SINGAPORE (July 12, 2016) — AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it is serving as a Founding Sponsor for the biennial Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), taking place July 10-14. This follows a similar role the company held at the prior SIWW in 2014.
Leading the AECOM delegation are Michael S. Burke, chairman and CEO, who is a scheduled panelist in a CNBC-led discussion on “The Future of the World’s Water: A Business Perspective,’’ and Sean Chiao, Asia Pacific president, who is moderating the Water Leaders Insight Session on “Raising the Water Agenda for Cities”. AECOM’s subject matter experts in water, sustainability and resilience from the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore also are participating as panelists and speakers in 12 sessions of the Water Convention, as well as one session at the World Cities Summit and one at the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore — which are taking place concurrently in Singapore. They will be addressing challenges and solutions to build cities’ water resilience from water supply to wastewater management, systems to prevent flood and drought.
At the Water Convention, seven AECOM reports on trending issues are being shared by the authors for discussion at related sessions, ranging from research on more macro water and live-ability drivers to insights sharing from specific AECOM projects such as Phase 2 of Singapore’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System and soil bioengineering for the Kallang naturalized waterway project.
“Closing the infrastructure gap, and improving access to clean drinking water in many parts of the world, requires government, communities, businesses and water providers to come together to rethink how they plan for, invest and maintain water infrastructure,’’ Burke said. “Advancing innovative solutions to these problems in context with other pressing needs posed by climate change and urbanization is core to the support AECOM provides to cities around the world.’’
Chiao said AECOM’s involvement in SIWW extends the company’s ongoing efforts in engaging key players in the public, private and education sectors, as well as challenging new generations of designers, planners and engineers on reimagining how cities in Asia Pacific can build resiliency, and meet the challenges of sustainability and enhanced quality of life.
“Asia is home to some of the world’s largest and newest cities,” said Chiao. “There is an opportunity as well as a critical need for all who play a part in delivering the interdependent elements of a city, including water resources, to ensure these work together effectively, like a jigsaw — and nowhere more so is this true than in Asia, where urbanization is driving rapid population growth in major cities.’’
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Sean Chiao, President of Asia Pacific, AECOM (left) chaired and moderated the Water Leaders Insight Session on “Raising the Water Agenda for Cities” at the Singapore International Water Week 2016 on July 12. Other panelists include Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia; Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council; Prof Chen Qin, Vice Commissioner, Changjiang Water Resources Commission, China; Gerardo Ablaza Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manila Water Company and Denys Neymon, Chief Executive Officer Treatment Infrastructure and Executive Vice-President Group Human Resources, Suez.
Michael S. Burke, Chairman and CEO (right), AECOM was one of the panelists at the CNBC Debate on the Future of World’s Water: A Business Perspective with Prof. Asit K. Biswas, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore; Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Board, Nestlé S.A. and Venkatesh Kini, President, India & South West Asia, the Coca-Cola Company.