Local Organising Committee
Dr Manjusha Sunil
Manager (Water Research Commission)
Dr Manjusha Sunil is the Manager for Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) at the Water Research Commission (WRC). She joined the WRC in November 2015. Manjusha holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of the Free State (UFS). She sits on the Innovation Investment Advisory Committee of the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Grand Challenge and is the Chairperson of the Innovation for Water and Sanitation division of WISA.
Member (JONATI Environmental Services)
Wendy Mey is co-owner of JONATI Environmental Services CC, a company that provides services in the disciplines of environmental consulting, water and wastewater management, field sampling and environmental testing, bee keeping and project management. Wendy holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal and has more than 20 years’ experience in the development and implementation of mine water management solutions.
Water Sector Specialist (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
Mthokozisi Ncube is employed as a Water Sector Specialist within the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) since November 2016. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
Executive Manager (Water Research Commission)
Dr Valerie Naidoo is the Executive Manager for Innovation and Business Development at the Water Research Commission. She has 10 years’ experience in wastewater treatment processes such as anaerobic digestion and activated sludge systems. Dr Naidoo has 5 years’ experience in industrial research and development processes in South Africa, UK and Turkey. She is currently leading research groups undertaking a variety of water related research projects in academia as well as within industry on subjects ranging from industrial wastewater, stormwater, sewerage and biotechnology. Valerie is currently the President of the Water Institute of Southern Africa.