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Monday, May 25 2020 - 09:00
WSSCC Names New Executive Director
GENEVA, May 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UNOPS 
announce the appointment of Mr Dominic O'Neill as the new Executive Director of 
WSSCC. Mr O'Neill brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of 
experiences in the development industry on a national and global level. He will 
commence this new assignment in September 2020.

Mr O'Neill currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the World Wildlife 
Fund International. He is also a non-executive Director on the Board of the 
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Additionally, he has assumed the 
position of the United Kingdom's Executive Director on the Board of the African 
Development Bank, where he chaired the committee on human resources, 
information technology and administration.

"WSSCC is at a critical point in its 30-year history as it evolves into the 
Sanitation and Hygiene Fund by 2021. Mr Dominic O'Neill's understanding of both 
public health and environmental issues as well as his political acumen makes 
him the ideal candidate to lead the organization through this transformation," 
said Ms Hind Othman-Khatib, Executive Chair of WSSCC.

The Steering Committee of WSSCC recently approved the new 2021-2025 strategy, 
under which the organization is evolving into a global financing mechanism, the 
Sanitation and Hygiene Fund 
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response to the sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health crisis. The new Fund 
will formally begin operations on 1 January 2021.

Mr O'Neill joined the World Wildlife Fund in 2017, after 15 years with the 
Department for International Development (DFID), the UK government's foreign 
aid agency, most recently as head of the United Nations and Commonwealth 
Department overseeing the UK's funding to various UN agencies. Prior to this, 
Mr O'Neill worked for DFID in Yemen, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Nepal and as an 
Environmental Health Policy advisor. Prior experience also includes serving as 
a District Environmental Officer for the Namibian Ministry of Health and as a 
Country Director for Raleigh International.

"I am very honoured to join WSSCC at this transformational moment," Mr O'Neill 
said. "Sanitation and hygiene are key to so many things, including public 
health, environmental protection, and achieving the Sustainable Development 
Goals. It is time to scale up solutions, based on a multi-stakeholder approach, 
and ensure sanitation and hygiene for all."

Born in the UK, Mr O'Neill has qualifications in environmental health and water.

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About WSSCC 
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council is a UNOPS-hosted 
[ ]membership organization with 30 years of expertise 
working to improve sanitation and hygiene for those most left behind and least 
able to respond. WSSCC has been focusing on SDG 6.2 (sanitation, hygiene and 
menstrual health). Learn more on our website [ ]and 
connect with us on Facebook [ ] 
and Twitter [ ].

Press contact
Hiroyuki Saito, Head of Corporate Communications and Advocacy
Tel: +41 22 552 5212; Mobile: +41 79 684 3598; Email:

Available for interviews
- Hind Khatib-Othman, Executive Chair of WSSCC

Source:  WSSCC