Sally Gutierrez, Director, US Environmental Protection Agency

Sally C. Gutierrez is the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in development of policy, regulations and guidance to further environmental protection in the U.S. The research staff consists of 400 environmental and chemical engineers, chemists, microbiologists, economists, hydrologists and other scientists and support staff. Key areas of research include: treatment and control of contaminants in drinking water, restoration of ecosystems, control of air pollutants, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental sustainability and environmental technology testing and development.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. Her area of expertise is water resource management. She was appointed NRMRL’s Director in 2005. Prior to this appointment she was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division with the Laboratory. During her tenure as Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division, she was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Prior to coming to U.S. EPA, she was responsible for administering several water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater treatment permitting, and utility rates.

She is a member of the American Water Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers and is past President of the Texas Environmental Health Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors for AIDIS U.S.A.


Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager, Innovation Development, American Water

Mr. Gagliardo is well known throughout the United States, in Europe and Asia for his defining work on indirect potable reuse as a scheme to supplement the potable water supply in San Diego, California. Paul is a registered engineer in California and has a Masters degree in Public Health. He has pioneered the efficacy testing and use of new technologies in businesses that vary from energy conservation, hazardous waste remediation, solid waste resource recovery, water treatment, wastewater treatment, contaminant monitoring and strategic planning. He has authored over fifty technical papers on subjects ranging from low and high pressure membrane systems, monitoring systems, UV disinfection systems, strategic planning and watershed management. He has given presentations on five continents and in ten different countries and has been the invited keynote speaker on multiple occasions.

During his twenty plus years at the City of San Diego, Paul created and managed the Aqua2000 Research Center. This program focused on the testing of new technologies for use in the water and wastewater business. The Aqua2000 Research Center helped develop the membrane bioreactor system from a novelty to the de facto technology of choice for recycled water applications. Paul’s team developed the performance test protocols that are being used by the California Department of Health Services to determine if systems can be used in specific potable water and recycled water applications. He prepared and submitted performance analyses to the California DHS for acceptance on over twenty new technologies.

Since leaving the City of San Diego he has continued to assist innovators in the development of their new products and help them become commercialized. Currently, Mr. Gagliardo is the Manager – Innovation Development for American Water. American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States operating over 400 water plants and 300 wastewater plants in 32 states. In this position he is responsible to identify new technologies that can be incorporated into American Water’s various business enterprises. The IDP's primary objective is to look for innovations that enhance American Water’s water and wastewater services, increase operational efficiencies, lower operational costs and position American Water for growth in the areas of reuse, desalination and wastewater bioenergy. Paul is responsible for the identification and screening of ideas and navigating those selected ideas through a Stage-Gate process toward eventual commercialization inside and outside of American Water facilities.


Scott Livingston, Chief Executive Officer, Livingston Securities LLC

Scott Livingston is the Chief Executive Officer of the Livingston Group of Companies LLC and of Livingston Securities LLC, a full service investment bank/advisory and broker/dealer with a reputation as one of the leading experts on Wall Street and across America in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has the potential to have a significant impact on a broad range of industries, including health/life science, energy/power, cleantech/greentech, industrial/defense, infrastructure/construction, electronics/semiconductors, consumer/leisure, and others. Mr. Livingston has been called “sharp and highly connected” by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends at MIT, the Harvard Club, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Nanobusiness Alliance, the Cleveland Clinic, Brookhaven National Labs, the International Business Forum, Albany Nanotech, the Delaware Technology Park, Hillary Clinton’s Jobs for New York, WXXA Fox 23, Cold Spring Harbor’s Dolan DNA Learning Center and at conferences for economic development and job creation through investment in advanced technologies in over a dozen states across America.



Finn Nielsen, Chairman, VWS North America, Veolia Water

Finn Nielsen is Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors for Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) and Chairman of the Board of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies North America.

