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Full Name:

Xander de Bruine

Address:

Landsmeerderdijk 213

 

1035 PV Amsterdam

 

PO Box 37756

 

1030 BJ AMSTERDAM

 

The Netherlands

Tel.

+31 6 51522405

Email:

mailto:xander@project-platforms.com

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Website

project-platforms.com

 

Xander is independent consultant and project manager of International water management conferences, knowledge platforms and expert networks. He has extensive know-how to develop effective and pragmatic International meetings, publications and virtual communication with impact. 

All his project experience is characterized by initiatives bringing together international professionals within the fields of knowledge and science, industry and business and government and policy creating agreements and partnerships for innovative solutions and implementations. 

Xander is specialized in combining stakeholder engagement and co-creative processes in conference program development. He considers conference program building a social dynamic process of inspiration, consultation and commitment leading to creative and progressive events, ultimately leading to solutions, agreements and partnerships. Results are to be achieved not only during an event but as a cumulation of processes of pre-, onsite- and post-event contributions and by using the right mix of different meeting media. 

He works as knowledge exchange manager for Water Footprint Network Foundation

In which he facilitates knowledge exchange and dissemination by creation and establishment of an International training program jointly organized with International partners (e-learning, webinar and face-to-face events, workshops, symposia, seminars and publications. He writes proposals and contributions to International fora, conferences and events. 

His International conference projects focus on multiple aspects of International water management issues like delta and river region development, integrated water solutions and balanced use of international water resources. Xander was hired and assigned as project manager with overall responsibility for project management, operational management and program development with 15 successful International conferences and 20 professional International dialogue sessions and workshops. 

By organizing knowledge exchange platforms his goal is to facilitate effective partnerships, agreements and markets aiming for sustainable development, responsible use of natural resources and innovative solutions that balance the built and natural environment.

  

 

Projects

May 2007 – today   Owner of Project Platforms, International Conference & Knowledge Platform Management As the owner of Project Platforms, I specialize in International Conference and Platform Management, the creation and production of international knowledge-driven events, virtual platforms and publications for experts working in knowledge institutes, the commercial sector and government authorities. The projects have a focus on delta region development, integrated water solutions and balanced use of international water resources. In general, the goal of Project Platforms is to facilitate effective public-private partnerships by knowledge exchange aiming to facilitate sustainable development, the responsible use of natural resources, innovative water management technologies, balancing the built and natural environment and using nature’s potential to improve people’s quality of life. 
 
Mar. 2017 – today   Program Coordinator Amsterdam International Water Week Conference 2017
From 30 October – 3 November 2017 the 4th Amsterdam International Water Week Conference (AIWW) took place. AIWW Conference 2017 showed the unique combination of latest solutions and innovations in water management, bringing together leaders and experts, introducing new platforms and tackling real life cases submitted by cities, utilities and industries. The theme of the AIWW Conference 2017 edition was ‘Water... and nine billion people. Creating a circular and resilient water environment in high-density living areas’. Over 96 international high level official country delegations participated and more than 1100 delegates from over 140 countries attended the conference. The AIWW conference resulted in the signing of nine Amsterdam Agreements. The agreements express the intention of many leading companies, institutes and authorities in the water sector to jointly collaborate on a wide range of challenging issues on the global water agenda. Project Platforms coordinated the content and contributions to the overall program including nine Side Events, A High Level Round Table, Over thirty Thematic Conference Sessions and as editor to the overall conference report. Project Platforms was also assigned by Netherlands Water Partnership for earlier editions of the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference.
 
Mar  2013 – today   Knowledge Exchange Manager Water Footprint Network
In my role as Knowledge Exchange Manager I facilitate knowledge exchange and dissemination by:Creation and establishment of an International training program jointly organized with International partners,Organizing an e-learning program and webinar events, face-to-face events (workshops, symposia and seminars) and publications,Organizing International public private partnership events with specific sector focus and thematic approach,Writing proposals and contributions to International World Water Fora, Conferences and Events including UN Water Summits, Stockholm World Water Week, World Water Forum and many more,·        Creation and establishment of the Water Footprint Partner Program, Delivering an improved and expanded online presence (including revision and management) of WFN website www.waterfootprint.org and related (social) media, Delivering an improved and consistent new corporate identity in all communications and training materials, Regular communications with partners, stakeholders and interested parties through newsletters, brochures, annual reports, outreach and targeted consultations. 
 
