Danube Water Program Staff
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.
UN Habitat Program Manager
World Bank Staff
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 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.
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.