Mr. Nielsen was CEO and President of Kruger Inc., now a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company, from 1989 to 2000. He then moved to Denmark and was CEO and President of Kruger A/S with responsibility for Spain and the Nordic countries. In 2003 he became Executive Vice President for Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies responsible for the UK, Poland and the Nordic countries, and returned to the US in 2004 where he was CEO and President responsible for the Americas and Australia. Since January 2008, he has been on special project for the CEO of Veolia Water and the CEO of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies.

Prior to 1989, Mr. Nielsen held various engineering, sales and management positions in Denmark and Europe for Kruger A/S and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volund USA.

Mr. Nielsen is a native of Denmark and a graduate of the Danish engineering college, Odense Teknikum.


Peter Williams, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO, Big Green Inn

Dr Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM's Big Green Innovations incubator, whose role is to create environmentally focused businesses for IBM - he is personally responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses included. His particular focus areas have been PV technologies; developing green house gas reduction solutions and services for all types of organization, both public and private; and, in greatest depth, water management solutions, covering entire water resources (for example entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures responsible for water supply, water quality and waste water management, and enterprise water management.

Dr Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer. By background, he is a management consultant with well over 20 years experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.




Uri Attir, Business Development Director in Israel, Dayton Development Coalition

Uri Attir is currently the Business Development Director in Israel for the Dayton region, fully supported by the Dayton Development Coalition. Until recently, Uri was the CEO of Kolmir Water Technologies, an Israeli start-up developing water treatment solutions employing breakthrough contactless ultrasonic filters. Prior to that, Uri was the CEO of Argo Medical Technologies, the developer of unique mobility devices for paraplegics and of ETView, a medical devices start-up operating in the emergency medicine and artificial respiration space. Preceding this, Uri held for 8 years the position of Business Development Director at the Israel-U.S. Bi-National Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation, where he dealt mostly with forming and maintaining strategic partnerships. Prior to that, Uri owned and managed for 8 years a business planning consulting firm, servicing mostly the process industries, entrepreneurs and start-ups. In the early ninety’s, Uri was the manager of the Haifa Business Entrepreneurship Center, was a managing staff member of the Tefen Entrepreneurship College, and served as an Economic Development Consultant for the Upper Galilee region. Throughout the eighty’s, Uri held middle-management positions as an R&D Chemical Engineer and as an Industrial Economist in several large U.S. and Israeli chemicals manufacturing companies. Uri holds a B.Sc. degree from the Technion and an M.Sc. degree from the U. of Delaware, both in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Case Institute of Technology.


Donna Winchester, Environmental Manager, City of Dayton

Donna Winchester is the Environmental Manager for the City of Dayton where her main responsibilities include managing the award winning Source Water Protection Program, the Storm Water Management Program, and ensuring Dayton’s compliance with environmental rules and regulations. It is a goal for the Department of Water to be a leader in environmental protection by implementing programs that minimize environmental impacts, reduce liability, and promote compliance with applicable regulations while maintaining services. In addition Donna manages environmental issues at Brownfield sites to enhance Economic Development. She represents the City on numerous boards and councils such as the Local Emergency Response Council and the Natural Resource Assistance Council. Prior to managing Dayton’s Division of Environmental Management, Donna worked for the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency as an inspector, permit writer, and supervisor of enforcement. She has a BS Degree from Wright State University in Biological Sciences.




George N. Abrahim, P.E., Vice President – Strategic Initiatives, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

Mr. Abrahim is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies. His current focus is working with various Veolia businesses in the Americas to promote and develop innovative sustainable water and wastewater technologies and solutions for the industrial and municipal markets.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Abrahim was the Vice President of Industrial Business at N.A. Water Systems, responsible for the development of water and wastewater turnkey projects integrating key Veolia technologies into a bundled solution for strategic industrial markets. He was also the General Manager of the Environmental Engineering Business, which provided air & water feasibility studies, process design engineering, technologies, demonstration projects, and project management services to a wide range of industrial clients in the Americas. Mr. Abrahim also worked for USFilter, Law Environmental and had a stint with a public agency.

Mr. Abrahim holds a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in several states.