Sept  2015 – Dec 2016   1st   European River Symposium Vienna 2016
The 1st European River Symposium 2016, was held from March 2nd till 4th in Vienna, Austria and commissioned by WorldBank/International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) to Project Platforms. This Best Practices in River Management Symposium targeted actions taken to build positive relationships between key organizations and sectors that influence rivers and water management. The symposium was attended by 180 registered representatives from government, intergovernment, research and civil society organizations from 34 countries in Europe and beyond. Along with the conference, the 3rd European RiverPrize, was awarded by the International River Foundation’s 2016 European Riverprize, to the Segura River of Spain. This conference received support from diverse Federal Governments (UK, Austrian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swiss, France), Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), International River Foundation (IRF), International Waters Learning, Regional Environmental Center (REC), The Ramsar convention on Wetlands, Wetlands International (WI), World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Int. Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), Viadonau and Coca Cola Europe 
 
Sept. 2013 – Dec.2014   Project Manager and Organizer 6th European River Restoration Conference 2014
The 6th European River Restoration Conference, integrated with the final event of the EU SEE River project, was held from 27 - 29 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria and commissioned by The European River Restoration Centre.  The conference was attended by 230 registered representatives from government, inter-government, research and civil society organizations from 35 countries in Europe and beyond. By providing a platform for sharing expertise and experience, the conference aimed at contributing to the increased uptake of the principles and best practices of river restoration and integrated river basin management into policy and practices, towards returning Europe’s rivers into a more natural state, in balance with society’s choices and preferences. This conference hosted the 2nd IRF European River Prize Gala and received support from diverse Federal Governments (UK, Austrian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swiss, France), Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), International River Foundation (IRF), International Waters Learning, Regional Environmental Center (REC), The Ramsar convention on Wetlands, Wetlands International (WI), World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Int. Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), Viadonau and Coca Cola Europe. 
 
Feb.2013 – Dec.2013   Project Manager & Organizer, 1st Conference ‘Protecting Deltas; heritage helps’, UNESCO-ICOMOS The conference “Protecting deltas: heritage helps!” was held from 23-28 September 2013 in Amsterdam, aimed to contribute towards safe and sustainable communities in delta regions. More than 100 water, heritage and planning experts from over 20 countries answered the call to share innovative strategies on heritage protection and water management, to build and promote linkages within and between communities, and to identify opportunities to collaborate for mutual benefits. 
 
Sept. 2012 – Dec.2013   Project Manager and Organizer 5th European River Restoration Conference 2013
The 5th River Restoration Conference, integrated with the final event of the EU RESTORE project was commissioned by The European River Restoration Center and took place from September 11th till 13th  2013 in Vienna, Austria. The conference hosted the 1st IRF European River Prize Gala and attracted over 300 delegates, representing 35 countries worldwide. The program highlighted what leading river restoration thinkers and practitioners have to offer in helping to bring new thinking into achieving goals of restoring and managing Europes Rivers. It show-cased inspiring examples of river restoration, evaluated the implementation of existing policies and the realization of new initiatives. The initiative received support from diverse Federal Governments, Global Water Partnership (GWP), European Water Partnership (EWP), International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), International River Foundation (IRF), International Waters Learning, Regional Environmental Center (REC), The Ramsar convention on Wetlands, Wetlands International (WI) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). 
 
July 2009 – Nov. 2012   Project Manager, Floriade Dialogue 2009-2012, Floriade 2012 BV 
Floriade Dialogue, commissioned by Floriade 2012 BV has been an international platform and network bringing together international professionals within the field of science, business and government to discuss topics such as adequate and safe food production, responsible use of natural resources and green architecture and business. The emphasis of Floriade Dialogue has been on influencing the process of social change needed to deal with the limitations of natural resources through knowledge exchange, critical questioning, sharing of visions and partnerships in order to stimulate innovation, creative entrepreneurship and future policies for 2020-2030.The initiative has grown rapidly and the network has over 1,000 experts. With 15 dialogue meetings and more than 600 participants from more than 50 countries. The initiative received strong commitment and support from Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Rabobank, Arcadis, Dutch Product Board for Horticulture, Wageningen University & Research Centre, Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), Fresh Park Venlo, The Dutch Government & The European Commission.
 
Feb. 2010 – Nov. 2011   Project Manager, International Water Week Conference 2011, Amsterdam RAI
The International Water Week Conference Amsterdam 2011, commissioned by Amsterdam RAI was the first conference edition of the International Water Week (29 October-4 November 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands). The conference focused on integrated solutions covering the entire water cycle and offered opportunities for dynamic and unique collaborations between the commercial, scientific and water policy/water management sectors. Project Platforms facilitated in building the six-day forum-featured program of conferences and events in partnership with International Water Association (IWA) and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). The comprehensive and complete program featured: Aquaterra, ‘Delta’s, Coasts and Rivers’, Aqua innovation, ‘Accelerating, Innovation in the Water Sector’ and Aqua industry, ‘Industrial Water Solutions’. Integrated Aqua Solutions: As part of the International Water Week Amsterdam, Project Platforms created and produced “Integrated Aqua Solutions”, a unique exposition for water authorities, developers, consultants, engineers, and contractors to draw the world's attention to their contribution bringing the global water problems one step closer to a solution.
 
Dutch Delta Conference 2011:
Within the International Water Week Amsterdam, Project Platforms facilitated and hosted the second Dutch Delta Conference. This Conference focused on the Second Delta Program (DP2012), published on Prinsjesdag [the state opening of parliament in the Netherlands]. The Conference featured a number of prominent speakers who discussed opportunities and risks involved in the Delta Program approach. Dutch Prime Minister Rutte opened the Delta Parade.   
 
