Aquatech México
5 - 6 - 7 September 2023

Advisory board

Federico Grimaldi

Technical Manager, CANAJAD

Industrial Chemical Engineer. He has over twenty years’ worth of experience in standardization processes. He has managed chemical plants, including process and detailed engineering projects, as well as the building of same. He has worked in risk evaluation, safety programs and environmental audits. Also in production control and coordination of traffic functions for the handling of large volumes of raw materials and products.

Keith Hays

Keith Hays

Vice President and Co-Founder, Bluefield Research

Keith is a seasoned market insight professional with over 20 years’ experience as a management consultant and industry analyst in the energy, water, and telecoms sectors. At Bluefield he leads the Global Municipal Insight Service and consulting practice that advises water sector strategies for infrastructure and services globally, with an emphasis on Public-Private Partnership models and Smart Water. Mr. Hays holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from IESE Business School. He is based in Barcelona, Spain.

Orlando Jaimes

Deputy Manager of National Water Planning, CONAGUA

Earth Science Engineer graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the UNAM. Master of Science from Imperial College London, England. Master in Engineering and Water Management from the National School of Public Works of Lyon, France, and Lead Fellow of the Program of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development and Environment of the Colegio de México. He has more than 25 years of experience in the water sector and has published several articles and papers on water planning and strategy. He currently serves as Deputy Manager of Water Planning at the National Water Commission and as an academic of several subjects at the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM.

Veronica Martinez

Verónica Martínez

Water Security and Resilience Program Coordinator, World Bank, Mexico

She holds a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and a Master's Degree in International Law and International Relations from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. With more than 15 years of experience in water issues, Verónica served as Technical Secretary of the Special Commission for Integral Water Management in the IV Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, period in which she also served as General Coordinator of the Mexican Alliance for a New Water Culture. From February 2008 to March 2014, she held the position of Project Coordinator of the Water Advisory Council, an organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable use of water in Mexico. She later served as Executive Director of this same organization.

Hector Mayagoitia Domnguez

Héctor Mayagoitia

Polytechnic Coordinator for Sustainability, National Polytechnic Institute

Member of the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis. Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Americas. Medal of Merit “Regional technological Institutes”. “Francisco Villa” Award from the LIV Legislature of the State of Durango. “Lazaro Cardenas” Medal of Merit from the National Polytechnic Institute. “Guadalupe Victoria” Award from the LIX Legislature of Durango. “Valentín Gómez Farías” Award from the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics. Nature Conservation Recognition 2003, SEMARNAT-National Commission of Protected Natural Areas. Recognition from the Biosphere Reserve Foundation “Michilia” and “Mapimi”. SEMARNAT-DURANGO. Special Recognition for Ecological Merit 2013 SEMARNAT – Training Center for Sustainable Development.

Grisell Medina

Assistant manager of management and evaluation of projects with external loans, CONAGUA

B.A. in International Relations with a specialization in official development assistance and a Master's degree in public policy and gender from FLACSO. Her professional activity has focused on international financing issues, mainly from international financial organizations in Nacional Financiera, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, the Tax Administration Service and the National Water Commission.

Eduardo Mestre

Senior Advisor, The International Water Foundation

Civil Engineer by the UNAM; Masters in the United States, postgraduate in the United Kingdom and doctoral studies in Spain. Expert in water resources planning; irrigation and drinking water and sanitation services; hydraulic infrastructure projects; information for water management and public water policies and their implementation. High level public positions in the governments of Mexico (he was part of the original team of CONAGUA) and Spain, in the field of water. Senior specialist consultant in more than 40 countries in four continents for the World Bank, IDB, CAF, AFD and KfW. He was president of the Mexican Hydraulic Association and vice-president of the Mexican Association of Civil Engineers. Member of the Global Water Partnership and member of the Mexican Water Advisory Council.