Vincent Caprio, SVP Operations

Mr. Caprio is the Vice President of the national NanoBusiness Alliance and sits on the Alliance's Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of the Emerging Industries Alliance of New York State. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of nanotechnology at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in the NanoBusiness Alliance?s public policy tour of Washington, D.C. for the past seven years. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the NanoBusiness Alliance Conference which finished its 7th year this past May. During the past three years (2006-2008), Mr. Caprio was an invited speaker and guest lecturer on Nanotechnology at, NanoBusiness Alliance Conferences, New York State Investors Conference 2007& 2008, University of Pennsylvania, PMI, Chemical Week, RPI, Always-On Going Green, IMAPS-New England, New York Photonics & RRPC, Commercialization of NanoMaterials 2007, The Food and Drug Law Institute, The Nanotechnology Institute- Philadelphia, Empire State Pension Conference, Pharma MedDevice, Livingston Nanotechnology Conference 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008, Quantum Dots 2006 & 2007 and 2008 MAC Conference. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations discussing the impact of Nanotechnology.

Mr. Caprio is a 20-year publishing and tradeshow industry veteran with an impressive track record of launching events focusing on emerging technology markets. Mr. Caprio joined the NanoBusiness Alliance as the founder and event director in 2002, to steer the launch of the highly successful NanoBusiness Alliance event series and as well as The Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT's Technology Review Magazine. Mr. Caprio has served as a consultant to leading nanotechnology research and advisory firm Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006. Prior to joining the NanoBusiness Alliance, Mr. Caprio was event director for Red Herring Conferences, producing the company's Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit reporting to Red Herring Magazine founder and publisher Tony Perkins. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his talents in both tradeshow management and sales. Mr. Caprio was honored with two Pathfinder Awards for launching the New York Restaurant Show. In 2008, Mr. Caprio was nominated for the fifth straight year for the prestigious Show Manager of the Year award. Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994, while with Reed Exhibitions.

Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University's Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova's President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.


Daniel J. Curran, President, University of Dayton

Daniel J. Curran is president of the University of Dayton, recognized as a top-tier national research university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the country. The Philadelphia native became the University of Dayton's 18th president and first lay leader on July 1, 2002.

An energetic man of faith and vision, Dr. Curran brings a forward-thinking approach and a strong commitment to social justice, internationalization and the Marianist educational philosophy. By almost every measure — from enrollment to research dollars to rankings — the University of Dayton has grown in stature during his presidency.


Edward Hackney, Director of Engineering Systems for United Water

Edward Hackney is the Director of Engineering Systems for United Water, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s operating company in the U.S. He is responsible for overall strategy surrounding GIS, SCADA, Hydraulic Modeling and AMI. He is a member of the global SCADA technical committee within SUEZ and United Water’s R&D group — United WERCs (Water Environmental Research Center) — with a special focus on commercializing innovations to quickly bring them to market.

Hackney joined United Water’s corporate IT group and directed network operations, network security and IT compliance for five years. During that time he noted a stronger coupling was needed between classical and technical IT. He founded a hybrid engineering and IT group to focus on standardizing and supporting technical operational systems at the business unit level normally beyond the scope of the traditional IT organization.

Prior to United Water, Hackney co-founded two Internet startups, a web design company (1995) and a wireless broadband ISP (1999), and consulted for Fortune 500 clients at KPMG and Arthur Andersen.

He is a member of the AWWA, InfraGard, and is an MCP. He holds a B.A. in Marketing from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Finance and IT from Fordham University.


Douglas Dusty Hall, Manager of Program Development, The Miami Conservancy District

Dusty is the Manager of Program Development for The Miami Conservancy District where he facilitates the establishment of customer-driven programs and services. He previously served as a manager and executive with the City of Dayton and as a research scientist with the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Mr. Hall has a Master of Science from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science from Wright State University. He is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and he holds a certificate from the Ohio Economic Development Association. He was previously named a national hero by the EPA for his efforts to protect drinking water.


Phillip L. Hayden, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, Chairman, Htec Systems, Inc.

