Led by the Chief Executive Officer, the SWA Secretariat supports the Steering Committee and Work Groups and oversees the implementation of SWA’s action plan and results framework.

The core of the Secretariat is hosted by the UNICEF in New York, while other strategic Secretariat positions are hosted by partners around the world, including by AMCOW, End Water Poverty, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Secretariat Team








Catarina de Albuquerque
Chief Executive Officer


Alexandra Reis
Communications and
Advocacy Officer

Heloise Chicou
Civil Society Adviser

Muyatwa Sitali
Programmes and Outreach Officer

Naomi Parekh
Events and Protocol Manager

Nelson Gomonda
WASH Specialist – High-level Political Dialogue

Odile Adechi
Programme Assistant



Soumeya Benbouchta
Programme Assistant