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The Team

The African Water Facility is headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with satellite offices in Tunisia (Tunis) and South Africa (Pretoria).

The AWF Secretariat administers applications, grants, partnerships and operations. The team of technical experts upraises projects, offers technical advice and monitors projects all the way to completion.


Osward Chanda 

Director - Water and Sanitation Department

Osward Chanda was appointed Director for the African Development Bank's Water Development and Sanitation Department and the African Water Facility in 2021. A global player in the water sector, Chanda has been recognized as an International Water Association Fellow, and has served on the Word Water Council Governing Board. Chanda has worked on infrastructure development financing, water services regulation, institutional reforms, policy and strategy development. Chanda holds a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering from Zambia, and a master's degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. 

Osward Chanda

Director - Water and Sanitation Department

AWF Secretariat

Mtchera Johannes Chirwa


Samuel Blazyk

Chief Program and Coordination Officer

Sagbo Kouamé, Rolande Denise

Unit Assistant

Foday Kargbo

Principal Finance Administration and Resource Management Officer


Technical experts

Maureen Ntege-Wasswa

Senior Sanitation Engineer

Franz Hollhuber

Principal Water and Sanitation Specialist

Dr. Debjyoty Mukherjee

Principal Public-Private Partnership Finance Expert 

Frederick Tumusiime

Principal Sanitation Specialist

Kente Liliane Sandra

Principal Sanitation Specialist

Cecil Dulu Nundwe

Principal Water Resources Management Officer