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The Water Network by AquaSPE AG is the leading online knowledge sharing platform and business exchange for global water professionals.

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Our Management Team

Trudi Schifter
Founder and CEO
, Zurich, Switzerland

Founder of The Water Network and TallyFox Social Technologies, the developer of the award winning cloud platform that powers The Water Network. Thirty years of experience in the US, Asia and Europe. A broad spectrum of experience across business, government, Venture Capital and non profit sectors. 13 years at GE. BS Engineering Sciences and molecular biophysics, MBA IMD Lausanne, Switzerland.

Vishakha Rajput
COO, The Water Network
, Zurich Switzerland

The Water Network Chief Operating Officer for the last three years. Extensive experience in rural development with focus on holistic watershed management in Asia. Worked with SDC, World Bank, Indian Govt, DFID and local NGOs in India in different domains related to natural resource management. Masters degree in soil and water conservation engineering with specialization in watershed management with Remote Sensing and GIS from MPKV Rahuri. B.Tech., Agricultural Engineering from PKV Akola, India.

Isabelle Steiner
Research Manager
, London, UK

Five years experience as lead researcher for the global water sector. CRM database management and research. Social media marketing specialist.

Duško Balenović
Content Manager - AquaSPE

Social scientist who went practical and joined AquaSPE team in order to connect water professionals and solve some of the most burning environmental and social issues of today - those regarding clean drinking water for everyone.

Marina Anđelković
Senior Key Account and Content Manager

A physicist who applies her science and technology knowledge in the water sector.

Now Hiring!

Open positions:

Sales Specialist

Global Sales Specialist for Premium and Featured Company profiles listings on The Water Network.

Requirements: Super Sales person. 2 years successful media sales experience.  Written and conversational fluency in English. Excellent communicator. Good web and computer skills.


Peleg Chevion
Managing Director
Basel, Switzerland

A business executive and corporate/licensing attorney, with extensive experience in managing R&D and commercial transactions in the military, (bio)technology, water, and agrochemical industries worldwide. He is an experienced R&D and technology executive. L.L.B., Law Tel Aviv University, MBA from INSEAD.

Dr. Helge Daebel
Investment Director
Emerald Ventures
Zurich, Switzerland

Responsible for the water sector within Emerald – defining strategy, driving investment processes and supporting portfolio companies. Advisor and board observer to inge watertechnologies, AquaSpy, the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company and Takadu. Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich.

Carlo Galli
Technical and Strategic Advisor for Water Resources
Supply Chain
Geneva, Switzerland

Responsible for the adoption and improvement of sustainable water resources management practices within Nestlé Direct Operations including >500 factories, and the agricultural raw material supply Chain. Carlo’s main competences are in water resources exploration, management and protection. Chair of the “Working Group Water and Agriculture” within the “Sustainable Agriculture Initiative” (SAI) and Member of the “International Standard Development Committee” (ISDC) within the “Alliance for Water Stewardship” (AWS).

Dr. Arjen Hoekstra
Professor, Multidisciplinary Water Management
University of Twente Scientific Director, Water Footprint Network
Enschede, Netherlands

Creator of the water footprint concept (2002) and established the interdisciplinary field of water footprint and virtual water trade analysis, a research field addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade www.waterfootprint.org. Scientific publications covering a wide range of topics related to water management. MSc degree, cum laude, in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Policy Analysis, Delft University of Technology.

Mark Lane
British Water
Infrastructure Law
United Kingdom

One of the world’s leading experts in water and wastewater regulations and infrastructure law. Mr. Lane is a specialist in the field of infrastructure law, with over 25 years' experience in the water, roads and energy sectors. Previous Partner Pinsent Masons, Editor of 'Pinsent Masons Water Yearbook' and is the only private practice lawyer on the UK Government's Water Sector Advisory Group. MA (Hons) from Trinity College, Cambridge Solicitors Professional Examinations - College of Law.

Dr. David Lloyd Owen
Managing Director
United Kingdom

A strategic consultancy advising governments, multilateral institutions, financiers and companies on water and wastewater market, policy, regulatory, environmental and management, following the water sector for 23 years, previously at BNP Paribas and Ecofin Limited. Previously member of the Advisory Board for the Pictet Funds Water Fund and XPV Capital’s Water Fund. Advisor to the Board of Bluewater Bio, and Ambassador for Pump Aid. Environmental Biology at Liverpool and has a DPhil in Applied Ecology from Oxford, Chartered Environmentalist (MIEEM, CEnv) and Geographer (FRGS, CGeog).

William Sarni
Director and enterprise water strategy leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Management Consulting
Denver, United States

Author of “Corporate Water Strategies,” he is an internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and corporate water strategies. Deloitte project leader for the 2011 CDP Water Disclosure sponsorship and the technical leader for Deloitte’s IBLF and CEO Water Mandate “Water Action Hub” project. Member of the CDP Water Disclosure Water Advisory Council and an advisor to the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform project, “The right value for externalities” focused on the real value of water.

Nikolay Voutchkov
Water Globe Consulting
New York, United States

Water Globe Consulting an internationally recognized expert in the field of membrane water and wastewater treatment with extensive experience in the development of seawater desalination projects, new membrane technologies and in due diligence review of membrane companies and projects for private investment. For over 11 years, prior to founding Water Globe Consulting, Mr. Voutchkov was a Corporate Technical Director and a Chief Technology Officer for Poseidon Resources, one of the largest private investors and developers of membrane desalination projects in the US. An active member of the WateReuse Association – Desalination Committee; the American Water Works Association – Desalination and Membrane Process Committees; the American Membrane Technology Association, and the International Desalination Association.

Stuart Orr
Head of Water Stewardship
WWF International
Gland, Switzerland

Stuart Orr is Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International. He leads on strategy and partnership development and support the implementation of collective action with business in WWF priority river basins. He has many publications on water accounting, the water and energy nexus, water stewardship, public policy and water-related risk. Stuart has led the development of an on-line Water Risk Tool for companies and financial investors, co-drafted guidelines for the UN on Business engagement in water policy and recently co-wrote a book on business water strategy. He is an alumni of the World Economic Forum’s council for Water Security, a water adviser for the CDP on water and sits on a number of corporate sustainability and advisory panels.


Florida Earth Foundation
Through world class education and collaborative problem solving, connecting the domestic and international community of water experts, policy makers, students and stakeholders. 
National Water Development Agency of India
A society under the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.
WRC Portfolio
Portfolio is a £2.0 million per annum shared-cost research programme, managed by WRc, which helps drive continual improvement and greater efficiencies in the water industry. 
UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world.