Archived Webinar

Breaking the Glass Ceiling- Promoting Women’s Leadership in Water Institutions

The COVID-19 Pandemic has shed additional light on the differential impact of crisis on women, and highlighted the importance of female representation in decision making roles at the institutional and community level.  While evidence shows that communities and business stand to gain from increased diversity at leadership levels, particularly in emergency crisis response and recovery, women remain largely underrepresented in decision making roles in water.

During this Equal Aqua Webinar, speakers will share entry-points and examples of initiatives to help women advance their careers in the water sector, including networking initiatives and activities to enhance women’s leadership skills.

This is the first webinar of the “Getting to Equal Aqua” webinar series, organized by the Equal Aqua Partnership Platform. During each webinar of this series, different practical approaches to address barriers faced by women throughout their career cycle in water sector jobs will be discussed.

About the Presenters

Priscillah Oluoch

Deputy Technical Manager, Malindi Water and Sewerage Company (MAWASCO). Kenya

Priscillah Oluoch is the Deputy Technical Manager of Malindi Water & Sewerage Company Ltd, one of the water utility companies in Kenya tasked with various operational roles which span from Operations & Maintenance, design and supervision of new and network rehabilitation projects, resource mobilization for the utility programs as well liaison with development partners. She is  also the Chair NRW Task Group of the WASPA Benchmarking Forum for the last 4 years where she is tasked to motivate the participants reach their full potential as well as induct new members into the program. Formerly an employee of HP Gauff Consulting Engineers responsible for design & supervision of projects. She therefore combines technical, managerial, communication and programs management skills out of her over 20 experience in utility management work in the Kenyan Water Sector.

Imke Simpson

Assistant Dean, Custom Programs, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Imke Simpson is responsible for program development for Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs, centering on global leadership, strategy, FinTech, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and diversity and inclusion for organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. Simpson previously worked as associate director of program management at Georgetown McDonough, managing the delivery of executive customized programs for clients such as SK Group, KPMG, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to joining the team at Georgetown, Simpson developed and implemented professional exchange programs for dignitaries across the world as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degrees in business and management as well as sociology from Albion College in Michigan.

Target Audience

Water Institution Managers and Staff, Equal Equa Platform Partners, Water Global Practice Task Teams and Staff, World Bank Staff.

Questions Submitted


- Jun 4, 2021


- Jan 13, 2021

Jared Troy

- Oct 29, 2020
Really interesting. Thank you.

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Oct 7, 2020
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