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Ms. Sue Coates, a respected professional with a wealth of experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), academia, civil society, the private sector and advocacy and communication, joined the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today as its new Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director.
Ms. Coates comes to WSSCC after serving most recently as Regional WASH Advisor for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa and as Chief of WASH in UNICEF India, among other positions. At UNICEF, she provided technical advice and oversight to programmes in over 50 countries in Africa and Asia. In India, she also harnessed social movements to challenge social norms on open defecation, human rights and the position of girls and women in society. Working with influencers, she developed innovative advocacy programmes on sanitation and hygiene, including the influential Take the Poo to the Loo campaign. Ms. Coates also gave advice for ‘Swachh Bharat - Swachh Vidyalaya’ (Clean India - Clean Schools), a government campaign which advanced India’s WASH in Schools and Menstrual Hygiene Management.
Under Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, Ms. Coates will lead overall management of WSSCC’s advocacy, policy and implementation work at the country level and serve on the organisation’s Senior Leadership Team. She will supervise negotiation, implementation and evaluation of all country and sub-regional activities, and represent the Council at global, regional and national events convened by WSSCC or others. She will provide overall direction for advocacy and policy dialogue and is responsible for monitoring and verification, field projects, and partner engagements, including those with governments, the private sector, United Nations agencies, civil society partners, youth groups, and more.
“I am pleased to join WSSCC at this time in its 28-year history,” said Ms. Coates. “Now, more than ever, the Council can use its power of convening, strong profile as an advocate for the health, education and empowerment of women and girls, and targeted technical efforts in country to achieve its vision of a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity.”
Added Mr. Luyendijk: “Sue has proven leadership, management and technical skills, each of which will enhance our ability to delivery quality programme results, powerful alliances, and a meaningful role in service of the WASH sector everywhere.”
At the Water Engineering and Development Centre of Loughborough University, Ms. Coates was Associate Director for WELL, the DFID (UK) resource centre for water, sanitation and environmental health and Programme Manager for its global partnership network. She has a Master’s degree in human resource development and training from the School of Management, University of Leicester UK. A British national, she has lived in Zambia, Senegal, India and Kenya.