Water & Wastewater Asia Jan/Feb 2020

January / February 2020 • waterwastewaterasia.com 20 5 MINUTES WITH SIWW 2020 : Climate resilience, resource resilience & smart utilities Singapore International WaterWeek (SIWW) iswidely recognised as one of the leading water events in the world, and is highly relevant to the urban water environment, placing emphasis on solutions, innovation and technology. Set to run from 5-9 July, the show will see its ninth edition. Water & Wastewater Asia speaks to SIWW’s Managing Director, Ryan Yuen, about what exhibitors and participants can expect from this year’s line-up. Fourth from left: Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency speaking at the Water Leaders Summit during SIWW 2018 S ince taking over as the SIWW’s new managing director, Ryan Yuen has been keeping busy with planning and preparing for the upcoming Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), which will be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Previously, Yuen worked as an engineer with the Ministry of Environment after graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS), before being posted to work for the PUB, Singapore’s national water agency. In 2007, he also served as the International Water Association’s (IWA) regional director for Asia, and engaged top global water leaders and experts in deploying water and sanitation programmes and activities around the region – a period of time he describes as “truly fulfilling”. According to Yuen, “Climate change is the single greatest threat to humanity in modern times, and the impact of climate change on urban water systems cannot be underestimated. We will be examining how cities, utilities and industries manage water stresses by mitigating and adapting to climate change during SIWW 2020.” “An effective approach to build resource resilience would be to embrace the concept of a circular economy, and proliferate the recovery and reuse of precious resources like water, energy and nutrients. In SIWW 2020, we will present case studies of how this has been successfully implemented in different parts of the world.