Blue Tech: Is Water's Dry Spell Over? **Video Available**

An exclusive event hosted by MIT/Stanford Venture Lab and Imagine H20

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking and Refreshment
7:00pm - 8:30pm - Panel Discussion and Q/A


Arbuckle Lounge and Bishop Auditorium at Stanford Business School

Event Description:

Current water technologies are not effectively delivering what is needed by the world: more water, cleaner water, at lower cost and less energy. Evidence continues to build that an increasing number of places need more useable water. Entrepreneurs and their new, more effective technologies are poised to disrupt the status quo, to help provide relief from a growing water crisis in some places.
The world's population tripled between 1900 and 2000; water use grew six fold. World demand for water will likely continue to outpace population growth creating a rare, explosive opportunity for entrepreneurs; experts predict the human population will grow 25% to 7.5 billion by 2020. Consider what that will do to the world's need for water.  Entrepreneurs are needed and many are already seeing opportunities in this worldwide, growing market. And, the lessons shared at the event can help others facing similar large-scale challenges in areas such as energy.

Please join us for a fresh look at water, the next big focus in cleantech.

    Topics to Be Explored:

  • Why are there so few VC investments in water given the demonstrated need for new solutions?
  • Are there opportunities for IT to play a bigger role in water?
  • Where and what are the biggest opportunities in water for entrepreneurs?
  • What can cleantech entrepreneurs learn from water start-ups?
     Susan Leal, Harvard University, Senior Fellow; Co-author of “Running out of Water"
Presenter* & Panelists
     David Stanton*,       APTwater, CEO & President
     Aaron H. Mandell,    Oasys Water, Co-Founder, CEO and President 
     Lee Ng, PhD.,            Siemens Technology-to-Business Center, Director of Venture Technology
     Chris Berkner,          PureSense, Chief Executive Officer
Online Registration is Closed. Additional Tickets available at the door! 

EVENT SPONSOR:  Economist Intelligence Unit


Susan Leal, Harvard University, Senior Fellow; Co-author of “Running out of Water”
Leal has just completed a book exploring the solutions to the world’s impending water crisis. She co-authored the book with Harvard’s Engineering Professor Peter Rogers. They combine their managerial and academic backgrounds to provide their prescription for the crisis. The book Running Out of Water (published by Macmillan) was released in late August 2010.

Prior to the fellowship, Leal ran the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The SFPUC delivers water to 2.5 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and also provides hydroelectric and clean renewable power to the Bay Area and California Central Valley communities.

Leal earned a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the District of Columbia bar, the Advisory Board of the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and is an Associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.


David Stanton, APTwater, CEO & President

Mr. Stanton joined APTwater, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.  Before joining APTwater, Inc., Mr. Stanton held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for SouthWest Water Company.

Previously, Mr. Stanton served as an Executive Vice President of Earth Tech, Inc., a division of Tyco International.  At Earth Tech, Mr. Stanton led the International Asset Management Division focused on design, build, operation and financing of water and wastewater projects worldwide.  He also served as Earth Tech's interim Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development where he was responsible for all financial functions and acquisition growth strategies focused on water technology and service companies.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. 

Aaron H. Mandell, Oasys Water, Co-Founder, CEO and President

Aaron Mandell co-founded Oasys Water, Inc. in 2008 where he currently serves as President and CEO.  His business career began as the co-founder of GreatPoint Ventures, an early stage venture creation firm, and since then has expanded to the founding of several cleantech/energy companies including GreatPoint Energy (coal gasification), Coskata (waste-to-fuels), and Altarock (enhanced geothermal power).  

With a devoted interest in the water industry and a technical background in groundwater hydrology and environmental engineering, Aaron has had the opportunity to work with and learn from two world-renowned water scientists; Dr. George Pinder, regarded as the father of groundwater modeling and Dr. Gideon Dagan, recipient of the 1998 Stockholm Water Prize.  Aaron obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont and has held visiting scientist appointments at MIT and Tel-Aviv University.

Lee Ng, PhD., Siemens Technology-to-Business Center, Director of Venture Technology

Lee Ng is the Director of Venture Technology at Siemens Technology-to-Business Center based in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Ng joined Siemens Technology-to-Business Center in 2009 to fund innovative technology ideas and early stage startups. She leverages her experience to develop new technologies and launch new business ventures for TTB. Her current focus lies in industrial automation, drive technologies, water and energy. Before Siemens, Lee worked at Agilent Central Research Laboratories as the Business Director of New Business Creation.  Prior to that, she was at Hewlett Packard and Ampersand Ventures.

Lee holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering from MIT, with minors in economics, finance, and strategy.
Chris Berkner, PureSense, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Berkner has extensive experience in start-up management including business analysis and software development.  He founded AnalyViz, a 7-person consulting company that specialized in business intelligence dashboards.  His diverse client base included AIG, Pfizer, and Avery-Dennison.  Previously, he was Vice President of Systems and Programming Guinness Telli*Phone Corp., where he spearheaded the launch of the company's first three products.

For over 19 years, Chris has engaged his passion for green technology and renewable energy.  He has held a renewable energy research internship at Stanford's Material Science Deapartment where he discovered a new method for controlling pore size in organic nanostructured materials for photovoltaics.  He also spent a summer at Princeton University studying the economic and environmental implications of Brazil's biomass energy program.  Chris graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Business Economics.  In addition, he has taken extensive coursework in chemistry and engineering at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley.

Online Registration is Closed. Additional Tickets available at the door! 
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