Phillip L. Hayden is an environmental process engineer with over 40 years of experience preparing engineering designs, exporting equipment, supervising construction and commissioning water and wastewater treatment plants for a major international bottler. He has managed over 30 water, water recycling and wastewater treatment projects all over the world including Asia, SE Asia, Central and South America, Eastern Europe and Russia. The most recent project is an anaerobic/aerobic wastewater treatment plant treating over 1 mgd of flow in Bucharest, Romania. The company currently has proposalsfor projects in The Ukraine and Russia. He has owned and operated a company with an EPA Accredited Drinking Water Laboratory, health and safety consulting, site and groundwater remediation, air sampling and environmental engineering.

He has a M.S. from the University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Ohio and New York, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.


James A. Leftwich, President and CEO, Dayton Development Coalition

Jim Leftwich (Lefty) is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Dayton Development Coalition. The Coalition is the Dayton Region?s economic development organization and principle public advocate.

After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1987, Mr. Leftwich entered the Air Force where he served over 8 years as a logistics officer. He had various assignments and concluded his career as a staff officer at the Pentagon. He left the Air Force in 1995 and spent time in industry and at the RAND Corporation where he served as a research analyst. In 2005 he joined the Dayton Development Coalition. Jim is responsible for leading a professional team and building partnerships to grow jobs and prosperity for the 13 County Dayton Region. Along with his role as President and CEO of the Coalition, he serves on the Board of Trustees for several organizations throughout the Dayton Region including the Wright Brothers? Institute, daytaOhio, the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute and other economic development partners.

Mr. Leftwich has a B.S. in Political Science from United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Public Administration from University of Dayton. He completed the Secretary of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program in 1995.


Philip Lippel Ph.D., Consultant on Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies

Philip Lippel is an expert consultant on nanoscience and emerging technologies. He has worked on a variety of technical, policy, and science communication issues at the national and international level in fields including nanotechnology, science education and workforce, informatics, telecommunications, and commercialization of emerging technologies. Dr. Lippel has provided top level scientific support to the leadership of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative; helped to keep Congress, the public, and other interested parties up to date on federally funded nanotechnology research and development; and liaised with companies, NGOs, and state agencies interested in nanotechnology commercialization. He was appointed as a U.S. delegate to the Working Party on Nanotechnology at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and as a U.S. expert to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on Information and Communication Technologies. He served government as a senior policy analyst at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation; industry as a Member of Technical Staff at Agilent Technologies and as founder of L Cubed Consulting; and academia as a faculty member in the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Lippel feels privileged to have been an early participant in the emergence of nanotechnology as a discipline, beginning with his use of scanning tunneling microscopes for materials research at the IBM Almaden Research Center and at UT Arlington, and as a tool for introducing college students to nanoscale science at L Cubed. He received an A.B. in Physics and in Theatre from Williams College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Brandeis University.


Jim Marten, Vice President, Crown Solutions

Jim has been in the water business since 1981. He has held a variety of positions in business development, operations, and management. Jim is currently the manager for the service and water treatment chemical business at Crown Solutions.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton, and a graduate degree in business from the University of Michigan.


Mark McClusky, President and Founder, NEWRY

Mark McClusky has nearly 30 years of consulting experience, principally:
• Designing commercialization strategies for new products and technologies
• Evaluating corporate research, business, and product portfolios, largely for major technologydriven corporations
• Building operations strategies for both traditional products and new technologies
• Discovering new applications of emerging and existing technologies
• Minimizing risk and increasing returns on innovation investment
Since founding Newry in 1987, Mark has led more than 150 engagements in technology markets and commercial strategy; he has played a major role in R&D management and new business development for some of the world’s leading corporate innovators. Before founding Newry, Mark was a senior consultant at operations specialist New York Consulting Partners, where he supported their corporate clients on product development, marketing, and strategy issues. In addition to consulting, Mark has operating experience in both marketing and sales. He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NanoFILM, a company specializing in nano-coatings, surface treatments, and films. Previously, Mark was a marketing manager for Honeywell Information Systems, where he was consistently among Honeywell’s topperforming managers.
Mark has been a lecturer on business problem-solving at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and has facilitated forums on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School. He has a BA from Case Western Reserve University.


