Principals

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    Kevin McGovern Chairman

    Kevin McGovern, (AB ’70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative®. Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven (7) of which have become world/category leaders including SoBe Beverages and Tristrata (AHA Skincare technology). McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property.

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    Quincy Jones

    Quincy Jones Jr. is an American music impresario, conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer and trumpeter. During five decades in the entertainment industry, Jones has earned 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of two of the top-selling records of all time: the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson, which sold 104 million copies worldwide, and the charity song “We Are the World.”

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    Ratan Tata

    Ratan Tata serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate, having served as its Chairman for 21 years from 1991-2012. Mr. Tata has served in various capacities in organizations in India and abroad. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, President of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science, and Chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He has received many awards for his innovative approaches to business and philanthropy, including a lifetime achievement award from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Padma Vibhushan Award (the Indian government’s second-highest civilian award), the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and Cornell’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012. Mr. Tata also serves on the Board of Directors of Alcoa, as Trustee of Cornell University, and serves on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corp., the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce, Temasek Holdings, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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    Bradford Broce TWI R&D

    Chemist with 15 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of fields, including polymer and fiber optics, pharmaceutical and formulations, air quality, semiconductor manufacturing, analytical with a focus on liquid chromatography, and organic and organometallic synthesis. Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Cornell; postgraduate work at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; has worked at Chiron Diagnostics, Entegris, and Transform Pharmaceuticals, and most recently spent four years at Cabot Supermetals developing next-generation tantalum capacitors.

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    Mario Cepeda Chief Financial Officer Mexico

    Founder-CEO at Akbal Consultores, an accounting, finance and tax advisors firm in Mexico, with over 20 years of experience focusing on medium size and foreign enterprises. He has participated in several US companies as a consultant doing business in Mexico and the Hispanic market in the US and has had an active role on several Boards of Directors. Mr. Cepeda received his Masters in Finance from Monterrey Institute of Technology Business School.

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    Eugene Fitzgerald

    Dr. Fitzgerald is the Merton C. Flemings SMA Professor of Materials Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as being Visiting Professor of Management and Visiting Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. He received a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from MIT, and later earned a PhD in the same discipline from in 1989 from Cornell University. Dr. Fitzgerald performed research at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the areas of novel materials and devices from 1988 to 1994. In 1999, he became an SMA fellow in the Singapore-MIT Alliance working in research and development collaboration with the country of Singapore for nearly a decade.

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    Alan Hinchman Senior Advisor

    Hinchman’s career has focused on municipal water since working with CH2M Hill in 1995. He had numerous roles at GE including Water Commercialization Leader with GE Automation Services (where he was responsible for winning over $75mm for over 500 projects), Global Industry Manager (where he focused on solving key customer challenges and creating new partnerships), and Global Marketing Director – Infrastructure (where he lead the team for the strategic marketing of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Energy, Oil & Gas, and Water offerings). Hinchman founded a clean water movement called Our Water Counts (www.OurWaterCounts.com), which has won many awards around its use of social networking to inform and drive people to action. Hinchman is a frequent speaker at industry events and in 2012 was named the Executive Chair of the Water Innovations Alliance to lead the efforts to address America’s water infrastructure issues.

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    Patrick Garner

    A 37 year international business veteran, Pat has earned reputations as both a globally innovative brand builder and an innovative marketing powerhouse – renowned for his ability to expand into new (geographic, demographic and psychographic) markets. As Director of Marketing at Coca-Cola, he was responsible for the launch of Diet Coke. While at Coca-Cola he also served as President of eleven countries, (Southeast and West Asia). Garner also occupied key roles in product development, commercial management and manufacturing.

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    Stuart Hart

    Fortune 100 Consultant, Professor, Cornell University CJGS, founder of Cornell Center of Sustainable Global Enterprise and author of numerous leading papers and seminal articles on worldwide sustainability business models. Hart is one of the world’s leading authorities on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism relative to business strategy. He is the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management; he is also the founder of the school’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Lab.

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    Katey Henninger Assistant General Counsel

    Katey graduated from Villanova University in 2003 with a B.S in Computer Science and a Concentration in Cognitive Science. After graduating from Villanova, she attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, graduating in 2006. She is an Associate at McGovern & Associates and admitted to the Connecticut State Bar. She also serves as the Administrative Coordinator for The Water Initiative, LLC. In her spare time, she volunteers for the American Heart Association, United Way, and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey and is involved with local community theater with the Town Players of New Canaan.

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    Rodrigo Ma TWI R&D

    Rodrigo Ma works as a R&D staff in TWI’s Cambridge laboratory. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2012 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His background includes internships for CIFARMA, a leading pharmaceutical company in Peru, performing quality control testing. He also worked under Dr. Diran Apelian as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at WPI, where he performed extensive research characterizing aluminum-based materials and improving their production.

