International Water Regulators Forum Programme Committee sets sights on next edition in Toronto, Canada

With preparations progressing for the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in August 2024, 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 Toronto, Canada.

The 9th 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 World Water Congress and Exhibition in August 2024, 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 9th IWRF here.

The members of the Programme Committee of the 9th IWRF are:

  Name Organisation Country
Batsi Majuru Chair of the IWRF Programme Committee

International Network of Drinking-water and Sanitation Regulators (RegNet-WHO)

Federica Brenner Ente Regulador de Agua y Saneamiento (ERAS)/IWA YWP Argentina Chapter Argentina
Filipe Sampaio Brazilian Water and Sanitation Agency (ANA) Brazil
Funke Adepoju Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission Nigeria
Jim Grahan Taumata Arowai New Zealand
Juan Carlos Fuentes Ente Regulador de los Servicios de Agua Potable y Saneamiento (ERSAPS) Honduras
Veeraiah Loga Veeraiah National Water Services Commission (SPAN) Malaysia
Mara Ramos Department of Water and Electricity (DAAE) Brazil
Mauro Gutiérrez ADERASA/Superintendencia Nacional de Servicios de Saneamiento Peru
Mohammad Said Al Hmaidi Water Sector Regulatory Council of Palestine (WSRC) Palestine
Vera Eiro Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR) Portugal


Peter Mutale National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) Zambia
Yvonne Magawa Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) Zambia
IWA Specialists Group representatives
Lansana Gagny Sakho IWA SG Institutional Governance and Regulation representative Senegal
Kala Sritharan IWA CoP Adaptive Water Governance & Policy representative Canada
Heather Smith IWA SG Public and Customer Communication representative United Kingdom
Elvira Estruch Juan IWA SG Benchmarking and Performance Assessment representative Spain
IWA Secretariat
Daniela Bemfica

Strategic Programmes & Engagement Director

Robert Bos Senior Advisor Switzerland
Isabela Espindola Senior Officer Brazil


About the IWA International Water Regulators Forum

The forum’s themes and structure aim to create 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 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 get in touch with Dr Isabela Espindola, IWA’s Membership Engagement Senior Officer, responsible for IWA’s Water Policy and Regulation agenda at


Cover photo: 8th International Water Regulators Forum session during the 2023 IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, Kigali, Rwanda