One Month To SWIM 2017





We are about one month away from SWIM 2017. This year’s conference is going to be epic!


We have George Hawkins, CEO from DC water as Keynote, sharing his insight on the utility of the future and the drivers for increased recycling and reuse in the water sector. Later we have Anatole Krattiger from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) speaking about Using intellectual property assets to drive innovation and tech transfer.

Additional panels providing insight on translating IP from academia, opportunities in the Chinese water management market and presentations from leading firms in this sector, Paques USA, Nanostone and Heartland Technologies. These pioneers in municipal and industrial wastewater reuse have HQ’s in Massachusetts. Break out sessions later in the day will focus on topics like talent development, diversity, sales & marketing, leadership and team management.

SWIM is a one day conference that highlights our regions Water Innovation Ecosystem from Academia through large Corporate. There is something for everyone and we look forward to your participation.

NEWIN Members – your participation at NEWIN events is free or discounted based upon your membership. Reach out before buying tickets to ensure you have the correct promo-code.


Keynote Speaker: George Hawkins, CEO & General Manager at DC Water

George Hawkins serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water. Mr. Hawkins is transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-oriented enterprise. DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project to nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows, investing $950 million to reduce nutrients for the Chesapeake Bay, and finishing a $470 million waste-to-energy program to produce a marketable nutrient and generate 13 megawatts of green power. George has also tripled the program to replace water infrastructure.

DC Water has been the recipient of almost every major award in the industry, including most recently, the 2016 US Water Prize for its resource recovery efforts.

Mr. Hawkins graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He Mr. Hawkins teaches Environmental Law and Policy at Princeton University.


Lunch Speaker: Anatole Krattiger, Director of Global Challenges at the World Intellectual Property Organisation

Anatole deals with the intersection of IP and global health, climate change, and food security at WIPO. He begun his career as a farmer in Switzerland, has a BSC in agronomy, and an MPhil in plant breeding and a PhD in molecular genetics from Cambridge University.

He worked at one of the CGIAR centers, led ISAAA, a global non-profit broker of agbiotech for developing countries with a regional office in Los Banos, Philippines, served as Executive to the Humanitarian Board for Golden Rice, was Editor-in-Chief of the ip Management Handbook ( and consulted widely at the crossroads of development, government, science, businesses, and philanthropy. As Adjunct Professor, he also teaches IP management at Cornell University


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