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The Water-Energy Nexus - Panel Discussion, Policy Paper Launch and Reception

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 6:00pm

Bloomberg, World Policy Institute, and EBG Capital present:

The Water-Energy Nexus
A Panel Discussion, Policy Paper Launch, and Reception

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
At Bloomberg
New York City

The Water-Energy Nexus policy paper and presentation can be downloaded HERE.

The Water-Energy Nexus represents a critical business, security, and environmental issue, but has not yet received the attention that it merits. Energy production consumes significant amounts of water, and vice versa. The evolution of both traditional and renewable energy production toward potentially more water-intensive technologies risks intensifying the demands on water resources. Newer technologies are being developed to reduce water consumption; however, they are generally expensive, can reduce efficiency, and will need time before they can be commercially available at scale. Now --as energy policies are being considered around the world-- is the window of opportunity to include water on the agenda alongside cost, carbon, and security considerations. What do businesses, the military, policy makers, and the media need to know about managing trade-offs between water and energy?

Curtis Ravenel, Global Head of Sustainability at Bloomberg


  • Diana Glassman, Consultant to EBG Capital and WPI Board Member Presentation of World Policy Institute Paper "The Water Energy Nexus"
  • Jon Anda, Vice Chairman and Head of Environmental Markets, UBS Securities
  • William Bellamy, PhD, Senior Vice President, and Water Technology Fellow, CH2M HILL
Dimitra Christakou, Head of Water Services, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

About the Speakers

Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg's global sustainability initiatives - a Chairman's Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 300,000 customers. Curtis has worked for Bloomberg in multiple roles. He was the Financial Controller with combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD. This was preceded by various roles in the Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups. Curtis earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Davidson College.

Jon Anda is Vice Chairman and Head of Environmental Markets at UBS Securities. In early 2007, Jon left his position as a Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley to apply his financial experience to the challenge of enviromental markets. He has worked closely with the Environmental Defense Fund (President of the Environmental Markets Network through 2008) and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy (Visiting Fellow through early 2010). In addition to Congressional testimony on carbon market structure, Jon co-authored a published paper on real options to assess climate policy stringency, a primer on carbon markets, a paper on warrants for cost containment, and spoken widely to corporations, exchanges, and policymakers about issues relating to carbon as a financial market. During his 20-year career at Morgan Stanley, he led business units including Global Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Investment Banking Asia, and Institutional Equities Asia. After joining the firm in 1986, he was named Managing Director in 1992 while serving as a generalist investment banker in the Firm's Chicago office. Jon has worked with a wide range of clients including GE, Google, The Peoples Republic of China, and The Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Jon graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 and received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 1980.

Diana Glassman is a Consultant to EBG Capital, an asset manager focused on alternative investments in energy, environment and sustainability; and was previously Head of the Americas at its predecessor, Credit Suisse Environmental Business Group. She is also the founder and CEO of ISI Consulting, which advises corporate clients, private equity investors and governmental entities on strategy, energy and environmental issues. She was previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for 10 years in its international strategy consulting practice and as a senior internal project manager on PwC’s top global priorities, including the merger integration of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, and the subsequent sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Diana earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and, concurrently, the Master of Public Administration (International Political and Economic Development) at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BS (Biology) from Yale University. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and sits on the Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute. Diana partnered with WPI to author the Water-Energy Nexus Paper.

Dr. William Bellamy is Senior Vice President, and Water Technology Fellow, at CH2M HILL. He heads Global Water Technologies and provides leadership and direction for the water business and worldwide application of sustainable water systems, with a focus on the water-energy nexus. He has led and participated in more than 200 water and energy projects. Most recently, he has dedicated time to the development and application of energy efficiency and sustainability processes and tools related to the water-energy nexus and sustainability. Recent project involvement includes Masdar, the carbon neutral city being developed in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Bellamy is an experienced and internationally recognized expert in total water management. His career spans over 35 years and includes positions with Texaco, academia, US Environmental Hygiene Agency, and assignments with USEPA. He assists in regulatory development and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed technical books and nearly 90 technical papers addressing various aspects of water. He is a member of multiple professional associations. Dr. Bellamy received his PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Colorado State University, his Master's degree in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Wyoming, and his Bachelor's degree in Electrical (Bio-medical) Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Dimitra Christakou is the Head of Water Services at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She previously held positions at Thames Water, Accenture and the Corporate Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board. Dimitra has extensive experience working with senior executives in the water and energy sectors leading investment strategies for international utilities and major performance improvement projects. She received her Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Crete in Greece. Dimitra holds an MSc in Environmental Technology-Water Management from Imperial College of London and an MBA from London Business School.

About the Organizers

Bloomberg New Energy Finance is the world's leading provider of industry information and analysis to investors, corporations and governments in clean energy, low carbon technologies and the carbon markets. Our dedicated global network of 125 analysts, based across 10 offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia & Africa are continuously monitoring market changes, deal flow and financial activity, allowing for instantaneous transparency into the clean energy and carbon markets. Through our Carbon Markets division we provide market-leading analysis and research for the global carbon markets. This includes analysis, price forecasting, consultancy and risk management.

EBG Capital is an asset manager focused on alternative investments in energy, environment, and sustainability.

The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan global think tank, engages fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. It seeks and promotes cooperative policy solutions in support of a sustainable global market economy, effective and fair global governance, and collaborative approaches to security. WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate.



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