MD-AEP is proud to highlight the response for it’s initiatives to help connect the dots between business, science and government as we build a business coalition to address Asia’s pressing needs for water, energy and climate change. See what stakeholders representing these various groups are saying about this exciting initiative.
Thanks for inviting Coca Cola Enterprises to participate in the MD-AEP forum focused on sustainable water supply. Your dedication is evident from the progress made to date by the MD-Asia Partnership and the caliber and diversity of stakeholders that participated. Overall, the forum was a great success and to your credit, you demonstrated great leadership in pulling it together."
-- Joseph Richardson, Corporate Manager, Environmental Affairs, Coca Cola Enterprises
“That was an amazing event!! It offered an incredible pool of wisdom and provided a much-needed value-adding vision to our water industry. Thanks again for inviting us and we look forward to working with you again.”
-- Kui Lin, Environmental Engineering Designer, KCI Technologies
"The Forum's stimulating discussion of concerns, challenges, and opportunities presented by water resource management in a rapidly changing world provided valuable insights for both governments and industry - both here in Maryland and around the world to our Asian friends. It was truly valuable for me professionally and for my company as well.
Keep up the good work!”
-- Jonathan Malay, Director, Civil Space Programs, Lockheed Martin
“The fact that the Forum drew so many high-level officials and executives from such a wide range of government, business, academic, and non-profit entities is truly a testament to MD-AEP’s strong vision and leadership. I look forward to seeing what events and opportunities MD-AEP will generate for Maryland and Asia in the future, and how we can be supportive of this exciting initiative.”
-- Robert Walker, Managing Director, International Trade and Investment, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
"It’s truly amazing the high caliber of public and private sector subject matter experts that MD-AEP was able to bring together for this Water Forum. MD-AEP is poised to be an important part of making Maryland a global leader on environmental issues."
-- David Lee, Senior Executive Director, Governor's Office on Asian Pacific American Affairs
“This forum provided more high quality and key business contacts in a short half-day meeting than any other conference I’ve been to for 35 years”
-- Al Goodman, Principal, Camp Dresser McKee and Past President of the Water Environment Federation
“The water challenges we now face are clearly now a global priority for governments, corporations and citizens across the globe and I believe groups like the Maryland Asia Partnership will help foster many profitable new ventures for both local and Asian based companies.”
-- David Henderson, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation
“Peter, the event you pulled off was perfect -- great contents and immaculate organization. The real success will come from the network it has developed and the ideas it generated. I feel fortunate to have been a part of it and am even more motivated now to help bring science to bear on the challenges ahead, here in Maryland and in Asia, and definitely together as a team.”
--Matthias Ruth, Director, Center of Integrative Environmental Research, University of Maryland
“There are few more global resource challenges that will give us the pressing urgency for innovation as water shortages will. From basic needs to manufacturing, these management issues touch us all. I, for one, am grateful to have Peter Gourlay and the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership standing up squarely to confront these issues and bring together leaders from across the globe to look not just at the questions, but at solutions."
-- Matt Gardner, President and CEO, Bay Bio
“The Forum provided an excellent venue to interact with government entities, companies, and other entities to acquaint them with the latest policies, practices and technologies available to provide solutions for water remediation, conservation and other activities that better utilize this precious resource. It also has provided us with contacts on possible collaborations, partnerships and licensing opportunities. “
--Theodore J. Roumel, Vice President, Research, Innovation & Commercialization, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI).
“MD-AEP’s Asia-water forum produced a useful and effective dialogue to revitalize "water" as a critical element for human existence. The presentations on water issues, market based technology production and transfer, and corporate responsibility in the social sector formed a platform to "enhance diffusion capacity" among the advocacy groups for this noble cause. The launching of the MD-AEP Asia water initiative is paving the way to strengthen public- private ties of all concerned groups, including academic institutions.
-- Muhiuddin Haider, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
“The roots of leadership were firmly planted at today's MD-AEP Asia Water Conference. Leaders of business, education and government gained an integrative perspective on the pressing water issues in Asia. The global water problem was well defined and workable solutions were revealed. I left thinking something important just happened and I'm hopeful that Maryland's stakeholders will seize the opportunity"
--Dr. Mike Galiazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Manufacturing Institute
“The University of Maryland presentations were very helpful in re-educating us on the science and management resources that are available and helped me think how Phillips Foods can incorporate some of this into our future planning. This unique forum demonstrated there is a lot going on in Maryland. When you think about our broad capabilities, it made a lot of sense. Now the follow up in Asia is key to move the process forward."
--Ed Rhodes, Director of Sustainability and Aquaculture for Phillips Foods, Inc