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In 2012, we were privileged to bring together an esteemed group of jurists that included experts from corporations such as Intel, Archer Daniels Midland, IBM, Ecolab and Syngenta as well as McKinsey, CH2M Hill, Carollo Engineers and the Singapore Public Utilities Board. (A full list is available below.)

I. Technology
John Rydzewski, Intel Corporation
Harry Seah, Singapore Public Utilities Board
Rishi Shukla, Archer Daniels Midland
Chairman: Paul O’Callaghan, O2 Environmental

II. Value in Application
Bill Bellamy, CH2M Hill
Geoff Gage, McKinsey
Peter Williams, IBM
Chairman:  Andy Salveson, Carollo Engineers

III. Business Viability
Peleg Chevion, Syngenta
Reinhard Hübner, Skion GmbH
HP Michelet, Energy Recovery (ERI)
Chairman: Chris Morrison, Nalco/Ecolab

Initial Review to Name Finalists
Ramesh Rangarajan, Wasserstein
Slava Libman, Air Liquide

Competition Chair, Laura Shenkar, The Artemis Project


I. Technology

John Rydzewski

John Rydzewski has 19 years of experience with the design and construction of water purification and wastewater treatment systems for the semiconductor industry in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has been with Intel for 12 years, the last six in the company’s construction organization.  He is currently a project manager tasked with the design and construction of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, city water distribution, brine treatment, and water reclaim systems; and co-chairs a corporate working group to define Intel’s water conservation goals through 2020. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Rydzewski was the corporate ultrapure water technologist responsible for identifying and implementing new technologies to support Intel’s manufacturing roadmap; and participated in the development of various standards for SEMI, ASME and the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). He has authored or co-authored over a dozen papers and presentations on topics including crystal growth in space; treatment of chemical-mechanical polishing waste; water conservation; and the identification and removal of urea from ultrapure water. He has  B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Clarkson University.

Harry Seah

Harry Seah is the CTO at the Public Utilities Board in Singapore. The Technology Office coordinates the research and development initiatives in PUB, and supports PUB’s mission through technology, innovation, industry partnership, expertise development and introduction of best practices.

Mr. Seah has extensive operational experience and rich expertise in membrane technology, especially in areas of water re-use, wastewater treatment and seawater desalination. He has led the NEWater Programme in Singapore since 1998. He was the Project Manager for the NEWater Demonstration Plant which utilizes a dual membrane process comprising microfiltration and reverse osmosis,and ultraviolet disinfection as a multiple barrier approach in thereclamation of used water to produce NEWater. He was the Deputy Director in charge of the implementation of NEWater from 2001 to 2004, when PUB constructed and commissioned three NEWater factories (Bedok, Kranji and Seletar NEWater Factories) to supply NEWater to industries and for indirect potable use in Singapore.

Rishi Shukla

Rishi Shukla is the Global technology leader at Archer Daniels Midland. Dr. Shukla has been involved for over 14 years in the pilot scale process development of novel processes for industrial chemicals and biofuels processing. At ADM since 2000, he has extensive technical management experience of water usage in production of crops and conversion of crops to ethanol and other related biofuel transportation fuels. He is a member of ADM’s Water Sustainability Committee and oversees ADM’s water and membrane applications research. He is responsible for new applications of water and related technologies at ADM and developing a corporate water foot print for the company. Dr. Shukla holds seven patents and published over 30 scientific articles and abstracts. He is a graduate of University of Illinois and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Chairman of Technology Committee: Paul O’Callaghan, 02 Environmental

Paul O’Callaghan is the founding CEO of O2 Environmental, the leading Clean Tech consultancy providing water technology market expertise to support the commercialization of innovative water technologies.

Paul is also CEO of BlueTech Research, a subsidiary company of O2 Environmental. The BlueTech Research Advisory Service provides clients with expert insight and analysis on industry drivers and trends, helping them to effectively navigate their way through a changing and evolving water technology market and make informed decisions.

Paul holds a Masters Degree in Water Resource Management and has 16 years experience in the water industry.  He is the author of numerous papers on water and wastewater treatment, has lectured at Kwantlen University College and has been an invited lecturer at Harvard Business School. Paul has been chair of a technical committee on decentralized wastewater management in British Columbia, has been a Director with Ionic Water Technologies and is an industry expert reviewer for Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

II. Value in Application

William Bellamy

William Bellamy is a Fellow and Senior Vice President of Global Water Technologies at CH2M HILL. Dr. Bellamy’s career spans over 35 years with participation in more than 200 water, wastewater, reuse, and energy projects ranging in value from a few thousand dollars to over 4 billion; encompassing research design, construction, and operations. His current focus is on developing methods and tools designed to integrate sustainability principles into comprehensive power and water management systems, assisting business to be more profitable and better stewards of the environment.

