CH2M HILL to Share Expertise at Second International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi

The Summit will gather global water leaders January 20-22 to discuss sustainable water strategies and technologies for arid regions

DENVER, January 20, 2014 – CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, is pleased to announce its participation in the second International Water Summit (IWS), hosted by Masdar and co-located with the 7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, January 20-22. Part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Summit will gather leaders from the global water community in policy, business, academia, and science to accelerate the development of new sustainable water strategies and technologies for arid regions and bring to life the pressing issue of water security, sustainability, and the water-energy-food nexus. CH2M HILL is a global leader in developing and delivering sustainable water and energy solutions and is looking forward to participating in several key discussions.

A highlight of the conference will be the panel discussion, “Analysis of the Successful Strategies Implemented in Singapore for Water ReUse,” on Tuesday, January 21. CH2M HILL Principal Reuse Technologist and globally recognized reuse communications expert and strategist, Linda Macpherson will speak on water re-use as part of a panel with Maurice Neo, Director, Industry Development, Public Utilities Board Singapore. During the panel, Linda and Maurice will share insights and lessons learned from Singapore’s NEWater project. The project, which has gained international attention and remains a pillar of Singapore’s water sustainability, is not only helping address Singapore’s water challenges by producing high-grade reclaimed drinking water treated from used water, but it is serving as a model for closing the water loop. Learn more about the project in Linda’s Access Water blog, “Singapore NEWater Demonstrates Public Acceptance of Water Reuse.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Linda has been a key figure on numerous groundbreaking projects, including directing development of Singapore’s NEWater Visitor Centre and working in Australia delivering the iconic Gippsland Water Factory Visitor Centre, as well as the Demonstration Visitor Centre in Perth for Water Corporation of Western Australia.

CH2M HILL’s Imad Feghali will moderate the session, “Renewable Energy Desalination—Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry,” on Tuesday, January 21.

Feghali is the Middle East and North Africa Technology Manager for CH2M HILL Water market. He has extensive international experience in the fields of program and construction management; infrastructure systems design, water and wastewater treatment processes, construction and commissioning; sustainability and smart cities; and asset management.

In addition, Neil Reynolds, CH2M HILL Regional Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa and India, will serve as the moderator for the session, “It’s not Gadgets is People that Save Water” panel on Wednesday, January 22. Panelists, including Dr. Peter Gleick, President, Pacific Institute; and Adrian Sym, Executive Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship, will discuss the role of governance and leadership to motivate change related to water conservation and sustainability.

Neil Reynolds has more than 30 years of international experience working with contractors and consultants involved in infrastructure development. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Society for Environment.

Combined with CH2M HILL’s IWS participation, Chia-Teh (CT) Bien, CH2M HILL Senior Principal Technologist, will participate in the panel discussion, “Energy Efficiency—Industry,” during WFES on January 22. Rising energy prices, combined with mandates for cutting carbon emissions, have increasingly put pressure on energy-intensive industries like oil, gas, mining, steel, cement, and paper. CT will share ways CH2M HILL has helped its clients, across these sectors, reduce energy use and lower operating costs while meeting sustainability compliance standards. CT will join panelists including Myles McCarthy, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Implementation Services; Thomas Rooney, CEO, Energy Recovery; and Sebastian Fox, Business Development and Sales Director, Dalkia Utilities.

With more than 28 years of experience, CT has led several major international programs for the firm, and his expertise spans the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the MENA region. CT is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architect, PMP®, and LEED®AP.

CH2M HILL employees will be available to discuss solutions to our world’s greatest engineering challenges throughout IWS. Visit us at Booth #4010 or connect through CH2M HILL’s social media channels to follow what is happening at the Summit.

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$7 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record, and is named a leader in sustainable engineering and environmental services by Verdantix. The firm was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. Visit us at www.ch2mhill.com,www.ch2mhillblogs.com/water, twitter.com/access_water and facebook.com/ch2mhillwater. Search for jobs at www.ch2mhill.jobs