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Investing in Sustainable Oceans and Clean Water Panel
Matthew J. Diserio, Water Asset Management, LLC
Daniela V. Fernandez, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Ruben Rodriguez, American Water

April 21, 2021
Wednesday 04:15 PM
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Investing in Sustainable Oceans and Clean Water Panel

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:15PM

Please register by 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 below and provide your name, email address, and the name of your company/employer. Note that there is a limit to the number of participants. Please register early! Conference call details will be provided on the evening of Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021

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The ocean economy is estimated to be worth more than $2 trillion. Yet the ESG sector and investment community in general are only beginning to look at ocean based opportunities. While the climate change effect on ecosystems and marine habitats and water quality have grabbed more headlines, there is increasing evidence that suggests that sustainable ocean-based investments will yield substantial returns. Four key areas of investment are production of sustainable protein from the ocean, maintaining mangrove habitats, increasing offshore wind production and decarbonizing international shipping. Ocean based food production through improving fisheries and aquaculture, plastic waste prevention, maritime transport, and eco-tourism offer investment opportunities.

Water is a finite commodity, and water shortages create investment opportunities. S&P, Dow Jones and MSCI water based indices and water ETFs and mutual funds speak to the number of international and domestic companies that are affiliated with the water business.

To guide us through investing in sustainable oceans and water, we are fortunate to have Daniela V. Fernandez, Matthew J. Diserio and Rueben Rodriguez.

Daniela V. Fernanadez is Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), award-winning social entrepreneur, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, thought leader, and international speaker on the entrepreneurial mindset, ocean innovation, and technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability At the age of 19, Daniela founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Six years later, she has built SOA into a global organization that is cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. SOA has successfully launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet.

Mathew Diserio is Co-Founder and President of Water Asset Management, LLC. Water Asset Management invests globally in companies and assets that ensure water quality and water supply. Water Asset Management believes that scarce water is the resource defining the 21st century just as plentiful oil defined the last century. WAM manages both public and private equity funds and water investments. Water Asset Management implements an active management approach to its investment strategy including taking private a listed U.S. Water Utility, successful proxy initiatives, and regular engagement with company boards and senior management on capital allocation and governance.

Ruben Rodriguez is a Senior Vice Director, External Communications at American Water. He works with executive leadership in developing and leading the integrated strategic communications program for American Water that is consistent with overall company strategy and positioning in the U.S. water industry and in the marketplace With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company provides regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 15 million people in 46 states. American Water was the first U.S. water utility to be included in the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index listing.