Leading global advisory firm supports mission of advancing innovation and sustainability
OXFORD, United Kingdom, 26 May 2021 – Amane Advisors, the premier global advisory firm focused on the water industry, announces that Bill Malarkey, Managing Partner for the North America region, has joined the Ocean Exchange Board of Governors.
Based in Philadelphia, Bill brings to the Ocean Exchange’s Board more than two decades of experience in the international water and infrastructure markets, particularly in the areas of strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, public-private partnerships (P3), corporate and project finance.
Prior to joining Amane, he held senior management positions in strategy/corporate development with Severn Trent, American Water, Thames Water and RWE. In addition, he also headed the Water & Industrials investment banking practice group at Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. Previously, he was a management consultant in Kearney’s Utilities practice.
Bill has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Urban Water Council of the US Conference of Mayors and as Vice Chairman of the Water Institute of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
“Our oceans are among the world’s most precious resources. I am honored to be part of the Ocean Exchange Board and represent Amane Advisors in promoting the organization’s mission to advance the adoption of innovative solutions to support sustainability,” he said.
Millicent Pitts, Executive Director of Ocean Exchange, added, “We are delighted that Bill is joining our Board of international leaders representing a global point of view about innovation. Amane Advisors, as a new sponsor, highlights the growing connections that investors, innovators, governments, the public, and the business community in general are making between water management and coastal systems’ sustainability/resiliency, where vast numbers of the world population live.”
Amane Advisors will take an active role with the Ocean Exchange, which, since its founding, has implemented a competitive process through which $1.7 million has been given in non-dilutive grants to startups as seed funding, typically at the pre-revenue stage. This fall, Amane will be represented in Ocean Exchange’s annual event where 12 finalists compete for one of two $100,000 cash awards. Presentations will be made before prominent delegates from business (including a senior Amane representative), government, and academia who will then vote to select the award winners. At this same event, Bill will be part of the jury charged with selecting winners from eight collegiate finalists competing for the $10,000 Broward College Innovation Award and the newly announced $25,000 Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award.
“Every day, throughout our global practice, we see the importance and impact of innovation in addressing the world’s current and future water needs. The Ocean Exchange’s program plays a positive role in accelerating innovation in our industry, and we are committed to supporting the success of this effort,” Bill added.
About Ocean Exchange
OceanExchange.org is a 501.c.3 organization with the sole mission to help advance the adoption of innovative solutions to support sustainability, with focus on oceans, healthy coastal systems, and on the decarbonization of ocean transportation. Its international platform accelerates the adoption of solutions that positively impact the environment, economies, and health, while respecting cultures around the world. In its tenth year, Ocean Exchange has awarded $1.7 million of grants to innovative startups through two US$100,000 awards and a US$10,000 award and continues to help build the ecosystem for continuing deployment of solutions. The organization recently announced the addition of a $25,000 collegiate award, bringing the total award purse to $235,000.
About Amane Advisors
Amane Advisors is a global advisory firm dedicated to the water industry bringing services to its clients on all matters relating to their growth. Its clients range from multinationals, institutions and investors, to innovative start-ups and technology companies. Services include Strategy, Market Intelligence, Commercialization, Mergers & Acquisitions, PPP Advisory and Digital Transformation. To learn more, visit www.amaneadvisors.com.
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