Rhys Owen

Research Director, BlueTech Research

Rhys is the Research Director at BlueTech Research, an independent water technology market intelligence firm which helps water utilities, technology providers and global corporations solve their water-related problems.

Based in Oxford, UK, he was previously deputy editor at Global Water Intelligence magazine where helped set up new overseas offices in Singapore and Austin, Texas, as well as founding desaldata.com – an ambitious online project to catalogue and track all of the world’s desalination plants.

With a long-held interest in technology, he has previously worked in the marketing division for a cyber security specialist, as well for the Sunday Times UK newspaper, where he managed the paper’s Tech Track 100 league table of the fastest-growing UK tech firms.

Rhys first became interested in the impact of water scarcity issues while travelling through the Middle East. Living in Manila for two years provided a vivid education on what a lack of access to water and sanitation looks like, and the contrasting ways in which the water crisis is being tackled by the interplay of technology, grassroots initiatives and international finance.

Rhys has also contributed to publications such as Water Environment Federation’s World Water magazine and Endeavor Business Media’s Water World and has presented at several international water events.