Diversity in the Water Workforce : Ensuring Gender Equality and Inclusion

International Water Association; World Bank Diversity & Inclusion

Target Audience

Water Utility managers, water professionals working on diversity & inclusion, HR managers within water organizations and sector professionals.


A diverse workforce is beneficial to Water Organizations as it brings agility, creativity and innovation. However, across the water sector, there is a persistent diversity gap within utilities, technology providers, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders.

In this webinar, water organizations from around the world will share why and how they are encouraging diversity within their workforce. Two utilities and one technology provider will share measures and instruments used to promote equal opportunities at all levels of responsibility and inclusive work culture.

Learning Objectives

After the webinar, the participants will be able to
– Identify the barriers and benefits of encouraging diversity within the workforce of water organizations
– Identify strategies & actions made to increase diversity, gender equality and inclusion within water utilities and technology providers


Susanna Smets, Sr. Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist - World Bank and Luke Dennis, Optimisation Technical Advisor at Northumbrian Water , UK


  • Lesa Banda Project Implementation Unit Accountant, Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi
  • Nancy Dunn Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion , Xylem Inc, USA
  • Teodor Popa Financial Manager of Compania APA Brasov, Romania