Danielle Smith is Public Relations Specialist for Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), managing all public relations and social media efforts for both LVGEA and WaterStart. Previously, she served as Account Executive at Kirvin Doak Communications, Nevada’s largest communications agency, representing MGM Resorts International on the launch teams of high-profile resort openings coast to coast.
Kim Fridman is Project Coordinator for WaterStart Australia. She facilitates project delivery and stakeholder management within Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this role, Kim worked on the program management team at the Queensland Government’s Innovation Division. Kim is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and played a key role in delivering Advance Queensland programs to assist startups to grow and scale. She utilizes her expertise to deliver
Carmen Núñez is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive and Deputy Directors at WaterStart. In this position, Carmen provides assistance to the team and serves as the primary contact for external offices, providing technical and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, conferences and workshops. Carmen joined WaterStart in 2018. Most of her working years, she has been in the non-profit sector. Prior to her position at WaterStart, she served as an administrative assistant at the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative for the Clinton Foundation that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty.
Kristopher Sanchez serves as the Interim Executive Director for the State of Nevada, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Mr. Sanchez, previously worked as GOED’s Director of International Trade and a Congressional staffer in the United States House of Representatives.
Louise has been Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Urban Utilities since 2012, and prior to this, was the utility’s founding Chief Financial Officer. Preceding QUU’s formation, Louise held several senior management roles at Brisbane City Council as well as 17 years with leading accounting and advisory firm, KPMG. Louise currently serves as Chair of the Customer In Leadership Committee – a sub-committee of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). She is also a board director of WSAA and AWA (Australian Water Association).
Marie-Claude cumulates over fifteen years’ experience in International Development, during which she combined her academic background in environment and in finance to cultivate an expertise in project financing. She is currently the Chief Development Officer at the One Drop Foundation, where she is responsible for the overall fundraising and partnership strategy of the organisation. She has joined One Drop in 2014, initially as the Director of Operations, overseeing the International Programs in Latin America, West Africa and India.