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International Water Association Announces new President

Diane d’Arras Diane d’Arras The International Water Association (IWA) announced on 13 October 2016 in Brisbane, Australia that Diane d’Arras is the new President of the association. Diane has been an active member of the IWA for many years, and has served on the organization’s Board for the last six years.

She takes over the role of president from Professor Helmut Kroiss. A civil engineer for nearly forty years, d’Arras is becoming President of the world’s largest international association of water professionals at a time of great challenges, changes and opportunities for addressing some of the most critical water issues facing humanity. Solving these challenges is one of Diane’s main motivations for working in the water sector, and for serving as IWA President. She is particularly concerned with solving the lack of access to water and sanitation worldwide.

“There is a political momentum around water with the launch of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which make a powerful commitment to ensure universal access to water and basic sanitation.

World Bank Group Appoints Sandie Okoro Senior Vice President and General Counsel

World Bank Group Appoints Sandie Okoro Senior Vice President and General CounselWorld Bank Group Appoints Sandie Okoro Senior Vice President and General CounselWASHINGTON, November 8, 2016 — World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced the appointment of Sandie Okoro as World Bank Group Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

“Sandie Okoro is a highly regarded thought leader with a strong track record of developing new legal approaches in the field of international finance,” said Kim. “Her experience managing legal and financial risks at global financial institutions will make her a great asset for the Bank Group and our Board.”

Okoro, a British national, is currently the Global General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management. She is also Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management and a member of the Executive Management Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management.

The 2016 IWA Young Leadership Award!

Rianna Gonzales Rianna Gonzales Rianna Gonzales is nominated as the recipient of the 2016 IWA Young Leadership Award. Rianna is a passionate and committed young woman in the field of natural resources management with a focus on water resources management, environmental awareness and youth empowerment. She is a young citizen of the Caribbean, hailing from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She has her first degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Coastal Engineering and Management.

Professionally she is a Senior Water Planning Officer at the Water Resources Agency of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in her country. She has shown exceptional initiative and dedication in the area of water management and environmental consciousness. One of her most notable achievements has been the championing of the international best practice of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Trinidad and Tobago for the past seven (7) years which has now become a priority initiative under government policy.

Mark Sobsey Wins 2016 NWRI Clarke Prize

Mark Sobsey Mark SobseyUNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Professor Honored for Research Contributions to the Microbiological Safety of Water.

The Clarke Prize was presented to Mark Sobsey on November 3, 2016 at the Twenty Third Annual NWRI Clarke Prize Lecture. The Award Ceremony held in Newport Beach, California. He received the award from James Irvine Swinden and Morton Irvine Smith, grandsons of NWRI’s co-founder, the late Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke.

The award ceremony preceded the annual NWRI Clarke Prize Conference on Urban Water Sustainability, featuring a mix of leading-edge research by academics complimented with practical case studies by industry practitioners.

Cardinal Turkson to speak on water and faith during World Water Week

His Eminence Cardinal TurksonHis Eminence Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican has been confirmed to speak at the opening of this year’s World Water Week.This August, Cardinal Turkson from the Vatican will partake in the World Water Week Opening Plenary. He will also present the keynote at a panel on water and faith on Monday afternoon.

The event will highlight the importance of partnership between Faith Based Organizations and the Water Development Community to achieve the water related Sustainable Development Goals. It will bring together high level representatives of global faith communities including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh representatives to build bridges of dialogue and commitment to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 which proposes to ”Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2