Global Water Awards 2017 Madrid, Spain | 24 April


Welcome to Global Water Awards

2017 Global Water Awards | Madrid, Spain | 24 April

Welcome to the Global Water Awards

Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence, the awards recognise the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories, and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

The 2017 Global Water Awards will be presented at the opulent Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid Spain on 24 April 2017 as part of the Global Water Summit. The awards ceremony will include a Gala Dinner for all attendees.


This year the Global Water Awards will be presented by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Former Trader, Risk Specialist and Author.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability.Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and Antifragile) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36 languages.

In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also published, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 45 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability. He spent time as a professional researcher (Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU’s School of Engineering and Dean’s Professor at U. Mass Amherst). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder (“antifragile”). View Nassim's full profile here.

Nominations for the Global Water Awards are shortlisted by a panel of industry experts and the winners voted for by Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report subscribers, reflecting the views of the international water community.

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