Aquatech Mexico 3 - 5 September 2019


José Ramón Ardavín Ituarte

CESPEDES Executive Director

He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering by UNAM; he also has an M.A. in Energy Conservation and the Environment from the UK’s Cranfield University, as well as an Executive Diploma in High Level Management by the Pan-American Institute for High-Level Entrepreneurial Management (IPADE), in Mexico City. Professionally, he has held important positions in both the public and the private sectors: he was general deputy director for drinking water, drainage and water treatment at CONAGUA (National Water Commission) between the years 2006 and 2012; in 2005, he was appointed under-secretary for Promotion and Environmental Standards at SEMARNAT (Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources). In 2003, he held the industrial inspection deputy directorship at PROFEPA (Environmental Protection Agency). In the private sector, he worked for CEMEX-Mexico as technical advisor and public relations.

Felipe I. Arreguín Cortés

General Director, Mexican Institute of Water Technology

Doctor in Hydraulics and Master in Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is a National Researcher in the National System of Researchers and has been a professor in the postgraduate Studies Division of the Faculty of Engineering at the UNAM for over 30 years. From 2002 to June 2015 he was the technical under director general at the National Water Commission. He was Chairman of the XXX Board of Directors of the Mexican Hydraulic Association and at present he is the vice president of the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico and a full member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering.

Ernesto Bächtold García

Founding Partner and General Chief Executive, QS Mexiko AG

He holds a degree in Auto-mechanical Engineering by the Braunschweig Polytechnic University, in Germany. At a domestic level, he is part of the National Technical Committee for Standardizing Environmental Management Systems (COTENNSAAM), where he has worked for the development of Mexican and international environmental standards. He worked at Mexico City’s government’s program for sustainable building. This year, he was appointed for the 3rd. time as Chairman of the contact group before ISO (International Standards Organization), as the representative of developing countries in the TC/207 Committee, which is in charge of developing world environmental standards.

Carlos A. Becker Duprat

Consultant, COPARMEX

Environmental engineer with a strong history of effective leadership investigating wastewater problems and developing environmental solutions since 1992. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to review treatment operations, hazourdous wastes management and investigate concerns in both the government and corporate sectors. He work for PAQUES, Dutch company and UASB anaerobic wastewater treatment leader and Degremont, French company and aerobic wastewater treatment world leader. He became an Independant Environmental Consultant since 2001, coordinating and supervising of waste water treatment projects. Analyzing plant operations and investigating reported wastewater concerns during facility audits. Supporting global clients with a specialty in Environmental Science and Technology in Delft and anaerobic UASB treatment for industrial wastewater in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Utilizing extensive schooling and training in Chemical Engineering, Integrated Hydraulics Resource Management, and Environmental Policy, Management, and Technology. As well as Hazardous wastes management projects for national and international certification in metalmechanical and tannery industries. Participating for Hydrocarbons poluted soil remediations.

Ricardo Díaz de León Valdovinos

Infrastructure, Logistics and Tourism Coordinator

He holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Business Law and has worked in both the public and private sector. He has managed, consulted on and coordinated various infrastructure development projects in several medium and high marginalization Municipalities in the country. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a Consultant to the General Management of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports, where he helped States get resources and specialized technical advice for the development of infrastructure in the sports sector.

Federico Grimaldi De León

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

Research Consultant, Global Water Infrastructure& Services

Keith Hays, Vice President and Co-founder of Bluefield Research, 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.

Juan José Huerta Coria

Executive Director, Water Advisory Council

Juan José Huerta Coria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the ITAM, and has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester. During his professional career, he has held important positions in public administration and as CIO of private companies. He is currently Executive Director of the Water Advisory Council, an organization whose prestige in the handling of matters related to the efficient and sustainable use of water, is well renowned.

Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez

Polytechnic Coordinator for Sustainability, National Polytechnic Institute

Executive Secretary of the Environmental Monitoring Committee for Mexico City’s New International Airport. 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.

Roberto Olivares

Roberto Olivares, Director General of the National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities of Mexico (ANEAS)

A Civil Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute, he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and postgraduate degrees in Social Communication, Public Finance and Human Resources Management from the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP); a Master’s Degree in Regulation of Drinking Water and Sewerage Services from UADE Business School of Argentina; a degree in Water Utilities Advanced Management from UNAM; as well as a postgraduate degree on Water and Sanitation from the Utility Management Institute (UMINADBank). He is currently member of the Mexican Association of Urban Planners (AMU) and of the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics (SMGE); and Chairman of the Valley of Mexico Basin Council (CCVM). In the international arena he serves as Governor of the World Water Council (WWC), IWA-Fellow; Coordinator of WOPs-Mexico Platform; and member of GWOPA International Board of Directors. He is Vice-Chair of the National Committee of Mexico of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (CONAMEXPHI); task force member of the joint United Nations and World Bank Group High-level Panel on Water comprised by a group of Heads of State and cochaired by Mexico.

Carlos Sandoval Olvera

Civil Engineer and President of the Mexican National Council of Industrial Ecologists, (Consejo Nacional de Industriales Ecologistas de México, A.C. CONIECO).

Based in Mexico City, this nongovernmental business organization of more than 100 small and medium-sized industrialists promotes the reduction of pollution in industrial process and the wastewater treatment. Also is currently a member of the following advisory boards: Mexico Climate Change Council; Mexico City National Chamber of commerce and tourism (CANACO); Private Sector studies center for sustainable development (CESPEDES); Nacional Finance Minister (Nacional Financiera); Water Advisory Council (Consejo Consultivo del Agua); Environment and Natural Resources and Government Secretariats Commission for Human Rights; TUBOS DYSA SA Waste Water treatment facilities. In collaboration with E.J. Krause of México for more of 24 years, every year present the CONIECO International Environmental Conference with the Global Resources Environmental and Energy Network, the Green Expo, And in this year 2017 for first time: AQUATECH MEXICO 2017.

Alejandro Sosa Reyes

Executive Director, GEMI Initiative.

Chemical Engineer from UAM (Metropolitan Autonomous University), with a special mention for academic excellence. During his career, he has had the privilege of occupying various honorary charges, both in the public and in the private sectors. For example, he is a member of the National Consulting Council for Sustainable Development, of the Climate Change Consulting Council, of CONIECO’s Consulting Council and of the Sustainability Council of Expansion magazine. He has also chaired COPARMEX’s National Ecology Commission, as well as the International Chamber of Commerce between the years 2003 and 2007; he has been a member of the Ecology Commissions of the most important entrepreneurial organizations of the country.

Ph. D. Jorge Alejandro Silva

Head of the Department of Territory and Environment in the Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Studies on Environment and Development, IPN

He has a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, a Masters in Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Administration. He has had all his training at the National Polytechnic Institute. It also has various recognitions and distinctions, highlighting at the doctorate level, in the branch of Social and Administrative Sciences of the IPN, the Lázaro Cárdenas medal, granted by the President of Mexico in 2015. In addition, he is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico. In his academic career, he has taught at the master's and doctoral level, and has participated in different research projects focused on the water sector. Its main field of work is the Public Administration focused on water resources, in urban and rural areas. Its scientific production includes scientific works published in national and international indexed journals and participation in national and international congresses.