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

Day 1


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

8:15 – 8:45

Registration: Coffee & Croissants

8:45 – 9:00

Opening Ceremony

Stuart Reigeluth, Founder, REVOLVE
Damià Calvet, Minister of the Territory, Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia

9:00 – 10:30

Regional Cooperation for Environmental Sustainability 

On moving towards socio-economic development and the emergence of a water and energy community.

Nasser Kamel, Secretary-General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) – tbc
• Marta Subirá i Roca, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia
• Thomas Van Gilst, Water Division Head, European Investment Bank (EIB)
•  Iyad Dahiyat, Secretary-General, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Circular Economy and Social Entrepreneurship

On exploring creative business models to support innovation for launching, replicating and scaling-up projects.

Enrique de Villamore, Director, UNEP/MAP SCP/RAC, SwitchMed
Juan Ignacio Zafora, Program Manager, Lab Tech4Climate, Ship2b
Maria Jose Blanco Gutierrez, Head of Entrepreneurship Program, Business and Innovation, Barcelona Activa
Maria Monzó Llopis, Innovation & Knowledge Director, Aigües de Barcelona


Spotlight on the Start-ups:

CEWAS Middle East presents Ramzi Bou Khalil, Co-Founder, Clean2O

SwitchMed presents Marc Aoun, Co-Founder, Compost Baladi

Ship2B presents Guillaume Teyssié, Co-Founder & CEO, Aquapioneers


Moderated by Rabbie Hamamsah, journalist at BBC Arabia

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

The Water, Energy and Food Nexus

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

• Jasmine Koujou, Associate Senior Researcher, Arab Development Portal (ADP) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Francis Ghiles, Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB
Bilal R. Alsharif, Wadi Al-Arab Project Manager, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)
Gonzalo Delacámara, Coordinator of the Water Economics Group of the IMDEA Water Foundation and Academic Director of the Water Economics Forum


Moderated by Sara Hteit, journalist at Deutsche Welle Arabia

14:30 – 16:00

Science Journalism and Story-Telling

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

Laura Arevalo, EURECAT, on digital and interactive storytelling and data visualizations
• Christophe Bourrilon, World Federation of Science Journalists, on capacity building on science literacy
Michael Kropac, Seecon, The Water Story ME, on constructive water-related journalism
Rina Tsubaki, European Forest Institute, on Immersive Story-telling and science-based stories for journalists and citizens (Drones, 360 videos and Virtual Reality)


16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

Al Jazeera Demo VR Experience ‘The Dissapearing Oasis’ 

16:30 – 18:00

Media workshop

Journalists from Mediterranean countries are invited to a state-of-the art journalism training and innovative approaches to communicate stories.

We Are Water Foundation present We Are Water Film Festival award-winning short films

18:00 – 18:30

Celebration of the Water Open Eye Award Ceremony

18:30 – 21:00

Cocktail at Palau De Pedralbes

Day 2


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

9:00 – 10:30

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, Agencia Catalana del Agua, on control and quality of water
  • Kelly Robin, EPIMED, 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, Fundación CTM

Moderated by La Presse, Tunis

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Water, Migration and Youth

On unlocking opportunities for youth-led initiatives that support long-term regional water developments.

Janette Uhlmann, Sr. Operations Officer, 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

Co-organized by the Centre For Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and UNESCO

12:30 – 13:45

Making Investments Happen

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

Miguel Garcia-Herraiz, Deputy Secretary-General, Water and Environment Division, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), on labelling and investing in regional water projects
Carlos Cosín, CEO, Almar Water Solutions, on supplying water for a sustainable future
Octavi Quintana, Director, PRIMA, Introducing the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area
Heike Ruetggers, Head of Institutional and Policy Affairs Division, European Investment Bank, on economic resilience initiative

Moderated by Mostapha Raad, , Head Of NewsWeek ME

13:45 – 14:00

Closing Ceremony: Announcing AMWAJ 2019

14:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 19:00

Join a Field Visit

For entrepreneurs, media and investors to sites in and around Barcelona:

1. Barcelona Activa 

2. Wastewater Treatment Plant, Baix del Llobregat organised by Agencia Catalana del Agua (ACA)

Water & Entrepreneurship Field Visits
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.

Barcelona Activa

Wastewater treatment plant, Baix del Llobregat