Danube Water Program Staff

 

IAWD Staff

Management

Walter Kling - Secretary General

Email: kling@iawd.at

Walter Kling is Deputy Managing Director of Vienna Waterworks, a position which he has held since 2001. Since the launch of IWA in 2000, Walter Kling supported the development of the new association in his region of East Europe by organising a number of events. For the period 2006 to 2008 he joined the IWA Board of Directors as the incoming Congress President. 2010 he was elected as IWA Vice President and reelected in 2012 for the Period till the WWC 2014 in Lisbon. In this time he managed to invite IWA to hold their Governing Assembly 2011 at the Vienna City Hall by invitation of the Mayor of Vienna and also successfully organized the IWA European Utility Conference 2012 in Vienna. An important background for this supporting work was his role as the General Secretary of IAWD (International Association of Waterworks in the Danube Catchment Area) which he started in 1993. Founded by an initiative of the Mayor of Vienna, IAWD is a long-term partner of IWA in various activities.

Katherine Wagner - Head of Office

Email: office@iawd.at

 

 

Technical Secretariat

Philip Weller -  Program Coordinator

 

Email: weller@iawd.at

Philip Weller is an environmental planner by training and since July 2013 has been serving as the Danube Water Program Coordinator for the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), administering and managing a joint project together with the World Bank aimed at improving and supporting the efficiency of Danube region water supply and waste water companies.
 
Philip previously served for 10 years as the Executive Secretary of the (ICPDR) International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. The ICPDR is the forum for the 14 major Danube countries and the European Commission to implement the commitments they have made under the Danube River Protection Convention.
 
Philip has worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as Danube Carpathian Program Director and has also managed successful consulting businesses in both Canada and Austria and has done numerous assignments for governments and international organizations. Philip is author of three books on environmental topics including ‘Freshwater Seas, an environmental history of the Great Lakes of North America’. 
Violeta Wolff - Technical and Procurement Specialist

 

Email: wolff@iawd.at

Violeta Wolff is a senior Water and Sanitation Expert with almost 20 years of experience in planning, programming, preparation and implementation of municipal infrastructure projects in the Western Balkan Countries. She has in depth experience in the application of the Project Cycle Management and was involved in preparation of project fiches, terms of references for TA projects, feasibility studies, conceptual designs and tender documents (works – FIDIC conditions of contract, supplies and services). She has actively participated in numerous tender evaluations and contract negotiations.
 
Violeta has very good knowledge of EU legislation / regulations for the water / environment sector and valuable understanding of the Western Balkan Countries’ legal and institutional framework. Her working experience with state, entity and municipal water / environment institutions as well as with utility companies in preparation and implementation phases of programmes / projects will be of great benefit for the Danube Water Programme.
 
She possesses high quality analytical and document drafting skills. Violeta works in a process oriented and integrated work manner by covering the whole project cycle and mediating between all relevant stakeholders, putting the needs of municipalities / utility companies always in foreground. 
Katerina Schilling - Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Coordinator

 

Email: schilling@iawd.at

After earning a master’s degree in Biology with a specialization in freshwater ecology from the University of Vienna, Katerina joined the Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Water Quality, Resources and Waste Management as a Research Assistant where she has been employed. Her work focused on projects dealing with water quality and included lecturing in basic and advanced courses for operators of wastewater treatment plants. She obtained her PhD within the framework of “The Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems” at the TU Wien.
 
Since 2006 she has also been actively involved in the national and international activities of the International Water Association (IWA) and is a member of the Austrian IWA Governing Member in which she founded the Austrian Young Water Professionals and chaired their activities until December 2014.
 
Her involvement in the YWP agenda of the IWA World Water Congress in 2008 in Vienna led to her becoming chair of the global IWA YWP Steering Committee and the representative of the YWP on the IWA Board of Directors (BoD). Since 2011 she has also been a member of the IWA Strategic Council (SC) representing Research Institutes. 

 

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World Bank Staff

Patricia Lopez - Program Leader

 

Email: plopez@worldbank.org

Patricia Lopez holds a five year degree in Economics and Business Sciences with a two-year specialization in Financing from Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (C.U.N.E.F), Madrid, Spain. She joined the World Bank Group as a Financial Specialist in 2003. She has worked mostly in the water and sanitation and urban sectors in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, focusing on providing high-level policy advice in financial and institutional issues to a wide range of clients (national, regional and local governments, utilities and sector institutions) and preparing, negotiating and managing lending operations in the sector.

Before joining the Bank, Patricia worked for different investment banks and consultancy firms advising governments, utilities and private companies in project and corporate finance operations. She has hands-on experience in the design of solutions for the provision of water and sanitation services and the financing of infrastructure, particularly with participation of the private sector. She brings solid technical and analytic skills and broad-ranging experience working with utilities and public administrations, specifically in the financial, institutional and regulatory areas. Her experience cover Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eastern Europe (Croatia and Slovakia).

Elvira Broeks Motta - Program Analyst

Email: ebroeksmotta@worldbank.org

Elvira Broeks is a water and sanitation analyst with the World Bank's Global Water Practice where she is primarily supporting the implementation of the Danube Water Program. At the World Bank, she has also worked in water and wastewater investment projects in Latin America, providing analytical and operational support throughout the project cycle.

Before joining the Bank, Elvira worked as a consultant in capacity building for integrated water resources management at the National Water Authority of Peru and as an intern in water and sanitation with WaterAid in Tanzania. Elvira holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands and an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from University of Oxford, UK. 

Stjepan Gabric - Senior Project Officer

Email: sgabric@worldbank.org

Mr. Stjepan Gabric MsC SE (Delft, the Netherlands) is a Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist with 24 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector, including construction, design supervision and project management of water and sanitation projects. He works for the World Bank since 2003, and during this period has been involved in a large number of Bank financed water projects in countries of eastern Europe and central Asia.