Speakers at the Conference
Chairperson of the Water Regulatory Authority
Suzana LoforteChairperson of the Water Regulatory Authority
Is a water professional with background in Water and Environmental Management, with more than 30 year working experience in the Water Sector, having assumed the position of National Director for Water. Is a Chairperson of Mozambique Water Regulatory Authority since 2017.
Consultant on Institutional Development and Regulation
Manuel AlvarinhoConsultant on Institutional Development and Regulation
President, and founder, of the Water and Sanitation Regulatory Council (CRA), with a mandate to regulate urban water supply and sanitation services, until his retirement by May 2017. Chairman of the General Assembly, and founder, of Association Aquashare, a network of water sector professionals in Mozambique.
FIPAG Senior Institutional Advisor
Nelson BeeteFIPAG Senior Institutional Advisor
He is currently working as FIPAG Senior Institutional Advisor, under the World Bank WASIS II Project, assisting the sector reforms which include the creation of regional water companies, private sector participation, and the development of the 2022-2032 investment program for urban water supply.
World Bank Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Patricia LopezWorld Bank Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist in the World Bank’s Water Global Practice with more than 20 years’ experience in water financing operations. Before joining the Bank, Patricia worked with several consulting firms and investment banks on project and corporate finance operations in different sectors, with a focus on private sector participation in public services and infrastructure. Within the Bank, she has worked as sector specialist from HQ and from different country offices leading complex client engagements including Bank operations, analytical work and policy dialogue, in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. From 2016-2019 Patricia served as Program Manager for the Danube Water Program in Vienna, Austria. Since 2020 she has been part of the core leadership of the Financial Innovation Team (FIT) from where she has been promoting the use of private sector solutions and private capital mobilization closely with the IFC and others. Her experience includes preparing and managing the implementation of a varied range of sector reform and infrastructure development projects with a focus on sector financing and institutional areas. Patricia holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business with a two-year specialization in Financing from Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (C.U.N.E.F) , Madrid, Spain.
AfDB Principal Financial Analyst
Eghosa Giwa-OsagieAfDB Principal Financial Analyst
AfDB Principal Water Investment Officer
Wassila DridiAfDB Principal Water Investment Officer
Wassila Dridi is a Principal Investment Officer in Water and Sanitation at the African Development Bank with more than ten years of experience. While based in Afdb’s headquarters: Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Wassila covers private financing operations in Water, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management including corporate finance, project finance and equity investments. She also covers the financing of subnational entities and publicly owned companies in the sector such as water utilities. Wassila has a proven ability to source and structure projects of various sizes. She also supports African countries in undertaking the necessary preparatory work to structure bankable projects. Passionate by private sector development, she brings in a diversified experience supporting SMEs and business leaders in developing their projects in the US, China, the Middle East and Africa by leading programs at multilateral development institutions, NGOs and commercial banks. Prior to the African Development Bank, Wassila has worked for the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking (CA-CIB) in Paris, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME Group) in Chicago, IL and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunisia.
Wassila studied international finance in France and the United States of America. She holds a Masters of Science from California State University and a Masters from Cergy Pontoise University in France. She is also a graduate from Paris Dauphine University in France.
Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Governance, University of The Witwatersrand
Mike MullerVisiting Adjunct Professor, School of Governance, University of The Witwatersrand
Moderators at the Conference
Consultant In the Water Sector
Roberto WhiteConsultant In the Water Sector
He is currently a consultant in strategic domain, infrastructure and water resources, with dispersed collaborations that include regional and provincial plans and institutional studies in the area of water and sanitation.
National Director of Water Resources Management in Mozambique
Messias MacieNational Director of Water Resources Management in Mozambique