New appointments at WEF

As deputy executive director, O'Neill will focus on pursuing innovation opportunities and global and academic relations, as well as supporting WEF executive director Jeff Eger in his responsibilities. She served most recently as WEF’s chief technical officer, joining WEF in 1991 as manager of industrial programmes. Prior to joining WEF, O’Neill was a professor at a college of agriculture in the United Kingdom and worked for various environmental consultants in the United States and the UK. 

In his new assignment as chief technical officer, Ries will oversee technical programming and development for WEFTEC, as well as educational, training, periodicals, publications and web-based initiatives. Before joining WEF in 2005 as managing director of technical and educational services, Ries was a consultant in the planning, design, construction, and start-up of water, wastewater, stormwater, and industrial facilities.

"With Eileen and Matt in their new roles, WEF is even better positioned to drive opportunities for innovation in the water sector, enhance member services, education, and training, and increase awareness of the value of water,” said Eger.