2019 July 12 Friday

Roundtable on Water Strategy Development (By Invitation)

Salle B, ECCL


The roundtable will be held as a consultation event which set another milestone in AIIB’s ongoing work for developing its first Water Strategy. The event will seek to benefit from the experiences and insights of wide range of stakeholders on the complexities, challenges and opportunities in the water sector and turn these into practical ideas. Particularly, it aims to identify the potential role for AIIB to enhance private sector participation in a sector with substantial financing gap and historically dominated by the public financing.




Efficient management of water resources is becoming more crucial for Asia. Fast-paced urbanization, population growth, rapid economic development and frequent water-related disasters place water management at the top of Asian policy makers’ agenda. These trends also put pressure on water supply and wastewater services and increase the need for improved irrigation techniques and for smarter approaches to deal with exacerbating floods and droughts. 


Substantial investments in water infrastructure are needed to make Asia’s economic growth model more sustainable, to make its cities more resilient and to mitigate the hazards of climate change. However, current investments fall significantly short of Asia’s growing needs. Due to its cross-cutting nature, persistent investment gaps in the water sector will adversely affect other related sectors (e.g. energy, agriculture, urban, etc.) and threaten the development goals of Asian countries and the socioeconomic conditions of millions of people.


As a newly established multilateral bank, AIIB can play an important role in addressing the growing needs in water sector. To better articulate its role, AIIB has recently begun developing its first water sector strategy. The strategy aims to identify the key areas that AIIB should prioritize and modalities that it should follow to maximize positive outcomes in client countries. AIIB’s existing policies and strategies and its thematic priorities of sustainable infrastructure, cross-border connectivity and private capital mobilization will be the key parameters shaping the strategy. Considering the substantial investment gap, leveraging opportunities with private sector and alternative sources of financing will need to be explored.



Discussion Topics

  • Main barriers to addressing the financing gaps and enhancing private sector engagement;
  • Potential role of the private sector in water sector: experience-sharing and identifying success factors for effective private sector engagement;
  • Potential role for AIIB in enhancing private sector participation and in addressing key water challenges.



  • MOD, Observers and IAP members are invited to this session
  • Other categories can contact


Tan Cheng Guan

Head, Renewables & Environment Business, Sembcorp industries Ltd


Cheng Guan Tan heads the Renewables & Environment business at Sembcorp, managing its renewable energy, water and waste-to-resource businesses. At Sempcorp, CG pioneered the early development of the Group's utilities business on Jurong Island and led the business' expansion into China, India, the UK, the Middle East, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Prior to joining Sembcorp, CG spent 12 years in engineering and project management at Brown & Root Far East. CG holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering (Honours) from the University of Liverpool, UK, and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Darwin Trisna Djajawinata

Director, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)

Darwin is Director of PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) (“PT SMI”), in charge for Project Development & Advisory and sustainable finance. His focus is to manage the portfolio for project preparation on the different financing modality (incl PPP, and municipal financing), assisting project owners and investment entities both public or private to access fund or project opportunities through various advisory and arranger activities.

Gilbert Houngbo

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of IFAD on 1 April 2017. Prior to this appointment, Houngbo was the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) where he led field operations in more than 100 countries and managed its bilateral and multilateral partnerships. He served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo from 2008 to 2012, where he introduced economic reforms and enhanced the rule of law and civil liberties. From 1996 to 2008, he undertook several roles at the UNDP including Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary-General, Africa Regional Director, where he led poverty alleviation programmes in 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Houngbo has a Matrîse en gestion des entreprises from the University of Lomé, Togo, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées in Specialised Accounting from the University of Québec, Canada.

Ekaterina Miroshnik

Director, Head of Infrastructure, Eurasia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Ekaterina leads the EBRD infrastructure team in Eurasia. She joined EBRD London in 2000 as an Analyst and during her career in EBRD worked on projects in infrastructure and energy sectors. She was on assignments in the field, first in Moscow and then in Almaty, covering infrastructure projects in a number of countries to include Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. Ekaterina became Director, Head of Infrastructure in Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia in March 2013.  Her team provides financing in a variety of forms, including sovereign and non-sovereign public sector loans, limited and non-recourse project funding involving private companies or public-private partnerships, and equity. Ekaterina holds a Master of Science degree in International Economic Relations from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), as well as PhD from the same Institute.

Saud Siddique

Chairman, Odyssey Capital Pte Ltd


Saud Siddique is Chairman and CEO of Singapore-based Tigris Water Company, which invests in small and medium-sized water companies and distributed water projects in Asia. He has more than 30 years of global infrastructure experience, including working with the International Finance Corporation for 17 years. His career has seen him lead large private sector infrastructure businesses, including holding top management positions in water and finance in the private sector. He is a member of the Board of Winrock International, one of the largest NGOs in the world. He served as a member of Board of Directors of Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, one of the largest debt funds in Africa. He holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Thomas van Gilst

Head of Water Security and Resilience Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank


Thomas van Gilst is head of the Water Security and Resilience Division with the EIB's Projects Directorate since 2006.

Trained as a water resources engineer at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, he first worked with Royal Haskoning as consultant on water, wastewater, irrigation and drainage projects. He later worked with Enron and then Thames Water, where he was heavily involved in setting up WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor), a private sector-NGO-academia based partnership focusing on sustainable water and sanitation services in peri-urban areas in developing countries. Since joining the EIB, which finances EUR 3-4bn annually in the water sector, he has been in charge of a broad portfolio of water sector projects, both inside and outside Europe.

Joachim von Amsberg

Vice President, Policy & Strategy, AIIB


Dr. Joachim von Amsberg drives the strategic direction for the Bank, including its sectoral and country priorities, its investment strategy and programming, its economic analysis and research, and its operating budget. He oversees the Bank's environmental and social policies, other operational policies, and their implementation. He previously served in a number of progressively senior roles at the World Bank where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Development Finance where he was responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, and for trust fund and partnership operations.
Dr. von Amsberg holds a Ph.D. in economic policy analysis and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a M.Sc. in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. He is a national of Germany.

Winston Yu

Senior Advisor, International Water Management Institute


Winston is a Senior Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank (currently on an external assignment to the International Water Management Institute). He has extensive experience working on technical and institutional problems in the water sector and has carried out investment projects in a variety of developing countries (e.g. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Poland). Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute working on water and climate change studies. He is currently serving as a member of the Water and Society Committee of the American Geophysical Union, Technical Committee member of the Global Water Partnership and Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a PhD and MS in environmental science and engineering from Harvard University. 

Quan Zheng

Director General, Strategy, Policy and Budget, AIIB


Zheng oversees development and implementation of AIIB’s strategies and operational policies including environmental, social and procurement policies. She leads coordination on investment project screening and programming, manages AIIB’s Project Preparation Special Fund, leads AIIB’s annual business plan preparation and manages corporate budget development and implementation. She served in a variety of leadership capacities at China’s Ministry of Finance and as Chair of the G20 Infrastructure and Investment Working Group in 2016 during the Chinese G20 presidency.