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

Joost Kooijmans
Chief Operating Officer


Alexandra Reis
Communications Officer

Angie Saleh
Global Advocacy and Governance Specialist

Cesarina Quintana
Regional Coordinator – Latin America

Heloise Chicou
Civil Society Adviser


Marco Antonio Ortega
Technical Advisor


Muyatwa Sitali
Programmes and Outreach Officer

Naomi Parekh
Events and Protocol Manager

Odile Adechi
Programme Assistant

Rita Lopes
Communications Trainee

Siddhartha Das
Regional Coordinator – South Asia

Soumeya Benbouchta
Programme Assistant


Secretariat team dedicated to the 2019 Sector Ministers’ Meeting


Anjani Kapoor
Supporting Officer – Civil Society

Judith Magnaye
Project Coordinator

Ludovica Bartoli
Assistant de programme

Shelly Lundstrom
Programme Assistant