Karl Michael Millauer has been a leader in the global water business for more than two decades.
Karl Michael Millauer, DDr. Managing Director
One of the world’s most highly respected consultants/advisors for the international water market, Karl Michael Millauer brings to clients around the world extensive experience and expertise in the water industry. His firm, KMM Consulting, leverages his huge network in the water business with a clear focus on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising mandates as well as project and business development, and project and BOT financing.
His experience in finance and management runs deep. Prior to entering into the water business, he worked in the banking industry, where he was involved in project financing and then acted as Chief Financial Officer in different industries. In January 2001, he became Chief Operating Officer of Austrian-based BWT Group. Within this organization, he built up, as Chief Executive Officer, the Christ Water Technology Group, a EPC group with a strong foothold in semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, municipal and general industries, which went public in late 2005. During his tenure at Christ Water Technology Group, he increased the company’s revenues from 60 mio EUR to 300 mio EUR.
In late 2008, Mr. Millauer joined Aquatech International, a US-based company with a strong international presence, as Senior Vice President. There, his main role was International Business Development for the Aquatech group.
In late 2013, he founded Aquarion Group and joined the company as its Chief Executive Officer. Headquartered in Switzerland, Aquarion Group is a global, active system integrator group for industrial process and waste water and recycle and reuse solutions. Aquarion AG bought German-based H+E in 2014. Under his leadership, Aquarion Group had operations in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, UK, the UAE, Chile, Russia and Southeast Asia.
Since mid-2020, Mr. Millauer has been a consultant for the water business.
A native of Austria, he earned a Dr. iuris (Doctor of Law) degree at the University of Law in Vienna. Subsequently, he received his MBA in General Business Administration at the University of Economy of Vienna where he then earned a Doctorate in General Business Administration. His doctoral dissertation, which concentrated on International Project Financing, was several times honored with distinction and then published as a book. In addition, Mr. Millauer received a Diploma with Distinction at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, where he completed two years post-graduate studies on International Economics.