September 1, 2022 SanitationSDGsSociety

UN Water Conference Director to join IWA Congress

With the World Water Congress & Exhibition taking place on 11-15 September, the International Water Association is pleased to announce Nathalie Olijslager, Programme Director of the 2023 UN Water Conference, as a keynote speaker during a plenary session on Monday 12 September (17:20-18:10) where she will present a Road Map for Achieving SDG 6.2: Sanitation for All and How to Connect the Unconnected.

Nathalie Olijslager is an expert in Sustainable Economic Development, Economic Cooperation, and International Business. Nathalie started her career in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2002, she has worked in various countries including South Africa, Hungary, USA, Switzerland and now in the Netherlands, where she has been appointed Programme Director of the UN 2023 Water Conference, which is co-hosted by the Netherlands. In her roles, she has worked as an account manager for multinational companies and large industrial water users such as Unilever, Heineken and AkzoNobel. She is passionate about water and sanitation issues, especially relating to women and youth. Commenting on her involvement at the Congress, Nathalie added: “Let’s never talk about waste water anymore as water cannot go to waste”.

IWA Executive Director Kala Vairavamoorthy added:

“We are pleased to have a key figure like Nathalie at the Congress. I am sure that her experience in international cooperation and passion for sanitation and gender issues will add value and depth to our discussions around inclusive urban sanitation. We all look forward to learning from her practical knowledge on the field to strengthen our programmes”

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen between 11-15 September. The global water community will discuss diverse topics gathered under the theme of water for smart liveable cities. The final programme is now available. Please click here.

Registration is open for the event, which also includes a High-Level Summit, business forums, presentation of IWA Awards, and much more. Register now at