Take a look at some of the speakers at our XVII World Water Congress later this year! 

Loïc Fauchon

President – World

Water Council 

Sicily K. Kariuki

Principal Secretary,

State Department of

Agriculture – Kenya

Dominique Berod

Head of the Earth

System Monitoring

Division – WMO

Eric Tardieu

Director General of

the International –

Office of Water


Aziza Akhmouch

Head of the Cities,

Urban Policie, SD

division – OECD

Mr. Loïc Fauchon, is the President of the World Water Council and former President of the Water Supply Company of Marseille. Graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence, his career commenced as civil servant in public services and several local authorities like the Verdon River Syndicate, the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Departmental Council of the Bouches-du-Rhône and the City of Marseille, where he served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Marseille and as Secretary General. He is a member of multiple international and non-governmental organizations and of the HighLevel Expert and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP).

Ms. Sicily K. Kariuki serves as Principal Secretary at the State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Kenya. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and has a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Food Laws and Regulations from Michigan State University. Before joining the institution, she acted as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tea Board of Kenya (TBK), as Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPAEK) and worked for Kenya Investment Authority (KENINVEST).

Ms. Sicily K. Kariuki serves as Principal Secretary at the State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Kenya. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and has a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Food Laws and Regulations from Michigan State University. Before joining the institution, she acted as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tea Board of Kenya (TBK), as Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPAEK) and worked for Kenya Investment Authority (KENINVEST).

Mr. Dominique Berod serves as Head of the Earth System Monitoring Division at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He has a MA degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Hydrology, both awarded by the Swiss Institute of Technology at Lausanne. Besides being responsible for WMO activities on water, cryosphere and ocean monitoring and information systems, he, supports Member countries and relevant organizations in the development and operativity of networks and information systems with innovative approaches. He is also in charge of liaising with UN and other international organizations, river basin commissions and regional bodies.

Mr. Eric Tardieu is the Director General of the International Office of Water (IOWater). Graduated from the Polytechnic University and PhD on Process Engineering, he served in the public sector at institutions such as the Regional Directorate of Industry, Research and Environment Lower Normandy (2000-2003) and the General Secretariat for Regional Affairs (SGAR) of the Prefecture of the Lower Normandy Region (2003-2004). as Deputy Director General in charge of the development of the territory and the environment (2007-2010), before joining the Urban Community of Toulouse Métropole, as Deputy General Manager in charge of economic development, employment and international outreach. In 2012, he created and then headed the Metropolitan Agency for Economic Attractiveness “Invest in Toulouse”.

Ms. Aziza Akhmouch is the Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division at the OECD. She has a PhD and MA in Geography and a Master degree in International Business. At the OECD she coordinates a team of analysts and economists advising governments with new data, evidence, and guidance in a wide range of urban policies to foster smart, inclusive, competitive and sustainable cities.

Anthony Slatyer

Former Head

of Water Division –



Tom Williams 

Director for

Water – World

Business Council f


Hon. Serigne Mbaye


Minister of Water

and Sanitation – 


Sasha Koo-Oshima

Deputy Director,

Land & Water

Division –

FAO (United Nations)

Moriah Royz

Product Manager –


Mr. Anthony Slatyer is the former Head of the Water Division at the Australian Government. He is currently providing consulting services in water policy and governance. He is also a founding member of the Water Policy Group (www.waterpolicygroup.com), an Affiliate of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a member of the ACT Committee of Australian Water Association (AWA), a member of the Technical Committee of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Mr. Tom Williams is the Director for Water for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Graduated from Public Health Sciences, he is the former Director of at the International Water Association (IWA). He has also collaborated with a range of stakeholders such as government, research institutes, businesses, donor agencies, UN agencies and NGOs.

Hon. Serigne Mbaye Thiam is the Minister of Water and Sanitation in Senegal. Graduated from Commercial, Administrative and Financial Studies at Rouen Business School (France), he formerly served as Minister of Higher Education and Research in Senegal. served as Regional Councilor and Vice-President of the Kaolack Regional Council, Deputy, Vice-President of the Committee on Economy and Finance and General Rapporteur of the Budget of the National Assembly in 2001.

Ms. Sasha Koo-Oshima is the Deputy Director at the Land and Water Division in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). With over 25 years of experience in international assistance and policy development in agriculture water and environment/natural resource management, she formerly served as Land & Water Officer at FAO, Senior Advisor/Director of US-China Clean Water Action Plan at the U.S. EPA, and Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Product Manager – Google

Zaki Shubber

Lecturer of Law and

Water Diplomacy – 

IHE Delft Institute

for Water Education

Michael Gilmont

Research Fellow – 


Change Institute,

University of Oxford

Soojeong Myeon

Senior Research

Fellow –  Korea



Claudia Sadoff


Management Team

Convener and

Managing Director,

Research Delivery

and Impact, CGIAR

Ms. Zaki Shubber is a lawyer with international experience, with an LLM in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution from the University of Dundee and an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London. She is currently serving as lecturer in Law and Water diplomacy at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands.

Dr. Michael Gilmont is a researcher on the relationships between economic growth, hydroclimatic vulnerability and infrastructure and other water security related investments. He works on international water development investments and transboundary water relationships in Asia and Africa. At present he is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute (ECI), and a Research Associate of InSIS. He has previous research experience in the politics of water reform and reallocation in high capacity economies, in which he retains an active interest, in addition to ongoing work on trends in decoupling of water resources from economic and population growth.

Dr. Soojeong Myeong holds a Ph. D. in Environmental and Resource Engineering from the State University of New York, U.S. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, currently responsible for Cooperative Research on North Korea, International Environmental Cooperation, and Climate Change at the Institute.

