IWA Global Water Award

The IWA Global Water Award recognises those individuals who, through innovative leadership and practice, have made a significant contribution to a world in which water is wisely managed. Showcasing exceptional individuals who have changed industry norms to create lasting progress, IWAs Global Water Award aims to recognise and reward those water innovators that are driving change.

The IWA Global Water Awards rewards an individual that has shown exceptional imagination, foresight or resilience to overcome obstacles and challenge industry norms to create new directions and open new possibilities for sustainable water management and practice. She or he must have worked inclusively and with professionals from across sectors and disciplines to create an innovative water solution/management practice that impacts/influences broader sustainable development.

The IWA Awards Committee seeks to find true influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying globally significant, sector changing success stories that will inspire and motivate others. The IWA Global Water Award is awarded by a panel of experts from across the water cycle, and recognises the exceptional contribution made by an individual to improve sustainable water and sanitation globally. It is awarded every two years at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition.

Criteria

The following criteria will form the basis for selection:

  • Demonstrated excellence in science, technology, management or policy
  • Vision, leadership, knowledge, persistence, creating new directions and opening new fields
  • Recognised internationally within the membership of IWA
  • Awardees need not be an IWA member

How to apply

What must be submitted in support for the nomination?

  1. An executive summary outlining the main reason for the nomination (maximum 500 words);
  2. A Letter of Nomination (Detailed letter describing in detail how the candidate meets the criteria stipulated above (maximum 4 A4 pages);
  3. At least one letter of support for the nomination.

Everyone can submit a nomination for this award, both IWA members and Non-Members. 

Key dates

5 May 2018

Submission deadline

18 June 2018

Winner informed

16 September 2018

Award presented

2016 IWA Global Water Award

Catarina de Albuquerque

Catarina de Albuquerque is the winner of the 2016 IWA Global Water Award. The award recognises the exceptional role she has played as the driving force behind the recognition of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. In 2008 she became the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, having played a pivotal role in the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights by the UN General Assembly. Learn more.

Past Awardees

The International Water Association is the largest international network of water professionals working towards a water wise world, with members in more than 130 countries. Its work focuses on developing solutions for water and wastewater management. As a knowledge hub for the latest science, technology and best practice in the water sector at large, the IWA works to place water on the global political agenda and to influence best practice in regulation and policy making.

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