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SA Sundowner August 2023 Water & Circular Economy

Icon of a calendar 17 Aug, 2023 - 17 Aug, 2023 | Small clock icon 5.30pm - 6.30pm | Icon of a map pin PMQ @ Electra House Hotel, 131 King William St, Adelaide

The Young Water Professionals of the AWA's SA Branch are excited to invite you to the August 2023 SA Sundowner, for after-work drinks, with guest speaker Hemant Chaudhary and informal networking and discussion held at Electra House Hotel on Thursday 17th August 2023 from 5:15pm for a 5.30pm start to 6:30pm.

 The SA AWA YWP Committee aims to empower emerging leaders to build water industry networks, grow their knowledge and sharpen their leadership skills in both formal and informal settings.  Join us for regular after-work Sundowner drinks and informal networking hosted every other month by the AWA SA Young Water Professionals. Special guest speakers will be featured throughout the series to explore a wide range of topics through a short presentation and discussion. These events are open to anyone with an interest in the water industry and present an opportunity to meet and catch up with other professionals.

 This is a free event where you can grab your drink(s) of choice, however, please register your attendance. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Guest Speaker

Hemant Chaudhary, Founding Director, Circular Economy Alliance Australia & Circular360 – The Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy

Topic – Water and Circular Economy

All water on earth undergoes a perpetual process of use and reuse and forms a critical input for sustenance, agriculture, industrial applications etc. However, the majority of this demand for water is primarily for fresh water which is a limited resource in the absence of expensive treatment. The existing freshwater sources are additionally degraded by unsustainable extraction and pollution. To ensure that enough water is available globally in an equitable manner across all sectors, we need manage the existing water stocks more efficiently and pragmatically.

A circular economy approach is a potential solution for maximising the value from the existing water volumes, minimising waste and reducing unsustainable utilisation by considering the water cycles as closed loop systems and create value for the environment and local communities.

The principles of circular economy are applicable to water utilisation particularly through the 4 R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replenish and offer the opportunity in harnessing the maximum value of each closed loop while minimising detrimental impacts to the environment and regenerating natural capital.


In a career spanning 32 years and across multiple continents, Hemant has built an international reputation as a pioneer and a thought leader in the circular economy, climate change and ESG space. Hemant works on global impact initiatives in collaboration with the UN, World Bank, governments,and international agencies. Hemant has covered diverse sectors that include water, waste, renewable 
energy, major infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, food, and education and has worked on multi- billion-dollar projects of significant scale, sensitivity and impact. 
Hemant has worked with large corporations, all tiers of the government, peak industry bodies, clean technology start-ups, and venture capital investors. He has undertaken projects with notable entities such as the UN, World Bank, Saudi Government, Government of South Australia, BHP Billiton, Santos, SA Water, Worley Parsons, City of Salisbury, Siemens, and the University of Adelaide.
Hemant has played a key role in the supporting early establishment and success of key entities such as the SA Environment Protection Authority, Zero Waste South Australia (now Green Industries SA), Circular Economy Alliance Australia (CEAA), Maharashtra Australia Sustainable Energy Alliance. 
Hemant developed and introduced the iconic ‘Global Leadership Program on the Circular Economy’, an executive leadership program in collaboration with United Nations Centre for Regional Development. He is actively involved in international trade missions, conferences and seminars and has delivered more than 300 presentations around the world.
CEAA is a pioneering, impact agency on Circular Economy, ESG and Climate Change. It is currently working on major consulting projects in India, Australia and the Middle East. CEAA have built a global knowledge community of 15,000 plus leaders, decision makers, CEO’s, experts, and change agents.

Event Details
When: Thursday 17th August 2023
Venue: PMQ Electra House Hotel, 131 King William St. Adelaide
Time: 5:30pm start. Event concludes at 6:30pm
What: Drinks over the bar and light meals available for purchase

We really look forward to seeing you in person!



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