Annual Conference

8th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference

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7th Annual PGWI Conference

“Urban Water Solutions in the Developing World — Sustainable services and just policies for the poor“ was held on April 10, 2014.  Click above for more information and conference proceedings. 


Ananta Nair


6th Annual PGWI Conference

Gender and Water: Leading Beyond the Burden

on April 9, 2013 at The Wharton School

   Topic- Gender and Water  In collaboration with wH2O Journal, IGEL and Drexel University College of Public Health



Recap of PGWI’s 5TH Annual Conference




 PGWI 5th Annual Conference Poster

PGWI thanks all of the participants for attending the 2012 conference!  Special thanks to our sponsors: Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), CETRA, United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Pennoni AssociatesUniversity of Pennsylvania’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and The Fairmont Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC). Date: April 3, 2012 Venue: University of Pennsylvania Hall of Flags Houston Hall Check out Student Reporter Blog Posts from the Conference!

Objective:  To bring together global experts to advance the understanding of how to improve the management of water and sanitation projects.  National and international leaders in the field of water gave presentations and engaged in conversations with attendees.


Speakers and Panelists:

Dr. Fred Scatena, Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania ( Dr. Andrew Trevett, UNICEF – Keynote Address “A Global Perspective on the Challenges of Selecting Performance Indicators” Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia ( Welcome to Philadelphia Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner, City of Philadelphia (

Perspectives and Experiences from National and International Organizations: An Expert Panel Discussion

Voices From the Field: Experiences of Members of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative [PGWI] Network and others


  • Dr. Arun Deb, Vice President (Retired), Weston Solutions, Inc., PGWI Board Member|Presentation
  • Mary Rogers, Abington High School, PGWI Board Member

Building Capacity for Measuring, Organizing, and Using Performance Indicators: An Expert Panel Discussion


Briefing by University of Pennsylvania Students| Presentation


  • Caroline D’Angelo and Aishwarya Nair on the World Water Forum 6 [Marseille France; March 2012]; Additional Opportunity for Participants to visit exhibits by PGWI network organizations- Abby Waldorf, Lindsay Shafer

Recap of PGWI’s 4TH Annual Conference



PGWI would like to thank all of our participants for a successful 2010 Conference! We had over 180 people engaged in lively discussions and networking sessions.  Download the full Conference agenda!

2010 Conference Details:

Date: November 4, 2010 Venue: University of Pennslyvania Hall of Flags, Houston Hall Philadelphia, PA Objectives:

  • To review the magnitude of the global water shortage
  • To understand the challenges of managing limited water supplies, especially in developing countries
  • To show examples of approaches that have been successful in allocating water among various demands [eg, agriculture, drinking water/sanitation, manufacturing, energy, ecosystems services] and to identify other potential solutions to the allocation problem
  • To identify key research questions that need to be addressed, and to build toward a major Wharton/Penn Initiative For Global Environmental Leadership [IGEL] Conference in Spring 2011 on “valuing water”
  • To establish a network of people interested in water allocation

Presentations from this year’s Conference:

  • Dr. Robert Giegengack, University of Pennsylvania | Presentation
  • Dr. Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars |Presentation


  • Brittany Young, Founder, “Spring of Hope” | Presentation
  • Karin Krchnak, Director, International Water Policy, The Nature Conservancy | Presentation
  • Carol Collier, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission | Presentation
  • Seung Lee, Senior Director, Save the Children | Presentation
  • Stephanie Ogden, Fellow in Innovation and Sustainability, Water For People | Presentation
  • Dr. Clive Lipchin, Director of Research, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies | Presentation

This Conference is organized and hosted by the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative with financial support from the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at Wharton/Penn, University of Pennsylvania Department of Earth and Environmental SciencePennoni AssociatesFairmount Water Works Interpretive Center,Beechwood OrchardsA Spring of Hope, and University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center. Thanks also to volunteers from Drexel University. Generous in-kind support provided by the US EPA Region 3 Office in Philadelphia and Center for Strategic and International Studies.


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