On 25th April 2019, Penang Institute along with Asian Development Bank co-organized the National Water Security Conference 2019 which took place at St. Giles Wembley Hotel, Penang. The conference commenced with an opening statement and welcoming remark by YBM. Tengku Zulpuri Shah bin Raja Puji, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources, Malaysia, and YAB. Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang respectively. This conference connected leading regional government municipal leaders from Malaysia and international speakers from around the world to raise their own water-related security issues and challenges with the private sector and academia. Moreover, possible solutions that extended to innovative financing solutions and business models, which is especially imperative for local state governments confronted with budgetary constraints, were presented during the conference.