The Water Youth Network is led by a group of four to five people that are chosen by the members every 2 years by ballot. In May 2019 a new Advisory Board was elected. Since then, these four leaders have been working alongside WYN working group coordinators to steer WYN projects and efforts in accordance with the WYN mission and vision.
The following four talented young professionals will serve on the WYN Advisory Board from June 2019 through May 2021:
Maitreyi Koduganti | President
Maitreyi Koduganti Adivi is the president of the Water Youth Network. She is from India and graduated from the UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education. Maitreyi joined WYN in April 2019 as a communications officer, later becoming a member of the governance group and participating in a number of forums, including Stockholm World Water Week, Climate Adaptation Week 2021, and the World Water Forum.
She is currently a researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Her work in the previous six years has concentrated on water management, climate sciences, vulnerability studies, resource management, gender studies, sustainability, and Research-into-Use.
As a member of the advisory board, her goal is to keep the existing networks and partnerships going, reflect on the gaps and challenges that prevent youth from participating in meaningful conversations and decision-making within and across the network, and foster new partnerships and opportunities for youth to participate in meaningful conversations and decision-making.
Javed Ali| Vice President
Javed is the Vice-President of the Water Youth Network. He is a Water Resources Engineer and Multi-hazards researcher from India who is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Central Florida in the United States. Javed joined the WYN in February 2017. Since then, he has worked in several WYN thematic groups including DRR, IWRM, YouKnoW!, HR, and Communications.
Previously, Javed worked as a “Make Our Planet Great Again” Laureate Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, and as an Open Modelling and Urban Flooding Consultant with Resurgence (London) and GFDRR, World Bank. He also worked as a Research Lead on a climate change adaptation project with Climate-KIC in the Netherlands and as a Technical Advisor at Empresa Mixta Valenciana de Aguas S.A. in Valencia, Spain.
As an Advisory Board member, Javed’s goal is to develop an interdisciplinary network, strengthen partnerships with various (inter)national programmes and projects, and provide opportunities so that young professionals can benefit throughout their careers.
Erin Jordan| Vice President
Erin is the Vice-President of the Water Youth Network. She is from Barbados and holds a Master’s degree in Water Management from the IHE Delft: Institute for Water Education. Erin joined WYN in 2017 while pursuing her master’s degree. She worked with the IWRM working group, led the communications for the 2019 World Water Week, and has spoken on behalf of WYN at several capacity-building events.As an Advisory Board member, her ambition is to urge other young professionals from small nations (that people may not have heard of) to offer their voice and push for meaningful participation of themselves and their peers. Erin was a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network before moving to the Netherlands.
Temple Chukwuemeka Oraeki | Secretary
Temple is the secretary of the Water Youth Network. He is from Nigeria and holds a Master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Temple has been a member of WYN since 2017 and is presently the Liaison for RWSN-WYN collaborations. Previously, he has engaged in a variety of local and worldwide WASH networks, including End Water Poverty, Sanitation & Water for All (SWA), and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).
He is currently the Programs Coordinator for the Nigeria Young Water Professionals and the Co-Leader of the Rural Water Supply Network’s Leave-No-One-Behind Group (RWSN). Temple is an international development consultant who now works for the British Council Nigeria as the State Focal Person for the European Union’s Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (EU-ACT) Program. He also works as a freelance WASH consultant, aiding with projects such as Contextual Analysis of Fecal Sludge Management in Nigerian Cities, creating state Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmaps, reviewing state WASH policies, impact evaluation of WASH projects, and leading WASH advocacy campaigns, such as the human rights to water campaign.
He aspires to see a WYN that plays a vital role in global water decision-making and serves as a hub for students and young professionals to network and learn important skills through skill-development programmes.
Parth Kamath | Treasurer
Parth is the Treasurer of the Water Youth Network. He is from India and holds a master’s degree in urban water and sanitation from the Netherlands’ IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Parth became a member of the Water Youth Network’s human resources staff in 2017. Later, he became a member of the Advisory Board, and he is currently completing his second term in that position.
Parth is a civil engineer by training who has worked as a wastewater management consultant in both urban and industrial settings. He is currently pursuing his second master’s degree in public policy at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
Parth intends to focus his efforts as an Advisory Board Member on creating an engaging platform for young minds to engage in discourse with the goal of learning and sharing our experiences in order to make the environment and society a better place to live in the future.