Dr Nick Hepworth, Director
Nick has worked on sustainable development and water issues for 20 years and advises governments, NGOs, communities and companies on water security and climate change. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, and having devised the concept of a water stewardship standard in the 1990s now serves on the board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, guiding their work in developing countries. Based on the insights gained through his work and studies, Nick set up Water Witness International in 2008 to fill an important gap in international efforts to bring water security to the world’s poorest communities. Nick can be contacted on email@example.com.
Dr. Kate Studd, Chief Strategy Officer
Kate supports the long term sustainable growth of Water Witness International, primarily through fundraising, communications and strategic development. She has nearly 20 years of programme development and project management experience in the environment and international development sectors. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyler Farrow, International Programme Manager
Tyler supports Water Witness International’s portfolio of work to advance water security and justice, with a focus on social accountability monitoring and corporate water stewardship. He is a specialist in water security and international development with significant experience in project delivery in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Tyler can be contacted on email@example.com.
Trudi Sieland, International Programme Support Officer
Trudi provides support for our projects. She has 5 years of direct experience in the international development sector, primarily in Papua New Guinea and Melanesian countries of the South Pacific. She is passionate about people driven development and social justice, with the principles of ownership and sustainability at heart. Trudi has a Masters in International Development from RMIT University in Melbourne. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tanzania Team (Shahidi wa Maji)
Herbert Kashililah, Programme Manager (Africa)
Kashi is a renowned water expert in Tanzania and East Africa. He has over 30 years’ experience of working with civil society, government and communities to improve sector performance. He has been instrumental in formulating national water policy and legislation and in the design of the current Tanzania Water Sector Development Programme. In his 15 years at WaterAid he lead the design of integrated pro-poor WASH programmes, initiated water point mapping tools and championed equitable representation in policy dialogue. He has also worked with the private sector and with international CSO networks in advocating for the right to water. He is a founder member and current Chair of Shahidi wa Maji and Member of Tanzania National Water Board.
Pendo Hyera, Manager, Fair Water Futures Programme (Tanzania)
Pendo leads our Fair Water Futures work in Tanzania, working with government, communities and civil society to improve water security and justice through activation of water resource law. Pendo is a Senior Community Development Expert, with over 10 years experience in community engagement work in the area of water resource management, climate change and environment. She has worked with the Ministry of water, WWF, Care International, Florida International University and IUCN. She is a member of the Regional Consumer Committee of EWURA CCC in Tanzania.
Debora Sigalla, Programme Administrative Officer
Debora has eight years experience in field work with communities in the process of alleviating poverty in Tanzania. She organized and monitored low income earners in appraising disbursements of loans and documentations at Pride Finca Tanzania as credit officer. She also participated in research work in a development programme at World Vision Tanzania. Debora holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration specialized on corporate management at University of Mzumbe and Bachelor of Arts in Economic at University of Dar es salaam.
Luciana Mkandara, Knowledge and Impact Manager
Luciana leads on monitoring, evaluation, learning and communications across the social accountability and advocay workstreams of WWI and our partners. She is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with over eight years of experience in international development, having worked with civil society organisations, international NGOs including WaterAid and World Vision, and with the Swedish Government. Her experience and contextual knowledge include the challenges and opportunities for progress on water supply and sanitation in Africa through her previous role supporting WASH programmes in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya. Luciana has an MBA and a Master's degree in Development Evaluation and Management.
Kennedy Mmari, Knowledge and Impact Officer
Kennedy has over three years experience in Communications, Public Relations and Project Management in the private and non-government sectors. He has worked for Raleigh International in Tanzania's Youth for Green Growth project and also volunteered in their International Citizen Service (ISC) programme. His private sector experience covers Samsung Tanzania and Azam Television as Social Media Manager. He has recently been accepted as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), which is part of the Queen's Young Leaders Programme following his contribution in a tree planting campaign to mitigate climate change impact in Tanzania. Kennedy holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Dar es Salaam (Hounours), and has trained in Social Entrepreneurship with MS-TCDC-Dar es Salaam.
Zambia Team (Zambia Water Partnership)
Gershom Pule, Programme Officer, Fair Water Futures (Zambia)
Gershom is passionate about Water Resources Management, his desire is to put IWRM high up on the agenda to receive the same attention as Health and Education sectors for national budget resource allocations. He has worked on donor funded projects with a non-profit making organisation and private companies to deliver projects for communities and government. he holds a Bachelors of Mineral Sciences in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing, and a Post Graduate Diploma in integrated Water Resources Management, both obtained from the University of Zambia.
Malawi Team (Water Stewardship)
Doreen Chanje, Director, Water Stewarship (Malawi)
Doreen has worked in international development for more than 27 years focusing on the smallholder/agriculture sector, providing support and building systems to improve sustainability, livelihoods and access to global and local markets. Doreen believes that the water stewardship 'space' provides real opportunities to secure genuine economic empowerment and sustainable growth. She is formidably well-networked, strategic and a visionary leader, and sits on several Boards in a non-executive capacity.
Walter Chinangwa, International Programme Officer, Water Stewarship (Malawi)
Walter supports the implementation and delivery of our water stewardship work in Malawi. His work work focuses on the intersection of environmental management and education to help unlock development potential. He has over 4 years of diverse experience in partnership building with First Merchant Bank; in knowledge management and advocacy for sustainable water management with Baseflow; and in research and teaching. He is co-founder of an NGO in Malawi that targets the development and empowerment of socially disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Walter is currently completing an MA in Development Studies.
Francis Paul, Admin and Fiance Officer, Water Stewardship (Malawi)
Francis is the Admin and Finance Officer for the Malawi team. He has four years of experience in micro finance as loans officer at Polymed Sacco and has worked one year as a project accounts officer for Arts Production and Marketing Cooperative (APMC). Francis is a diplomate accountant registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM).
Board of Trustees
Professor Bruce Lankford (Trustee)
Bruce is Professor of Water and Irrigation Policy at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. He has worked for more than 25 years in the fields of irrigation and water resources management, starting in Swaziland in 1983. His main research and advisory work covers irrigation management and water policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other interests cover the use of games in natural resource management, resource use efficiency, river basin management, water allocation and ecosystem services. He is a co-Director of the UEA Water Security Research Centre and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Morgan Rogers (Trustee)
Morgan is an IT entrepreneur who joined our Board to bolster our strategic understanding of how communications and IT can be used to lever change. Morgan’s strategic planning and project management skills, honed over a 20 year career also come into their own as demand for our services ramps up.
John Seager (Trustee)
John is experienced in the design and implementation of strategic programmes and has worked extensively with leadership teams in ministries and operational institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe. As Head of Environment Strategy for the Environment Agency, England, John was responsible for developing the national strategic environmental plan and recently wrote the national strategy for water management to2020, ‘Water for life and livelihoods’. John set up and led the Environment Agency’s programme to support environmental protection and water management institutions in developing countries. In Europe, John is currently Chair of the European Network for the Implementation of Environmental Law (IMPEL) which is working on a range of environmental regulation and water management issues across Europe.
Léna Salamé (Trustee)
Léna is a lawyer in international public law, specialized in transboundary water issues and water diplomacy. She is also a professional mediator, negotiator and dialogue facilitator. She worked for 17 years in within the United Nations' System. She is now an independent senior consultant. her activities covered and still cover a variety of tracks such as research, project coordination, the sign, set-up and delivery of a wide range of training curricula in water diplomacy. She has a perfect mastery of all aspects of public representatio skills
Laurence Rankin (Trustee)
Laurence is a former Environment Manager with the Environment Agency and the National Rivers Authority, and also was for two year the Head of Environment at the Government Office for the North West. He was for many years a senior Trade Union representative, and is currently active in the Green Party. He has experience in finance, including funding , project management, risk management and human relations
Dilraj Sokhi (Trustee)
Dilraj is a sustainability practitioner, women's rights activist and a designer. With over a decade of experience, Dilraj started her career overseas in India, where she worked in the textile, academic and charity sector in different roles. Witnessing the waste in the clothing industry influenced her to retrain and thereafter her focus has been on environmental sustainability projects. Dilraj's experience in the UK has been primarily within the private and the third sectors having, worked with organisations such as GCU and Amina MWRC. She currently oversees a project (Cook Grow Sew and change) in a local NGO (West of Scotland Regional Equality Council). The project engages with diaspora communities in the West of Scotland, in taking community action against climate change. Dilraj also works on gender based issues through creative advocacy, where her most recent work in the VAW sphere is that of a costume designer in AMINA's verbatim play on honour based violence, 'If I had a girl...'. Active interests include environmental sustainability, food and water securty, equality (race and gender) and sustainable development goals.
Suma Kaare (Trustee)
Suma is a passionate advocate, practitioner and strategist for inclusive development in Africa. She holds a Doctorate in public sector management at the University of Canberra, Australia, and has led the design and implementation of policy, programmes and strategy for governments, civil society and businesses across Africa - in Cameroon, Kenya, Southern Sudan and Tanzania. She is a special advisor to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, including the President's Office. She has also served on the boards of public enterprices and civil society organisations. An advocate for Gender equality, she co-founded the Gender Forum of Tanzania and the Gender Accountability Platform in Tanzania. Her sector experience includes Agriculture, Natural Resources, Health, Water, Enviornment, Trade and Privae Sector. Suma's thematic focus is on soicial ccountability, governance, inclusive gorwth specifically women's economic emperment, mainstreaming cross cuttting issues into planning and budgeting, organisationatl learning and accountability, and evidence based decision making in advocacy.