Sid Vollebregt

Future of Water

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Global Grand Challenges

What happens if we run out of the element that enables life? Already today, 2/3 of the world population faces water shortages. Through our food, products and energy, our water footprint stretches out further than we might realize. With water as a human right, it remains difficult to put a value and ownership on it. This century will be about technological advances to get access to more water out of unconventional sources, to re-use water and to increase efficiency. Through different examples of water challenges worldwide, we get a glimpse of the multi-stakeholder management our most precious resources. Will it be possible to move from scarcity to abundance?

Topics & Presentations

  • What happens when there is water scarcity?
  • Where is the price of water based on?
  • Why is this a mainly a political matter?
  • What is the effect of water on a society?
  • Example with SID’s (Small Island Developing States)
  • Global Grand Challenges

What happens if we run out of the element that enables life? Already today, 2/3 of the world population faces water shortages.Through our food, products and energy, our water footprint stretches out further than we might realize. With water as a human right, it remains difficult to put a value and ownership on it. This century will be about technological advances to get access to more water out of unconventional sources, to re-use water and to increase efficiency.Through different examples of water challenges worldwide, we get a glimpse of the multi-stakeholder management our most precious resources. Will it be possible to move from scarcity to abundance?

  • From and idea to a successful company
  • Incubator experiences
  • Team, market, IP
  • Business Model Canvas and how did that work for Elemental Water Makers
  • Leadership

What can happen if you find your passion and drive? As water enthusiast and clean-tech specialist, it’s Sid’s mission to be part of a sustainable solution for global water scarcity. In 2012, he developed a new technology to get fresh water from seawater using only the sun.His organization Elemental Water Makers is active in 7 countries across the globe and recently received the 1st prize of the MBR Global Water Award of the Emir of Dubai. Talking with tribal chiefs in Madagascar, Ministers in Cape Verde and private island owners on the British Virgin Islands, what does it take to start and grow a tech-company?

  • Leading by example
  • Incorrect abundance thinking
  • Global Grand Challenges

Biography

Sid Vollebregt is a water enthusiast (surfer) & cleantech specialist (sustainable energy & water treatment engineer) on a mission to move humanity from water scarcity to abundance. He developed sustainable desalination technology and is the co-founder & CEO of Elemental Water Makers. They enable fossil-free water from the sea using the sun, active in 8 water-scarce countries. To ensure rural communities in developing countries are not left behind, he founded and chairs the non-profit organization Elemental Water Foundation. He received a Global Water Award of the Emir of Dubai and mentioned as Top-50 Entrepreneur by the Dutch Financial Times in 2018.

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