James McDonald, PE, CWT, Technical Resource Engineer, Crown Solutions

James McDonald, PE, CWT, is a Technical Resource Engineer for Crown Solutions, a subsidiary of Veolia Water solutions & Technologies. Mr. McDonald has his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing his PhD in chemical engineering. He has authored numerous trade magazine articles and newsletters and published a book, Drop by Drop: Articles on Industrial Water Treatment. Mr. McDonald has worked at Crown for 13 years and has provided technical support, training, research, technical resource development, web management, IT management, marketing support, and community interaction during his tenure. His experience ranges from boilers, cooling towers, and pretreatment to reverse osmosis, water balances, and analysis. He is currently the chairman of the Pretreatment Subcommittee for the Association of Water Technologies (AWT) and chair of the Quality Water Supply subcommittee of the Dayton-Region Water Roundtable.

Kevin M. McGovern, CEO, The Water Initiative

Kevin M. McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital, LLC, which provides investments and business strategy to emerging companies, particularly those engaged in consumer technologies and holders of Intellectual Property Rights. He has founded over a dozen companies, seven (7) of which have become world and/or category leaders, including SoBe Beverages, Tristrata (AHA skincare technology), and KX Industries (home-based water purification). McGovern founded and serves as Chairman and CEO of The Water Initiative ("TWI") (www.TheWaterInitiative.com), which develops and markets home-based water purification systems, particularly in developing countries.

He also serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board and Board Member of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World's Expo.

He created and directs the worldwide licensing program for Tristrata Inc., which owns the rights (over 100 patents) to Alpha Hydroxy Acids ("AHAs"), the most successful technology in skin care history. AHAs, which restore skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, are/have been in approximately 40% of all skin care products. Tristrata licenses over 70 companies and is the leading seller of skincare products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons in over 80 countries.

McGovern is a principal and strategist for Clean Coal Technologies, Inc. (ticker CCTC) which, with is partner SAIC, has created proprietary technologies to clean coal; for EnviroFuels Manufacturing, Inc., which markets and distributes proprietary smokeless stoves; and for Aquea Scientific, which developed and markets proprietary nanotechnology to "wash-on" additives to the skin, such as sunscreens.

McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, which was the US's fastest growing beverage company growing to $250mm in sales in less than 4 years, and established the "new age"/nutraceutical beverage category. SoBe was sold to PepsiCo. He also was a founder of KX Industries, which was the world's leader in developing and marketing water and air carbon filters. KX developed and supplied the first home-based or point-of-use ("Pur") filter and the first refrigerator water filter for Electrolux. He co-published the pioneering Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, which is currently the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report.

He has served on various public and private Boards, including The Sports Authority (Executive Committee) and Nobel Education, and has been a participant in dozens of worldwide ventures, particularly in China and Southeast Asia.

A graduate of Cornell University (BA) and St. John's University School of Law (JD), he is a Presidential Councilor and Trustee Emeritus of Cornell, having chaired its IP and Tech Transfer Committees. He also serves on Cornell's Joint Venture (CNI) in Singapore, Chairs Entrepreneurship@Cornell, and was named Cornell's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2007. He teaches each Spring at the Johnson Graduate Business School and recently donated and founded the McGovern Family Venture Development Center, Cornell's first on campus science/business incubator.

He is also Co-Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, which provides education and counseling assistance to families of police and fire fighters killed in action in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.


F. Mark Modzelewski, Executive Director

Mark is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance. a seasoned technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and visionary, currently focused on developing several early stage ventures in cleantech and health 2.0. He is also serving as CEO of the cutting edge water purifications start-up 349Q.

Mark is the former managing director and co-founder of Bang Ventures, an investment firm focused on technology investments including Web 2.0, new energy innovations and medical devices. He recently launched You Be the VC, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial competition. He also co-founded New Europe Ventures, a Polish-based venture capital firm, as well as the Benet Group, Leonardo BioSystems, Lux Research and the NanoBusiness Alliance. He has served as a senior executive at NanoDynamics (and continues to advise the company), Opion, GolinHarris and NRW. In addition, he has consulted for companies ranging from NanoSys to Engelhard to Mastercard to Yahoo to eSpeed to Pixar to DaimlerChrysler.

