Mike Dixon

Synauta Inc.

Dr. Mike Dixon is a desalination and water treatment technology professional with 15 years experience working with membrane and thermal technologies in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. He has worked across the entire value chain with technology manufacturers, water utilities, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies and research hubs. Currently, as Chief Technology Officer of WaterNEXT (a water business accelerator based in Calgary, Canada), his responsibilities include technology assessment and intake assessment. Dr. Dixon is also a Senior Technical Advisor, and on the founding team, of MIT start-up Sandymount Technologies. Prior to WaterSMART, he was Applications Development Manager for NanoH2O, a global provider of reverse osmosis membranes that leveraged UCLA developed nanotechnology to lower the cost of desalination with over 300 installations in 40+ countries in the three years from market launch. LG Chem acquired NanoH2O in 2014. Dr. Dixon was also R&D Engineer for the 300,000m3/day Adelaide Desalination Plant. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and business training from Stanford University. He is experienced with the development of intellectual property and the commercialization of new technologies. Dr. Dixon has more than 60 publications in international journals and is an author of several books and book chapters. He has been an Editor of the International Desalination Association Journal and a reviewer for the Journal of Membrane Science, Desalination and Water Research. He was National President of the Young Water Professionals for the Australian Water Association and in 2012 won the prestigious International Desalination Association Fellowship Award.