She is also co-chair of Scientific Planning Group for the Asia-Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research. She has professional experiences in environment and climate change. She is also developing the international standard for climate change adaptation with ISO (International Standard Organization). She was one of the lead authors of the IPCC special report on extreme events and adaptation (SREX) in 2012 and the recent special report on land (SRCCL) in 2019. She is currently the review editor for IPCC 6th Assessment report.

Dr. Claudia Sadoff is the Former Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Center headquartered in Sri Lanka. She also served as a member of the CGIAR System Management Board, acting as CGIAR Gender Champion. She has received appointments from a wide variety of other organizations, including: Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Oxford University; Chair of the Global Water Partnership/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth; Economic Advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security; Member of the Global Water Partnership Technical Committee; and Fulbright scholar.

Prior to joining IWMI, she spent over 20 years at the World Bank where she worked across Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, holding multiple positions, including Lead Economist and Global Lead for Water Security and Integrated Water Resource Management. She currently serves as a Member of the Scientific Group of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit. She holds a PhD in Economics.

Steven Chapra

Professor –

Tufts School of


Chloe Ginsburg

Senior Tenure

Analyst – Rights

and Resources


Ryo Tsuchida

PhD Candidate –

Kyoto University

Irini Angelidaki

Professor -Technical

University of


Boubacar Barry

Executive Secretariat –

9th World Water


With an extensive professional experience at the U.S. EPA, NOAA, Texas A&M University, and the University of Colorado, Steven Chapra is an environmental engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was a member of the inaugural group of Fellows for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

 Ms. Ginsburg is part of Rights and Resources Initiative’s tenure data collection and analysis since joining 2015. Graduated from Environmental Policy and Politics from Drake University,  she also contributes to the Rights and Climate theme. Besides her research studies in Thailand on social and environmental justice, she also conducted field research on a chimpanzee population in Gishwati National Park in Rwanda.

Mr. Ryo Tsuchida is PhD candidate at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, with expertise on disaster rehabilitation in natural disasters.

With wide expertise in the area of biofuels (biogas, biohydrogen, bioethanol) production, optimization of the anaerobic processes and development of sustainable solutions for organic waste and wastewater treatment, Ms. Irini has more than 300 scientific publications.

She has served in several national and international committees and worked with a range of organizations and research bodies like the Danish Research Council (Free Research Council; Research for Technology and production, FTP); the Swedish Danish Research Formas, the European Research Council’s (ERC) panel, for starters/consolidators for the Life Science program (LS9), the Swedish Research Council (VR) Panel 7uncil.

Dr. Boubacar Barry has 30 years of working experience as a scientist in hydrology and soil and water conservation engineering. He has extensive experience in planning, implementing and supervising research projects as well as development projects in West Africa. His research interests are soil and water engineering related to basin hydrology, water quality, drainage, irrigation and erosion control. Research application is supported by his expertise in GIS, numerical and stochastic modeling and expert systems. Boubacar Barry started his professional carrier as a researcher at the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA). 

From 1982 to 1997 he was coordinator of the research programme on integrated watershed management in the Lower Casamance region. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as a scientific advisor of the Senegalese Farmers’ Association and helped implement and coordinate the FAO Special Food Security Programme. From 2000 to February 2003, Dr. Barry worked as an international consultant for FAO, USAID, World Bank IWMI and other organizations on various programmes such as water resources development and intensifying rainfed agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa.


Dr. Barry joined IWMI on March 1st, 2003 as a Regional Researcher and moved on to International Senior Researcher. He has been involved in developing and implementing many research projects as well as managing the IWMI West Africa Office as Head of Office. Since June 2010, he has been seconded to WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) as Core Research Program and Competence Centre Coordinator. He is author and co-author of several conference papers, reports and publications. He is member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the West African Chapter of Agricultural Engineers. 

Jaynie Vonk

Impact Evaluation

Lead – OXFAM

Goetz Reichert

Head of Devision – 

Centre for European


Stijn Reinhard

Senior Water

Economist –


Economic Research

Jennifer Sara

Global Director

General of Water

Global Practice –

World Bank

An expert in combining research and evaluation to support evidence-based policy and decision-making, with interests in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and infrastructure financing, Ms. Jaynie Vonk operates as Impact Evaluation Lead at OXFAM. With working experience in Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, the US and the Netherlands,  her specialities include mixed methods evaluation design, electronic data collection, data quality management protocols, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and technical writing.

As Head of Division at the Centre for European Policy, in Freiburg, Germany, Dr.Reichert is a lawyer who has served as Research Assistant at the University of Tübingen, Faculty of Law, Germany, and as Legal Consultant at The World Bank.

An expert on Climate change, Water management, Behavioural economics, Forest economics, Economic policy and Economics, Dr Stijn Reinhard is a senior water economist at Wageningen Economic Research.

He has led projects in which the impact of policy is determined at provincial, national or EU level; for the National Delta Programme, the Water Framework Directive, the EU Rural Development Programme, the Marine and Natura 2000 Framework Directive.

Ms. Sara has 30 years of experience working on global water issues in the World Bank, including Sector Manager for Sustainable Development (Hanoi, Vietnam , 2010 – 2014); Sector Leader (Brasilia , 2006 – 2010), and Lead Specialist covering Latin America & the Caribbean, and Senior Specialist in Africa (1995 – 2005) as well as working for the Water and Sanitation Program in Bolivia (1990 – 1995). 

She currently holds the position of Global Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, where she drives the policy direction of the GP, oversees a portfolio of $25 billion in water-related investments, analytical work, multi-donor trust funds and global partnerships.