SWA has a small Secretariat to provide substantive and administrative support to the Steering Committee and the entire partnership.

The Steering Committee tasks and oversees the Secretariat on four mandated areas:

  • Influencing high-level decision-makers
  • Strengthening sector accountability by facilitating the SWA High-level Political Dialogue
  • Strengthening the functioning of SWA
  • Developing communications for impact


UNICEF, at the request of the Steering Committee, hosts the SWA Secretariat in coordination with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The UNICEF Chief of WASH is responsible to the Steering Committee on behalf of the Secretariat. The Secretariat was formally established in September 2010.

Secretariat Team

Based at UNICEF, New York, USA:



Nelson Gomonda
WASH Specialist -

High-level Political Dialogue

Secretariat Focal Person


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Muyatwa Sitali
Programs and Outreach Officer


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Christina Calabrese
Programs and Events Assistant




Naomi Parekh
Events and Protocol Manager




Soumeya Benbouchta
Programme Assistant


Based at UNOPS, Geneva, Switzerland:




Alexandra Reis
Communications Officer


Based at End Water Poverty, London, UK:




Heloise Chicou
CSO Adviser


Independent consultants support the Secretariat on strategy, governance and policy:

  • Clarissa Brocklehurt
  • Balwant Godara
  • Marissa Streyle
  • Virginia Roaf