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Archana Patkar

PatkarProgramme Manager for Networking & Knowledge Management, Water Supply and Sanitation Council 

Archana Patkar is the Programme Manager for Networking & Knowledge Management at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). A native of Mumbai, India, Ms. Patkar is a leading development specialist and sanitation, hygiene and water supply expert. Her particular areas of expertise include health, education, water and sanitation, and gender and women’s rights in rural and urban contexts.

At WSSCC, since 2010, she has helped steer the organisation’s redevelopment as a sector leader in topics such as equity and inclusion in sanitation and hygiene, menstrual hygiene management, and sanitation as a business.


Dr Jamie Bartram

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Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina


Dr Jamie Bartram is the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has worked since 2009 and is Director of the Water Institute.  

He was awarded the International Water Association’s ‘Grand Award’ in 2004 and holds Honorary Professorships at the universities of Aberystwyth, Bristol and Surrey, UK.  

Dr Bartram has over 25 years experience in international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment and health and water supply and sanitation in more than 30 developing and developed countries worldwide. He spent 10 years as Coordinator of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization headquarters where he led reform of its international monitoring and standard-setting activities, the development of a series of influential communities of practice and served as first chair of UN-Water.


Almud Weitz


Principal Regional Team Leader for East Asia and the Pacific, Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank

Almud Weitz, a German and Italian national, joined World Bank in 2007 and is currently Principal Regional Team Leader for East Asia and the Pacific at the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. 

She is responsible for WSP activities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Prior to joining the World Bank Almud held various project task management positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and Jakarta over 8 years. She started her career as a policy analyst with the United Nations Development Programme in New York after finishing her Masters in Economics.


Sanjay Wijesekera

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Chief of WASH Programme Division, UNICEF

Sanjay Wijesekera is Associate Director of Programmes in UNICEF and head of the organisation’s global programs for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

Before joining UNICEF in 2011, he worked for the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), where he was responsible for managing overall policy and global programs related to achieving the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Wijesekera worked for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in South Africa (2000 – 2002), supporting newly formed local governments to take on the responsibility for delivering water and sanitation services, and helping to regulate public and private sector service providers.  He has also worked on emergency programmes in Rwanda for Oxfam in 1994 and for UNICEF, supporting post-tsunami reconstruction, in Sri Lanka in 2005. 

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Rhonda Robinson

RobinsonDeputy Director, Water and Sanitation Programme, Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Rhonda Robinson is the Deputy Director for the Water and Sanitation Programme of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and is responsible for the coordination and management of the Pacific regional water and sanitation portfolio in the 22 member countries of the SPC.

A graduate from the University of the South Pacific and the Australian National University, she has worked in various capacities for the SOPAC Commission and SPC for the last 14 years, and is experienced in Pacific water and sanitation issues and approaches as well as the regional architecture for sustainable development as a continuing aspiration for the Pacific.



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