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What is WTCI’s

AGILE Innovation Series?

AGILE is where executives from top international firms, university leaders, and government officials meet four times a year to learn about and discuss breakthrough global innovation with top thought leaders and peers across industry sectors.  The series highlights the extensive innovations happening in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond and addresses significant global social and environmental issues that are impacting business, society, governments, and education.

At each session, 3-4 thought leaders and industry experts discuss inspiring innovations in a TedTalk styled presentation followed by a moderated panel, Q&A, and networking reception. These sessions provoke thought, inspire, educate, and connect global leaders. Lessons learned and ideas focus on approaches to innovation, which are applicable to any organization. The AGILE Series is held at the historic Parkway Theater in Baltimore.

The best way to get involved is to subscribe to the series. Each subscription includes four tickets for your co-workers or clients and more. Contact Susan@wtci.org for more information.

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Upcoming Sessions

May 19, 2021

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 4: Water Risk and the Power of Action

Water has long been treated as an abundant resource and a secure asset for businesses. What would be the impact if your water resource was depleted? How would it impact your business and its viability? What is the potential when corporate leaders decide to be a force for good and a force for growth? At this final session of the AGILE Water Series, water experts will discuss the power of action and the current traction in corporate board rooms on understanding the risk profile of water in the business. We will hear from leading organizations on inspiring progress in the private sector, private and public partnerships, and collaborations that are driving awareness, action, and results.
Featuring:
May 19th – 11am

Andrea Erickson-Quiroz currently serves as Managing Director for Water Security at The Nature Conservancy. She leads TNC’s team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners. The team is working to identify, test and deploy innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investments in nature will enable us to secure the water we need to prosper. Andrea is a co-author of Beyond the Source, TNC’s flagship report on nature-based solutions for water security. She is a member of advisory councils such as the CEO Water Mandate and ABInBev’s Global Advisory Council.

As a senior leader at the Conservancy, Andrea has over 20 years of experience in the design, management, and leadership of conservation programs in the United States and Latin America. Her work has included strategic identification of conservation opportunities; collaborative planning and project development in a wide variety of institutional arrangements; government and partner relationship management; fundraising and financial sustainability; board development and engagement; practitioners training and capacity development; management of conservation operations in cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary multi-locational settings.

Andrea Erickson-Quiroz

Jonathan Radtke is the Water Resource Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he leads the company’s water stewardship program, which addresses water risks facing Coca-Cola operations. Primary areas of focus include water conservation, source water protection, community water partnerships, marine litter strategies and sustainable agriculture initiatives. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola’s beverages and their production. Mr. Radtke’s leadership in these areas has helped to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship.

Jonathan Radtke

Naabia Ofosu-Amaah is Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Global Water at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), based in Arlington, VA. Naabia focuses on developing and implementing the strategy for engaging companies to further TNC’s global water goals. This includes research on priority companies, recommendations on industries and companies to target, support of corporate engagement in TNC’s regional programs, and development of tools and resources to empower Conservancy staff to continue engage companies. Naabia also serves as the relationship manager for a few of TNC’s relationships with key Fortune 500 companies.

Naabia joined TNC in January 2017 after seven years at the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) also in Arlington, VA. At GETF, Naabia managed The Coca-Cola Company’s $65M Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), projects within the global development alliance between the US Agency for International Development and The Coca-Cola Company (the Water and Development Alliance (WADA)), and engagements with other companies and social enterprises including Diageo, plc and WaterHealth International.

Ms. Ofosu-Amaah holds a Master of Philosophy in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Naabia Ofosu-Amaah

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

Past Sessions

April 14, 2021

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 3: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Water

According to the United Nations, by 2050 1.6 billion people will be at risk of floods and 3.2 billion people are projected to live in severely water scarce areas. This poses a major threat for individuals, businesses, industries, economies, and entire countries. At this session, we will hear from experts from a leading environmental firm, global company, and a Maryland government agency, who are working to solve and mitigate water challenges and related effects of climate change. Our panel will discuss innovations in flood resiliency and water quality improvement in Maryland and beyond.
Featuring:
April 14th – 11am

As director of TNC’s Chesapeake Bay program, Mark coordinates our efforts across six states and Washington, D.C., focusing on both policy and conservation projects to improve water quality, support abundant fisheries and enhance and restore critical habitats in North America’s largest estuary.

