Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific (WSAP) — the organisation that manages and conserves water resources in Asia-Pacific — has announced Dr Sandra Hall as its new CEO. With a background in the water sector, Dr Hall will spearhead the launch of WSAP new initiative, the Digital Water platform in 2024, and advance water stewardship across the APAC region.
Dr Hall has previously held the role of general manager of the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Queensland, reportedly ranked second globally for urban water management research. Dr Hall commenced her career in microbial ecology of wastewater treatment plants. She brings over 18 years of experience in managing and leading research professionals in the water industry. As a director of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and president of the public and customer communications specialist group of the International Water Association (IWA), she was honoured as a fellow of IWA in 2016 in recognition of her impact on the global water industry.
“Water sustainability and the protection of our waterways [are] key to a thriving community”, said Dr Hall. Additionally, Dr Michele Akeroyd, chair of the WSAP board, said, “She brings vast knowledge of the water sector and leadership experience to the organisation, and her enthusiasm and vision will be pivotal in building a successful future for WSAP.”
The initial focus of Dr Hall’s role will be the launch of the Digital Water platform in 2024, which is be designed to improve access to water stewardship resources including forums for group verification, a training portal, diagnostic and self-assessment tools, and knowledge resources.