Adrian Pedrozo Acua

Adrian Pedrozo

General Director, IMTA

Civil Engineer with a Master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, he is also a researcher at UNAM's Institute of Engineering. His scientific work contains more than 100 publications and 45 articles in international indexed journals, with more than 600 citations. From 2012 to January 2019, he worked as Hydraulics Coordinator at UNAM's Institute of Engineering. He is the creator of the Real-time Hydrological Observatory and of the Multivariate Drought Monitor of Mexico, Mexican new tools for monitoring the hydrological cycle. He is a CONACYT Level-2 National Researcher and consultant to the World Bank for water, climate-change, and risk-related issues. He is a member of several international associations, such as the Hydro-environmental Research and Engineering Association, the Hydrological Sciences Association, the American Geophysics Association, and the European Geosciences Association. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Technology and Water Sciences Journal of the Mexican Institute of Water Technology and is the only Mexican Scientific Editor of the Ibero-American Journal of Water, published by Elsevier.

Raúl Rodriguez

President, Water Advisory Council

He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, where he has served as Secretary of Finance and Planning of the State of Zacatecas, and is currently its representative in Mexico City. In the private sector, he has works as Managing Partner of GCI; as Treasurer of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Sector of CANACINTRA, as National Advisor of the Association in Favor of the Best and as a contributor to Bloomberg Financial. He has also served as Director of Corporate Relations of Grupo Modelo; President and Chief Executive Officer of construction group GARUMI SA, and Advisor to the Director; and former President of Procab.

Hugo Rojas

Hugo Rojas

Consultant and Facilitator in Water Management

Graduate in Economics, Master in Business and Economics and currently studying a PhD in Economics in the Area of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (UNAM). Writer of articles in La Jornada newspaper. Former director of the National Association of Water and Sanitation Entities (ANEAS), Deputy Director of Strengthening at ANEAS, Director of Planning of the Puerto Vallarta Water Operator Agency (SEAPAL), undergraduate and graduate professor in topics related to Economics at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG). 

Carlos Sandoval

President, CONIECO

Established in Mexico City Non-Governmental Organization with more than 100 industrialists from small and medium-sized companies that promote the reduction of pollution in industrial processes and wastewater treatment. He is currently a member of the following Advisory Councils: Climate Change Council of Mexico; Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (CANACO); Center of Studies for the Sustainable Development of the Private Sector (CESPEDES); Mexico City Council of Nacional Financiera; Water Advisory Council; Human Rights Council of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of the Interior; Board of Directors of TUBOS DYSA, a company dedicated to wastewater treatment. CONIECO has been collaborating with Tarsus Services (formerly E.J. Krause de México) for more than 24 years.

Juan Carlos Valencia

Consultant / Professor, UNAM

He is currently a Consultant, Professor of the Master in Hydraulics at UNAM and President of the Advisory Board of the Mexican Hydraulic Association in the Morelos Regional Section. He graduated with honors as a Master in Engineering from UNAM and previously as an Industrial Engineer from the Autonomous University of Morelos. He has more than 27 years of experience in the water sector. Among his positions are: General Director of ANEAS; Executive Secretary of the State Water Commission, in the Government of the state of Morelos; In CONAGUA he served as: General Director of Balsas Basin Organizations; National Manager of Hydraulic Planning and Regional Manager of Programming.

Eduardo Vázquez

Executive Director, Agua Capital

Law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana; Diploma in Public Management from CIDE and the University of Colorado, as well as a Master's degree in Political Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated from the International Sustainability Program of El Colegio de México and LEAD International (Cohort XIII), and from the International Program for Sustainability Diplomacy of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, IPMS (Cohort 19a). He has worked in the water sector for 15 years and has extensive experience in the public, social and private sectors, with emphasis on Public Affairs and Institutional Relations. He was Executive Director of the Water Advisory Council. Currently, he is Executive Director of Agua Capital, whose mission is to promote water security in the Valley of Mexico.

Patricia Hernandez

Patricia Hernández Martínez

General Director, ANEAS

She holds a master's degree in Governance and Globalization from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP).  She has served as Legislative Director of the Water, Infrastructure and Hydraulic Resources Commission in the Guerrero State Congress, Deputy Director of Management in the Guerrero Potable Water, Sewerage and Sanitation Commission; Deputy Director of ANEAS and since October 2022 she is the General Director of ANEAS.