Geneva, 30 March 2016 – The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is pleased to announce Ms. Unjela Kaleem as its new Head of External Affairs, Communications and Coordination.
Ms. Kaleem comes to WSSCC with high-level expertise in all aspects of corporate communications, public affairs, corporate sustainability and stakeholder engagement, with associative experience in consumer insights and brand communications planning. She has extensive global experience in successfully leading in senior management roles with key fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Nestlé, public sector actors such as the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank.
Ms. Kaleem brings to WSSCC multidimensional outcome-driven management skills in converting actions into results and delivering on time. Her diverse skills set, international experience and leadership abilities make her well-suited to diverse cultural settings, such as in the UN-based WSSCC.
“WSSCC’s work today is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those which aim to improve equal access to sanitation and hygiene and which deliver better health, education and gender equity outcomes,” says Christopher W. Williams, WSSCC’s Executive Director. “Ms. Kaleem will be crucial in our efforts to position the organization as a leading development stakeholder. Our work to support countries to increase access through the Global Sanitation Fund, on policies and action around menstrual hygiene management, and in engaging our members and other stakeholders, will all benefit from her expertise.”
At WSSCC, Ms. Kaleem serves on the Senior Management Team and leads a department of 12 people representing 11 different nationalities. The organization has embarked upon an ambitious new WSSCC Strategy 2017-2020 which, among other goals, aims to empower 12 million people to achieve safe sanitation in the next four years.
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