Event May 24-26, 2022

SWAN 2022 Conference Main Agenda

The leading, global smart water event featuring 40+ utility speakers, which take place as a hybrid event in Washington, DC.

Connecting Innovation to Impact

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May 25th

Conference Introduction

  • Nadia Abboud, President (ENAY Group) & Travis Kennedy, Group Publisher (Water Online & B2BrandWater)

Keynote: An Inflection Point: The Future Impact of Smart Water

  • Kishia L. Powell, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President (DC Water, US)

Connecting Innovation to Global Impact

Moderator: George Hawkins, Founder & President (Moonshot Missions​)

  • Ruben Fernandes, Executive Board Member (Águas e Energia do Porto, Portugal)
  • Reid Campbell, Director, Engineering & Technology Services (Halifax Water, Canada) and Katie Umberg, Senior Management Consultant (Arcadis)
  • Clayton MacDougald, Investment Manager – Water (Emerald Technology Ventures)
  • Genevieve Edens, Director, Impact & ESG (WaterEquity)

From Small to Emerging: Unlocking the Value of Smart Water

Moderator: Sarah Buck, Senior Director of Programs (Rural Community Assistance Partnership)

  • André Kowalewski, Senior Engineer – Water Services (Drakenstein Local Municipality, South Africa) and Dr. Alex Sinske, CTO (GLS Consulting)
  • Jose Leon, Maintenance and Operations Director (Johnson County Wastewater, US)
  • Chris Sosnowski, CEO (WaterClick)

Driving Equity and Resilience through Digital Asset Management

Moderator: Zeynep Erdal, Integrated Solutions Director (Black & Veatch)

  • Ana Rita Santos, Coordinator – Water Engineering Services Sector (AGS, Portugal) 
  • Michele Samuels, Global Practice Manager – Asset Performance (Xylem)​
  • Adolfo Carpio, Project Manager, Asset Management Division (WSSC Water, US)
  • Bojana Jankovic-Nisic, Chief of Strategy (Optimatics)

Interactive Roundtables

​The Relevance and Value of Artificial Intelligence in the Water Industry
Led by Ken Thompson, Vice President, Global Technology Lead – IoT and Smart Sensors (Jacobs)

We Demystified Intelligent Water, Now Let’s Demystify Water Loss Control
Led by Jim Cooper, Global Director for Water Optimisation (Arcadis)

Improve Sustainability: How to Transform Customer Behavior & Improve Service
Led by Rebecca Willey, Technical Solutions Engineer (Innovyze, an Autodesk company)

The Case for Putting Digital at the Center of Infrastructure: How can Government Institutions Influence the Adoption of Digital Solutions in the water sector?
Led by Christine Boyle, Vice President of Digital Product Development (Xylem)

Talkin’ SaaS: The pitfalls of government tech and how water can access private-sector worthy software
Led by Elaine Kelly, CRO & Co-Founder (Klir)

Digital Transformation: Accelerating the Journey to Smart Water
Led by Kelvin Hurdle, Water & Wastewater Industry Manager (Rockwell Automation)

Exploring Digitization at Scale: Successes, Failures & Key Takeaways Led by Gerhard Loots, CEO (Kallipr)​

The Role of Smart Water in the Journey to Zero Pollution
Led by Phil Tomlinson, Commercial Director (Metasphere)

The Building Blocks & Benefits of a Digital Twin – A Follow up to the Continuous Evolution of the Digital Twin Journey
Led by Joel Johnson, Manager of Product Success & Civil Engineering and Paul West, Senior Success Manager – Water Infrastructure (Bentley Systems)

No Data Left Behind: Identifying & Generating Value from (Overlooked?) Data Sources
Led by Vincent Page, Global Product Manager – Digital Services (De Nora Water Technologies)

Becoming Digital to Meet the Demands of the 21st Century
Led by Freddie Guerra, North American Digital Water Lead (GHD Digital)​

SaaS, Daas, HaaS, Maas: How can I use ‘as a service’ products to run my utility?
Led by Cory Sides, Technology Sales Manager – East (Mueller Water Products)

How do utilities influence and support improved public health?
Led by Alexandra Wallach, Head of Business Development Strategy (Kando)

What are smart water opportunities in the developing world?
Led by Fred Royan, Vice President/Global Leader, Sustainability and Circular Economy (Frost and Sullivan)

Challenges and Solutions of Effective Data Collaboration from Building Information Modelling
Led by Dane Chapman, Water BIM Lead (NEOM)

 Forgot Your Password? Cybersecurity as a Mindset

Moderator: Biju George, Executive Vice President, Utilities (Ampcus Inc.)

