IX Foro de la Economía del Agua

15 Nov. Iwater Theatre.

Iwater 2018 welcomed the IX Foro de la Economía del Agua

For the first time Iwater hosted the Foro de la Economía del Agua, an event promoted by the University of Alcalá that has already consolidated itself as an independent academic player in the current debate on the present and future challenges facing water management and the water sector.

The Foro, recognized as the best event in the water sector since its inception in 2016 (2016 - ex aequo with Iwater - and 2017), provided a space for debate, knowledge and innovation regarding the crucial issues relating to the management of the integral water cycle and the urban water security, as well as being a generator of authoritative, technical and scientific opinion of the highest degree.


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Many international and domestic experts

Speakers included leading experts such as:

Arthur Wood

Founding member of TOTAL Impact Capital (previously known as Total Impact Advisors) in Europe. One of the leading experts in the world on innovation in the funding of projects aimed at generating social impact (in particular in water services projects). Member of the Social Finance and Philanthropic Agenda Council of the Davos World Economic Forum.

Dustin Garrick

Professor at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and head of the Oxford Water Network. As an academic, he is one of the most prominent economists in the world in the analysis of the interdependence between water and economics. He has formed part of the joint OECD Task Force and Global Water Partnership on Water Safety and the Group of Experts that advised the UN High Level Panel and the World Bank on the value of water.

Fredrik Galtung

CEO and founder of the start-up TrueFootprint, founder and former president of Integrity Action, an international NGO based in London that, over the last eleven years, and with funding of 13 million dollars, has developed algorithms and methodologies that have enabled the funding of projects worth more than 800 million dollars, including many water and sanitation projects across the globe.

Grantly Mailes

Co-founder and Executive Director of Civic Ledger, an Australian company specializing in blockchain and dedicated to providing services to governments to support in their respective digitalization processes. In addition to blockchain technologies, Grantly is also an expert in the use of technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning and the use of advanced analytics and big data in the public sector. Civic Ledger is a pioneer in the use of these technologies in the water sector.

Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta

Global Director of the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities of the WRI (World Resources Institute), probably the most prestigious natural resource management think tank in the world, based in Washington DC (USA). Ani is the head of the WRI programme that promotes initiatives to help cities to grow more sustainably and to improve quality of life in developing countries. His vision is extremely broad, as he runs the programme of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development and building efficiency, as well as use of low-carbon energy, governance and risks associated with water management.

Jad Oseyran

Director of the IBM Global Center of Competence (CoC) for Circular Economy (CE). IBM, as a technological company operating in 170 countries, began working on resource efficiency and productivity in the mid-1980s, when it launched its Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS) Unit. The CoC for CE was created to enable IBM to assist numerous industries in their transformation towards circular economy models. The CoC is at the forefront of the development and implementation of technological solutions and business models to address structural waste in various industries. Jad is also leading the global task force for Resource Efficiency for the G7 and the G20.

Agustín Moro

Global Director of Business Development and Global Strategic Partnerships at Telefónica Open Future, the Telefónica Group's open innovation initiative that brings together the company's acceleration programmes and venture capital funds, operating in 17 countries. The Telefónica Open Future programmes allocate more than 350 million euros to open innovation investments and activities. Agustín previously launched Wayra (Telefónica's business accelerator for digital companies) in 12 countries in Europe and Latin America. He held several positions at Wayra, such as manager of strategic communications and head of global relations with investors.

Antonio Estache

Professor of Economics at the Free University of Brussels (ULB in its French initials) in Belgium and Research Fellow at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES). Antonio is one of the world's leading experts in the economic regulation of public services (including procurement systems, tariffs, asset valuation and capital expenditure techniques, measurement of the efficiency of different management models, economic modelling, etc.). In addition to regulatory issues, he has extensive knowledge of the impact of public policies on growth and income distribution and the analysis of corruption and accountability.

Oriana Romano

Policy Analyst at the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Coordinator of the Programme on Economy and Governance of the Circular Economy in Cities and one of the chief analysts of the OECD's Water Governance Programme. She has a PhD in "Institution, Economics and Law of Public Services". The OECD programme on Economy and Governance of the Circular Economy, to be presented by Oriana at the Forum, seeks to identify the challenges, favourable conditions and specific responses to unlock the potential of the circular economy in cities.


  1. The need to guarantee long-term water security and the value of water.
  2. The role of water as a core element in the circular economy and sustainable development.
  3. The gap in access to drinking water and sanitation globally and the application of AI and new technologies in the distribution and sanitation of water.
  4. Innovation in investments in water and sanitation and measuring the social, economic and environmental impacts of these investments.
  5. The role of governance in generating the conditions for the best possible use of technology in the water sector.
  6. The regulation of the urban water cycle services, in order to align individual interests and collective objectives.

Representatives in the sector have said...

"The event serves as a platform for trends and dissemination with regard to the integral water cycle, of which it aims to be the most active promoter. We are very happy to welcome the Water Economy Forum, an event with which we share both values and an international focus. We believe it is necessary to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge as well as networking among entrepreneurs, experts, scientists and researchers to lead with them the sustainable development of the water sector."

Ángel Celorrio, director of Iwater.

"We at the Water Economy Forum understand that the management of the integral water cycle and, within that, the urban water cycle, requires us to overcome fragmented, partial and sectoral focuses. The connections of water with many other sectoral policies are often ignored, as well as its connections with the social and economic development model as a whole. Holding another forum and this time as part of iWater, commits us to the need to showcase the value of water from the experience of the leading world experts in the governance, technology, regulation and economy of water."

Gonzalo Delacámara, academic director of the Foro.

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