May 2010 – June 2011   Project Manager and Organizer 25th ICID European Regional Conference 2011,
ICID (International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage) The 25th ICID European Regional Conference, commissioned by the Dutch and German chapter of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was held from 16-20 May 2011 in Groningen, The Netherlands. The conference attracted 160 participants from 24 countries and approved a total of 57 papers that were adopted in the conference program. Project Platforms facilitated an interactive website, excursions, workshops, panel discussions and a social event.  
 
April 2009 – July 2010   Co-organizer, World Estuary Alliance, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)
The 1st World Estuary Alliance Conference 2010, commissioned by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Beijing and the Netherlands  was held from 6-7 June 2010 during the World Expo in Century Park, Shanghai, China. The conference’s theme was ‘Better Estuary, Better City’ and was organized in partnership with the Shanghai Estuarine and Coastal Science Research Center and the East China Normal University. This first edition of the World Estuary Alliance (WEA) gathered 200 people from the globe to share their knowledge and best practices on estuary management. Amongst WWF’s recommendations to the inaugural World Estuaries Alliance Conference were calls for stronger environmental regulation of estuarine ecosystems and closer cooperation between engineers and ecologists working on infrastructure projects close to rivers and oceans. Project Platforms facilitated the engagement of potential supporting organizations, mergers  with existing similar alliance initiatives and engagement of (consulting) engineers to share knowledge as a speaker and future alliance member.  
 
Aug. 2008 – Dec. 2009   Project Manager and Organizer 13th NETHCID Symposium ‘Water Management and Spatial Planning’
The 13th NETHCID Symposium, commissioned by The Government Service for Land and Water Management (DLG) and the Dutch Association of Regional Water Authorities (UvW) was a symposium on ‘Water management & Spatial Planning’ in October 2009. The central theme of this International gathering was the ‘optimal integration of water functions in the spatial planning of rural areas’, in the context of the development of nature and recreation areas and ensuring agricultural sustainability. International experts shared their vision on the relationship between water management and spatial planning. 
 
May 2007 – Aug. 2008   Project Manager, 45th IFLA World Congress 2008 “Transforming with Water”, International Federation of Landscape Architects IFLA The 45th IFLA World Congress, commissioned by the Dutch chapter of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) took place from 1-3 July 2008 in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. With nearly 500 landscape architects from 58 different nationalities, the 45th IFLA World Congress was an enormous success. Participants from all over the world included professional, young professions and many students.. The program offered acclaimed keynote speakers and workshops, documentaries and excursions with the main theme “Transforming with Water”. Project Platforms facilitated an interactive website with download and registration functionality, program coordination, a student award competition, excursions, workshops, panel discussions and social event. The student award competition exceeded 400 contributions (with annual average of 100 contributions) from all over the world.  
 
May 2006 – Feb. 2010   Project Manager, Aquaterra World Forum on Delta and Coastal Development
1st Aquaterra, 7-9 February 2007, Amsterdam,  the Netherlands
2nd Aquaterra, 10-12 February 2009, Amsterdam,  the Netherlands
Aquaterra, commissioned by Amsterdam RAI was an international conference and exhibition on development of coastal and delta regions. The conference merged with the first edition of the International Water Week Conference in Amsterdam. It focused on managing risks and creating opportunities to meet the challenges of deltaic and coastal development at all levels, from economic and financial to safety and planning issues. Exhibitors included consulting engineers, dredging and other contractors, equipment and materials suppliers and companies from the service sector, including finance and insurance. In 2007 and 2009, Aquaterra attracted high level performers as international conference delegates in combination with expert speakers. The conference was organized by Project Platforms in cooperation with Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and International Water Association (IWA). Visitor numbers: about 950 visitors in 2007 and over 600 top experts from around the world in 2009. Topic of discussion was how best to ensure a sustainable future for the world’s largest deltas, many of which are the economic powerhouses and food baskets of nations. The Aquaterra conference delegates issued a joint closing statement that was a key topic of discussion at the fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul in March 2009. Project Platforms also initiated Applied Research in cooperation with knowledge Institute Deltares, titled: “Towards sustainable development of deltas, estuaries and coastal zones. Trends and responses”, January 2009, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands. 
 
May 2005 – Nov. 2006   General Manager, Aquatech World Trade Exhibitions on Water Treatment, Amsterdam RAI
Responsible as Domain Manager for Aquatech Global Events, employed by Amsterdam RAI. Aquatech is the world’s leading exhibition in the field of process, drink and waste water in Europe, the USA and Asia since 1964. The exhibition program included the following segments: Water treatment, transport & storage, process control and automation, point of use and country pavilions. Aquatech Global Events is aimed at professionals from the water industry, policy makers, specialists and other parties who apply the technologies in practice.