Geoff Gage

Geoff Gage is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and is the co-leader of McKinsey’s water utility practice. He has worked with more than 30 water utilities worldwide, leading major transformation programs which reduce cost by 15-30% while improving quality, benchmarking performance, diagnosing potential improvements, and advising on regulatory strategy. Geoff has also helped water technology companies on their growth strategies, supported regional and national governments in setting up and growing water technology clusters, and advised investors on potential acquisitions in water technology companies.

Peter Williams

Dr. Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Big Green Innovations unit, whose role is to identify environmentally focused businesses for IBM to either develop or participate in . He is personally responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses included. His particular focus areas have been photovoltaic energy; developing green house gas reduction solutions and services for all types of organization, both public and private; and water management solutions, covering entire water resources (for example, entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures responsible for water supply, water quality and waste water management, and enterprise water management.

By background, Dr. Williams is a management consultant with well over 20 years experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models.  He has extensive experience of the public sector, including defense, as well as the high technology, retail and CPG sectors. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.

Chairman of the Value in Application Committee:

Andrew Salveson

Andrew Salveson is a project manager at Carollo Engineers. Mr. Salveson has 17 years of environmental consulting experience serving public and private-sector clients in the research and design of water and wastewater treatment systems. He is a licensed engineer in California, is an active member of the WEF Disinfection Practice Committee, and a contributing author on several disinfection textbooks.

In 2007, the WateReuse Association named him the person of the year, noting his contribution “in bringing innovative technology to market.” Areas of experience include advanced wastewater treatment and disinfection process research, drinking water process research, and advanced water and wastewater treatment planning and design. Salveson’s recent WateReuse Foundation Projects have provided the industry with valuable information related to removal and biological impact of various TOrCs in wastewater.

III. Business Viability

Peleg Chevion

Peleg Chevion is  Head of Crop Enhancement and Water Solutions for Syngenta International AG (NYSE: SYT, SWX: SYNN). Prior to Syngenta, Mr. Chevion led the business development activities in the therapeutic proteins arena for Crucell Holland NV (NASDAQ, Euronext: CRXL) and served as an attorney with one of the leading Israeli high-tech/VC related law firms. Prior to that he led R&D and commercial endeavors in the Software, Telecom and Internet industries. Mr Chevion started his career serving 7 years in the Israeli Air Force, leading R&D aerospace projects. Mr. Chevion graduated from the IDF Computer Academy with a diploma in software engineering. He holds an LL.B from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore). He is a corporate and licensing attorney, admitted to the Israeli Bar Association.

Dr. Reinhard Hübner

Dr. Reinhard Hübner is investment manager at SKion GmbH (investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten) where he is responsible for direct investments including investments in the water technology sector. Since January 2012,  following SKion’s investment in the company Paques, he is also a member of the supervisory board of Paques Holding bv.

Prior to joining SKion in the summer of 2010, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc for eight years. At McKinsey, he worked in both operations/supply chain management and the water industry. During his last four years at McKinsey, Reinhard spent the majority of his time serving clients in the water industry and was a member of McKinsey’s water industry leadership team. His work in the water sector included numerous projects for major water utilities in Europe, the US and Australia including a global water utility benchmarking initiative but also projects for technology providers and EPC companies.

Dr. Hübner graduated from the Technical University of Berlin where he studied business administration. As part of his doctoral dissertation on strategic Supply Chain Management in process industries, he developed an operations research model to optimize global production networks in specialty chemicals industry. Today, he still teaches operations management and advanced planning at the Technical University of Munich.

Hans Peter Michelet

Hans Peter Michelet first joined the board of directors in August 1995 and has served as its chairman since September 2004. Mr. Michelet also serves as the chairman of the board of SynchroNet Logistics Inc., a maritime technology service provider, and he is a member of the board of IRIS Forskningsinvest, a leading research and development institute in Norway, and Profunda, a leading, innovative Norwegian fish farm. Mr. Michelet is also a member of the international advisory board of the Virgin Green Fund, which focuses on middle market growth and expansion investment opportunities in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors including water.

