August 24, 2023 AfricaDevelopmentGovernance

International Water Regulators Forum Programme Committee sets sights on next edition in Kigali, Rwanda

With preparations progressing for the IWA Water and Development Congress in December 2023, the Programme Committee of the International Water Regulators Forum (IWRF) has held its first online meeting and set out its workplan to deliver the next edition of the Forum during the Congress in Kigali, Rwanda.

The 8th IWRF will gather high-level representatives of regulatory authorities and officials with regulatory and supervisory functions related to the provision of water, sanitation and wastewater management services.

The IWRF facilitates dialogue across functions – e.g. economic, health, environmental regulation – and sectors from science to policy and practice, to enable synergies, peer to peer learning and collaboration to inform water-wise policies and regulation.

During the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in December 2023, experts will review the role of regulators and that of regulation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, building on the outcomes of previous editions and identifying developments and the way forward for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all.


Programme Committee

The content of the Forum is being shaped by a diverse and motivated Programme Committee, a committed group of professionals consisting of high-profile members of the IWA Regulators Community. The Programme Committee (PC) of the IWRF provides advice to the IWA Secretariat about the content and structure of the Forum’s agenda and helps shape a relevant and useful experience for its participants. Read the terms of reference of the PC for the 8th IWRF here.

The members of the Programme Committee of the 8th IWRF are:

  Name Organisation Country
Yvonne Magawa Chair of the IWRF Programme Committee

Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS)

guerrini Andrea Guerrini European Association of Water Regulators (WAREG) Italy
Batsi Majuru International Network of Drinking-water and Sanitation Regulators (RegNet-WHO) Switzerland
Diego Polania Independent Consultant Colombia
  Emmanuel Fiati Public Utilities Regulatory Commission Ghana
Federica Brenner Ente Regulador de Agua y Saneamiento (ERAS)/IWA YWP Argentina Chapter Argentina
Funke Adepoju Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission Nigeria
Jacques Nzitonda Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) Rwanda
Veeraiah Loga Veeraiah National Water Services Commission (SPAN) Malaysia
Mauro Gutiérrez ADERASA/Superintendencia Nacional de Servicios de Saneamiento Peru
Vera Eiro Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR) Portugal


About the IWA International Water Regulators Forum

The themes and structure of the forum aim at creating an interactive and productive space for all participants.

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 allow participants and speakers to analyse and discuss each topic in detail, share comparative experiences, address proposed questions, and suggest one or more recommendations for consideration in the plenary.

The forum concludes with plenary sessions where forum discussions are summarised and recommendations presented. Additionally, plenary sessions are also an opportunity to invite other key stakeholders to contribute to the Forum and address the interlinkages between regulation and science, policy and practice.


More information

For more information and to request an invitation please contact Dr Isabela Espindola, IWA’s Membership Engagement Senior Officer, responsible for IWA’s Water Policy and Regulation agenda


Cover photo:7th International Water Regulators Forum session during the 2022 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark