Vision and Mission

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, organizations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale.

Our Vision is “A world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity.”

Our Mission is “To enable all people and especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations to practice the
right to sanitation and hygiene across the course of their lives with dignity and safety.”

Founded in 1990, WSSCC’s work contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6, target 2, with far-reaching impacts on related SDG targets for health, education, women’s empowerment, reducing inequality, improved urban spaces and climate change mitigation.

WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, and engages rights holders and duty bearers to adopt policy guidelines on menstrual hygiene and disability.

WSSCC also supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of the 2 billion people without access to improved sanitation across the globe.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC.

The Global Sanitation Fund

Through our Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) – the world’s first and only fund dedicated to improving sanitation and hygiene – we provide vital funding for community-based, publicly-supported and commercially-operated programmes, reaching millions of people.

The GSF empowers people to make informed decisions to change their sanitation and hygiene situation, and therefore choosing a healthier and more productive life for themselves and their children.

Core to our mandate are equality and non-discrimination. WSSCC programmes and partnerships address gender inequality, disability and social exclusion in the WASH sector, and beyond. Specific attention goes to the needs of women and adolescent girls.

Menstrual hygiene management is a key part of our portfolio, aiming at breaking the taboo around menstruation globally while ensuring change in national policies.

WSSCC believes that every person, everywhere, has a right to quality sanitation. By helping to make that right a reality, WSSCC is transforming the lives of millions of people worldwide.

The WSSCC Community

The WSSCC community is a diverse group of professionals around the world who work actively on behalf of the 2 billion people without access to safe sanitation and hygiene and the 892 million of them who must resort to open defecation.  In addition to our members in 141 countries, and many partner organizations, the WSSCC community includes staff based in Geneva, volunteer National Coordinators, Global Sanitation Fund programme managers, a democratically elected Steering Committee and bi-lateral donor partners.

  • Directorate

    Office of the Executive Director

    Sue Coates

    WSSCC Executive Director ad interim

    LaToya Coute

    Special Assistant to the Executive Director

    Jo Powles-Brown

    Assistant to the Executive Director

    Governance and Membership Unit

    Ceridwen Johnson

    Head of Governance and Membership

    Su Perera

    Governance and Membership Data Associate

    Estelle Robinson

    Membership Engagement Officer

    Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Unit

    Ali Safarnejad

    Head of Planning, Monitoring Evaluation, and Reporting Unit

    Elke de Buhr

    Planning Officer

    Hippolyte Lefebvre


    Resource Mobilization Unit

    Wouter Coussement

    Head of Resource Mobilization

    Suhair Talab

    Resource Mobilization

    Corporate Communications and Media Unit

    Hiroyuki Saito

    Head, Corporate Communications and Media

    Eileen Palmer

    Communications Officer

    Machrine Birungi

    Social Media & Web Analyst

    Programme Division

    Sue Coates

    Executive Director, a.i.

    Akjagul Garajagulova

    Operations Analyst

    Miriam Clados

    Special Assistant to the Chair

    Asia Regional Unit

    Oscar Molin

    Programme Analyst

    Ailsa Jones

    Programme Analyst

    Vinod Kumar Mishra

    WSSCC India Coordinator, India Support Unit

    Trupti Ashtankar

    WASH Support Officer

    Matteus van der Velden


    Manali Bhatnagar

    Project Associate, India Support Unit

    West and Central Africa Unit

    Hakim Hadjel


    Saskia Castelein

    Programme Officer

    East and Southern Africa Unit

    Clara Rudholm


    Simon Msukwa

    Programme Officer

    Technical Support Unit

    Carolien van der Voorden

    Head, Technical Support Unit

    Virginia Kamowa

    Technical Expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management

    Elizabeth Wamera

    Technical Expert on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Enrico Muratore Aprosio

    Technical Expert on Leave No One Behind, Equality and Non-Discrimination, and Gender

    Patrick England

    Knowledge Management & Innovation Support Officer

    Global Policy, Advocacy and Innovation Unit

    James Wicken

    Head, Global Policy, Advocacy, Innovation Unit

    Anthony Dedouche

    Global Policy and Innovation Analyst

    Rockaya Aidara

    Policy Specialist

    Partnerships Unit

    Emily Deschaine

    Acting Head

    Operations and Finance Unit

    Maki Rankoe

    Head, Operations and Finance

    Robert (Bob) Dinsdale

    Operations Associate

    Neloum Koumtingue

    Finance Specialist

    Evelyne Bouchard

    Travel Assistant

    UNOPS Support Unit

    Philipp Von Waechter

    WASH Team Manager

    Begum Kirci

    Portfolio Analyst

    Valton Dreshaj

    Finance Analyst

    Hibret Asegid

    Human Resource Analyst

    Aï Abarchi


    Chea Samnang


    Felix Adegnika


    New NC to be announced shortly


    Jane Nabunnya Mulumba


    Michèle Rasamison


    Lovemore Mujuru


    Michael Negash Beyene


    Ngabaghila Chatata


    Elizabeth Jeiyol


    Shah Md. Anowar Kamal


    Tanya Khan


    Alex Manyasi


    Wilhelmina Malima


    Rija Lalanirina Fanomeza


    Rafael Catalla


    Julian Kyomuhangi


    Adama Sy Dogue


    Zufan Abera Damtew


    Nyanzobe Maliimi


    Sudha Shrestha


    Thoko Kaitane


    Nanpet Chuktu


    Fataou Salami


    Daniel Kurao


    Yadjidé Adissoda Gbedo



    Hind Khatib-Othman

    Elected non-UN Partner Agency members

    Executive Director, KWAHO

    Patrick Alubbe

    Executive Director, PLAN International

    Monique van’t Hek

    Elected Regional members

    Middle, Northern & Western Africa

    Kitchinme Bawa

    Central & Eastern Europe, West & Central Asia

    Otabek Bozarboev

    Eastern & Southern Africa

    Doreen Wandera

    Global/any region of the world

    David Trouba

    South Eastern/East Asia


    Global/any region of the world

    Rose Osinde-Alabaster

    Latin America


    Small Island Developing States

    Audreyanna Thomas

    South Asia

    Megha Phansalkar

    Co-opted Members

    Barry Greene
    Eelco Szabó

    Ex-Officio Members

    Host Agency UNOPS Representative: Deputy Director, Geneva Office

    William Axelsson

    Host Agency UNOPS Representative: Portfolio/Grants Manager

    Philipp von Waechter

    Founding Host Agency WHO Representative: Coordinator, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health

    Bruce Gordon

    UN Partner Agency Member: Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Kelly Ann Naylor

    Permanent Non-voting Observers: representatives of the Governments of

    Australia (DFAT)

    Netherlands (DGIS)

    Norway (NORAD)

    Sweden (SIDA)

    Switzerland (SDC)

    Permanent Non-voting Invitee

    Senior Director, World Bank Water Practice

    Jennifer Sara