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.
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.
Managing Director, Water Security
The Nature Conservancy
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.
Water Resource Sustainability Director
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.
Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Global Water
The Nature Conservancy
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.