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Join us for a series of online events bringing together the voices of business, industry and philanthropic sectors to discuss how to build resilience for the world’s most vulnerable people and shift towards a more sustainable future.

Image caption: H.E. Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner of Rwanda with Maurice Kwizera, WaterAid Country Director for Rwanda, and Dan Jones from WaterAid UK at the WaterAid Water and Climate Summit in London, Spring 2020.

We’d love for you to join the conversation to explore the changes created by the global Coronavirus pandemic, and look to the future in this era of digital engagement.

These will be a mixture of live webinars, and virtual events and podcasts for you to listen to at your leisure.

See below for details of past and upcoming events and how to access them.

What's on

Available from: 10am, 30 July from

The crisis of COVID-19 in 2020 has pressed fast-forward on so many of the already burning questions facing philanthropists. How can they free-up funding and in what way can their support help the organisations on the frontline of this crisis? How can charities help philanthropists to understand how this support helps in the short-term and also for long-term systemic change? What do charities need to understand about the changes happening in wealth management? 


In Conversation speakers

Jacqui Lazare (left)
Senior Associate at Clarke Willmott LLP

Jacqui has over 13 years’ experience in High Net Worth UK-based tax and estate planning. With particular experience in wills, trusts and their administration Jacqui also advises philanthropists and their charities. Jacqui is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and belongs to the Charity Law Association.

Katie Hillitt (right)
Head of Philanthropy at WaterAid UK 

Katie leads a team of 12 to develop transformational partnerships with philanthropists, trusts and foundations, towards the vision of achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

Available from: 10am, 28 August from

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the world, but while there have been lots of shared experiences, there certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all response for those organisations trying to mitigate and respond to this crisis. As the epicentre of the outbreak has shifted from Europe to South East Asia and the Americas, what are charities doing to help communities prepare?  

Join us in this podcast as we hear from WaterAid whose federation supports 28 countries across the world. Without a vaccine, what are the most effective measures that can be implemented quickly to protect those hardest to reach? And what part can clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene play in mitigating this and future shocks?


VK Madhavan
WaterAid India CEO

Madhavan has spent 15 years living and working side-by-side with communities whilst implementing rural development programmes in the desert in north-western Rajasthan and subsequently in the Kumaun region of the Central Himalayas. Madhavan has worked on policy issues, on women’s leadership in governance and has led an enterprise that sought to provide employment opportunities for young people. Madhavan has led WaterAid in India since 2016. 

Joshua Briemberg
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, WaterAid America

Joshua has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Diploma in Social Sciences from McGill University, Canada. After stints with engineering consulting firms, Joshua moved into the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector where he is now overseeing the growth and development of programmes in Nicaragua and Colombia with a priority on indigenous people, women and girls. 

Mariame Dem
Regional Director for WaterAid West Africa

Mariame has 25 years’ experience in gender and community development in West Africa. Mariame has supported local organisations on livelihoods, education and health development as well as advocating for equality and justice for all, with a focus on women and marginalised people. Using her expertise she was involved in the humanitarian response in Sahel and Ituri/DRC before joining WaterAid in 2009.

Available from: 10am, 29 September from

We know modern philanthropy around the world is changing. In part this is due to COVID- 19 as well as other outbreaks creating major financial shocks over the past decade. Philanthropists are becoming more involved in their financial giving, being more reactive which influences the causes they support. The next generation of philanthropists will therefore reflect a new set of values and come to their giving with a vastly different set of expectations than those before. What role will health play, and what part for all the work that enables the delivery of healthcare for all, such as water, sanitation and hygiene?


Annie Moon
Founder & CEO of Be the Difference

Annie Moon, founder of advisory firm Be the Difference. She brings 25 years' experience as a change-maker across public, private, and third sectors. Annie works with philanthropists, companies and wealth advisors to help extend their networks, connect to leading influencers in thought leadership and practitioners, and create platforms that help philanthropists become recognised game-changers in their own right. Be The Difference offers services for philanthropists and companies and wealth professionals from advisory through to end-to-end strategy and implementation.

Helen Hamilton
Senior Policy Analyst on Health and Hygiene, WaterAid UK

Helen leads WaterAid’s policy work on global health and hygiene, championing policy, programming and research innovation on comprehensive approaches to public health. Helen’s experience includes linking water, sanitation and hygiene with programmes to improve maternal and new-born health and working to strengthen health systems governance and approaches to infectious diseases and inclusion.

Date: 16 October
Time: 3:00-4:00pm (BST)

This event convenes water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts and private sector leaders to provide practical WASH guidance and inspire urgent, tangible and collective action, which accelerates water and hygiene access to the top of the corporate agenda. It will explore:

  • The impact of COVID-19 in WASH-vulnerable communities and corresponding risk to global supply chains
  • How to build resilience to future health and climate shocks through WASH action
  • Practical frameworks for private sector action on water and hygiene access in response to COVID-19
  • Lessons from sector-leading companies on their approach to COVID-19 response in operations and communities
  • The role of the business community in building back better  

Together with WASH4Work and CEO Water Mandate’s Water Resilience Coalition, we invite you to join us in rebuilding through collective action.

Date: 29 October
Time: 11:30-1:00pm (GMT)

This event explored the change created by the global coronavirus pandemic, exploring the current thinking and long-term planning from business and international organisations on how they are adapting and building resilience to similar risks in the future.

Watch the recording on YouTube, or below:

Date: 16 November 2020

We are delighted to have collaborated with the Institute of Civil Engineers to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with the creation of 'UN75: Sustainable Engineering In Action' book.

The book highlights our shared commitment with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and United Nations to shaping a better future and address the challenges that lie ahead.

WaterAid’s Senior WASH Manager Vincent Casey joins a panel of experts to discuss some of the key stories of engineering featured in the book and explore the ways in which engineering has influenced WASH innovation to provide sustainable solutions to remote communities across the globe.