About Events Expert Chat: Water & Policy: The Path to a Sustainable Future with Jon Freedman and Charlie Iceland Expert Chat: Water & Policy: The Path to a Sustainable Future with Jon Freedman and Charlie Iceland May 27, 2020 1:00 PM Online via Zoom Register The global demand for clean water far exceeds the supply. During the age of COVID-19, issues of water quality and scarcity are especially pressing for communities around the world. Join Jon Freedman of Suez Water Technologies and Charles Iceland of the World Resources Institute for the latest installment of Batten’s Expert Chat Series, moderated this week by Batten's Greer Kelly. Our guest experts will speak and take questions on the global water crisis--and on how both governments and corporations are attempting to respond. Join the conversation on Zoom. Jon Freedman Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global government affairs for SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, which has operations in more than 100 countries. Previously, he led global government affairs & partnerships for GE’s water and nuclear business units. In addition, he led the creation of GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative (Ecomagination). He also helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed water company. Jon serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership. He also serves on the board of directors of the WateReuse Association. Jon has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on water issues globally. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie Iceland Charles Iceland is Director, Global and National Water Initiatives with WRI’s Food, Forests, and Water Programs. He previously directed the Aqueduct project at WRI. Aqueduct is the most current, comprehensive, and high-resolution global water risk assessment and mapping tool available. It is completely free and available to all users and is now a key resource for many analysts and decision-makers concerned with water risk. In addition to overseeing Aqueduct’s strategy development and management, Charles also developed new modules for Aqueduct, including Aqueduct Floods and Aqueduct Food. Charles is now implementing the Water, Peace, and Security Initiative with several European partner organizations. This new project will develop a near real-time early warning system for water and security hotspots, and help developing countries better address these issues. Charles is also overseeing WRI’s work with national governments on water resources management. This work has so far included work with the Chinese and Ethiopian governments. Charles earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.