• The group will enhance Imagine H2O’s efforts to identify and support promising innovations to solve the world’s water challenges.
Imagine H2O has announced the names of 10 water industry executives and leading researchers who will serve as founding members of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Council.
The Council includes 6 top executives of companies representing over $175 billion in sales and 4 professors at leading research universities. The group will enhance Imagine H2O’s efforts to identify and support promising innovations to solve the world’s water challenges.
Council members stressed the importance of addressing specific market needs and are optimistic about the potential for applying technologies and business models from outside the water industry to meet these challenges.
In particular, they highlighted three critical water innovation opportunities for startups: real-time monitoring, advanced biological applications, and energy efficiency.
Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh will serve as the Council’s Chairman. Dr. Ramesh is a Managing Director at Wasserstein & Co. and the former Chief Technology Officer of GE Water & Process Technologies where he helped create and lead GE’s $2.5 billion global water business. Dr. Ramesh has also been an Imagine H2O Advisory Board member since the organization’s inaugural year.
“The ability to interact with the Council and its members represents a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs participating in Imagine H2O’s programming,” explains Dr. Ramesh. “We will work with Imagine H2O to identify specific innovation opportunities and enhance the organization’s efforts to catalyze and accelerate water entrepreneurship.”
Scott Bryan, the organization’s COO, says members will “help identify market challenges and the potential value that can be created by solving them through entrepreneurial approaches.”
Bryan adds that, “Companies identified and supported through the Imagine H2O program receive about one in every 10 dollars invested in early-stage water tech businesses. Convening these thought leaders and the institutions they represent around the Imagine H2O program is a significant step forward for water innovation.”
The 10 founding members of the Scientific Advisory Council are:
Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh– Managing Director, Wasserstein & Co;
Dr. Kartik Chandran– Director, Columbia University Biomolecular Environmental Sciences Program - Associate Professor, Columbia University;
Dr. Johan Groen– Chief Technology Officer – Xylem;
Dr. Slav Hermanowicz– Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley and National High-End Foreign Expert of China, Tongji University, Shanghai;
Dr. Peter Jaffe– Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University;
Dr. Perry McCarty– Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering and Science Stanford University;
Dr. Manian Ramesh– former Chief Technology Officer, Water & Energy Services, Nalco;
Dr. Philip Rolchigo– Vice-President of Technology, Pentair;
Mr. Carl Rush– former Senior Vice-President, Waste Management;
Dr. Thomas Stanley– Chief Technology Officer, GE Water and Process Technologies.
About Imagine H2O
Imagine H2O inspires and empowers people to solve water challenges and turn them into opportunities. Our annual prize competitions identify promising water entrepreneurs and startups with innovative solutions to water challenges.
Previous competition programs include Water Efficiency (2009), the Water-Energy Nexus (2010), Wastewater (2011) and Consumer Innovations (2012).
In 2013, our programming will focus on water innovations for the food and agriculture sector. In addition to distributing cash awards to winning businesses, Imagine H2O’s Accelerator program supports the winning entrepreneurs as they turn their ideas into transformative solutions.
To learn more about Imagine H2O's global ecosystem for water innovation and connect with water innovators from around the world, please visit www.imagineh2o.org