7th International Water Regulators Forum

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Programme Theme: Regulating water services in times of increasing natural, social, and economic uncertainty

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The International Water Regulators Forum (IWRF) is the international meeting of the global network of regulators of IWA. It gathers high level representatives of regulatory authorities and officials of agencies with regulatory and supervisory functions over the provision of water, sanitation, and wastewater treatment services.

During the Forum, discussions are structured around highly interactive sessions that combine short inspirational presentations and roundtable discussions led by the speakers. The roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for participants and speakers to analyse and discuss in detail each topic, share comparative experiences, address proposed questions, and suggest one or more recommendations for consideration of the plenary.

The forum will consist of 5 sessions addressing current regulatory challenges and topics of interest to regulators at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen, three of which will be regulators-only (by invitation), and two sessions will be open to the general audience of the IWA Congress.

The forum concludes with a closing plenary where discussions will be summarised and recommendations presented, providing an opportunity to engage with other relevant stakeholders and explore the interlinkages between regulation, science, policy and practice.

The Forum is being shaped and steered by a diverse and motivated Programme Committee, a committed group of professionals consisting of high profile members of the IWA Regulators Community.


Selecting the theme

It has been challenging to agree on the 7th International Water Regulators Forum programme. As this is the international meeting of the global network of IWA regulators, it is every time more complex to provide a programme relevant and exciting to such a diverse range of contexts, mandates, regulatory challenges, and specific conditions under which our regulators try to advance their work.

The IWRF Programme Committee has agreed to address the essence of what current global issues like the pandemic, climate change, social unrest, and political instability mean for the regulation of water supply and sanitation services: increased uncertainty.

For more information about the Forum and its technical content, please contact Carlos Diaz, Strategic Programmes and Engagement Manager responsible for IWA’s Water Policy and Regulation agenda.

To request an invitation to the Forum, please contact William Cappuyns (Membership Engagement Officer, Regulation & Utilities).

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Ms. Tone Madsen, Chairperson
Head of the Water Regulatory Authority, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (DCCA - KFST) Denmark
Mr. Oscar Hugo Pintos
President of the Association of Drinking Water & Sanitation Regulators of the Americas (ADERASA) Argentina
Mr. Seamus Parker
Executive Director of the Queensland Treasury Corporation Australia
Mr. Dan Palombi
Senior Advisor of Resource Geoscience at the Alberta Energy Regulator - Alberta Geological Survey (AER-AGS) Canada
Dr. Mari Asami
Chief Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) Japan
Ms. Loga Veeraiah
Executive at the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) Malaysia
Mr. Patrick Lester N. Ty
Chief Regulator of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System – Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) Philippines
Ms Vera Eiro
CEO - President of the Board at the Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR) Portugal
Mr. Paul Hickey
Managing Director of the Regulators Alliance Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID - Ofwat) United Kingdom
Ms. Yvonne Magawa
Project Manager at the Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) Zambia