The International Water Association

Water underpins every aspect of human and environmental existence. The severe water challenges facing the world today require an unprecedented global response. IWA members and staff are situated in 130 countries worldwide, forming the largest international network of water professionals working towards a water wise world.

Innovative, solutions- and service- oriented, we work across a range of areas that contribute to the progression of water management worldwide. Our programmes develop research and projects focused on solutions for water and wastewater management; we organise world-class events that bring the latest science, technology and best practice to the water sector at large; we work to place water on the global political agenda and to influence best practice in regulation and policy making; and we provide services to IWA’s global membership.


Regions and Contact Details

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Alliance House
12 Caxton Street
London SW1H 0QS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 207 654 5500
Fax: +44 207 654 5555



Anna van Buerenplein 48, 11th floor
2595 DA Den Haag
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 703 150 792
Fax: +31 703 477 005



IWA – Asia

IWA Bangkok Office
758/288, Waterford Diamond Tower
Soi Sukhumvit 30/1, Klongtan, Klongtoey,
Bangkok 10110

China Regional Office
Room 421
18 Shuangqing Road
Haidian District
Beijing, 100085
Telephone: +86 10 62849589


IWA – Africa
Mukoma Road
P.O. Box 68200-00200
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2493561/65/70
Direct Line: +254 775 825 967
Cellphone: +254 719504022


International Water Association
80 Toh Guan Road East
T3-03 The WaterHub
Singapore 608575


IWA Sub-Regional Office West & Central Africa
Centre des Métiers de l’Eau de la Sénégalaise
Des Eaux à côté de l’échangeur de Hann-Route
du Front de Terre
Dakar, Sénégal


Our Vision
Towards a world in which water is wisely managed to satisfy the needs of human activities
and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way.

Our Mission
To inspire change and service IWA members, the community of professionals concerned with water, external organisation and opinion leaders in being the international reference and global source of knowledge, experience and leadership for sustainable urban and basin-related water solutions.

Our Strategy
Connecting People: We bring people of the highest caliber together to share knowledge, experience and know- how about the most pressing water challenges and innovative solutions.
Pioneering Science: We contribute to water science and technology by stimulating leading edge science and inventions, and helping scientists connect to their peers, publish their latest findings and help others learn with them.
Innovating Technology: We offer support and recognition to innovators in the world of water as technological innovations are key to changing the future of water.
Leading Practice: We develop and promote best practices and international frameworks and standards, supporting transitions to sustainable practices.

Our Values
Inclusive: we are inclusive and embrace the diversity of our membership and participants, bringing together people from around the world and from a wide range of professions who are concerned with the future of water.
Science & Practice-Based: we are scienceand practice-based, exploring the frontiers of science, technology and practice and bringing to life leadingedge, pragmatic and innovative solutions for urban and basin-wide water and sanitation challenges.
Service Oriented: we provide outstanding services that support and inspire our members, participants, partners and others and help them to be successful in realizing our common goals.
Excellence: we look for and promote excellence and leadership in all aspects of water management, in conducting our activities and delivering results.

Inspiring Change
This is how we inspire change to achieve our common vision.
Our Strategic Plan 2014-2018 sets out the objectives that we have set out for the coming few years. Check our Governance page.


Work with us

The IWA has a team of around 60 people working in a diverse and respectful multicultural environment. Our offices are situated in London, The Hague, Nairobi, Dakar, Bangkok, Beijing and Nanjing. Innovative, solutions and service oriented we work across a range of areas that contribute to achieving a water wise world.


Internships at the IWA

The IWA’s internship programme provides young water professionals with a unique opportunity to gain international experience in the water sector. The IWA places a lot of emphasis on ensuring that internships deliver personal and professional development for individual interns. We hope that this better prepares people for future roles within the water sector, while at the same time provides interns with opportunities to network and build up relationships with potential employers.

The IWA intern programme offers a contribution towards the cost of living in the Netherlands.

To stay up with the vacancies and job opportunities available at IWA follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. And if you would like to collaborate with us please send us an email.

