Contributor: William Sarni

William Sarni

About William Sarni

Will, founder and principal of Water Foundry LLC, has been providing consulting services to private and public-sector enterprises for his entire career, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability and water strategies. He has worked with companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and supporting M&A programs. An internationally recognized thought leader on water strategies, Sarni is a columnist on sustainability and water strategies for GreenBiz and OOSKA News and has authored numerous articles and presented on; the value of water, water technology innovation, agriculture and the Internet of Things and the energy water food nexus. He is the author of: “Corporate Water Strategies” (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013); “Water Tech – A Guide to Investment, Innovation and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector” (Sarni, W. and Pechet, T., Routledge 2013); and “Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus: New Strategies for 21st Century Growth” (Dō Sustainability 2015). He is currently working on the forthcoming books, “Water Stewardship and Business Value: Tapping the Full Value of Water Stewardship” (Sarni, W., Orr, S. and Grant, D., Earthscan 2017) and “Public Policy Innovation at the Energy, Water, Food Nexus: 21st Century Solutions to 19th Century Public Policy and 20th Century Infrastructure” (Sarni, W. and Koch, G., Greenleaf Publishing 2017). Sarni is a Board Member of The Water Footprint Network and and Founder of He was a 2016 X-PRIZE Bold Visioneer for the Safe Drinking Water Team and is on the: Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week; Executive Council of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security; Water Working Group for the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD; and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience.

Innovating Water Stewardship Through Business Ecosystems

William Sarni, water stewardship expert, on the need for innovation in water strategies in order to better position for 21st Century water risks. Sarni points to “business ecosystems” as the driver for this innovation and value creation … more

Water: Can’t Always Buy What You Need

With competition for water intensifying, paying more for water may not get you what you need. Deloitte Consulting’s Will Sarni on strategies that can help corporates secure water for growth … more

Bridging Gaps to Water Innovation

Water scarcity & pollution will drive innovation in partnerships and technology but the road to commercialisation remains long. Will Sarni, Partner at Deloittes discusses the barriers to innovation in the water sector … more



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