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Making Waves: NY Water Week with NY Climate Tech and Consulate General of the Netherlands

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Join us for "Making Waves," a panel discussion for New York Water Week featuring experts and innovators from the world of climate tech and water management hosted by NY Climate Tech and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

As climate change continues to impact our planet, access to clean water has become an increasingly urgent issue. From droughts to floods, rising sea levels to melting glaciers, water is at the forefront of the climate crisis. But with challenges come opportunities for solutions.

Our panel of experts will explore the many different areas in which water is a climate issue and the cutting-edge solutions available to address these challenges. Our panelists will share their experiences working at the intersection of climate tech and water, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Apply to attend "Making Waves" and join the conversation on how we can leverage climate tech to tackle the global water crisis. This is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading voices in the field and connect with other like-minded individuals who are passionate about sustainability and innovation.


Brittany Kendrick, Civil Design and engineer and Co-founder of Hydronomy

Brittany is an experienced Civil Design Professional engineer with a demonstrated history in designing military and civil works projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Black and Veatch. Aside from being a Civil Design Engineer, Brittany is a Co-Founder of Hydronomy, a company that addresses both water scarcity and security. She has developed water technology systems in remote villages in Bolivia and Peru and is the recipient of the Women in Science: Water award among many other accolades.

Kaila Wilson, Director of Energy Development at the RETI Center

Kaila manages the Local Power program at the RETI Center, which includes solar and green jobs training. She is responsible for developing and managing renewable energy projects, with a focus on community solar initiatives and energy storage technologies. The RETI Center's mission is focused on economically and environmentally strengthening vulnerable urban coastal areas in New York City.

Matthew Diserio, Co-founder and President of Water Asset Management (WAM)

WAM invests globally in companies and assets that ensure water quality and water supply. WAM's public and private equity investments include water utilities, water treatment and infrastructure companies, and water resource assets such as water rights and water resource rich agriculture. Matthew is also a guest lecturer on water industry and water policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Wharton Business School, and more.

Jose Porro, CEO and Founder of Cobalt Water Global

Jose has more than 20 years' experience working with drinking water and wastewater utilities for planning, modelling, design, and applied research around the world. He is an expert on developing and implementing decision support frameworks integrating data modelling and artificial intelligence for sustainable water management.

Sonam Velani, Moderator, Founder & CEO of Streetlife Ventures and NY Climate Tech

Sonam's career spans the public and private sectors, and she has collaborated with governments across the globe to design, finance, and implement multi-billion dollar investments in climate-smart infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic development. She is the founder of Streetlife Ventures, a venture studio and investment fund that develops and deploys the sustainable hardware of cities.


  • 4:30 PM: Doors open

  • 5:00 PM: Main event

  • 6:00 PM: Networking reception

This event is hosted by NY Climate Tech and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.