Governance and Management

Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy
IWA Executive Director
Tom Williams
Programmes Director
Paul Bell
Interim Communications & Engagement Director
Maite Ibarretxe
Global Operations Director
Tao Li
China Regional Director
Ganesh Pangare
Asia-Pacific Regional Director
Keith Robertson
Learning & Events Director
Sarah Tibatemwa
|Africa Regional Director
Alberto Biancardi
Regulator - General, Authority for Electricity Gas and Water, Italy
Andreas Angelakis
NAGREF, Institute of Crete, Hellenic Water Supply and Sewerage Association, Greece; IWA Steering Committee Member; IWA Specialist Group Chair
Anuj Kanwal
Government of India LAMIC Regulator Segment Representative
Banu Örmeci
Specialist Groups Representative, Carleton University, Canada
Bruno Nguyen
Senior International Water Specialist
Chao Chen
LAMIC Other Segments, Member of the Sub-committee for Specialist Groups, Secretary
Chee Meng Pang
Utilities General, PUB, Singapore
Daniel Lambert
Consultant - General, Australasia Water and Urban Renewal Leader, Arup, Australia
Daniel Nolasco
President Nolasco y Associados S.A., IWA Board Member, Strategic Council Chair
Dominique Gatel
Veolia Eau, France Consultant Segment Representative
Douglas John Lumley
Utilities General, Gryaab AB, Sweden
Ed McCormick
Specialist Groups Representative, McCormick Strategic Water Management, USA
Francisco Cubillo
IWA Fellow, member of Strategic Council, Chairman of Alternative Resources Cluster
Gertjan Medema
Specialist Groups Representative, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, The Netherlands
Guang-Hao Chen
Individual Researchers Representative, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China; IWA Journal Editor
Guenter Langergraber
Specialist Groups Representative, BOKU University, Austria
Helena Alegre
LNEC, Portugal, Chair
Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski
INSA Lyon, France Specialist Group Representative, Chair of the Sub-committee for Specialist Groups
Johan Groen
Outotec, USA, Equipment Manufacturers
Julia Thogori Gathu
Other segments - LAMIC, Drilling for Life, Kenya
Kathryn Silvester
Sydney Water, Australia YWP Utility Segment Representative Strategic Council & IWA Emerging Water Leader
Kazuya Naito
Utilities General, Bureau of Waterworks, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Luke Dennis
Northumbrian Water Ltd, United Kingdom YWP Utility Segment Representative Strategic Council & IWA Emerging Water Leader
Mahmood Hakim Lutaaya
Utility - LAMIC, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
Marie-Pierre Whaley
Northumbrian Water Limited, Utility Segment Representative, United Kingdom; IWA Treasurer; IWA Board Member
Nicholas John Schofield
Research Institute Representative, University of NSW/UNSW Global Water Institute, Australia
Per Halkjær Nielsen
Aalborg University, Cluster Representative, Denmark
Philippe Gislette
Degremont, France, Other Segments
Randolf Webb
Xylem Inc. USA, YWP Other Segments on Strategic Council & IWA Emerging Water Leader
Rianna Gonzales
Regulator - YWP, Water Resources Agency, Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Trinidad & Tobago
Roger Ben Aim
IFTS, France
Semira Kasimati Vathi
Valu Add Management Services, Albania LAMIC Consultant Segement Representative
Stéphanie Rinck-Pfeiffer
Global Water Research Coalition, The Netherlands GWRC Representative
Stuart White
University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Vice-Chair
Teodor Popa
Compania Apa Brasov, Romania, Vice-Chair
Trevor James Bishop
Regulator General, Ofwat, UK
Trine Munk
Rambøll, Denmark YWP Consultant Segement Representative, Member of the Sub-committee for Specialist Groups, & IWA Emerging Water Leader
Ulf Jeppsson
Specialist Groups Representative, Lund University, Sweden
Virginie Dumoulin-Wieczorkiewicz
French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, France Regulator Segment Representative
Walter Kling
Vienna Water, Austria, Utility Segment Representative
Willy Verstraete
Professor Ugent, Ghent University; IWA Steering Committee; IWA Cluster Representative
Zhiguo Yuan
University of Queensland, Specialist Group Representative, Australia
Aleksandra Plazinić
Programmes Administrator
Alelhyn Dela Cruz
Support Officer
Brenda Ampomah-Ankrah
Project Officer, Africa Regional Office
Brenda Reyes Muñoz
Administrative Officer
Bushra Nishat
Programme Manager, South Asia
Carolina Latorre
Programmes Officer
Cheikh Tidiane FALL
Coordinator, IWA West and Central Africa Sub-region
Chrysa Triantafyllidou
Conference Content Officer
Chloe Menhinick
Network Engagement Manager
Corinne Trommsdorff
Programme Manager, Cities of the Future
Chunyan (Cathy) Chai
Programme Manager, IWA Nanjing Office
Dan Wang
Programme Officer, China Regional Office
Diana Guio
Learning & Capacity Development Officer
Eva Estevan
Learning & Events Coordinator
Eva Promes
Programmes Officer, Cities of the Future Programme - WaCCliM
Emma Weisbord
Network Marketing Officer
Georgiana Olivier
Communications & Engagement Assistant
Hong Li
Science & Technology, and Specialist Groups Manager
Mai Ramos
Individual Membership Officer
Joao Grilo
Conference Content Manager
Katharine Cross
Programme Manager, Basins of the Future
Kirsten de Vette
Learning & Capacity Development Officer
Kizito Masinde
Programme Officer, Africa Regional Office
Lemoshni Naidoo
Membership Services Officer
Lisa Andrews
Programme Officer
Marta Jiménez
Communications Officer
Nathalie Bovenberg
Executive Assistant
Paola Espinoza
Intern, Basins of the Future Programme
Pritha Hariram
Programme Manager, Water & Sanitation Services
Raul Glotzbach
Programme Officer, Basins of the Future Programme
Robert Bos
Senior Advisor, the International Water Association
Rui Veras
Communications Officer
Chunyang (Sophie) Su
Programme Officer, IWA Nanjing Office
Sakib Mahmud
Programme Assistant, Bangladesh
Shalyn Orange
Global Operations Officer
Sushmita Mandal
Programme Manager
Thais Gonçalves
Human Resources Officer
Umazi Fanjo
Network and Administrative Assistant, Africa Regional Office
Yanyan Sun
Specialist Groups Officer