Collaborators

In the mission to build the future for the next generation, we stand stronger together. And when it comes to the worlds’ resources, the challenges are global – and with global challenges, global solutions are needed. That is why we connect our Next Generation Water Action Ambassadors with collaborators from all over the world. Universities, innovation centres, global corporations, decision makers and influencers – we create a platform for knowledge to be shared with our students and entrepreneurs to become the water leaders of our Next Generation.

90+

Students

2

Foundations

25+

Companies

20+

Universities

10

Start-ups

4

Embassies

20+

Mentors

19+

Speakers

Main Sponsors

Next Generation Water Action is made possible through strong partnerships with Rambøll Fonden & Grundfos Foundation.

IWA Denmark is enabling a valuable continuation of the initiative into the IWA World Water Congress 2022 in Copenhagen by awarding winning teams scholarships to join the Congress.    

Main Partners

Our main partners build the fundament of our global Next Generation Water Action initiative. They provide the initiative with a strong global network and bring in the relevant expertise.

Challenge Partners

Based on their extensive water expertise, our challenge partners have formulated the 5 challenges for the Young Academics Track. The challenge partners provide guidance and sparring to the students on their journey of cracking the defined challenges.

University Partners

Next Generation participants come from leading global partner universities. The institutions further support the teams with academic supervision.

Denmark

India

Mexico

Ghana

Kenya

South Korea

University Affiliates

EUNJAE LEE

KAIST
Head of Supervisor of International Relations Team

HAEIN CHUNG

KAIST
Head International Relations Team

DR. JEAMIN KOO

KAIST
Assistant Professor

DR. JAEWOOK MYUNG

KAIST
Assistant Professor

PROF. THOMAS OCHUKU

University of Nairobi
Professor

DR. FREDRICK MWEMA

DKUT
Professor

DR. NJENGA MBURU

DKUT
Professor

PROF. JOHN MWANGI GATHENYA

JKUAT
Professor

DR. EUGENE APPIAH-EFFAH

KNUST
Professor

DR. PATRICK BOAKYE

KNUST
Professor

RAPHEAL NSIAH-GYAMBIBI

KNUST
Phd Researcher

DR. YEN SOKAMA-NEUYAN

KNUST
Assistant Professor

DR. KWANG-HO CHOO

KNU
Professor & Director

PROF. DR. BYUNG JOON LEE

KNUST
Associate Professor

ANA SORIANA ALBERT

Tec de Monterrey
Tec de Monterrey representetive placed at DTU

DR. PABEL CERVANTES

Tec de Monterrey
Professor & YWP

Challenge Representatives

Our Challenge Representatives not only represent our challenge partners, but further support our participating teams with their challenge-specific background, sparring and advice.  

BRUNO KIILERICH

Grundfos
Senior Specialist,
Waste Water

STEFAN WERNER

Rambøll Water
Senior Consultant

GONZALO FUENTES DELLEPIANE

Rambøll
Urban Planner & Architect

DR. PENNAN CHINNASAMY

IIT Bombay
Director RuDRA Labs

HIMANSU PANDEY

NITI Aayog / ATAL Innovation Mission
Young Professional

TAEU LEE

Daegu Environmental Corp
 Sewage Process Senior Engineer

OKSUN JEON

Daegu Metropolitan City
Deputy Director at Water & Energy Industry Division

KWANG-HO CHOO

KNU
Professor

RASMUS LINDENEG JOHANSEN

LE34
Land Surveyor
IT Project Leader

MAXWELL AKOSAH-KUSI

Ghana Water Company
Civil Engineer

Mentors

A strong portfolio of ambitious mentors guide the students and startups in their endeavors. The mentors are from various industries and span a global network across the participating countries.

JACOB AMENGOR

Emerging Water Leader IWA
Vice Chair IWA YWP Ghana

KELVIN MIGWI KINYUA

Spatial Data Analyst
Nairobi City Water & Sewerage

YOUNGJIN KIM

Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering
Korea University

ELDA JIMENA SILVA

Regional Director
Good Stuff International

DR. NITI JADEJA

Emerging Water Leader IWA &
Researcher at ATREE

FRANCISCA BRAGA

MSc Environmental Management and Sustainability Science
Aalborg University

ADOLFO ROMERO

Founder
Tecporio Innova

JAVIER D. JESUS C. RIOS

Professor Hydraulic & Hydrology
Aut. University of Yucatan

CLAUDIO A. R. TORRES

Phd Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
KAIST University

ELIZABETH A. DIAZ

MSc Civil & Environmental Engineering
KAIST University

HOJUNG RHO

Professor Hydraulic & Hydrology
Aut. University of Yucatan

DAVID N. O. NUNOO

GIS Manager
Ghana Water Company L.

SØREN SVANEBJERG

Investment Manager & Business Developer 

EMILIE PRAJAKTA KAMRADT

Senior Brand Strategist 
Manyone

SIMON ENGHOFF

Senior Project Manager
Novo Nordisk  

LISBETH KNARREBORG

R&D & Project Manager

JAN SKOVGAARD

CFO
Pernod Ricard

METTE FROSCH-HANSEN

Executive Business Mentor 

MORTEN RISOM NIELSEN

Consultant at
The Circular Way
Lendager Group

Speakers

The initiative’s program is anchored in the involvement of aspiring speakers, whose talks and input inspire and guide our teams in succeeding with their ideas and solutions!

ANDERS BÆKGAARD

DANVA & Congress President IWA WWC 2021 & 2022

MORTEN RIIS

Group Director – Water Utility, Grundfos 

NEEL STRØBÆK

Senior Group Director, Sustainability & CR, Rambøll

INÊS BREDA

 Board member, IWA WYP Denmark, Emerging Water Leaders, IWA 

PROF. KALANITHY VAIRAVAMOORTHY

Executive Director, IWA

OK SUN JEON

Deputy Director at Water & Energy Industry Division, Daegu Metropolitan City 

JACKIE STENSON

Social Entrepreneur
CEO & Co-Founder, Essmart

ABDULHAKIM ABDI

Researcher Remote Sensing
Lund University

FRANCESCA O’HANLON

CEO & Founder
Blue Tap

LUCA SHIEFER

 Deputy Director at Water & Energy Industry Division, Daegu Metropolitan City

WILLIAM BLANDFORD

Industrial Sales Manager at Veolia Water Technologies

NANDAKUMAR

CEO International Center for Clean Water

MARTEN DEUTER

Senior Consultant Sustainability Reporting
Response

ANNA SOPHIE ZUMEGEN

Junior Advisor Sustainability Reporting
Response

OLIVER ROSENDAL

Founder & Photographer
Vinia Media

MATHIAS VILHELMSEN

Filmmaker
Vinia Media

STAN REIMGEN

Co-Founder at Big
A Sustainability & Innovation Company

MARIA FARAGÓ

Phd Researcher
DTU Environment

PATRIZIA FAZLI

Business Strategist Entrepreneur@Whylab Marketing Specialist