Nominations for two new board members are being accepted until 30th March 2022. Please download and complete the following form and send confidentially to

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”.

Andrés Felipe Sánchez Peña

Andrés is an Environmental Economist from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He is a specialist in Integrated Management of Water Resources (IWRM) with a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He has 15+ years in the management of shared ecosystems/waters projects in the Americas and the Caribbean. Andrés serves as specialist in the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), in charge of the water program of his organization, focusing in the management of the of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Projects Portfolio in International Waters projects portfolio that OAS executes in the Americas region. He has published peer-reviewed publications and articles in the field of water management, including subtopics such as water diplomacy, climate and hydraulic fracturing among others. 

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.

Alexandra Knezovich

Alexandra brings twelve years’ experience working with NGOs, SMEs and multi-stakeholder platforms in the US and Europe to her position at the Toilet Board Coalition. With an expertise in project management, coordination, and creative development, Alexandra’s work at the Toilet Board Coalition over the last five years has centred around communication, strategy, development and events management. She currently oversees the Toilet Board Coalition’s program and strategic development, working closely with a team of formidable colleagues around the world.

Dominique Gatel

Dominique Gatel is a senior director at Veolia, and has spent most of his career working in the water sector. Currently as Director of Public Affairs for Water at Veolia Group. Dominique brings many years of strategic thinking and policy expertise to the subject of water in all its forms, and brings an important bridge between the practical and utilitarian side of water and wastewater supply and management, with a human rights approach in practice a driver for change. He is involved in several professional water organisations, such as AquaFed, EUREAU and International Water Association (IWA). Veolia &  AquaFed have always advocated for the human right to water and backed its adoption at UN level since the early 2000s. In 2021, they were one of only 113 supporters of access to toilets in the EC agenda.

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.