  • Jennifer Rebeiro, CIO (Greater Western Water, Australia)
  • Andrew Hunt, Manager of Cyber Threat Intelligence (Bechtel)
  • Cody Falcon, Digital Technology Leader, Energy Industries (ABB)

Virtual Keynote: Taking the plunge into wastewater surveillance standards

Dr. Nancy Lin, Leader, Biomaterials Group (NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology​

  Out of the Box Environmental Monitoring (Dams, Lakes, Rivers)

Moderator: Ebie Holst, Director, Clusters & Innovation (Cleveland Water Alliance) ​

  • Christine Zheng and John Nguyen, Civil Engineering Associates (LADWP, US)​
  • Terry Daniel, Water Operations Director (GLWA, US) and Mahesh Lunani, Founder & CEO (Aquasight)
  • Mike Meyers, Watermaster (Idaho Water District 63, US) and Rick Lucero, Public Sector IoT Specialist (Cisco)

 Summary and Conclusion

  • Nadia Abboud, President (ENAY Group) & Travis Kennedy, Group Publisher (Water Online & B2BrandWater)

May 26th

Technical Tracks


Welcome Remarks: Janelle Boelter, Director of Infrastructure Management  (SNWA and LVVWD, US)

When Customers Become Advocates

Moderator: Javier Fernández Delgado, Deputy Director Telecontrol (Canal de Isabel II, Spain)

  • Damon Boutwell, General Manager (Pace Water Systems, US) and Dave Johnston, Director Smart Infrastructure (Mueller Water Products)
  • Nina Rossiter, Digital Water Analyst (Bluefield Research)
  • Jonas Kneip Araújo, Innovation Lead (CORSAN, Brazil)

From Water Loss to Digital Efficiency Gains

Moderator: Rik Thijssen, Business Development Manager (Vitens, Netherlands)

  • Nele Philips, Program Manager R&D Industry 4.0 (De Watergroep, Belgium)
  • Rebecca Losli, Vice President of Engineering and Business Development (Missouri American Water Company) and Billy Kelly, Senior VP Business Development – Americas (Syrinix)
  • Prof. Sunil Sinha, Director, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management Center (Virginia Tech)

 Who Led the Lead Out

Moderator: Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO (KETOS)

  • Michelle Cock, Utility Asset Manager (City of Salem, VA, US) and Greg Brazeau, VP of Sales (Trinnex)
  • Chuck Hansen, Chairman & CEO (Electro Scan Inc.)
  • Eric Schwartz, Co-Founder & Co-CEO (BlueConduit)


Welcome Remarks: Ken Thompson, Vice-President, Global Technology Lead – IoT and Smart Sensors (Jacobs)

The Smart Sewer Journey: People, Processes, Technology

Moderator: Luis Montestruque, Principal (HydroDigital)

  • Srini Vallabhaneni, Smart Sewer Officer (KC Water, US)
  • Mary Roman, Integrated Water Management, Technical Director (GHD)
  • Jay Boyd, Director of Market Development (ADS Environmental Services)

Treatment Powered by Machine Learning

Moderator: Alan Tucker, Technology Planning Solution Lead (Brown and Caldwell)

  • Katya Bilyk, Senior Associate (Hazen and Sawyer)
  •  Kim Ervin, Global Technology Leader for Master Planning & Applied Digital Tools (Jacobs)
  • Xuhui Zeng, Civil Engineer (Greeley and Hansen, LLC)

A Wastewater Systems Thinking Approach

Moderator: Amanda Siqueira, Co-Founder & CEO (VAPAR)

  • Tom Davies, Deputy Executive Manager, PDCA (Trinity River Authority of Texas, US)
  • Samantha Sloan, Drainage Area Manager (United Utilities, UK)​
  • Alexandra Wallach, Head of Business Development & Strategy USA (Kando)

 The Intersection of Data, Communication, and Regulation

Moderator: Patrick Keaney, Worldwide Director of Development (Amazon/AWS Water)

  • Siya Bashe, Director, Commercial Services Department – Water and Sanitation Directorate (City of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Fionn Boyle, Strategic Innovation and Shop Window Lead (Anglian Water Services, UK)
  • Elaine Kelly, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (Klir)
  • Shawn Dent, Digital Water Group, Principal Technical Lead (Carollo Engineers, Inc.)

Keynote: A giant telescope built for Space discovers strategies to overcome extraordinary challenges on Earth

  • Jon Lawrence, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – Mechanical Systems Lead Engineer, Launch Vehicle Liaison (NASA)

The Future is Inclusive: A Smarter Way Forward

Moderator: Joone Lopez, General Manager (Moulton Nigel Water District, US)

  • Calvin D. Farr, General Manager/CEO (Prince William County Service Authority, US)
  • Paige Peters, Founder & CEO (Rapid Radicals Technology)
  • Emma Weisbord, Digital Water Partnerships Lead (Royal HaskoningDHV Digital)