Through Mark’s leadership, the Bay program has contributed to the completion of the largest oyster restoration project in the world at Harris Creek, established alliances with agribusinesses to improve water quality and crop production, and worked to create a novel water management policy for the Susquehanna, the largest river on the east coast of the United States.

Mark Bryer

Toni McCrory is a Senior Director with Walmart’s U.S. Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Compliance organization, focusing on environmental compliance. She oversees all water and automotive compliance programs for over 5200 U.S. facilities. In this role, Toni has developed, implemented and refined national programs by generating innovative compliance solutions for performance-based contract management, predictive analytics for asset management, and digital transformation. Additionally, she is currently leading the Walmart Global Water Center of Excellence, focused on building relationships across markets to raise awareness of best practices and strengthen Walmart’s environmental compliance programs globally. Prior to her role with EH&S Compliance, Toni led Walmart’s global sustainability efforts focused on sustainable fisheries and sustainable chemistry.
Toni is a native of Northwest Arkansas where she earned a B.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Business Administration at John Brown University. In 2017, she received the College of Engineering Early Career Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas. She resides in Fayetteville with her firefighting husband and two young daughters.

Toni McCrory

JaLeesa Tate is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) and Branch Manager for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). In this role, her primary focus is to identify and implement risk reduction strategies and policies. JaLeesa accomplishes this through fostering relationships with stakeholders and administering FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs for the state.

Prior to joining MEMA, JaLeesa served as the Coastal Resources Planner for Baltimore City and Environmental Planner for Wicomico County – City of Salisbury. In these roles, she focused on water quality improvement and environmental land use at the local level in urban and rural communities.

She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mitigation Committee for the Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers, Chair of the SHMO Subcommittee for the National Emergency Management Association, and is a member of FEMA’s External Stakeholders Working Group. JaLeesa studied Geography and Geosciences and is a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

JaLeesa Tate

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

March 24, 2021

Protecting the World’s Water Supply Part 2: Water Management and Conservation

By 2025, more than 2.8 billion people in 48 countries, including the United States, will be impacted by water scarcity. Exacerbated by climate change, reduced access to clean water and water availability will stress businesses, industries, economies, and entire countries. Forward-thinking organizations and individuals are finding ways to mitigate the risk of water scarcity and exploring commercial opportunities to address this challenge. In this session, we will hear from leading innovators who are transforming water management and conservation while reducing the burden on water infrastructure and the environment.

Featuring:

March 24 – 11am

Professor Yonathan Zohar is Chair of the Department of Marine Biotechnology, Director of the Aquaculture Research Center and former Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland, USA. He has over 40 years of substantial record in the field of marine biotechnology with a focus on sustainable aquaculture. He is recognized globally for his pioneering research and development on high value marine fish which he has translated into commercial applications in the aquaculture industry. Specifically, in the fields of hatchery technologies and the development of new generations of environmentally responsible, land-based, recirculating aquaculture platforms. He currently serves as the leader of a NOAA-funded, interdisciplinary national public-private-federal consortium that aims at building capacity for land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the US.

Professor Zohar has published over 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is the inventor of 10 issued international patents in aquaculture and biotechnology. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences and has served on many marine biotechnology and aquaculture panels, committees and boards in the United States and globally. He received several prestigious US and international honors and awards.
The continuous decline of the world’s commercially harvested species has led scientists to conclude that the oceans have attained their maximum sustainable yield, and that global marine fisheries are in danger of collapse. The necessity to farm rather than harvest food fish has become increasingly clear. In many cases, the environment is not conducive to the optimal growth and health of the species of interest. In response to the situation, researchers at IMET have collaborated in the development of land-based, fully contained, recirculating marine aquaculture systems (RAS) that are able to grow high densities of commercially important fish using artificial seawater. Microbial bio-filtration in these systems ensures that there is virtually no water exchange and eliminates harmful effluents or escapees into the environment.

