Sharing Water

You’re Invited: Sharing Water Event


A North American Regional Process Event
for the 8th World Water Forum

Monday, June 5, 2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Followed by Cocktail Reception

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC

The Coca-Cola Company, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and World Water Council invite you to participate in a day of panel discussions, high-level conversations and networking to explore pressing water challenges and solutions. By working together, we hope to catalyze action at a greater scale to value, conserve and protect the planet’s fresh water. The outputs of this event will help shape the thematic agenda for the 8th World Water Forum, which will take place in March 2018 in Brazil. Additional agenda details are below.



Keynote Speaker: Dayne Walling, Former Mayor of Flint, Michigan

Panel Discussion: Water, Development & Finance
Water is essential to growth, and yet, as countries develop, decisions are often made that compromise freshwater resources. In the same vein, one quarter of the world’s population faces economic water shortages, which is caused by a lack of investment in infrastructure or insufficient human capacity to satisfy water demand. Strong, integrated water resources management, institutions and infrastructure are all crucial to making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and requires a mix of investments and actions from governments, the private sector, and international development actors. This panel will explore the linkages between water efficiency, water infrastructure, water stewardship and sustainable development, while also discussing financing mechanisms and innovative investments.


  • George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water (stage setter)
  • Jason Morrison, Pacific Institute president and CEO Water Mandate head (moderator)
  • Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair, Sanitation and Water for All
  • Eric Letsinger, Founder, Qualified Ventures
  • Kumar Ranganathan, Senior Director and Practice Lead for Water & Sanitation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Jennifer Sara, Director for the Water Global Practice, World Bank Panel

Discussion: Water & People
The water crisis is a humanitarian issue. More than 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water and 1 in 3 don’t have access to a toilet. Unsafe drinking water kills more people than war does. Unfortunately, installing taps and toilets is not sufficient to address this challenge; as much as 30-50% of WASH projects fail after two to five years. To meet the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, we must find ways to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for the health of people and the planet. This panel will explore new models and ideas about securing water for people in the context of their basin.


  • Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Director, Circle of Blue (moderator)
  • Sergio Campos, Water and Sanitation Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Eileen O’Neil, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
  • James Peters, Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, including Global Water Coordinator duties, USAID
  • Sarina Prabassi, Chief Executive Officer, WaterAid America

Panel Discussion: Sharing Water
Water is the quintessential shared resource. From businesses to indigenous communities, growing municipalities to disappearing wildlife, we all need water and often depend on the same source to meet our varied needs. Sometimes that source even crosses political boundaries. This communal dependence has the potential to bring otherwise competitive users together, or—especially when negative impacts disproportionally affect the most vulnerable users—lead to conflict. As the overarching theme of the 8th World Water Forum, this panel will focus on Sharing Water across people, businesses and nature.


  • Al Duda, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (moderator)
  • Greg Koch, Senior Director of Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Karin Krchnak, Director, Freshwater, World Wildlife Fund
  • Aaron Salzberg, Special Coordinator for Water Resources in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science Affairs (OES), United States Department of State
  • Christian Severin, Lead, International Waters, Global Environment Facility