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NYC BlueTech Panel Discussion is taking place at Smart Cities NYC´17.

Once you register for Smart Cities NYC´17 conference and expo, you´ll receive a code in your confirmation email with which you can register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for the Smart Cities NYC '17.


The “NYC BlueTech” panel discussion, led by industry experts at the local and international level, will take a deep dive into current innovative water initiatives and the concept of integrated water management. Integrated water management promotes increased operational efficiency of urban water systems, enhanced livability for our communities, and resiliency against climate change, improved land use practices, and greater protection of public health. Specific focus areas will include demand management and projections, climate science and resiliency, land use assessment for stormwater management, and development of associated policy, public communication approaches, partnership, and peer-to-peer learning to bring global innovators together and promote new, cross-sectoral approaches to water management in New York and in the world’s urban areas.

The mission of NYC BlueTech is to develop, adapt, import and export sustainable water management ideas and technologies through coordination across government, private sector, non-profit and academic leaders. The NYC BlueTech Panel Hub is intended to start the conversation about why New York City should strive to become a center for the incubation and deployment of sustainable water management technologies by bringing together water experts from multiple sectors of the water industry to discuss prominent water management topics, opportunities and challenges.

Panel 1: NYC as a Water Hub

Moderator: Marcus Gay | NEWIN

Mr. Marcus Oliver Gay is Executive Director for NEWIN, the leading water-innovation association in the US. NEWIN drives local innovation for global impact, it's programs support networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration within the regions water-sector. Mr. Gay has over 15 years experience working in the energy, water and environmental landscape. Throughout this time, he has held a number of roles, ranging from academic research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, to industrial research and development work commercializing algal photobioreactors and microbial fuel-cells in both energy and water treatment applications. More recently, Mr. Gay has held water and energy market-research, consulting and thought-leadership roles at IHS and Reed-Elsevier – two of the worlds leading providers of science, technology and business information and insight services. Today, as the Executive Director for NEWIN, Mr. Gay works to accelerate the success of the regions water-innovators by helping them identify the right problems, gain access to the right resources and connect them with the right partners. NEWIN accelerates water-innovation, enabling local innovators to have global impact. For more information, please go to


Alan Cohn | NYC DEP

Alan Cohn is Climate Program Director at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where he develops cost-effective strategies to advance resiliency and prioritize investments in water resource management. He leads efforts on flood protection, coordinates national and international climate resiliency initiatives, promotes green approaches to drainage and water quality improvement, and advances studies of climate change impacts on water supply, storm water management, and wastewater treatment. Alan managed development of the NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan and contributed to the New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, Green Infrastructure Plan, and PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York. Recently, he helped establish a cooperation agreement between New York City and the City of Copenhagen to work together to exchange knowledge and best practices on climate adaptation and cloudburst management.

Klaus Lehn Christensen | Danish CleanTech Hub

Klaus Lehn Christensen is the Project Director of Danish Cleantech Hub and responsible for partnerships and outreach, conferences, workshops, delegation visits and market analysis. Mr. Christensen has a public and private sector background with a focus on cleantech. Before relocating to New York in 2014, he worked with Smart Cities for Denmark’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and was co-founder of an export consultancy focused on Danish public-private cleantech solutions for the US market. From 2008-2012 Mr. Christensen also held Public Diplomacy positions at the Spanish Embassy and British Embassy respectively in Copenhagen

Carter Craft | Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Carter Craft is a Senior Economic Officer at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. He is an urban planner with more than twenty years of experience specializing in water, transport, and land use issues in and around New York City. Carter's work helps people rethink and reestablish their relationship to the waterways through more balanced use and stewardship of the water. These efforts include a range of innovations in public policy and project, including the creation of the New York City Council Waterfronts Committee and a "water use" plan for the East River along Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Carter was also the project manager for the first oyster hatchery developed in NY Harbor in almost 100 years; the first green building on Governors Island; led the development of the first "living bulkhead" design developed in NYC and the first use of bio-fuel to power an historic ship. He teaches at Pratt Institute and for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. His work now focuses on sharing knowledge and best practices in the areas of climate change, water, and infrastructure between the Netherlands and the northeastern United States.

Kristin Bell | NYC EDC

Kristin Bell works at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she develops and manages ecosystem-building programs that support urban innovation in cleantech, waste systems, and water management. By leveraging NYC’s position as a global hub for tech and innovation, Kristin believes the transition to make our urban systems more sustainable and resilient can lead to impactful local economic opportunity and quality of life improvements. Kristin holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute.

Vlada Kenniff | NYCHA

Vlada Kenniff recently joined New York City Housing Authority as the Director of Sustainability Programs, where she will be leading the implementation of the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, the Authority’s 10-year sustainability plan. Previously, she served as the Managing Director of Integrated Water Management at the Department of Environmental Protection where she managed water conservation, climate resilience and integrated planning programs. Vlada is the primary author of the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and the NYC Water Demand Management Plan, and a contributor to multiple NYC policy-setting sustainability documents. Vlada earned her City and Regional Planning Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute.

Panel 2: Case Studies on Technology/Innovative Partnerships

Moderator: Jeff Moeller | Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

Jeff Moeller is the Director of Water Technologies at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) where he has worked since 1997. Jeff is the WE&RF director for the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT). LIFT is a joint WE&RF/Water Environment Federation program to accelerate innovation and new technology into practice in the water quality industry. Jeff has also led and managed several major WE&RF research programs, including programs on wastewater treatment, stormwater control, decentralized systems, and sustainable integrated water management.


Jamie Lefkowitz, P.E. | OptiRTC, Inc.

Jamie Lefkowitz is a professionally registered civil engineer and the Director of Project Development at Opti, managing large, multi-site stormwater monitoring and control deployments and working directly with clients to apply Opti’s innovative solutions to complex stormwater management problems. Ms. Lefkowitz holds an M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from Villanova University.

Edgar Westerhof | Arcadis

Edgar Westerhof is the Flood Risk and Resiliency Lead for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 18 years of experience in integrated (urban) water management. He has a deep understanding of urban and industrial flood proofing concepts, infrastructure planning and design, sustainable urban water management and waterfront development and international water management concepts. Edgar was leading the Arcadis participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U – Waterfront Resiliency Plan of Manhattan.

Trine Munk | Ramboll

Trine Munk is a project manager within Ramboll Water. Trine mostly manages multidisciplinary projects addressing climate challenges. Trine has worked with addressing water management challenges in developed and developing countries. She is specialized in flood risk management and multifunctional measures to prevent floods including advanced risk mapping modelling and cost-benefit analysis as tools to estimate the potential cost of doing nothing and value of protection.

Young Lee | PowerBridgeNY/Columbia University

Young brings nearly 20 years of experience in engineering and finance. He began his professional career as a senior civil/environmental engineer, where his operational leadership scope of work included complex infrastructure projects working with an Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 5 firm. During this time, he developed an expertise in turning around distressed operations, which proved invaluable in understanding how to resolve early-stage development hurdles. In finance, Young focused on institutional research, trading, sales, and banking of alternative assets. For the past several years, Young has been working in venture capital and early-stage technology development, in particular with water and energy-related concerns. Prior to PowerBridgeNY, Young was also the Chief Technology and Financial Officer for a hydrokinetic energy venture.

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