Mark is a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). He was recognized by Forbes as a "powerbroker" and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, ABC, BBC, N.Y. Times, Business Week, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Mark also appears regularly as a Fox Business News and CNBC technology commentator and on occasion serves as a co-host of SquawkBox. He was also a featured columnist for the Boston Herald's Hub 2.0 column.

Before entering the private sector, Mark was an appointee in the Clinton Administration developing policy, legal and communication strategy efforts on issues including Y2K preparedness, U.S. mortgage and banking systems, the online transformation and integration of HUD and FHA programs, digital divide efforts, biotech and organic food standards, and regional economic development programs. He is a graduate of the U. Denver College of Law (JD) and Boston U. (BFA, Painting). He is an avid supporter of the arts and also funds numerous animal charities, in particular pit bull rescue organizations and groups that combat breed specific legislation.


Lnsp Nagghappan (Naggs), Director, Business Development, N.A. Water Systems, LLC, A Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Co.

Mr. Nagghappan is the Director of Business Development for NA Water Systems, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Masters Degree in Water Technology. Mr. Nagghappan has about 15 years of experience in Industrial Process water treatment and his core expertise is in oil-water separation, chemical precipitation, solids-liquid separation, ion exchange demineralization, membrane filtration and membrane desalination technologies.

His Industrial market experience is primarily associated with Oil & Gas Production, Hydro-Carbon Processing and Power Industries. Prior to his employment with Veolia Water, he worked with VATECH Wabag and other International Water companies. He is the co-inventor of Veolia’s proprietary membrane based technologies for desalination and reuse of complex industrial wastewaters such as the OPUS™ and AMDRO™ Technology. He has presented about 22 papers on desalination of complex industrial wastewaters at various industrial conferences and is a member of American Membrane Technology Association and Produced Water Society.


Aaron Rabinowitz, Associate, Woodcock Washburn LLP

Aaron is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Woodcock Washburn LLP, where he provides patent prosecution, litigation, and intellectual property counseling services to a client base that ranges from Fortune 50 multinational corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups. Major research universities and federal laboratories also call on Aaron to protect their innovations in complex technologies. Aaron's practice encompasses many disciplines, including chemical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, beverage packaging, physics, materials science, optics, chemical and biological analysis, biochemistry, biomedical devices, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

Aaron holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, an M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Temple University. After law school, Aaron served as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Jan E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before law school, Aaron worked in the management consulting and venture capital fields.


David E. Reisner, PhD

David Reisner is a cofounder and Director, and former Chairman and CEO (1996-2009) of The Nano Group, Inc and it’s subsidiary nanotechnology companies in Connecticut, Inframat® and US Nanocorp®. He is an MIT-trained Ph.D.and has extensive background in energy storage and conversion, nanotechnology, and environmental technologies. He was instrumental in raising over $26 million in customer-based financing (Gov’t contracts) and private equity investment. He also manages Intellectual Property portfolios, export licensing, and forges strategic alliances with companies in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, India, and China. Both operating companies were recognized in Y2002 - Y2005 for their fast revenue growth as Deloitte & Touche Connecticut Technology Fast50 Award recipients. Reisner and cofounders were featured in Forbes magazine in 2004 (June 21). Reisner was featured in Connecticut Magazine in Oct, 2008.

David recently spent two weeks in Jérémie, Haïti, staying with the Haitian Health Foundation. He did an assesssment of the opportunity to deploy sustainable water treatment technologies in Haïti.

David has over 175 publications and is an inventor on 11 issued patents (to date). He edited the Bionanotechnology section of the 3rd Ed. of The BioMedical Eng. Handbook and edited the monograph Bionanotechnology : Global Prospects for Taylor & Francis Press (under contract to do a follow-on volume). He has written articles on the business of nanotechnology in Nanotechnology Law & Business as well as the prestigious Chinese publication Science & Culture Review.

