The International Young Water Professionals Conference

IWA aims to empower young talent, like yourselves, to contribute to delivering the solutions for sustainable water management (IWA Vision). This conference is one of the vehicles in which we support young water professionals to develop themselves to be at the forefront of decision making.

Besides a must attend event for career progression, you will have fun networking and building friendships with your passionate peers. Through the offering of technical paper sessions, topical workshops, soft skill learning sessions, networking opportunities and a career fair, the IYWPC will be the “Must Attend” event for young water professionals (YWPs), especially for those wishing to develop their career and progress further into the water sector.

Local Organising Committee

The Local Organising Committee – all young water professionals – are responsible for the event experience. They manage everything related to conference management, including the conference planning, the budget (with JOC approving all costs), the venue and catering, the social events, the career fair, the technical tours and other logistics

  • Siva Sarathy (Joint Organising Committee – JOC and Treasurer)
  • Farnaz Daynouri Pancino (Conference Chair and JOC)
  • Tasnim Amerian (Venue lead)
  • Alexander Imbault (Venue lead)
  • Bernardo Vazquez (Communications lead)
  • Nadia Koukoui (Communications lead)
  • Mehdi Bazri (Treasurer)
  • Malini Ghosh (Events Lead)
  • Roberta Maffetone (Events Lead)
  • Stephanie Gora (Social Lead)
  • Chris Degroot (Programme Chair)
  • Elena Torfs (Programme committee)
  • Pankaj Chowdhury (Programme committee)
  • Hayat Raza (Local Programme committee)
  • Francesca Giaccherini (Career Fair Lead)
  • Medhavi Gupta (Career Fair Lead)

The goal of the IWA International Young Water Professional Conference (IYWPC) is to provide tangible support to the empowerment of young talent in the water sector by connecting, developing and recognising emerging talent. The conference will provide a unique combination of programmatic content that will appeal to young academics, early career- as well as advancing water professionals from all disciplines and all types of organisations.

The 9th edition of this accessible and affordable conference for young professionals, starting and or working to develop a water career, is organised by and for young water professionals (YWPs), it will:

  • Provide a platform to exchange good practices and lessons learned, generate inter-disciplinary and inter-generational dialogue
  • Provide a platform for YWPs to network nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Provide ample professional updating and learning activities for YWPs from all disciplines and organisations (eg. Pre-conference support for Academic authors, workshop organisers, and attendees and onsite skill development Sessions).
  • Providing connections to the water sector (i.e. industry, research, government and NGOs) through developing career fairs

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