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We were honoured today to receive Ms. Tineke Huizinga-Heringa, Secretary of State (vice minister) of the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.

She opened our side event, “Delivering Big, using internet tools to transform the pace of water and sanitation development”. Around 100 Stockholm World Water Week delegates came along to participate – thank you to everyone for spending your lunch break with us.

Photo above: Tineke Huizinga-Heringa, Secretary of State (vice minister), Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management talks in the Akvo lounge with Sunita Nadhamuni, CEO of Arghyam.

The panel was chaired by Jeroen van der Sommen, co-founder of Akvo and director of the Netherlands Water Partnership. The session was brought to life by Sunita Nadhamuni, Arghyam, Bert Diphoorn of UN HABITAT and our own Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson, Akvo. Thomas even delivered (for the benefit of the techies out there) a “Just one more thing” moment, when he announced Akvo now has a direct upload feature for images via SMS.

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Photo: Jeroen van der Sommen, Akvo and Tineke Huizinga-Heringa, Secretary of State (vice minister), Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management

For more photos, click on the collage below.

Thanks to all of the team for their help getting people to come along, during a busy conference. I’m indebted to you all.