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    Jarrett McGovern

    Jarrett McGovern serves as the Creative/Marketing Director for The Water Initiative. Jarrett graduated from Cornell University in 2004. After graduation, he worked for Media Ventures Productions in Los Angeles and helped produce the movie “Waiting.” In 2005, he relocated to Miami and worked for the Miami Marketing Group where he specialized in event marketing and corporate sponsorship. In 2006, he moved to New York and served as a Sales Manager and Marketing Director for Oxia, a company that provided personalized oxygen systems. Jarrett is also a photographer and videographer.

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    Rick Renjilian

    Rick Renjilian is a results-driven, strategically oriented business leader with P&L, financial, operations, HR, product development, sales and customer management experience in multi-site manufacturing operations ranging from start-up to $250M+. He has traversed different global environments, strong/weak market cycles, rapid growth/expansion and acquisition integration to develop clear direction and focused strategic plans, and drive seamless execution of change management initiatives to establish benchmarked business practices, high-performance teams, solid operating infrastructures and marked revenue/profit improvements.

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    Oscar Saldivar TWI Mexico General Sales Manager

    Lic. Saldivar has 15 years of experiencie in Security, Telecomunication and Counterterrorism areas,. He worked as Regional Sales Manager Northern Mexico for O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt Armoring Company, LLC. Worldwide leaders in military, commercial and passenger Armor vehicles with the highest level of ballistic and blast protection. He served as a Regional Sales Manager in Protexa Group part of ATX Technologies Inc. that provides GPS, location-specific, emergency roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery, remote diagnostics, and traffic-navigation assistance services in North America and Europe, He was a key important player for 5 years with Government, Corporates and Entrepreneurs as a sales distributor for Nextel Telecommunications, His career includes 8 years as Chief Operating Officer in Executive English Training institute, and has entrepreneurial experience in CCTV and Alarm systems for Residential Homes and Corporate offices. He has a Bachelor degree in Industrial & Public Relationships, with 3 years as an Undergraduate in Marketing.

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    Julie Hamm Marketing and Digital Manager

    Julie comes to The Water Initiative with experience in both consumer product sales and digital media marketing. She is currently the Director of Activation and Development in Marketing Partnerships at the Madison Square Garden Company in New York and has recently completed the Digital Media Marketing program at NYU. Before New York, Julie worked in sales and for Sumito Corporation, a 32 billion dollar Japanese holding company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Advisors

  • Kevin McGovern Chairman

    Kevin McGovern, (AB ’70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative®. Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven (7) of which have become world/category leaders including SoBe Beverages and Tristrata (AHA Skincare technology). McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property.

  • Harriet Babbitt

    Harriet (Hattie) Babbitt is an attorney in Washington, DC where she provides counsel at the intersection of law, policy, and public interest. Babbitt serves on a number of not-for-profit and for-profit boards. She is Chair of the US Water Partnership Steering Committee, co-chair of the Global Water Challenge (GWC), serves as vice-chair of the World Resource Institute (WRI) and Population Action International (PAI), and serves on the boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

  • Bill Brennan

    William S. Brennan is a Portfolio Manager and Principal with Summit, participating in the development and management of water equity strategies. Summit is generally recognized as the oldest and longest water investor globally in both equities and water rights. Mr. Brennan was previously the Founding Partner of Brennan Investment Partners, which served as portfolio manager and sub-advisor to the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund (KWINX) since its inception in June 2007. The Fund received Morningstar’s highest rating of five stars under Mr. Brennan’s tenure through July 2010. Presently the Co-CIO & Managing Director of Ultra Capital which invests in small to mid-size sustainable real asset projects with an emphasis on water, agriculture, waste and energy. Prior, he was Portfolio Manager of the Praetor Global Water Equities Fund in Luxemburg.

  • Adrienne Denese, M.D. Ph.D.

    Cornell Medical College graduate, specialized in anti aging medicine. Dr. Denese has developed an anti aging skincare line that has been one of the most popular skin care brands on QVC, for over a decade. A recently made infomercial with the well known infomercial company, Guthy Renker, just recently began to air with great success. She is an expert in direct to consumer marketing with her experiences at QVC and Guthy Renker. Dr. Denese regularly appears on television and is interviewed in the media as she is regarded to be a true authority in anti aging medicine and anti aging skin care.

  • Hubert Fleming

    Dr. Hubert L. Fleming is a leading authority in the water and utilities sector, with nearly 30 years of experience. He is currently the Global Director for Hatch Water and a member of its Board of Directors. Hatch Water is an international engineering/consulting firm with expertise in large scale water systems. Dr. Fleming was formerly Sr. Vice President of O’Brien & Gere, a member of the Board of Directors for Severn Trent Water Purification Inc., and President of Crane Environmental Inc. From 1988 – 1996, Dr. Fleming was the Vice President of Zenon Environmental Inc.

