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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Water, Water Everywhere: The Paradox of the 21st Century

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Session Description

Current forecasts suggest that within 40 years, global demand for water could exhaust the world’s available supply. Proof of this theory is growing steadily. In 1990, 28 countries, with a combined population of 335 million, faced chronic water shortages as demand for potable water exceeded supply. Join us to examine how social entrepreneurs, private citizens and large multinationals are addressing water quality and security issues, drawing on their comparative strengths and experiences.

When | Where

14:00 - 15:45 Thursday, April 11 Seminar Room A

Session leaders

  • Sylvia Lee Speaker
    Manager, Water, Skoll Global Threats Fund
    Sylvia Lee has 15 years of experience in the water sector. She currently leads the water work at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Prior, she worked as a Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank based in Kathmandu, Nepal where she focused on transboundary water issues and climate change adaptation & resilience building for vulnerable communities. Sylvia also was the Associate Director for the Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. Sylvia was also a consulting engineer on the design and construction of water and sanitation projects in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sylvia is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McGill University.
  • Phil Falcone Speaker
    CEO and CIO, Harbinger Capital
    Philip A. Falcone is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners. He formed Harbinger Capital Partners in 2001, and oversees all of its investment and business functions. Mr. Falcone currently serves on the board of directors of LightSquared, Inc. In addition, he has served as a Director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Harbinger Group Inc. since July 2009. Mr. Falcone is also Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zap.Com Corporation.
  • Greg Allgood Speaker
    Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water, Procter & Gamble
    Dr. Greg Allgood is the Director of the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program at Procter & Gamble. He leads P&G’s efforts to provide safe drinking water in the developing world through an innovative water purification packet. This programme has provided more than 5 billion litres of clean drinking water by working with more than 100 partners. In 2012, he was a co-winner of the Economist Social Innovation Award and the CSDW Program won the US Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence.
  • Luis Montoya Speaker
    President, Latin America Beverages, PepsiCo
    Luis Montoya is the President of Latin America Beverages, PepsiCo. Luis has held this position since 2007 and is responsible for the beverage business and related disciplines in Latin America. In 2010, he received the Steve Reinemund Leadership Legacy Award, the highest recognition for diversity and inclusion. Luis began his PepsiCo career in 1991 and previously worked for P&G in different marketing positions. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Catolica del Peru and an MBA from Krannert School, Purdue University.
  • Gary White Moderator
    CEO and Co-Founder,
    Gary White is the CEO and Co-founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. White has led since its founding in 1990 and has positioned it as an innovative leader in the global water supply and sanitation space. He developed’s WaterCredit Program, creating new financing tools for people at the base of the economic pyramid to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. White is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. White is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates. White's educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.