Water is the essential ingredient to life. Yet, the growing demand for food, energy and development is placing enormous pressure on the global water supply. Groundwater aquifers, which hold 95 percent of available fresh water, are being depleted in large areas of the world. In other regions clean water is scarce. The U.N. estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the worlds population will live in water-stressed areas. Achieving water security, while protecting biodiversity, requires that we seek solutions on an unprecedented scale. How can we effectively conserve, manage and distribute water? What innovations in technology, research and policy are needed to build a more resilient water system? With a greater understanding of the challenges and new tools available, can we navigate organizational and geopolitical systems to build a more resilient world?
Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Global R&D, PepsiCo Inc.
President, California American Water and Hawaii American Water
Lawyer, Activist and Entrepreneur; Author, "Let There Be Water"