IWA-IDB Innovation Conference on Sustainable Use of Water: Cities, Industry and Agriculture

Local Organizer: Interamerican Development Bank, Ghent University and ESPOL University
Community Organizer: , Sustainability In the Water Sector Specialist Group

The International Water Association and the Inter-American Development Bank are co-convening an international conference that will focus on implementation of innovation for sustainability in the real-world venues of cities, industry, and agriculture. We will share perspectives and encourage collaboration among the many stakeholders who play a role in how we use water— municipalities, industrial users, agriculture, policy-makers, regulators, environmental and social organizations, equipment and technology suppliers, consultants, researchers and academicians, financial institutions, and underserved populations. This conference will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador from September 30th through October 3, 2019, with the support of both Ghent University and ESPOL University.

Although there will be discussion of concepts, analytical tools, and technologies, the focus will be on their application. This real-world focus will be reflected in active recruitment of speakers and participants from outside the world of academia and IWA membership, to include all who either affect or are affected by water use by cities, industry, or agriculture. A key goal of this conference will be to develop recommendations and action plans designed to support collaborative efforts among the stakeholders who play a role in the path from sustainability concepts to implementation of sustainable practices.


  • Innovators and Innovation Management
  • Cities
  • Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Cross-Cutting Issues

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Henri Spanjers
Delft University of Technology Netherlands
Rianna Gonzales
Water Resources Agency Trinidad And Tobago
Marco Antonio Cevallas
Agua de Quito Ecuador
Victor Faria
CEDAE Brazil
Alvaro Hernandez
Florent Chazarenc
Cheryl Davis
CKD Consulting United States Of America
Maria Concetta Tomei
IRSA Italy
Yvan Poussade
Veolia France
Paula Kehoe
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission United States Of America
Jose Porro
Cobalt Water Global United States Of America
Marie Anne Eurie Fono
University of Ghent Belgium
Long Ho
University of Ghent Belgium
Wout Van Echelpoel
University of Ghent Belgium
Organizing committee
Peter Goethals
Ghent University Belgium
Corinne Cathala
Inter-American Development Bank United States Of America
Marcello Basani
Inter-American Development Bank United States Of America
Sudhir Murthy
NEWhub and IWA Vice President
Oliver Maennicke
Private consultant Austria
Roger Ben Aim
Institute of Filtration techniques France
Ursula Antunez
SGS Sustainability Services Peru
Anemaria Nunez
Inter-American Development Bank United States Of America
Sigrid Schuermans
University of Ghent Belgium
Katharine Cross
International Water Association Netherlands