  • Martin Hanaka

    Marty Hanaka served as Interim CEO of Guitar Center, Inc. until April 2012 and as the President/CEO of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. from June 2008 to November 2012. He served as the CEO of The Sports Authority Inc. form September 1998 to 2003. From 1994 to October 1997, he served as the President, COO and CEO of Staples Inc. Mr. Hanaka serves as a Member of the Executive Advisory Board at WSG Partners, LLC and the Executive Advisory Board at Crestar Partners. He served on the Board of Directors of Staples Inc.; Natures Heartland; Lechmere, Inc.; RMS Networks; Students in Free Enterprise; Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; and the International Mass Retail Association.

  • Camile Saba

    Camile G. Saba is Senior Vice President for Investments at Olayan America, the U.S. office of The Olayan Group. He previously served as Head of Alternative Investments (2009) and Head of U.S. Private Equity Portfolio (1986-2009). Prior to joining The Olayan Group nearly 25 years ago, Mr. Saba was Vice President and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa at the Mercantile Bank in Dallas, Texas.

  • James Sfiroudis

    James Sfiroudis has been working at the Olayan Group for the past 11 years, and is currently the Head of the Private Equity Group for the New York office. In this role, he oversees all direct private investments as well as all fund manager investments. The Olayan Group is a private, multi-national enterprise founded by Suliman S. Olayan in 1947. Prior to his time at Olayan, James was an equity research analyst, covering healthcare services and medical device stocks, for both Salomon Brothers and Prudential Securities. He received his MBA in Finance from St. John’s University.

  • Chris Sinclair

    Chris is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, Inc., where he has served on the Board since 1996. Chris was appointed to the Board of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Nominating and Audit Committees in January 2015. Chris has also served as Executive Chairman of Scandent Holdings, Executive Chairman of Cambridge Solutions Ltd., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caribiner International, and President and Chief Executive Officer at Quality Foods Centers, Inc. Earlier in his career, Chris held various senior management positions with PepsiCo, including Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Cola Co., and Chairman of PepsiCo International Foods and Beverages, which gave him the platform to showcase his strong global branding skills. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

  • Jeanne Sullivan

    Jeanne Sullivan has had an email address since 1980! She has 17 years of private equity experience and has spent 27 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Jeanne is a co-founder and General Partner of StarVest Partners, L.P., a New York City based venture capital firm with over $250 million under management. The firm invests in technology-enabled business services and companies. As a General Partner of StarVest Partners and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of many technology companies.

  • Philip Yeo

    Philip Yeo is currently the Special Advisor for Economic Development (Prime Minister’s Office), Senior Advisor for Science and Technology (Ministry of Trade & Industry) and Chairman of SPRING Singapore. He was the Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR, formerly the National Science & Technology Board) from February 2001 to March 2007. Mr Yeo was formerly the Chairman of the Economic Development Board from January 1986 to January 2001 and Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Board from February 2001 to January 2006.

Specialists

  • Robert Langer

    Professor Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor (there are 14 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). Dr. Langer has written nearly 1,120 articles. He also has approximately 800 issued and pending patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 220 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He is the most cited engineer in history.

  • Mac Cummings

    Mac Cummings, TWI Web Consultant – Mr. Cummings is best known for his role of Internet Director for the second half of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. He was brought in by Chairman Terry McAuliffe to take over the campaign’s internet fundraising. During this period, Cummings was responsible for raising nearly $75mm online, the majority of which was from small donors. He was also responsible for orchestrating the single largest day of online fundraising in the history of politics – $10mm.

  • William Delphos

    Under Mr. Delphos’ leadership, Delphos International has grown to serve over 1,000 clients in more than 75 emerging markets worldwide. His extensive network and experience in both the public and private sectors make him an invaluable negotiator, facilitator, and creator of partnerships. Prior to founding the company in 1987, Mr. Delphos was Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He also held a number of positions with Gould Inc., including Managing Director of International Operations. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the use of government resources for international business and has published numerous books on the subject.

  • Duane Piechocki

    Duane B. Piechocki – BS(Chemistry), MS(Chem Eng), MBA. Duane has over 25 years of experience in Filtration and Packaging. He has served in executive management roles at industry leaders such as Pall, Sartorius and Illinois Tool Works (ITW). His expertise is providing technical leadership to R&D and Engineering teams, designing processes that create innovative products serving the medical, industrial and residential markets. His unique acumen brings science and business together, using technology to solve market challenges to efficiently produce quality, patentable, cost effective solutions profiting both the supplier and the end user. He has designed products that span applications from open heart surgery to NASA’s space shuttle. His proficiency in Quality Systems is from experience implementing FDA’s cGMP’s, ISO, Philip Crosby Quality Management, and ITW’s 80/20. His international experience managing operations and subcontractors around the world, including a three year expatriate assignment in Europe, lends to his ability to harness best practices.

  • Michael Robertson

    Michael Robertson, Consultant – after graduating from Georgetown University in 1994 with a degree in both Business and Russian, Michael Robertson joined Mercer Management Consulting, dedicated to global transport and international logistics primarily for large, global container and tanker shipping companies. He then created his own consultancy for clients such as Comcast and became the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revlon.com, assisting them with the launch of their E-commerce businesses.