WaterAid UK announces new Executive Director of Finance and Strategic Planning

15 February 2024
Syed Abdul Muntakim


WaterAid is delighted to have appointed Syed Abdul Muntakim in the role of Executive Director of Finance and Strategic Planning at WaterAid UK.

Starting the role in April, Mr Muntakim will take corporate responsibility for WaterAid UK’s leadership, management and strategic development to ensure the charity is effective in delivering its mission and its ambitious Global Strategy, and remains a sustainable and financially agile organisation.

Mr Muntakim, who is based in London, is an experienced Finance Director in the NGO sector with a financial management career spanning more than 22 years. Prior to joining WaterAid, Mr Muntakim worked as Interim Director of Finance at Farm Africa, a British NGO operating in East Africa. Before that, he was the Chief Finance & Risk Officer at BRAC International, a large southern NGO operating in 11 countries across Africa and Asia.

He also spent 18 years of his career working for BAT plc, where he held various financial roles including Commercial Finance Controller in the operations function and Senior Commercial Audit Manager.

“I am excited to join the WaterAid Team and looking forward to contributing to the vision of a world where everyone, everywhere has safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene.”, said Mr Syed Abdul Muntakim,

Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive of WaterAid UK, said:

“WaterAid’s Global Strategy focuses on transforming our ambitions, partnerships and approaches to help bring an end to the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis for everyone, everywhere.

“We are therefore extremely grateful to have Muntakim on board. With his extensive expertise in financial management, and experience in the NGO sector, he will play a vital role in delivering our ambitious new Global Strategy and achieving our mission.”


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Notes to editors 

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. We work alongside communities in 22 countries to secure these three essentials that transform people’s lives. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28.5 million people with clean water and 29 million people with decent toilets.

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  • 703 million people in the world – almost one in ten – do not have clean water close to home. 
  • 1.5 billion people in the world – almost than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own. 
  • Over 300,000 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. 
  • Investing in safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services provides up to 21 times more value than it costs. 

[1] WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation. 

[2] WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation. 

[3] WaterAid calculations based on: Prüss-Ustün A, et al. (2019). Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Selected Adverse Health Outcomes: An Updated Analysis with a Focus on Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. vol 222, no 5, pp 765-777. AND The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2020) Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Seattle, WA: University of Washington. 

[4] WaterAid. (2021) Mission-critical: Invest in water, sanitation and hygiene for a healthy and green economic recovery.