Corporate Board and Governance
Patrick J. DeSouza, Executive Chairman
Dr. DeSouza was Chief Executive Officer of American Leak Detection prior to its reverse merger to create Water Intelligence plc. He is a graduate of Columbia College, the Yale Law School and Stanford Graduate School. He has 25 years of operating and advisory leadership experience with both public and private companies in the defense, software/Internet and asset management industries. Over the course of his career, Dr. DeSouza has had significant experience in corporate finance and cross-border mergers and acquisition transactions. He has practiced corporate and securities law as a member of the New York and California bars. Dr. DeSouza has also worked at the White House as Director for Inter-American Affairs on the National Security Council. He is the author of Economic Strategy and National Security (2000) and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School.
Laura Hills, Vice Chair
Laura has more than 30 years’ experience as a legal professional, having spent 10 years working for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), where she served as Associate General for the agency’s finance program, supervising a team of lawyers on all finance transactions ranging from micro-lending and small business to multi-creditor infrastructure project financing in emerging market countries. Prior to this, she spent time in Argentina where she served as a foreign associate to various practices, with a focus on international trade, tax and domestic antitrust issues. Since 2002, Mrs Hills has worked at Hills, Stern & Morley LLP, an emerging markets legal boutique based in Washington D.C. Laura holds undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from Stanford University. Laura brings considerable expertise in negotiating on infrastructure and renewables related transactions globally.
Dan Ewell, Independent Non-Executive Director
Dan Ewell is currently a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he has worked as an investment banker for over 33 years. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Ewell served as Vice Chairman and Head of Western Region Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. Dan has extensive experience in advising companies and helping them grow through capital raising and strategic transactions. His experience spans a range of sectors including consumer/retails, industrial, healthcare and media/technology, and included companies with franchised business models. As the Group continues to scale its operations internationally, it has a need to broaden its institutional and strategic activity in capital markets. Mr. Ewell brings considerable expertise in this area. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management.
Bobby Knell, Non-Executive Director
Bobby founded and grew the Dallas franchise of American Leak Detection into a multi-million dollar operation, an operation now run by his son. Subsequent to this, Bobby served as a managing director at Water Intelligence responsible for franchise relations for four years. The ALD franchise business is central to the operations and value proposition of Water Intelligence. As a Board member, he aligns the Board with the needs of franchisees, a key set of stakeholders in the group, and has significant experience in driving the operational strategy of the ALD business as a former franchisee himself.
Michael Reisman, Independent Non-executive Director
Professor Reisman currently serves as Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 1965 and has previously been a visiting professor in Tokyo, Berlin, Basel, Paris, Geneva and Hong Kong. He is a graduate of Yale Law School. Professor Reisman is the President of the Arbitration Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements and a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law of the Department of State. He has served as arbitrator and counsel in many international cases. He was also President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. Because of his experience and the international character of the Company, Professor Reisman leads matters of governance and remuneration.