13 and 14 June 2024

Listen to and participate in discussions on current topics about water security and quality on June 13 and 14, 2024 in Bled.

Nataša Pirc Musar

President of the Republic of Slovenia,
Nataša Pirc Musar,
honorary patronage
of the international
Bled Water Festival 2024 



Thursday, 13 June 2024

9:00 – 9:30


Marko Gajić, BWF co-founder, Slovenia

Anton Mežan, Mayor, Municipality of Bled, Slovenia

Jaeyoun Ko, President, KISA, South Korea

Julijana Berčon Hlebanja, Liza Dora Popp and Katrin Stjepanović, Grade 9 pupils at Primary School Bled, Radovljica

Satja Sajko, BSc student in Food Science and Nutrition, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Blaž Kuster, MSc student in Nutrition, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Rade Šerbedžija, actor, director and musician

Aleš Musar, First Gentlemen of the Republic of Slovenia

9:30 – 9:45

Icelandic water

Eliza Jean Reid, the First Lady of Iceland

9:45 – 11:00

PANEL 1: Chemicals in water: what, how, solutions, legislation

Moderator: Aleš Musar, First Gentlemen of the Republic of Slovenia

Alistair Boxall, Professor in Environmental Science in the Environment and Geography Department, University of York and NERC-funded ECORISC Centre for Doctoral Training, United Kingdom

Boštjan Križanec, Acting principal of the Centre, National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, Slovenia

Veronika Matuszná, Water Protection, Department Ministry of Environment, Czechia

Ljiljana Ćurčić, Assistant Professor, Vice Dean for cooperation with Commerce, Faculty of Environmental Protection, Educons University, Serbia

Taťána Halešová, Project manager, ALS, Czech Republic

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break I Press Conference
11:30 – 12:30

PANEL 2: Chemicals in water – how they impact human health

Moderator: Aleš Musar, First Gentlemen of the Republic of Slovenia

Gonzalo Meschengieser, CEO, Argentine Chamber of Water (CAA), Argentina

Mari Asami, Chief Senior Researcher, National Institute of Public Health, Japan

Evgen Benedik, Assitant Professor, Clinical and Research Dietitian, Division of Paediatrics, University Medical Centre Ljubljana and Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Draženka Stipaničev, Head of Central Water Laboratory, Josip Juraj Strossmayer Water Institute, Croatia

Damjana Drobne, Full Professor, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mira Pucarević, Full Time Professor, Dean, Faculty of environmental protection, Educons University, Serbia

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00

PANEL 3: The role of innovation and water distribution

Moderator: Milin Patel 

Matjaž Berčon, Director, Komunala Kranj, Slovenia

Gonzalo Meschengieser, CEO, Argentine Chamber of Water (CAA), Argentina

Henrique Gustavo da Costa, Director of the Smart Water Solutions Business Unit, Iskraemeco, Slovenia

Weslley H. A. Barbosa, Coordinator-Smart Water, Iguá Saneamento, Brazil

15:00 – 16:00

PANEL 4: Ensuring the quality of bottled water

Moderator: Milin Patel       

Rebecca Gerbec, Head of Sales and Marketing, Voda Rogla, Slovenia

Avanti Mehta, Water Sommelier and Brand Lead, Aava Natural Mineral Water, India

Nataša Stojić, Associate Professor, Vice Dean for Education, Faculty of Environmental Protection, Educons University, Serbia

Rafał Pawłowski, Sales Manager, Masuria Spring, Poland

Matis Allikmaa, Sales Director, HAAGE Water, Estonia

Boštjan Jelovčan, Živa voda, Slovenia

Kamil Schaumann, Schaumannovka, Czech Republic

Ildikó Turóczi-Németh, Quality Manager, Chernel Water, Hungary

16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 18:00 PANEL 5: Does Lake Bled deserve a more detailed management plan?
The panel will be Slovene speaking.
Moderator: Matjaž Berčon  

Alenka Mubi Zalaznik, Project Manager, LIMNOS

Nataša Sovič, Director, State of the Environment Office, Slovenian Environment Agency

Blaž Veber, Director, Bled Tourist Board

The content of the event follows the guidelines of the drinking water quality assurance standard
set by the BWF international Certificate of Excellence.

Friday, 14 June 2024

8:30 – 9:30

PANEL 6: Water and sustainable tourism 

Moderator:  Milin Patel 

Dubravka Kalin, General Director, Ministry of Economy, Tourism and Sport, Tourism Directorate, Slovenia

Klemen Langus, Director, Turizem Bohinj, Slovenia

Iztok Altbauer, Director, The Association of Slovenian Natural Spas, Slovenia

Sigrún Tómasdóttir, Resource leader for water and waste water utility, Veitur Utilities, Iceland

9:30 – 10:15

PANEL 7: Introduction to global trends and new understanding of drinking water

Moderator:  Milin Patel 

Marko Gajić, BWF Co-founder, EWSA founder, Slovenia

Boštjan Oblak, Co-founder, Aquinity8, Slovenia

Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler, Water Advocate and Designer, USA

Sungwon Ahn, CEO, Pinot Lab, South Korea

Mojca Čerpnjak, Head of marketing, Marmor Hotavlje, Slovenia

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:45

PANEL 8: Global water trends in gastronomy and everyday life

Moderator:  Milin Patel 

Jaeyoun Ko, President, KISA, South Korea

Peter Mihelčič, Director, Vocational College for Hospitality, Wellness and Tourism Bled, Slovenia

Danuša Škapin, Senior Advisor, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training, Slovenia

Gonzalo Meschengieser, CEO, Argentine Chamber of Water (CAA), Argentina

Haneul Kim, EWSA Vice President, EWSA, KISA, South Korea

11:45 – 13:00

PANEL 9: European Water Awards innovations showcase

Draško Veselinovič, President of the Slovenian Business and Research Association from Brussels

Hubert Białous, Prote, Poland, winner of EWA 2023

EWA 2024 finalists presentations

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00

European Water Awards award ceremony

Nataša Pirc Musar, President of the Republic of Slovenia

Mario Gajić, BWF Co-founder

16:00 – 18:00 International Water Tasting and Water Cocktails
Under the aegis of European Water Sommelier Association

Presentation and testing of waters and water cocktails according to new global trends in understanding water.


The Forum will take place at the hotel Vila Bled in Bled, one of the ten most beautiful places in the world.

Forum address:
Vila Bled
Cesta Svobode 18, Bled, Slovenia

Registration is required for participation.

During the festival, we recommend accommodation in the Vila Bled hotel.

w: Vila Bled
t: +386 (0)4 575 3710

For BWF special offer please use the code BWF.

Co-organiser of the Bled Water Forum/Festival: