Osward Mulenga Chanda
Director of the Water Development & Sanitation Department at the African Development Bank


Osward is the Director of the Water Development and Sanitation Department at the Africa Development Bank, responsible for a program portfolio of US$4.9 billion and the Africa Water Facility. He is a Civil Engineer,  global player in the water sector, and fellow of the International Water Association, who has served on the World Water Council governing board. Mr Chanda, has nearly 30 years’ work experience in policy dialogue and investment programming, of which 20 is at managerial level in water sector investment project design, portfolio management, development finance, utility regulation, institutional reforms, policy, and strategy development for public and private sector operations. Prior to joining the Bank, he garnered extensive experience as Director of the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, Zambia’s autonomous water utility regulatory agency. He is passionate about socio-economic development and improving the quality of life of Africans, through sustainable water sector management and strengthened water security. 

Since 2023, he is a member of the Advisory Board for IWA’s Inclusive Urban Sanitation initiative.