News | August 16, 2022

Announcing New SWAN Leaders

Welcoming two new Council Members and SWAN Americas Chairman

The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is pleased to welcome two new Council Members: Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager at Anglian Water and Eric Bindler, Senior Research Director at Bluefield Research. Joining as the new SWAN Americas Alliance Chair is Michael Karl, National Optimisation Services Leader at Brown and Caldwell.

Andy Smith is an enigmatic leader with a focus on people and a passion for cross-sector collaboration and innovation, he excels in disruptive thinking to drive digital transformation across the sector. Andy previously led the SWAN European Utility Alliance and chaired the SWAN Digital Twin “Outcomes and Applications” Subgroup.

"I am honoured to be taking up a position on the SWAN Council. The acceleration in adoption of smart technologies is essential to transform the water sector in readiness to meet the evolving challenges posed by climate change and population growth." (Andy Smith)

Eric Bindler previously led the SWAN Americas Research Group. He is a well-versed researcher specialising in digital water technology, company strategy, water finance, and climate policy.

“In my experience, there is no organisation that does more than SWAN to advance the smart water sector globally. I look forward to working with SWAN’s talented leadership, passionate members, and dedicated staff to continue to expand SWAN’s influence and reach.”(Eric Bindler)

Michael Karl previously served as the Co-Chair of the SWAN Digital Twin “Holistic Architecture” Subgroup, where he was instrumental in creating the Digital Twin Readiness Guide, released at the SWAN 12th Annual Conference in May 2022. As the new SWAN Americas Chair, Michael will collaborate with diverse SWAN Members to accelerate smart water adoption in the region.

“I’m thrilled to serve the industry as SWAN Americas Chairman. Together, we will help shape smart water across the Americas.” (Michael Karl)

SWAN looks forward to incorporating Andy, Eric, and Michael’s innovative thinking into SWAN’s leadership team as we continue to build a smart water future.

About the Smart Water Networks Forum:
SWAN is the leading, global voice for the smart water sector. A membership based non-profit, we bring together water utilities, solution providers, and proactive industry experts to advance the adoption of “smart,” data-driven solutions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater networks worldwide. For more information, visit

Source: The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN)