Board

The Board is the executive governing body of Human Right 2 Water (HR2Water), providing governmental support and oversight to this international non-governmental organization, in accordance with the guidance of the HR2Water statutes. The Board reviews HR2Water activities and approves its policies, global and country programmes and budgets. It comprises seven members, bringing together experience from four regions, and from different backgrounds and expertise relating to international human rights and water law, water policy, the management of water and sanitation, water resource management and the inclusion of women. The Board meets at least three times each calendar year, in a first regular session (January/February), annual session (May/June) and second regular session (September). Board sessions are held by virtual meeting.

Its work is coordinated by the Executive Office, led by the Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Office also provides editorial and technical services for all documentation related to Executive Board sessions and meetings, decisions, reports of sessions and the country programme documents.

As a membership organisation, and an Association under Swiss Law, HR2Water is also governed by the Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM, held in May/June), which decides on the Board Positions, the inclusion of members, the auditors, and approves the final budget and plans that are presented by the Board at the AGM.

President – Dhesigen Naidoo

Dhesigen Naidoo is the CEO of the Water Research Commission. It is South Africa’s only dedicated water research steering and funding institution. He also served as an official in South African government between 1996 and 2007. In this period he worked for inter alia the Ministries of Water Affairs & Forestry, Environmental Affairs & Tourism, and Science & Technology where he served as Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources. Between 1990 and 1996 he was a medical natural scientist at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children’s Hospital.


Secretary – Callum Clench

Callum Clench joined IWRA as its Executive Director in February 2016. He is a policy expert in sustainable development & business practices, with a particular focus on water and economic development. IWRA is a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation connecting people/institutions concerned with the sustainable use of the world’s water resources. It holds the World Water Congress every 3 years. Previously Callum worked at Climate-KIC based at Imperial College London, an innovation and business start-up programme established by the EU’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology. He has also worked as a policy advisor at the World Water Council, and for the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission reporting directly to the Office of the Prime Minister. He was also a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, teaching a master’s course on “Environmental Management & Business Policy”.


Maximiliano Campos

With an academic background in Earth Sciences and Meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and the University of Costa Rica, Max Campos is since October 2009, the Senior Chief for the Integrated Water Resources Management Division at the Organization of American States (OAS). Previously he was the Executive Secretary for the Regional Committee on Hydraulic Resources (CRRH), which is an agency for the Central America Integration System (SICA), specialized on integrated water resources management, hydro meteorology and climate.

Maximiliano Campos has made a long profession on science administration as well as on formulation and evaluation of projects working for several international organizations. He has contributed through his work, research and publications with the development of the agenda on climate change in Latin America. He also contributes to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Reports on Impacts of Climate Change as lead author, and has coordinated the Latin America chapter for the Third Assessment report on impacts and adaptation. He was also the review editor to the Fourth Assessment (IPCC WG2 Latin America Chapter) which is particularly relevant because it lead IPCC to obtain the Nobel Peace Prize.


Dr. Anand Chiplunkar

Dr. Anand Chiplunkar has a unique expertise of more than three decades in the fields of urban infrastructure development and environment management. He worked in the Asian Development Bank, Manila till April 2016 as Director, Urban Development and Water Division in the Central and West Asia Department. Earlier he worked in IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation, New Delhi as Senior Vice President. Since 2016, he provides strategic advisory services to different organizations including the UN Economic Commission for Europe in People’s First Public Private Partnerships.

His experience in urban infrastructure development covers projects in water, wastewater and solid waste management, urban transport and other municipal activities. His expertise lies in developing Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in partnership with government agencies in urban, industrial area development, transport and tourism sectors. He also has conducted numerous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for infrastructure sectors and industries. He holds a Ph/D. in Environmental Science and Engineering. He has been a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle and affiliated with the US Environment Protection Agency. He is now retired and based in Pune, India.


Cheryl Hicks

Cheryl is the CEO of Toilet Board Coalition, and a sustainable development professional with 20 years of experience advising investment, corporate, government, international organisations and civil society leaders globally.
Specialty areas include sustainable investments from private equity impact investments to corporate investments in value chains and integrating sustainability criteria into CAPEX and M&A strategies; global financing strategies for green growth; sustainable consumption, production and lifestyles strategies for governments and consumers; sustainability-driven innovation strategies for multi-national corporations and SMEs; multi-stakeholder process design and public private partnerships facilitator; sustainability valuation, impact measurement and reporting — with particular interest in emerging and frontier markets.


Sharmila Murthy

Sharmila L. Murthy is an Associate Professor at Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches and writes on issues of property law, environmental law, international environmental law, poverty, and human rights. Previously, Sharmila co-founded the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program as a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy. In 2014, Sharmila was selected as a finalist for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. Sharmila began her legal career as a public interest poverty lawyer after clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Sharmila received her JD from Harvard Law School, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She was also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in India.


Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

As President of Women for Water Partnership, and immediate former President of Soroptimist International, Mariet is an expert in the Education, Empowerment and Enablement of women and girls, ensuring they have the capacity, experience and vocational training needed to manager water resources and gain careers in water related professions. Her goal is to position women as active leaders, experts, partners and agents of change to realise access to safe water for all, for all uses, thus focusing through her SI President’s Appeal, ‘Women, Water & Leadership’ on SDG4 (education), SDG5 (gender equality) and SDG 6 (water for all for all purposes) as these three goals impact all 17 SDGs.