David served a 3-year term as a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum and was a panelist at the 2004 Annual Meeting in Davos and at the WEF Beijing Business Summits in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and the WEF Dalian event in 2007.

David has been active on the Board of the Connecticut Venture Group and was Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Technology Council (2007-2009). He was a NASA NanoTech Briefs Nano50 awardee in 2006. For his efforts in the field of medical implantable nanocoatings, Reisner won the 1st annual BEACON award for Medical Technology in 2004.

David was recognized for his historic preservation efforts in 1994 when he received the Volunteer Recognition Award from the Connecticut Historical Commission and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. David is known nationally for his expertise in Corvette restoration and documentation. He has 3 children, his two oldest attending Wesleyan Univ. and Dartmouth College.

David is a 1978 University Honors graduate from Wesleyan Univ. and received his Ph.D. at MIT in 1983 in the field of chemical physics. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

See David’s Profile in LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidereisner


Provost Joe Saliba, University of Dayton

Joseph Saliba has served as provost at the University of Dayton since 2009.

A civil engineer by training, he rose through the academic ranks at the University of Dayton, a top-tier national Catholic research university.

He escaped from war-torn Lebanon in the 1970s, eventually enrolling at the University of Dayton, where he earned three degrees in six years — bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics.

As a University of Dayton doctoral student, he worked as a research engineer in the department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics. In 1984, the department hired him as an assistant professor. He was appointed chair of the department in 1996, then became dean of the School of Engineering in 2004.

During his tenure as dean, engineering enrollment soared to a record high, sponsored research climbed and the graduate programs received national recognition.


Steven F. Schulze, Deputy Director, Montgomery County Environmental Services

Since 2005 Steve has been the Deputy Director for Montgomery County Environmental Services in Dayton, Ohio. He has over 28 years of environmental science experience including 23 years in laboratory and administrative management positions with government and private organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters in Education from Wright State University along with a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia. He is a member of the American Society for Training & Development and has been a member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation since 1983 where he currently serves on the Utility Management Committee.

Dr. Schulze has developed an innovative change management process to help water utility and business leaders improve relational, technological, economic and operational efficiency within their organizations through authentic relationships and trust. In addition to being an author, speaker, facilitator and leadership consultant, Steve and his wife along with their six children have made Fairborn, Ohio their home for the past 24 years.


Chris Spain, Chairman of the Board & Chief Strategy Officer, Hydropoint

Chris Spain is chairman and chief strategy officer of HydroPoint. Mr. Spain co-founded HydroPoint in 2002 with the vision of providing smart water management for sustained conservation and cost savings. Today HydroPoint is regarded as a proven leader in clean technology, with top-tier venture and strategic partnerships.

Mr. Spain has over 20 years of experience successfully managing cutting-edge technology, media and information services companies. Previously, he headed Shaman Corporation, which he co-founded in 1996. Shaman Corporation provided mission-critical IT data services to such leading companies as Hambrecht & Quest, DLJ, Lockheed, Department of Education and Intuit. In early 2000, Mr. Spain successfully sold Shaman to Corporate Software and Technology, one of the country's largest corporate software resellers. Prior to Shaman Corporation, Mr. Spain was president of Accelerated Media, a broadcast and interactive media company that produced the Discovery Channel's science- and technology-based "Know Zone" program, for which Mr. Spain received an Emmy award. Accelerated Media created one of the first interactive TV/website systems, later adapted by the Discovery Channel for other programs. In addition, Mr. Spain led multimedia projects for NBC, Apple, Pacific Bell and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, among other clients. Prior to Accelerated Media, Mr. Spain won numerous awards for direction and design as a Special Projects Producer for Chronicle Broadcasting in San Francisco. His work on live, national television shows blended complex technology integration with large-scale project coordination, honing an ability that serves him well at HydroPoint, where he leads the Company in delivering enterprise-wide water management solutions for a wide variety of industries.


Harold G. Stiefel, PhD, Vice President of International Sales, Aqua Smart, Inc.

