29-30 October 2018 | Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Barcelona

Master of Ceremonies, Sören Bauer, Communication and Knowledge Management Expert

Day 1


On strengthening regional partnerships, promoting knowledge exchange, advancing innovative solutions, and communicating environmental sustainability around the Mediterranean.

8:15 – 8:45


8:45 – 9:00

Opening Ceremony

Stuart Reigeluth, Founder, REVOLVE
• Marta Subirá i Roca, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia

9:00 – 10:30

Regional Cooperation: Towards a Water & Energy Community

High-level discussion with decision-makers advancing the transversal themes of water and energy for socio-economic development.

Miguel Garcia Herraiz, Deputy Secretary-General, Water & Environment, Union for the Mediterranean

• Eng. Bilal Alsharif, Program Manager, Wadi Arab System II Project, Ministry of Water and Irrigation Jordan

• Thomas Van Gilst, Head of Water Division, European Investment Bank

• Diego Escalona Paturel, On behalf of Mr. Michael A. Kohler, Director Neighborhood South, DG NEAR-B, European Commission

• Lluis Ridau, Director, Catalan Water Agency


Moderated by Sören Bauer, Communication and Knowledge Management Expert

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Social Entrepreneurship

In the spirit of a circular economy leading organisations explore models to support innovation, scale up projects and mobilise private finance

Burcu Tuncer, Team Leader, Networking and Partnerships, UN Environment MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)
Juan Zaffora, Program Manager, Ship2b on Tech 4 Climate
Maria Jose Blanco Gutierrez, Head of Entrepreneurship Program, Barcelona Activa
Maria Monzó Llopis, Innovation & Knowledge Director, Aigües de Barcelona

Start-Up showcase:

CEWAS ME present Ramzi Bou Khalil, Co-Founder, Clean2O

SwitchMed present Marc Aoun, Co-Founder, Compost Baladi

Ship2B present Jordi Caparrós, CEO, Eco Baula

Hatem Marrakchi, Founder, Dynamique Eau

Moderated by Rabbie Hamamsah, Journalist, BBC Arabia

12:30 – 13:30

Connecting SDGs: Water, energy and food nexus

On sharing knowledge and advancing innovative solutions to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Yasmine Koujou, Associate Senior Researcher, Arab development Portal by UNDP
Francis Ghiles, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB
Gonzalo Delacámara, Coordinator, Water Economics Group of the IMDEA Water Foundation and Academic Director of the Water Economics Forum

Moderated by Mostapha Raad, Journalist, NewsWeek Arabia

13:30 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 – 15:15

Science Communication and Story-telling

On how technology is influencing and enabling the communication of complex stories.

Marina Presas, journalist specialized in science and technology communication, EURECAT, Communicating science within the Research Communication Office.

Christophe Bourillon, Executive Director, World Federation of Science Journalists, on science reporting
Michael Kropac, Director, Seecon, presents The Water Story ME, on constructive water-related journalism
Óscar Cusó, Writer National Geographic España and Scriptwriter at 3D Tech Omega Zeta

Moderated by Marina Arnaldos, R&D area manager, CETAQUA, and President YWP Spain

Water Open Eye Award Ceremony

15:15 – 16:00

The Power of Immersive Media – organized by The Lookout Station

Ole Krogscaard, VR and 360 editor, Euronews
• Pablo León, Senior Journalist, El Pais
• Oscar Marin Miro, Founder, Outliers Collective
• Griselda Serra, Founder & CEO, OneBigRobot

Moderated by Rina Tsubaki, Journalist and Partnerships Manager, European Forest Institute

16:00 – 16:30

Demo VR Experience ‘The Disappearing Oasis

The Lookout Station and Contrast VR will take you to The Disappearing Oasis – a new virtual reality film about M’hamid El Ghizlane (an oasis in south-east Morocco) that has been affected by climate change and threatened by the encroaching Sahara.

16:30 – 18:00

Media workshop

Ideation Session: Mapping 360 Video Story Ideas on Water in the Mediterranean Region

Co-organised by the Lookout Station and Euronews

• Help the journalists explore the power of immersive media
• Collaborate ideate story ideas around water for 360 video stories
• Offer a place for exchange with the 360 video Rockstar to give immediate feedback
• Create a space where the journalists from Mediterranean region can connect

16:00 – 18:00

Carlos Garriga present: We Are Water Film Festival screening

Showcasing award-winning short films based on productions with a clear sensitivity to the water problem in the world.

Day 2


On strengthening regional partnerships, promoting knowledge exchange, advancing innovative solutions, and communicating environmental sustainability around the Mediterranean.

9:00 – 9:15

Special Guest: Hon. Fuziah Salleh, Member of Parliament for Malaysia, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

9:15 – 10:15

Managing Water: Wastewater and reuse

On presenting case studies managing water pollution and reuse as well as campaigns and ideas for public acceptance.
Antoni Munné, Head of Water Quality, Agencia Catalana del Agua, on control and quality of water
Oriol Barba, Director, MedCities, on reuse in the Mediterranean and its impacts on territories
Christoph Sodemann, Head of Public Relations, BORDA on communicating water related innovations and its public acceptance
Sandra Casas, R+D Coordinator, Fundació CTM

Moderated by Lurdes Vidal, Chief Officer for Arab and Mediterranean World, IEMed


10:15 – 10:30

Keynote Speech by Joan Carles Guardiola, Business Developer, Global Omnium, on How can water utilities benefit from Digital Transformation?

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Water, Migration and Youth

The Centre for Mediterranean Integration and UNESCO

On unlocking opportunities for youth-led initiatives that support long-term regional water developments.
Michael Karner, Consultant, Centre for Mediterranean Integration
Nicole Webley, Associate Programme Specialist, Natural Science, UNESCO
Konstantina Toli, Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med)
Francisco Pedrero, Coordinator, MedYWat Network
Kholoud Al Ajarma, photographer, film-maker, anthropologist, MedYWat Network

Moderated by Cristina Mas, Diari ARA

12:00 – 13:30

Making Investments Happen

On investing in vital green infrastructure, developing water projects and stimulating socio-economic growth.

Miguel Garcia-Herraiz, Deputy Secretary-General, Water & Environment Division, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), on labelling and investing in regional water projects
Jose Ignacio de la Fuente, Middle East Business Development Director, Almar Water Solutions, on supplying water for a sustainable future
Octavi Quintana, Introducing the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)
Heike Ruettgers, Head of NC Coordination, European Investment Bank on Economic resilience initiative
Moderated by Anthi Brouma, Deputy Regional Director, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med)

13:30– 13:45 

Special Guest: Hassan Aboelnga, President, Arab Youth Parliament for Water and a PhD researcher at Cologne University


13:45– 14:00 

Closing Ceremony: Announcing AMWAJ 2019

14:00 – 15:00


15:30 – 17:30

Field Visit

Wastewater treatment plant, Baix del Llobregat. Organised by Agencia Catalana del Agua
Capacity 60pax. By invitation only

Special Features

Learn about ongoing projects and join optional field trips to interesting locations nearby the conference settings. Enhancing your knowledge, skills and attitude by directly interacting with the beneficiaries of the projects. A hands-on experience on how to plan, design and implement sustainable practices.


Wastewater treatment plant, Baix del Llobregat