Galloping water stress – The sustainability dark horse

Under current trends, demand for water will exceed supply by 40 per cent in 2030. 2.2 bn people lack sufficient access to fresh water. 35% of transported water never reach its destination due to leakages. 70% of freshwater consumption is used for agriculture. By 2050, around half of the world’s population will live in areas that are water-scarce at least one month per year. Already today, USD 301 billion of business value is at risk unless companies improve and innovate around water use.

This session, hosted by Aliaxis Next, is dedicated to the water challenge – the sustainability dark horse. We will discuss a set of questions that are equally applicable to individual organisations, as they are to the macro perspective:

  • What is the cost of water for your organisation and what drives this cost? Is the real price of water uniform?
  • What are the risks to your organisation and supply chain in case of water scarcity?
  • How are you addressing (or how can you address) your organisation’s water risks? Feel free to discuss and draw parallels to different industries!

December 1, 2022 2:45 PM

(Main Stage starts 8:30 AM)

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HOST

Ingrid af Sandeberg

Passionate problem solver, inquisitive investor, business builder, and generally curious polynerd.

Ingrid is head of one of four business units at Aliaxis Next, a business building water impact fund owned by Aliaxis SA. Aliaxis Next exists to amplify businesses, technologies, and entrepreneurs that tackle the world’s water challenges: Under current trends, demand for water will exceed supply by 40 per cent in 2030. That’s quite a big deficit in quite a short time that gets not quite enough attention… We might refer to the galloping global water stress as the sustainability dark horse. Aliaxis Next is here to turn that one dark horse into fertile breeding grounds for a hoard of water unicorns.

Ingrid has a background in management consulting and from managing operations in several deep tech start-ups. She is the chairman of Stockholm AI: Northern Europe’s largest data scientist community, an expert advisor on AI to AI Sweden’s AI start-up landscape, and an appreciated moderator and speaker on various topics related to tech, data, and AI.

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SPEAKER

Fredrik Östbye

Fredrik Östbye is Head of Aliaxis Next, a business building water impact fund within Aliaxis Group.

Fredrik is a serial entrepreneur and a thought leader in digital transformation. Fredrik’s focus has always been on water and energy. His first company installed solar panels on houses. His second one was an IoT solution for smart meters that got acquired by a Kinnevik company in 2004. His third was an IoT business builder with an IoT-tech platform to accelerate companies' digitalisation journeys, which got acquired by Telenor in 2013 and is today known as Telenor Managed IoT Cloud.  Prior to joining Aliaxis in February 2022, he was at Grundfos (worldwide pump manufacturer), where he led their digital transformation journey and built a radical innovation setup tasked with finding game-changing solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges. A Swedish citizen, Fredrik Östbye is 50 years old and studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Fredrik gets his energy from building businesses that generates true win-wins and where success contributes to a more sustainable world. His deep technical knowledge in combination with a great sense of business has resulted in repeated success in building and positioning new concepts in the market.

In his (scant) spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids and going horseback riding, kitesurfing, and snowboarding.

Fredrik Östbye, Head of Aliaxis Next, will be on main stage at 01:00 PM on Dec 1st and joining the panel in the "Galloping water stress" Breakout.

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SUMMIT PARTNER

Aliaxis Next

Aliaxis Next exists to amplify businesses, technologies, and entrepreneurs that tackle the world’s water challenges: Under current trends, demand for water will exceed supply by 40 per cent in 2030. That’s quite a big deficit in quite a short time that gets not quite enough attention… We might refer to the galloping global water stress as the sustainability dark horse. Aliaxis Next is here to turn that one dark horse into fertile breeding grounds for a hoard of water unicorns.

Fredrik Östbye, Head of Aliaxis Next, will be on main stage at 01:00 PM on Dec 1st and joining the panel in the "Galloping water stress" Breakout.

Aliaxis Next was created in early 2022 as the impact-growth leg of Aliaxis, a global manufacturer of sustainable, easy to install, and innovative solutions that move water and energy and that help address the world’s water challenges and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

With 14,000+ employees, Aliaxis’ pipes and fitting systems meet our customers’ most demanding needs for the building, infrastructure, industrial, and agriculture sectors. Operating in over 40 countries, the Company is active through leading local brands and generated €3.7 billion revenue in 2021. More information at Aliaxis.com

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