WaterStart Welcomes Three Visionary Leaders to Its Board of Directors

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Three new WaterStart board members for 2023

Bringing Innovation, Expertise, and Passion to Advance Water Solutions Worldwide

The WaterStart team is excited to announce the appointment of three distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to David Lynch, James Dunning, and Shaunna Berendsen, who bring a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to revolutionizing the global water landscape.

Introducing WaterStart's Newest Board Members

David Lynch – Co-Founder & CEO of Klir

David Lynch is the Co-Founder & CEO of Klir, the groundbreaking operating system for water that empowers utilities with robust analytics derived from raw data. Equipped with a first-of-its-kind generative AI tool powered through Microsoft’s ChatGPT4 technology, Klir’s Comply platform can easily search data and permits to help water utilities make insightful, data-driven decisions. 

Welcome WaterStart's newest board member, CEO and co-founder of Klir, David Lynch

Prior to founding Klir, David worked with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, represented Ireland at European Commission working groups and in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, and in 2020 participated in Y Combinator, one of the most highly regarded and successful startup accelerators in Silicon Valley. 

With his background in data science and a passion for sustainability, David has played a pivotal role in driving innovation within the water sector. His extensive experience and dedication align perfectly with WaterStart’s mission to create lasting solutions for water management. 

Connect with David on LinkedIn

James Dunning – CEO of Syrinix Limited

From 2010 to 2023, James was the CEO of Syrinix Limited, a globally recognized leader in high-resolution water network monitoring. James led the company’s growth from its R&D base in the UK to its being an internationally recognized leader in high-resolution water network monitoring, with customers literally across the world, and Syrinix subsequently being acquired by Badger Meter Inc.  

Welcome James Dunning, former CEO of Syrinix, to the WaterStart Board 2023

Starting his career as a lawyer, James has subsequently worked in senior roles in the electricity, renewables, gas, and water sectors and is well-versed in working with regulated utilities worldwide. 

James credits his work with WaterStart, including an initial pilot project with the Las Vegas Valley Water District, as a crucial factor in the Syrinix’s US expansion, acquisition, and continued success.

James Dunning has been at the forefront of technological advancements that ensure efficient water distribution systems. His expertise and leadership will undoubtedly contribute significantly to WaterStart’s endeavors to address pressing water challenges and explore cutting-edge solutions.

Connect with James on LinkedIn

Shaunna Berendsen – Chief Innovation Officer of Anglian Water

Shaunna Berendsen serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for Anglian Water, the largest water and water recycling company by geographical area in England and Wales. With a focus on driving innovation and sustainability, Shaunna brings her extensive industry knowledge and expertise to WaterStart’s mission. Her unique perspective and leadership skills will prove invaluable in shaping the future of water management. 

Welcome Chief Innovation Officer at Anglian Water, Shaunna Berendsen to the WaterStart board of directors

Prior to her work at Anglian Water, Shaunna was the client program director for the establishment of the UK Water Innovation Centre of Excellence, Spring. She has previously worked in commercialization, marketing, and IP and is also a sustainability ambassador for the Major Projects Association. 

With successful collaboration between Anglian Water and WaterStart, including a pilot project that resulted in a valuable long-term partnership and new opportunities still being explored, Shaunna has experienced the unique opportunities that WaterStart offers utility and technology companies.

Connect with Shaunna on LinkedIn

WaterStart remains steadfast in its commitment to providing a platform for innovators, industry leaders, and technology providers to collaborate, test, and implement groundbreaking solutions that address global water challenges. The addition of these accomplished individuals to our Board of Directors further reinforces our determination to explore new avenues and push the boundaries of water sustainability.

As we move forward, WaterStart is eager to leverage the expertise and insights of David, James, and Shaunna to enhance our efforts in driving meaningful change. Their valuable perspectives will guide our strategic initiatives and ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of water innovation.
Together, we will shape a more sustainable future for the world's most precious resource - water.

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