THALES draws upon an established network of trusted collaborators recognized in the industry for their strategic, operational,
financial and technical leadership and expertise,
some of whom are featured below
Global Water Executive
Jean-Michel is a recognized Global Water Executive and is the Founder of fWE. Jean-Michel as been working in the field of environmental services for 25 years within Veolia, starting with 11 years in the energy service activities of the Company. Among the key positions held, from 2003 to 2009 Jean-Michel was the Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water Technologies, the 2bn€ technology and EPC daughter company of Veolia, From 2009 to 2013. Jean-Michel was the Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water, a 12bn€ entity responsible for the water operations of the Group.
Finance & Policy Expert
Debra is a leading expert in Capital Markets and Policy. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the water industry, and is currently an Executive in Residence with XPV Water Partners, where she has served in various advisory and executive capacities since 2010. Previously she was a Managing Director at Janney Montgomery Scott, and has held numerous senior roles in equity research over the years Debra serves on the Board of Global Water Resources, Wildan, and previously AquaVenture Holdings, until March of 2020, following its sale to Culligan
Global Water Leader
Laurent is an innovative Global Water Leader leader driven by the development of game-changing solutions for a socially and environmentally sustainable growth and is the CEO of Natane. He started his career in Japan in 1991 then then joined Veolia in 1995 in France. In 1999, after an initial positioning in Shanghai, founded and led Veolia’s activities in South Korea and Japan. In 2008 he relocated in Chicago to become CEO of Veolia’s water activities in the Americas and contributed to the establishment of the Alliance for Water Stewardship. From 2013 to 2019 he led Veolia’s global strategy, growth and innovation as Senior Executive Vice President Development Innovation & Markets and member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Global Water Executive
Ed is a Sustainability Expert and Founder of The Pinero Group. Ed has been a consultant on sustainability, environment, and energy for more than 35 years. He served as Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America. Among his many public sector roles, Ed served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the US government as an environmental and energy topical advisor to the President of the United States. Ed brings his immense and valuable knowledge around issues and opportunities to leverage sustainability to help ensure meaningful value creation.
Strategist & Thought Leader
Will is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovationn and the Founder of The Water Foundry. He has been a sustainability and water strategy advisor to multinationals, water technology companies and NGOs for his entire career working on corporate water strategies, water technology innovation and water market entry strategies. Will was a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting and led the company’s water strategy practice. He was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm, prior to Deloitte. Will has written numerous books and articles and continues to present on subjects such as the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus.
Industry Leader & Entrepreneur
Michael is an Industry Leader and Entrepreneur actively engaged in the industry. He was a co-founder of United States Filter Corporation, contributing to the most notable growth story in water, acquiring over 300 companies, and growing to over $5.5 billion in revenues as a Fortune 300 company. He was also President of Culligan and Everpure, and later founded Triwater Holdings, a company he led as Chairman and CEO to successful value creation across three strategic sectors of the water industry.
Global Technology Expert
Joe is a Global Technology Expert and president of Global Water Advisors, Inc. He has over thirty-five years of water industry experience as a technology and business developer for municipal, industrial, and commercial water technology applications and markets. Prior to the creation of Global Water Advisors in 2009, he served as Chief Technology Officer and on the Executive Management Council for Siemens Water Technologies (previously USFilter). He is a board member and vice-chair for the Water Environment Research Foundation and named as inventor or co-inventor for over thirty patents awarded or pending.
DR. ERIC HOEK
Global Technology Expert
Dr. Eric Hoek is a Professor of Engineering at UCLA. He has over 20 years experience in water technology and a successful track record of entrepreneurship having invented NanoH2O and Polycera membrane technologies. He is the Faculty Director for the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge and Founder of Pacifica Water Solutions. He is the founder and a former Director of several water technology companies including IntelliFlux Controls and Water Planet, where he also acted as CEO. Dr. Hoek has authored numerous articles, patents, and publications on water technology, including serving as editor of the Membrane Encyclopedia
Jean-Philippe is an Environmental Entrepreneur and Founder of Tutmonda. He is growth oriented leader with more than 20 years of International experience, including 12 years based in Asia. Jean-Philippe has successfully managed Veolia Water Technologies industrial water activities in Asia for many years, leading the water technologies and related service activities for local and international industrial customers. Jean-Philippe has vast experience in the industrial water sector, and an extesive Asian business network.
Water Tech Executive
Jack is an Environmental Entrepreneur and senior leader and expert in water technology and advanced infrastructure solutions. Jack is currently a Principal at Scorpion Advisors. Previously, he was President and CEO of Pure Technologies from 2014 until its sale to Xylem, at which time he became a Senior Advisor/Consultant to Xylem’s Advanced Infrastructure Analytics group. Jack had served in a senior management capacity at Pure since 1996. He currently serves on the Board of DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a technology-enabled provider of high-quality customized prefabricated wall systems for building interiors
DR. KIM STURGESS
Water Industry Leader
Kim is a renowned Water Industry Leader and the founder and CEO of WaterSMART family of companies that include Water SMART Solutions and the not-for-profit Alberta WaterPortal Society, which provides education on key water issues. As the CEO of several tech-based companies, Kim has extensive experience in technology and technology management, including oil and gas, pipelines, and industrial products and services. Kim also has expertise in watershed management and policy. In 2016, Kim was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada, recognizing her outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.
Strategy & M&A Professional
Rima is a Strategy and M&A Professional practitioner that is active in the sector creating sustainable and conscientious growth. Rima transitioned from management consulting to corporate CEO advisory/strategy work and has led transactions, strategic partnerships and joint ventures with a large number of companies and organizations in the industrial sector, including Cargill, Republic Services, and LafargeHolcim. Rima began her career at Lucent Bell Labs, after which she went into management consulting and a number of Corporate Strategy roles. She has worked in the Middle East, China and parts of Europe. Rima holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business, a Master’s in Information Systems and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, BSEE.