Before joining ERI’s board, Mr. Michelet worked for Delphi Asset Management and was instrumental in turning Delphi into one of the fastest-growing Norwegian asset management companies. He served as CEO at Fiba Nordic Securities, where he was instrumental in positioning the firm as a major Scandinavian investment bank. He has also held key roles at Finanshuset and Storebrand Insurance Corporation.  Mr. Michelet holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Michelet also serves as the chairman of the board of SynchroNet Logistics Inc., a maritime technology service provider, and he is a member of the board of IRIS Forskningsinvest, a leading research and development institute in Norway, and Profunda, a leading, innovative Norwegian fish farm. Mr. Michelet is also a member of the international advisory board of the Virgin Green Fund, which focuses on middle market growth and expansion investment opportunities in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors including water. Mr. Michelet holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon.


Chairman of the Value in Application Committee:

Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison is a 30+ year global veteran of the water treatment industry, most recently working/living in Geneva, Switzerland, with NALCO, an Ecolab Company. Mr. Morrison has had a variety of executive assignments in leadership, technical and commercial roles, mostly focused on industrial water treatment involving: refrigeration/towers, steam/boilers, reverse osmosis, and waste plant/MBR operations. He and his teams have provided Green technical solutions to a variety of industries (including: steel, pulp and paper, refining, commercial buildings, microelectronics and all sorts of food/Beverage manufacturers) to reduce water footprint, re-use and recycle strategies. Mr. Morrison has led these assignments starting the 80’s from San Francisco; in the 90’s, in Sydney, Australia and Jakarta, Indonesia. Chris is previously an elected public official and director/Chairman of the Marin Municipal Water District(~250 employees). He was also a California Governor appointee of the Regional Water Control Board for San Francisco. Mr. Morrison graduated with a degree in Biology from UC San Diego and extension courses in business at University of Sydney and Northwestern. Mr. Morrison returned to the Ecolab/Nalco San Francisco office in 2012 and consults for a variety of multi-National and Global manufacturers in water treatment in USA and overseas.


Finalist Selection

Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh

Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh is a Managing Director at Wasserstein & Co. He has over 25 years of global operating, acquisition and technology experience. From 2003 to 2009, he held several senior management roles at GE Water & Process Technologies, including four years as Chief Technology Officer. During his tenure as CTO, Dr. Ramesh played a key role in the development and implementation of the strategy that led to the creation of GE’s $2.5 billion global water platform, managing engineering and technology organizations of over 700 engineers and scientists while leading the technical and operational due diligence and integration efforts of GE Water’s major acquisitions. Prior to serving at GE, Dr. Ramesh served numerous management roles, including Chief Technology Officer, General Manager of Asia and General Manager of Mexico and South America, over a two-decade career with A. Schulman Inc., a global, multi-billion dollar specialty chemicals manufacturer.

Dr. Vyacheslav (Slava) Libman

Dr. Vyacheslav (Slava) Libman is the Director of Advanced Water Analysis at Air Liquide – Balazs NanoAnalysis.  He has over 18 years of experience in water and waste water treatment, desalination, and water reuse in municipal and industrial applications. Dr. Libman has been involved in advanced water technologies in different technical leadership roles with leading advanced semiconductor and engineering companies. He has developed innovative processes, technologies, and engineering solutions for a wide array of water and wastewater applications in semiconductor manufacturing.

Dr. Libman holds a co-chair position of UPW ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductor) and chairing task forces with SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International); leading development of high purity water specifications for semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Laura Shenkar, Founder and Principal of The Artemis Project

Laura Shenkar is one of the foremost global experts on corporate water strategy and the application of advanced water technologies in commercial and industrial markets. Ms. Shenkar works with leading global corporations – including Wal-Mart, IBM and Novozymes – on the development and execution of their water management strategies. She also assists advanced water technology companies in bringing new innovations to market, such as smart irrigation, advanced cooling towers, high-efficiency filtration, on-site recycling and water capture systems. Ms. Shenkar advises the venture capital community on emerging investment opportunities through her work with Going Green clean-tech investment conference, the VC Taskforce and Astia. She is also actively involved with leading policy, advocacy and certification organizations, including the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Water Reuse Association, the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, the National Sanitation Foundation, the Denmark Innovation Centre, the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Water Netherlands Partnership.Ms. Shenkar is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events, and she has authored several landmark reports and policy papers, including the E2 policy paper, “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Improved Water Policy,” that has driven California state policy on energy and water conservation. A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Shenkar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has lived throughout the world and currently resides in San Francisco, California.