As BlueTech Research’s Senior Research Editor, Rhys Owen combines two of his passions – studying water and writing about technology. Based in Oxford, UK, he coordinates and edits BlueTech’s research output and manages the company’s team of research analysts.
Rhys first became interested in water and the impact of water scarcity issues while travelling through the Middle East, including time working on a Kibbutz farm in Israel, before studying biology and psychology.
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.
He has spent eight years at Global Water Intelligence, where he was deputy editor of the magazine and spent two years working in the Philippines, founding and managing Desaldata.com, an ambitious online project to catalogue and track all of the world’s desalination plants.
Living in Manila provided a further 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, international finance and private capital. He also helped set up new overseas offices in Singapore and Austin, Texas.
Rhys has 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.
In his free time, he mostly does whatever his two young children feel like doing, with a preference for painting and making models.