Past Events

National Water Security Conference 2019

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Penang Institute are proud to organize the National Water Security Conference 2019, Penang Malaysia which is scheduled as follows:

Date: 25th April 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 8:30am – 5pm
Venue: St. Giles Wembley Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

Conference Description
Chronic water shortage challenges have become the norm for urban Asia’s water management. Urbanisation accelerating in towns and cities throughout Asia, coupled with increased volumes of water usage for irrigated agriculture, energy, and industry, has brought into sharp focus the dilemma that there is now much less water available to be supplied to urban centres. For instance, the situation is exacerbated by the loss of an estimated 29 billion cubic meters of treated water every year in Asia, valued conservatively at $9 billion. This lost water, termed broadly as Non-Revenue Water (NRW), can no longer be ignored.

Water security, is a multifaceted problem and requires a range of solutions to address the many issues and challenges that are already known, and which need to be tailored to meet specific situational contexts. It also needs to be understood that an effective response requires a stakeholder-based approach that involves urban water practitioners, policy makers, water company owners, academia, investors, and the private sector. At this water security conference, the challenges and their technical, policy and management methodology-based solutions can be discussed and taken forward in an intentional and concerted way.

This conference connects leading regional government municipal leaders from Malaysia to raise their own water-related security issues and challenges with the private sector and academia. Moreover, possible solutions will extend to innovative financing solutions and business models, which will be attractive to local state governments confronted with budgetary constraints.

Conference Agenda

Malaysian Speakers

Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB) and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP)

Ir. Ts. Hj Mohamed Haniffa Hj. Abdul Hamid
Chief Operating Officer of Indah Water Konsortium (IWK)

Jared Loo
Managing Director, Terasek E Hydra Sdn. Bhd.

Dato’ Ahmad Fuad Embi
Adjunct Professor from UKM

Ir. Ratna Rajah Sivapiragasam
Deputy Director
Flood Management Division
Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Malaysia

International Speakers

Eric Quincieu
Senior Water Resources Specialist

Stephane Bessadi
Senior Water Utility Specialist
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

Vijay Padmanabhan
Director, and concurrently Chief, Urban Sector
Urban Development and Water Division
Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank

Anthony Rush
Water Pricing Division, PART

Gilles Brunschwig
Managing Director

Steven van Rossum
General Director (CEO)
World Waternet

Mr. Angel Gomez Reino
Country Manager in the Philippines and Business Development Director in the ASEAN Region INCLAM S.A.

Sherwin Mendoza
Assistant Vice President
Non-Revenue Water Services Department
Maynilad Water Services

Leonard Ng SILA
Country Market Director
RAMBOLL, SE Asia and China

Krishna Chaitanya Rao
FSM Consultant
International Water Management Institute

Dr. Piyatida Ruangrassamee
Department of Water Resources Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

Tom Lienesch
Capital, Finance and Rates Section
King County Wastewater Treatment Division

Nguyen Van Thien
Binh Duong Water-Environment Joint Stock Company

Presentation Slides