Network Secretariat

As of 2011, UNICEF and WHO began jointly co-hosting the Network and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina handles official communications. This tripartite arrangement is staffed by three individuals as outlined below. For more information, download details of the co-hosting arrangements from the WHO website. In addition, the Secretariat is advised by an Advisory Group (AG) and a Public-private Partnership Group (PPG) which meet regularly to discuss various matters.

For an overview of the Network governance structure, mission, objectives and strategy guiding activities, download the Network Phase II strategy from the WHO website.

Dr. Maggie Montgomery – Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization (WHO) has hired Dr Maggie Montgomery to serve as coordinator for the Network. Dr Montgomery is a licensed engineer and has spent considerable time conducting research in East Africa where she was most recently managing a large water, sanitation hygiene and child-health study. Her primary duties as coordinator include managing Network activities in the four key areas of work (research, implementation and scaling up, creation of an enabling environment and monitoring and evaluation). She also is tasked with liaising with the Network Secretariat and developing and implementing WHO inputs into the Network. Maggie can be contacted at montgomerym@who.int.

Mr. Michael Forson – New York City, USA

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Mr Michael Akyeamfo Forson to manage its Network related activities. Mr Forson is an engineer who has worked with UNICEF for the past eight years in Ghana. He has significant experience in HWTS implementation at the grassroots level and specifically on the use of HWTS as a tool in the eradication of Guinea Worm disease in Ghana. He also has experience in rural water supply, urban sanitation, innovative technologies and monitoring and evaluation. He is tasked with liaising with the Network Secretariat and implementing UNICEF contributions to the Network. Michael can be contacted at mforson@unicef.org.

Mr. Ryan Rowe – Chapel Hill, USA

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) will handle official communications and has appointed Mr Ryan Rowe, to act as the Network Communications Officer. Mr Rowe holds an MBA and has previously worked on the financing of infrastructure projects in the Middle East/North Africa. He will oversee member relations and provide communications support on general queries, website management, listserv postings, event announcements, newsletters, and other matters of interest to Network members. He will also be responsible for working to promote the Network, its mission and its activities to a global audience to increase support for the Network, and also ensure harmonization of these efforts with Network strategy and goals. Ryan can be contacted at ryanrowe@unc.edu.

Advisory Group and Public-Private Partnership Group

The AG will provide strategic advice, programme development and review, and appraisal of Network products. The PPG will offer advice leveraging the financial and professional resources of the private sector to increase the scale and sustainability of household water treatment and safe storage.

The AG and PPG will meet regularly (3-4 times a year) in person or by teleconference to discuss and advise the Network Secretariat on issues of global importance to the scaling up of HWTS and the general, on-going activities of the Network.

  • AG Terms of Reference (Annex 1 to Network Strategy) | Download
  • PPG Terms of Reference | Download
  • AG Meeting Minutes, October 2 2011 | Download
  • PPG Meeting Minutes, October 4 2011 | Download
  • AG/PPG Joint Meeting Minutes, January 27 2012 | Download
  • AG/PPG Joint Meeting Minutes, October 30 2012 | Download
  • AG/PPG Joint Meeting Minutes, March 14 2013 | Download