Amsterdam International Water Week 2023
6 November | KIT Royal Tropical Institute | Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

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Amsterdam International Water Week Integrated Leaders Forum

6 November | KIT Royal Tropical Institute | Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

The Integrated Leaders Forum (ILF) is an invitation-only event, connecting 125 international water leaders discussing how to bridge the gap between today’s challenges and future needs.
The ILF offers a unique opportunity to engage with your peer city, utility and water industry leaders, policymakers, researchers, and/or professionals from around the globe, fostering collaboration leading to actionable solutions.
Join us in the dynamic city of Amsterdam as we collectively epitomize the theme Water in Transition. Accelerate the Action.


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9.30 Welcome 

Melanie van der Horst, Jan Peter van der Hoek & Jessie-Lynn van Egmond

A warm welcome by Melanie van der Horst, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, and Prof. Jan Peter van der Hoek, Chief Innovation Officer at Waternet and Chair International Water Conferences.
Your host for the event will be Jessie-Lynn van Egmond, Water & Sustainability Manager and a dedicated

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Grand Opening 

Meike van Ginneken

Opening statement by Meike van Ginneken, Special Water Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Programme Director for Climate Adaptation and Water International at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, highlighting her wealth of expertise and leadership, emphasizing the importance of our collective efforts in addressing global water challenges.


Keynote 1:
The impact of rising sea levels

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen, photojournalist and filmmaker. Kadir has received numerous prizes and awards in photo-journalism. In his latest story ‘After us the deluge’, he examines the human impact of rising sea levels, vividly portraying the direct effects of the climate crisis on inhabited areas. This prompts us to question if our actions align with our wealth of knowledge.

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Keynote 2: Nowadays leadership challenges

Christoph Donner

Christoph Donner, CEO Berliner Wasserbetriebe. In the realm of leadership challenges, we are honoured to welcome the CEO of Berlin Wasserbetriebe. His expertise will illuminate the question ‘If not us, then who?’, as we navigate the path between present challenges and the future demands that call for proactive leadership.

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Hot Seats:
Meet the Leader sessions

Prominent leaders

Five prominent leaders from cities, utilities, and industries will take the hot seat to discuss crucial and intricate challenges. This interactive approach fosters collaborative contemplation of these challenges,
leading to deeper insights.

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Showcases and plenary discussion

AIWW2023 Innovation Panel

Pitch-style presentations of innovative showcases, including two new members of Leading Utilities of the World, during our Plenary Innovation Panel. This session brings together thought-provoking presentations followed by a dynamic panel discussion.


Masterclass: How to thrive in turbulent times?

Paul Rulkens

Paul Rulkens is an expert in high performance leadership: the technique and science behind effortlessly shifting to excellent results. He is an award-winning professional speaker, author, and trusted advisor to many executives.

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Round Table Sessions

Engaging in thorough discussions with the overarching aim of accelerating action on these strategically
selected topics:

  • Empowering Global Water Leaders: Navigating the Role of Climate Knowledge
  • Bridging the gap: Connecting finance to nature based solutions
  • Building Resilient Water Systems for Urban Futures
  • Fostering Intergenerational Dialogue in Water Management for Tomorrow's Challenges
  • Recapturing every drop: Water efficient food production
Boat tour

Boat Tour &
High Class Networking dinner

Sailing the world-famous canals of The Netherlands Capital City. Strategically chart your future actions alongside esteemed water peers while revisiting valuable insights and impactful experiences.

This programme is preliminary and subject to change.

will we meet you there?

Kindly be aware that, despite our not-for-profit status, there is a nominal participation fee required for attendance.
This fee plays a crucial role in covering operational expenses and upholding a high-quality standard/advancing our mission.
The participation fee for the ILF is 695 Euros, excluding VAT. Please note that there is a limited number of spaces available, so we encourage you to register promptly.

The Amsterdam International Water Week Integrated Leaders Forum is invitation-only. We reserve the right to decline registrations on valid grounds.
Do not hesitate to contact our team in case of questions.

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did you know?

As a visitor of the ILF, you are granted (free) access to the Aquatech at the RAI Amsterdam. Moreover, you are offered a personal discount to the AIWW2023 conference (7 & 8 November, RAI Amsterdam). Please contact us for more information.

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