Join an online W12 international panel discussion about how the shift in global priorities sees water as the key industry for future investment

Urban Water Security in Uncertain Times


Four industries are now set to boom*. International investors are looking at where money will be best spent following the effects and realities of Covid-19. The industries identified for future growth are:


  • Water
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Green energy


*Source:  World Economic Forum


W12 (the Water Congress that was to have taken place on 18 May in Cape Town) is facilitating this online event when seven panellists will discuss the implications of water investment and opportunities presented to meet immediate needs and long-term goals. W12 will also present its ongoing work on a water protocol database. This online event replaces the main W12 Congress, which will be rescheduled when it is safe to travel and gather in person.


Where:                Please register below to be sent the specific live stream link on the day:



When:                  Monday 18 May 2020

16h00 – 18h00 (CET)

10h00 – 12h00 (EDT)


Who:                     Karin Krchnak, Program Manager, Water Resources Group, World Bank


Henk Ovink – Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands


Alexandros Makarigakis, Acting Deputy Secretary of the UNESCO Inter-governmental Hydrological Programme


Betsy Otto, Program Director, Global Water Program, World Resources Institute


Mads Nipper, CEO, Grundfos


Rashad Shawa, Chairman, International Water Bank


Beth Chitekwe-Biti, Acting Director, Slum Shack Dwellers International


Moderator:  Philip Clayton, President, Institute for Ecological Civilzation (EcoCiv)


To listen in to the discussion, please click on the links above.  For media requesting specific questions or interviews, please contact Wired Communications: | 079 506 9811 | 080 458 9916



About the W12 Congress
The W12 Congresswill be an International Conference and Expo that seeks to create the world’s first “Major City Best Practice Water Protocol” and strengthen the citizen-driven governance of alternative sustainable water solutions.

The Congress will bring together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts, and students from major cities in the world that are likely to face a water crisis scenario, similar to what Cape Town faced. Cape Town was the catalyst to this now urgent global movement, leading the way to manage and solve the world’s water crisis.

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