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The Water-Energy Nexus (D.C.)


World Policy Institute, and New America Foundation present: 

The Water-Energy Nexus:
A Discussion with Michele Wucker and Diana Glassman
, Moderated by Samuel Sherraden

Tuesday, May 24, 2011,
2:00pm – 3:30pm

This event is by invitation only.

"The Water-Energy Nexus" 

The Water-Energy Nexus represents a critical business, security, and environmental issue, but has not yet received the attention that it merits. Energy production consumes significant amounts of water, and vice versa. The evolution of both traditional and renewable energy production toward potentially more water-intensive technologies risks intensifying the demands on water resources. Newer technologies are being developed to reduce water consumption; however, they are generally expensive, can reduce efficiency, and will need time before they can be commercially available at scale. Now –as energy policies are being considered around the world– is the window of opportunity to include water on the agenda alongside cost, carbon, and security considerations. What do businesses, the military, policy makers, and the media need to know about managing trade-offs between water and energy?

What do businesses, the military, policy makers, and the media need to know about managing trade-offs between water and energy? 

Related Reading: 
The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda. Diana Glassman, Michele Wucker, Tanushree Isaacman, and Corinne Champilou. New York: World Policy Institute and EBG Capital, March 2011.


About the Speakers

Diana Glassman is a Consultant to EBG Capital, an asset manager focused on alternative investments in energy, environment and sustainability; and was previously Head of the Americas at its predecessor, Credit Suisse Environmental Business Group. She is also the founder and CEO of ISI Consulting, which advises corporate clients, private equity investors and governmental entities on strategy, energy and environmental issues. She was previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for 10 years in its international strategy consulting practice and as a senior internal project manager on PwC’s top global priorities, including the merger integration of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, and the subsequent sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Diana earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and, concurrently, the Master of Public Administration (International Political and Economic Development) at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BS (Biology) from Yale University. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and sits on the Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute. Diana partnered with WPI to author the Water-Energy Nexus Paper.

Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute and is the author ofLOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She formerly was a Correspondent for Dow Jones and Latin America Bureau Chief for International Financing Review, where she wrote extensively about emerging markets debt restructurings and capital markets. She is published widely and speaks often on leading media channels which recently have included CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.

Samuel Sherraden: As a Policy Analyst in the Economic Growth Program, Samuel Sherraden contributes to promoting policy for sustainable growth in the United States and abroad. Before joining the New America Foundation, Mr. Sherraden attended George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in East Asian Studies. He has lived many years in East Asia and developed a particular interest in the Chinese economy and the challenges of China’s rise. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.


About the Sponsors

The World Policy Institute and World Policy Journal engage fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. We provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate toward an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective and fair governance, and collaborative approaches to security.

New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. New America emphasizes work that is responsive to the changing conditions and problems of our 21st Century information-age economy — an era shaped by transforming innovation and wealth creation, but also by shortened job tenures, longer life spans, mobile capital, financial imbalances and rising inequality.

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