infrastructure Business Unit. Mark has been involved in major projects and operated businesses in the water, transport, minerals, oil and gas, environment and buildings areas throughout Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, UK and USA.
Andrew Donnelly, Advisor to the Board & Head of Leakage Management Dept., EPAL, SA (Portugal)
Since 2005, Andrew has been Advisor to the Board of EPAL, the largest water utility in Portugal, serving Lisbon and the central region of the country. He is currently head of the Leakage Management Department, encompassing water loss control activities, meter laboratory, inflow & infiltrations area as well as network diagnostics and modelling. His work has contributed to Lisbon becoming a European success case for leakage control. Various external consultancy projects have been undertaken with Portuguese utilities, as well as the European Investment Bank, European Commission and World Bank. Prior to this, an academic background at Stirling University was diverted into water loss control in northern Portugal and then Atkins consultancy & Scottish Water.
Jennifer Rebeiro, Chief Information Officer, City West Water (Australia)
Over the past 20 years, Jennifer has managed a number of operations and projects ranging across a wide set of industries. Jennifer’s core strengths are her people focus, business mindset and having the courage to bring bold ideas to life through determination, influence, cross organisational collaboration and hard work. Jennifer has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a member of the SWAN Council and IWN executive.
Martine Watson, Network Operations Manager, Unitywater (Australia)
Martine has been with Unitywater for 4 years. She leads the Network Operations branch of Unitywater, a water and sewerage utility in a fast-growing region of South-East Queensland, Australia. Martine unites teams of people representing the 24/7 Control Room, Network Engineering, Operational Technology, and Works Planning to make this happen. Martine has extensive experience across both the water and energy sectors, and a passion for the advances in technology. She leads the SWAN Asia-Pacific Partnerships Group, which aims to accelerate smart water and wastewater development in the APAC region. Martine has qualifications in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business and has previously held roles at BHP Billiton, Cairns Water, Queensland Urban Utilities and Powerlink.
Eva Martinez Díaz, Smart Services Manager (Aqualia)
Eva is responsible for the Smart Services at the Innovation Department at Aqualia. This involves the technical and economical assessment of state-of-the-art technologies in the water sector, implementing, evaluating and optimizing them through R&D projects related to water, environment and sustainability and in which ICT technologies play a leading role.
She has developed her career mainly within the industrial sector, in international environments and projects and in doing so, she has accumulated 15 solid years of professional experience in strategy development, project management and leading and conducting business with public and private entities. Eva earned an Agriculture Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and holds a BSc (Hons) in Environment Sciences at Coventry University (UK) and MSc in Integrated Environmental Management at Nottingham Trent University (UK).
Dukessa Blackburn-Huettner, Head of Lifecycle Management, Auckland Council Healthy Waters
Leading the Lifecycle Management group for Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters, Dukessa is the asset owner and manager responsible for planning, operating and maintaining Auckland’s Stormwater Network and Small Water and Wastewater Systems. Stormwater conveyance, flood, drought, and community water supply management, while achieving water quality and environmental improvements, in a high growth region with a changing climate, presents a diversity of challenges and opportunities to implement new and emerging smart water solutions.
Being a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Fellow of Engineering NZ, she has over 20yrs experience leading planning, development, operation and management of mainly three waters infrastructure, initially through consulting both in New Zealand and Europe, and then local government. Dukessa is always driving innovation, continuous improvement and technical excellence to increase efficiencies in managing water assets and deliver community outcomes.
Dukessa is and has been involved in many industry bodies having just completed six years on the board of WaterNZ the final two as chair, is on the NAMS and WaterNZ technical committee.
Jennifer Sara, Global Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group
Jennifer Sara is the Global Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. Prior to taking on this position, Ms. Sara served for four years as Director, overseeing operational delivery in the Water Global Practice at the World Bank. She has over 30 years of experience working on global water issues, including overseas assignments for the World Bank as Sector Manager for Sustainable Development based in Hanoi, Vietnam (2010 – 2014); Sector Leader in Brazil (2006 – 2010); and Water and Sanitation Specialist in Bolivia (1990 – 1995).
Ms. Sara leads the Practice’s senior management team, which drives policy direction, oversees a portfolio of $30 billion in water-related investments, conducts analytical work, and manages multi-donor trust funds and global partnerships. Under her leadership, the Water Global Practice supports an integrated approach to water security with a focus on sustaining water resources, delivering services and building resilience. The Water Global Practice team works across sectors to solve global water challenges and provides tailored operational support and policy advice to countries in response to specific needs and arising challenges.
Ms. Sara holds an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of London, Wye College, and a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Brown University. She is Governor of the World Water Council and serves on the International Council of the American Water Works Association as well as the International Advisory Committee of the World Wildlife Fund’s Healthy Rivers for All Initiative.
Frederico Fernandes, Chief Executive, Águas do Porto (Portugal)
Frederico is the CEO of the municipal company responsible for the management of urban water cycle in the city of Porto. His main corporate functions include strategic planning, project sponsoring, performance indicators monitoring, IT and innovation management, global budgeting and financial oversight, and institutional relationships. Previously, he was member of the Executive Board, and prior to that, he worked in construction and retail companies. Frederico obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Porto Business School and has a Master`s degree in Civil Engineering in Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.