dws-aiww-young-professionals-stand-770pxjpg-1“We are really very keen to get many young professionals at the Amsterdam International Water Week”, says Andrea Kralikova, the current Youth Ambassador of Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).

Kralikova, who works for international consultancy Accenture, took up her Youth ambassador role in 2015 during the last AIWW. She is now heavily involved in the planning for the forthcoming edition in November, helping to ensure there is a strong representation of youth interests.

dws-aiww-ambassador-sagen-kralikova-350pxAndrea Kralikova (right) takes over the role of Youth Ambassador from Marie Rødsten Sagen during the 2015-edition of AIWW.

Strong youth interest
As Youth Ambassador Kralikova´s main role is to ensure there is a strong representation of youth interests in the programme of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

The AIWW will be held for the fourth time from 30 October to 3 November 2017. The event includes the AquaTech Amsterdam trade exhibition on watertechnology, the Floodex Europe exhibition on flood control and the three day AIWW conference on the transition to a circular and resilient water environment in urban areas.

Passionate about water
Certainly some exciting new features are emerging from her role to represent the youth programme team set to achieve a step up from the successes of 2015. “The difference for the youth programme this year is we don’t only want to focus on students”, she says, adding. “We are really very keen to get many young professionals there.”

The interaction is an experience that she has found extremely valuable. “It has certainly been rewarding for me – not only an opportunity to meet lovely people passionate about water, but also it was a learning process for me,’ she says. ‘It’s really been broadening my horizons.”

dws-aiww-youth-ambassador-winning-pitch-350pxSome 200 young water professionals participated in the 2015-edition of AIWW and on the final day they ended up in a very vivid pitch battle. The winning team pitched the idea of a smart card for women in slums to have access to a public toilet.

Search for her replacement
With planning escalating towards the event in November, Kralikova still has much to do to continue contributing to the expanded youth programme.

A new ambassador will be appointed in November, but the search for the replacement will begin soon. She is keen to encourage potential successors to put themselves forward.

“I think for anyone who is really passionate about water and is at the beginning of their professional career in the water sector, this is a really great opportunity”, says Kralikova.

About Young AIWW
The upcoming edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) includes an extensive program for students and young professionals, organized by and for young water professionals. The programme includes participation in various conferences, workshops, events and challenges.

This news item is based on a blog published on the website of Amsterdam International Water Week.

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