Dr. Yonathan Zohar

Michal van Belle-Stup is the Partner and International Business Development Manager at Urban Rain Shell®, a Dutch innovation company in the field of climate adaptation that handles rainwater harvesting and treatment solutions. Urban Rain Shell® buffers, purifies, filtrates, and reuses rainwater with natural, circular materials. Urban Rain Shell® designs and builds underground rainwater collection and purification systems as a solution for the negative effects of climate change (e.g., heavy rain fall, drought, and salinization). In its patented system, Urban Rainshell uses natural, circular, and renewable materials to reduce the use of plastic. We remove heavy metals, mineral oilsand PAH, and store treated water underground, making it available for reuse. Urban Rain Shell can be applied under different surfaces, is flexible in shape, and can be built around existing infrastructure. Michal received her Masters degree in Restoration from the Catholic University in Belgium and has completed various projects in Israel and Holland, while working in several architectural firms.

Michal van Belle-Stup

Sabine Stuiver is the CMO and Co-founder of Hydraloop Systems, a global leader in designing and producing innovative and game-changing decentralized water recycling products.

With its award winning and disruptive products, Hydraloop is shaking up the water sector and changing the way people handle water – fundamentally – by empowering them to use water twice. Its mission is that every new building must be built ‘recycle ready’ and that in 10 years time decentralized water recycling will become standard in every new building. Hydraloop contributes towards four of the UNSDGs, advances sustainability, and helps securing a future with enough water for all. Hydraloop is based in The Netherlands and in the US and has an active partner network in >3 continents.

Hydraloop received global recognition from a range of organizations including the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, Water Europe, TIME Magazine and Newsweek, and won numerous awards, including ‘Best of the Best’ at CES2020, the worlds largest consumer and electronics show in Las Vegas.
Sabine is an avid advocate of the UNSDGs, influencing and mobilizing stakeholders across the water sector to collaborate on sustainability. She is a serial entrepreneur with a strong international business network and features in the acclaimed NETFLIX documentary ‘Brave Blue World’ and was awarded the European Union’s EUTOP50 2020 Award for ‘Female Entrepreneur for a Sustainable Innovation’ last December.

Sabine Stuiver

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

January 13, 2021

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 1: Water & Human Health

Water scarcity directly affects and impacts human health around the world. Today, 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This session will cover what’s at stake. We will hear from organizations working on the frontlines to address water scarcity and drive innovations to provide clean water to those who need it most. Learn about the role that industries play in increasing scarcity, the lack of progress on the policy front, and how global businesses can participate in addressing water scarcity to save and improve lives and their businesses.

January 13 – 11am

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

Paul J. Ferraro is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ferraro has a joint faculty appointment in the Carey Business School and the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint department of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering. Ferraro’s research focuses on building a credible evidence base about the environmental and social impacts of public and private programs. Combining the approaches of epidemiologists, with their naturally occurring data, and clinical trial health scientists, with their randomized controlled trials, Ferraro seeks to identify the causal links between the actions we take to improve our world and the impacts of those actions. He also has broad interests in behavioral science and causal inference. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.

Dr. Paul Ferraro

Dr. Rajat Chabba is the Senior Technical Advisor for Private Sector Engagement at Jhpiego, an international non-profit that works across public health issues in marginalized and low resource countries. At Jhpiego, Rajat leads and drives strategic engagement with private health ecosystem to drive developmental impact globally, across Jhpiego’s technical portfolio in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Before Jhpiego, Rajat was the Global Lead for Healthcare & Innovations Lab at Intellecap, designed to solve critical health challenges in underserved communities by leveraging the power of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the last decade, Rajat has worked across NCDs, eye-care, tuberculosis, sanitation, maternal health & family planning. He has worked with a host of corporates, not for profits, foundations, multilateral agencies and consulting organizations with key focus on bridging the gaps between public and private health sectors. He is an MBBS graduate from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad and holds Master’s in Rural Management from IRMA. Rajat was awarded the prestigious Acumen Fellowship in 2015.

Dr. Rajat Chabba

Dr. Jude Cobbing joined Save the Children in 2020 as Senior Specialist: Water Infrastructure and Governance. He has 20+ years of experience in water resource assessment and planning, rural water supply in developing contexts, integrated water resources management, water quality monitoring, water strategy development, and the training of environmental professionals. Jude began his career in the non-profit sector in South Africa, working on rural water supplies. He has worked for the British Geological Survey, for the research and private sectors in Africa, and as a consultant to the World Bank Group in the USA. Jude carried out research into arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh for his MSc at London University. His PhD at Nelson Mandela University focused on optimizing groundwater management in a heavily used aquifer in North West Province, South Africa.

Dr. Jude Cobbing

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