Dr. Jamie Bartram

Jamie Bartram

Director of the Water Institute at UNC
Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Bartram has worked in diverse areas of public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment and health and water supply and sanitation. He has worked in more than 60 developing and developed countries worldwide.

From 1998 to 2009 he worked at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters, leading the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit and the Unit for Assessing and Managing Environmental Risks to Health.

Dr. Bartram was awarded the IWA (International Water Association) ‘Grand Award’ in 2004 for international leadership in development and application of evidence based policy and good practice; is an Honorary Professor at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bristol and Surrey, UK. He was the first, elected, chair of UN-Water. He was previously Manager, Water and Wastes at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome and Head of the Environmental Health Division of the Robens Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK.

Pete Demarco

Pete DeMarco

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Research for the IAPMO Group

Pete DeMarco’s responsibilities include oversight of IAPMO’s government relations department, water efficiency and green building initiatives, standards development activities, domestic and international plumbing programs, industry outreach programs and development of research projects relating to water efficiency.

Pete is the founder of the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC), an organization dedicated to conducting research pertaining to plumbing systems in consideration of the emerging trends towards lower water consuming plumbing fixtures and appliances. He is the facilitator on the Energy and Water Efficiency Topical Committee for the National Institute of Building Science’s Consultative Council and is the lead facilitator for the American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative.

Notably, Pete also co-chaired the Steering Committee for Water Efficient Products which helped to foster the development of the US EPA WaterSense® program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and previously served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee for the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

Scott Flood

Scott Flood

Co-founder of Lakeland Ventures Development, LLC

Scott Flood is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in business and brand development, marketing and strategic communications. His company, Lakeland Ventures Development, identifies, invests in and develops startup and early-stage companies with scalable product, service and system technologies addressing human safety, health and wellness issues. Sectors of interest include Clean Water, Advanced Transportation & Mobility and Non-invasive medical devices and sensor technology.

Previously, held executive positions with WWP Group companies: Senior Partner Worldwide Managing Director with Ogilvy & Mather; Marketing Practice Chairman at Burson-Marsteller, President at Waring & LaRosa, Senior Vice President Business Development Director with Young & Rubican, Inc.

Mr. Flood acts as advisor to several social purpose non-profit organizations. He attended the University of Michigan.

Sally C. Gutierrez

Sally C. Gutierrez

Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program

The Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program seeks to advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of public private partnerships. She has been leading EPA’s efforts to leverage its research and development capability in Cincinnati, Ohio with community based assets to establish the region as a water technology innovation hub and is leading an effort to network water innovation clusters across the U.S. (http://www2.epa.gov/clusters-program).

Prior to this new appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 8 years. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the USEPA’s ORD and consists of 400 scientists and support staff. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in policy and regulatory development and implementation.
She was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division in NRMRL before becoming its Director and was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Before coming to EPA she was responsible for administering water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater permitting, dam safety, water rights and utility rates.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she holds the highest career rank in the Federal government.

Ku McMahan

Ku McMahan

Program Manager of USAID’s Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development
Executive Officer for the West Africa Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program in GLOWS
Assistant Professor of Research at Florida International University

For the last eight years, Dr. McMahan has studied household drinking water testing and treatment as a mechanism to improve household drinking water quality and reduce diarrheal disease. In addition, he has developed a simple, low-cost water quality test for developing countries and emergency situations, including Vietnam, Peru, Laos, and Thailand.

Ku received his Ph.D. in environmental sciences and a M.P.H. in environmental health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under NSF and EPA STAR Fellowships. He received an B.A. in environmental sciences and policy as a Duke University B.N. Duke scholar. Currently he serves as Team Lead for Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (SWFF) in the US Global Development Lab at USAID. SWFF is a $32M partnership between USAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Foreign Ministry of the the Kingdom of the Netherlands.