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 Officer

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

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