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Qatium is pleased to welcome international water experts Newsha Ajami, Jeffrey Kightlinger and Paul Fleming to its advisory board.  Qatium’s advisory board – composed of policy, technology and business leaders – is focused on steering and accelerating the digital transformation of the water industry.

Having joined the board earlier this year, Dr. Newsha Ajami is the Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University and a leading expert in sustainable water resource management.

“Water infrastructure networks are transitioning from a centralized model to a hybrid model. Water utilities need to proactively manage this change and address pressure from aging infrastructure and extreme climatic events.”

“In addition,” Dr. Ajami explains, “Digital transformation is an opportunity for the water sector to reimagine the fragmented and rigid governance structure that informs water management today. By leveraging various data sources, Qatium provides an opportunity to overcome some of these fragmentations and provide more effective and equitable water management.”

Water networks are transitioning from a centralized model to a hybrid model. Utilities need to proactively manage this change and address pressure from aging infrastructure and extreme climatic events.

Dr. Newsha AjamiMember of the Advisory Board

Joining Dr. Newsha Ajami on Qatium’s advisory board is Jeffrey Kightlinger. Kightlinger is the former General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the United States’ largest municipal water provider.

According to Jeffrey Kightlinger, “The world is becoming more interdependent and interconnected and water managers need to be able to make quick decisions in real time. Effective data management is the key to making sound decisions. Qatium provides water managers with the tools needed to manage operational data and the utility’s assets.”

“Climate change will greatly stress the water sector in the years to come,” he adds. “Water utilities need to plan for a changing water future and develop the infrastructure and partnerships to deal with higher demands and greater scarcity.  Information and data management are essential in making the right planning decisions and investments.  Qatium gives utilities the ability to make the right decisions in an uncertain world.”

Water utilities need to plan for a changing future and develop the infrastructure and partnerships to deal with higher demands and greater scarcity. Qatium gives utilities the ability to make the right decisions in an uncertain world.

Jeffrey KightlingerMember of the Advisory Board

In addition to Ajami and Kightlinger, Qatium is honored to welcome Paul Fleming to its advisory board. Paul Fleming is an internationally known figure at the intersection of water, climate change, utility management, corporate stewardship and technology. At Microsoft he created and directed the company’s global water program and established and led the implementation of its commitment to be water positive by 2030.

“I’m excited to join Qatium’s board of advisors and contribute to the company’s efforts to catalyze digital transformation in the water utility space,” says Fleming. “Qatium is lowering the barrier to entry to digitization for utilities through its collaborative platform, which enables utilities to leverage their data to increase awareness, improve decision making and better serve their customers.”

Welcome to the advisory board Newsha, Jeff and Paul!

Qatium is lowering the barrier to entry to digitization through its collaborative platform, which enables utilities to leverage their data to increase awareness, improve decision making and better serve their customers.

Paul FlemingMember of the Advisory Board

About Dr. Newsha Ajami

Newsha Ajami Newsha is a leading expert in sustainable water resource management, smart cities, and the water-energy-food nexus. She uses data science principles to study the human and policy dimensions of urban water and hydrologic systems. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact focused. Over the years, she has held a number of academic, consultancy and public policy positions and currently serves a few non-profit boards. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

About Jeffrey Kightlinger

Jeffrey KightlingerUntil 2021, Jeff was the General Manager for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Metropolitan is the largest municipal water provider in the US delivering an average of over 2 billion gallons of water a day to 19 million customers across Southern California. Among other activities, he was Governor’s appointee to California’s Bay Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Stakeholders Committee, a Board member on the California Climate Action Registry and a member of the UCLA Continuing Education Sustainability Advisory Board.

About Paul Fleming

Paul FlemingPaul is a leader in the public and private sectors in building strategies and programs to address the opportunities and challenges at the intersection of water, climate change, utility management, corporate stewardship and technology. He is currently a fellow of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, a member of a US National Academy of Sciences Committee that is advising the US Global Change Research Program and a corporate advisor to established and early stage companies. Before leaving Microsoft, he created and directed the company’s global water program and established and led implementation of its commitment to be water positive by 2030.

About Qatium

Qatium is a cloud-based developer of digital water technology with offices in Valencia, Spain and a presence around the world. The company operates an open and collaborative water management platform that empowers utilities to improve the efficiency of their water systems.