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Andrew Kingsford

General Manager Australia

Andrew Kingsford brings thirty years of leadership in business transformation across numerous public and private sectors. In his extensive career, Andrew has pioneered major business change programs and is a business and technology and innovation specialist. He has delivered successful reform initiatives across sectors including water, transportation, local government and natural resources and has previously held roles of Strategy Practice Lead, Chief Information Officer and Director with a successful leadership history.

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Danielle Garone

Accountant

Danielle is a motivated and driven accounting professional with over 20 years experience.  Danielle's expertise ranges from general ledger and financial reporting to implementation of complex financial systems. Before starting her consulting business in 2018, Danielle held Controller level and Corporate Accounting positions for large publicly traded, international gaming manufacturers and casinos.

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Josh Prigge

Channels Manager

Josh Prigge is a sustainability consultant with over a decade of experience managing sustainability programs and initiatives for large organizations. Prigge is the founder and CEO of Sustridge, a Las Vegas-based sustainability consulting firm. Prior to founding Sustridge in 2017, Prigge worked as the Director of Regenerative Development at Fetzer wine company, Sustainability Coordinator at Hawai’i Pacific University and served as President of the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i.

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Kevin Fisher

Chief Technology Advisor

Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the water industry, including five years in the geothermal and nuclear industries. During this tenure at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) he was instrumental in the development of the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) Emergency Response initiatives and the innovative SCADA control strategy which balances improvements in water quality with energy management. During his service, LVVWD maintenance practices were documented as being leading edge for the water utility industry.

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Kim Fridman

Portfolio Manager

Kim Fridman is Portfolio Manager for WaterStart Australia. She facilitates program delivery and stakeholder management in Australia. 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.

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Nathan Allen

Executive Director

Nathan Allen is the Executive Director of WaterStart. Since joining in 2014, Nathan developed the initial program model and grown the organization into a globally recognized water innovation hub. He led the development for online innovation knowledge sharing portal, CHANNELS, and opened up WaterStart to its first international office located in Queensland, Australia. Nathan has also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Trade Advisory Committee and regularly speaks internationally on water innovation.

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Rebecca Shanahan

Deputy Director

Prior to joining WaterStart in 2013, Rebecca spent 14 years working on water resources management issues for the Southern Nevada Water Authority gaining an intimate perspective of the challenges in obtaining, treating, and delivering consistently high-quality water to a growing community. While at SNWA, she developed and managed the evaporation data collection and analysis program to support groundwater-basin hydrologic budgets and water-right appropriations, scientific studies for species protected by the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Nevada Revised statutes, and other federal policies, and negotiations for contractual third-party agreements.

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Board Members

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Barbara-Anne Bensted

Australian Committee Member
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Barbara-Anne Bensted has had a successful international, multi-industry career in enabling organisations to achieve sustainable business transformations through the adoption of leading technologies, process and organisational behavioural changes. Barbara-Anne currently leads the educational strategy for TAFE NSW as Programme Director. Previous to that she was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Energy Queensland, responsible for developing and executing the Group’s digital strategy.

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Cindy Ortega

Board Member

SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International

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Cindy Ortega is Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Corporate Sustainability Division of MGM Resorts International. She oversees the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company.

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Dave Johnson

Chairman

Deputy General Manager Engineering and Operations, Southern Nevada Water Authority

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David L. Johnson is the Deputy General Manager of Engineering and Operations for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. Mr. Johnson has been with the agency since 2004, previously holding the position as director of the Water Quality & Treatment department for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

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Jonas Peterson

Board Member

President and CEO of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

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Jonas Peterson serves as President and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). In that role, he leads a talented team focused on strengthening the regional economy and positioning LVGEA as a national leader in community and economic development.

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Kristopher Sanchez

Board Member

Interim Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

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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.

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Louise Dudley

Board member

CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities

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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).

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Mark Foree

Board Member

General Manager, Truckee Meadows Water Authority

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Mark Foree serves as General Manager at Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA). Mark has worked for TMWA since its formation in 2001 and worked as Manager of Engineering before being promoted to Director of Water Operations in 2002 and General Manager since 2008.

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Michael Thomas

Board Member

Capital Program Management Unit Manager - Engineering

Metropolitan Water District

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Mr. Thomas is a licensed mechanical and civil engineer in California, with 30 years working in the water,
nuclear, petroleum, and aircraft industries – the past 18 years at Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California. In his current role as a capital programs manager, he oversees teams responsible
for Capital Investment Plan (CIP) management, construction contracts, project controls, and engineering
administration support.

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Pat Mulroy

Board Member

Maki Distinguished Faculty at DRI, Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, Brookings Mountain West Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, UNLV

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Pat Mulroy is a Brookings nonresident senior fellow for climate adaptation and environmental policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. She also serves as the senior faculty advisor for water resources and technology at the Desert Research Institute. Mulroy also served as the general manager of SNWA for twenty-five years.

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Ramsay Huntley

Board Member

Sustainable Finance Strategist, Wells Fargo

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Ramsay Huntley is Well's Fargo sustainable finance strategist and a  member of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility leadership team. In this role, he works with business partners to develop new opportunities that support Wells Fargo’s $200 billion sustainable finance commitment to lead the transition to a low carbon economy. Ramsay is also responsible for the bank's cleantech philanthropy programs, including Innovation Incubator (IN2) in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

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Wayne Gerard

Australian Committee Member

RedEye Apps

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Wayne is the co-founder and CEO of RedEye, a leading global enterprise SaaS company that develops solutions for organisations and design, build and operate critical infrastructure and large capital assets. Wayne is a member of a number of industry bodies, academic and government advisory boards, he’s an advocate for innovation and the development of local startup ecosystems that accelerate the potential and competitiveness of capital-intensive industries.

 

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