Since 1989 Dr. Stiefel has been the Vice President of International Sales at Aqua Smart, Inc. where he helped to develop and implement new technologies in water treatment for corrosion control and bio film protection. Aqua Smart, Inc. is the leading company in potable water treatment. In 2006 Dr. Stiefel started Nano Electric and Water Technologies Inc. (N.E.W. Tech. Inc.) - which develops new technologies for water treatment purification and alternative energy from water and waste water resources. Awarded honors by the Ukrainian, Polish and the Caribbean water associations for the implementation of new water technologies.

Dr. Stiefel received a Bachelor of Arts in 1982 from Columbia University. Post Graduate studies in Water Chemistry University of Southern California, PHD.


Stella Thomas, Founder and Executive Director, Global Water Fund

Stella Thomas is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Global Water Fund, whose aim is to raise awareness of the global water crisis and to find tangible financial and technical solutions to problems of water scarcity and sanitation.
Ms. Thomas serves as a liaison to governments, international organizations, and business and civic groups on issues related to sustainable development and the environment. Through backgrounds in diplomacy and international relations, Ms. Thomas also consults on global water issues and on water technologies, and advises governments and industry leaders on environmental, health, economic, political, and social factors related to water. She is also the author of many writings on water and sustainable development and frequently lectures to organizations around the world.
Ms. Thomas has been involved with the following organizations: US Congress, United Nations (New York), UN Summit on Sustainable Development (South Africa), NATO (Brussels), European Space Agency (Paris), Ministerial Conference on Water (The Hague), Council of African Unity (Paris), UNESCO (Paris), United Nations Development Program (New York), OECD (Paris), Ministry of Finance (Paris), World Bank (Paris), World Trade Organization (Geneva), Council of Water (Morocco), League of Arab Nations (Paris).
Ms. Thomas holds two Bachelors Degrees from Michigan State University in the fields of International Relations and Political Science. She holds diplomas in Economics from the University of Cambridge and The London School of Economics. Ms. Thomas also attended the School of International Relations & Diplomacy/University of Paris, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Natural Resources & Conflict Resolution, and completed a Master's Degree at the University of Oxford in Water Science, Policy & Management.

















Congressman Bart Gordon,
K&L Gates

Sally Gutierrez
Director, US
Protection Agency

Woodrow W. Clark II, MA3, PhD
Qualitative Economist, Founder/Managing Director
Clark Strategic Partners

Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston
Securities LLC

Paul Gagliardo,
M.P.H., P.E.
Manager, Innovation
American Water

Dave Christophersen
Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, Hydrex Global Platform Leader

Cat Shrier, PhD, PG, President & Founder, Watercat Consulting LLC

Joseph P. Mantua, President, American Water Works Association, Client Services Manager, Black & Veatch

Charles Scholpp
Director of Hach Integrated Information Management Business Development

The Honorable Kelly H. Carnes, President & CEO, TechVision21

Jeff Eger
Executive Director, Water Environment Federation (WEF)

John Cronin
Director and CEO, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

Mark M. Sweeney
Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC)

Kevin M.
The Water Initiative


Jim Leftwich,
Director, Ohio Department of Development

Daniel J. Curran
University of Dayton

F. Mark
Executive Director, Water Innovations Foundation

Jim Marten
Vice President
Crown Solutions

Alan Rae
R3 Fusion

Dusty Hall,
The Miami

Gary Leitzell

Chris Spain,
Chairman &
CSO, Hydropoint

Philip Lippel,
Consultant on
Nanoscience and
Emerging Technologies

Phillip L. Hayden,
Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP,
Htec Systems, Inc.

Vincent Caprio
Water Innovations

Vanderhart, PhD,
Exponent, Inc.

Clifton E. McCann
Venable LLP

Alan G. Hinchman
Global Industry Manager-Water
GE Intelligent Platforms

Charles J. Morton, Jr.
Venable LLP

Lars H. Genieser, Ph.D. Senior Associate Venable LLP

Scott Koorndyk,
VP, Technology

Robert Ritzi, Ph.D.,
Wright State


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