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Board Of Directors

Philippe Bréant

Name : Philippe Bréant

Job title : Project director

Organisation : Veolia Research and Innovation (VERI), France.

Bio :

Philippe Bréant is the project Director of VEOLIA Research and Innovation. He leads the department of Project Managers in charge of all Veolia Research and Development activities covering 200 projects on Water, Waste and Energy. Previously he was in charge of the Drinking and Reuse Water Research of the company including research on resource management, treatment processes for soft water, desalination and reuse and smart network management. His experience also includes the direction of the drinking water and membrane technologies research department as well as several operational positions with Veolia Water managing water service companies serving over one million customers and designing major drinking water treatment plants in France and China.

Fernando Casado Cañeque

Name : Fernando Casado Cañeque

Job title : Director

Organisation : Centro de Alianzas para el Desarrollo (CAD)

Bio :

Fernando Casado Cañeque is the founder and director of CAD, bringing together 20 years’ experience working with international organisations in the development field. He holds a Ph.D. in economic and social science and has worked as a journalist specialising in projects related to economic and sustainable development. He has worked as strategic advisor to a variety of international organisations including UNDP, UNIDO, UNDSD, UNEP, OECD, IADB and the World Bank and was the General Coordinator of the UNEP’s Millennium Development Goals initiative. He has also worked as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York. Fernando is the author of several books on inclusive and sustainable development as well as of a range of articles on development economics, globalisation and sustainability.

Paul Jeffrey

Name : Paul Jeffrey

Job title : Head of Cranfield Water Science Institute.

Organisation : Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University.

Bio :

Paul Jeffrey is Professor of Water Management at Cranfield University, Head of the Cranfield Water Science Institute, and Director of the STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Prof. Jeffrey’s research interests encompass the development of sustainable water use arrangements and the relationships between human (e.g. socio-cultural, psychological, behavioural, economic), natural (e.g. water quality, environmental) and technological (engineering, technology & infrastructure design) dimensions of water management. Paul has worked on water reuse issues for over 20 years, supporting utilities, regulators, and technology providers. Paul has contributed over 100 journal & conference publications in fields as diverse as water resources management, science & society, technology assessment, social justice, and complex systems.

Marie Raffin

Name : Marie Raffin

Job title : Senior Research Scientist

Organisation : Thames Water Utilites

Bio :

Marie Raffin is a senior research scientist within the Innovation department of Thames Water Utilities Limited (TWUL). Marie’s research seeks to understand the feasibility of implementing wastewater reuse for potable and non-potable applications in the Greater London area. Her research focuses on assessing and selecting appropriate technologies, and understanding how they are influenced by governance, regulation, risk mitigation and public perception. Marie is also involved in research on the optimisation of water treatment processes such as coagulation, ozonation and reservoir management. Marie is currently leading TWUL's involvement in the EU funded DEMOWARE project promoting wastewater reuse in Europe. She holds a PhD in Applied Sciences from Cranfield University (United Kingdom), where her research focussed on the optimisation of membrane process operation for wastewater reuse. Marie also holds an MEng in chemistry from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mulhouse (France) and a BSc in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Haute Alsace (France).

Emmanuel van Houtte

Name : Emmanuel van Houtte

Job title : Geologist, R&D

Organisation : Intermunicipal Water Company of the Veurne Region (IWVA) Belgium

Bio :

Emmanuel van Houtte studied at the University of Ghent where he graduated in 1984 as a geologist with an option in hydrogeology. He joined the Intermunicipal Water Company of the Veurne Region (I.W.V.A.), as a geologist in 1992. He was appointed to develop a sustainable groundwater management system in the dunes of the western part of Belgium’s Flemish coast to remediate decreasing water levels and to guarantee current and future water extraction possibilities. This resulted in the development of a project for artificial recharge of the unconfined dune aquifer of St-André. Because no other water sources were available for year-round aquifer recharge, the IWVA decided to use reclaimed water from the Torreele facility for the production of infiltration water. The Torreele reuse/ St-André infiltration project is operational since July 2002. Emmanuel has extensive experience of technologies for water reuse and more specifically ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis. He has been involved in several European research projects on water reuse including the EC funded projects AQUAREC and RECLAIM WATER.

Jordi Bacardit

Name : Jordi Bacardit

Job title : Innovation Support and Learning Leader

Organisation : DOW Chemical Ibérica (DCI), Spain.

Bio :

Jordi Bacardit is a research and development (R&D) specialist in the Global Water Technology Centre of Dow Water and Process Solutions (DWPS) in Tarragona. His main responsibilities are to provide scientific support and guidance for the R&D and Technical Service & Development (TS&D) projects undertaken in the DWPS’ R&D centre. Jordi has more than 7 years of industrial experience in the field of water treatment technologies. He has a strong background in seawater desalination, not only including reverse osmosis but also pre-treatment and post-treatment technologies. As an R&D specialist, Jordi has lead or supervised a dozen of projects, some of them funded by Spanish and EU programs. In addition to his R&D responsibilities as project and team leader, Jordi has been involved in the design, commissioning and start up of Pilot Units in the EMEA region. These experiences provided him with a wide understanding of operational and maintenance strategies, control and automation of pilot systems for projects and operations in Spain, UK, USA, UAE and Saudi Arabia, among others. Jordi holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and more specifically on Advanced Oxidation Processes for industrial wastewater management from the University of Barcelona.


Kristell Le Corre Pidou

Name : Kristell Le Corre Pidou

Job title : Office Manager

Organisation : Water Reuse Europe

Bio :

Graduated with a PhD from Cranfield University in 2006, Kristell Le Corre Pidou pursued her career in research with a particular interest in water recycling and reuse. She worked on a variety of research projects in the UK, France and Australia and also worked at the Gironde Council, Bordeaux, France, where she coordinated the EU project Water and Territories (SUDOE – INTERREG IVB) on new perspectives for water governance (2009). As a Research Fellow at the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland (Australia), she led a research project on hospital wastewater characterisation, which was conducted in the context of the Western Corridor recycling scheme. Since 2014, Kristell has worked at the Cranfield Water Science Institute as a Research Fellow on the EC funded DEMOWARE project.

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