OXFORD — The Global Water Summit — Water for Growth convenes at the Marriott Rive Gauche hotel in Paris, France on April 7 and 8, according to a press release.

Hosted by Global Water Intelligence and the International Desalination Association the conference is the major annual business meeting for international water leaders and top executives from water-using industries — over 450 will attend from over 50 countries, the release reported.

The theme of this year’s Global Water Summit is “Water for Growth” reflecting the fact that water can be an engine of growth in itself, noted the release.

"The opportunities for growth are now in unconventional oil and gas, Africa’s economic renaissance, emerging markets which have long since out-grown their legacy infrastructure, new financial models and new approaches to performance in the utility sector,” explains Christopher Gasson, CEO, Global Water Intelligence.

According to the release, key speakers at the Summit include guest counter-insurgency expert Dr. David Kilcullen, CEO, Caerus Associates, a strategic design consultancy focusing on the overlapping problems of conflict, climate change, energy, health and governance.