WaterAid announces new Global Director of Policy and Campaigns

Posted by
Carolynne Wheeler
25 January 2019
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WaterAid is pleased to announce the appointment of Sol Oyuela as Global Director of Policy and Campaigns. Ms Oyuela will join WaterAid on 1 April. 

Ms Oyuela joins from Unicef UK where she has been Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs for the last five years. She has also held senior roles at Christian Aid, CAFOD and Progressio, focused on advocacy, climate change policy and water resource management. Earlier in her career, she was a policy advisor to the Embassy of Argentina to the Vatican. 


At WaterAid she will lead the global policy, advocacy and campaigns team, with a base in London. 


Ms Oyuela said:  


“I’m excited to join WaterAid at such a crucial time in its mission. I passionately believe that we can and must achieve the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation within a generation. I can’t wait to work with this brilliant team to help make this a reality.” 


WaterAid Chief Executive Tim Wainwright said:  


“We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Sol to our team in April. Her energy, drive, and strong track record as a global advocate will be invaluable as we work to achieve our mission to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, a decent toilet and good hygiene.” 


For more information, please contact: 


Laura Crowley, PR manager, [email protected]  or

+44 (0)207 793 4965,

or Carolynne Wheeler, news manager, [email protected] or

+44 (0)207 793 4485,

or Fiona Callister, global head of media, [email protected] or

+44 (0)207 793 5022  


Or call our after-hours press line on +44 (0)7887 521 552 or email [email protected] 



WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.


  • 844 million people in the world – one in nine – do not have clean water close to home.[1]

  • 2.3 billion people in the world – almost one in three – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]

  • Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]

  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]

  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]

  • To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org

[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] washwatch.org

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org/uk