January 11, 2010
WaterAid Announces the Selection of Dr. David Winder as CEO, America commencing January 1, 2010
New York, NY
Dr. David Winder
– WaterAid's Board of Directors in America is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Winder as the organization’s new CEO.
Dr. Winder brings with him extensive experience with foundation and non-profit organizations, funding and implementing human rights and social justice programs in Latin America, Southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia in partnership with non-governmental organizations, governments and the private sector.
Mr. Gregory Hodkinson, Chair of WaterAid in America said of Dr. Winder’s selection, “I would like to be the first to congratulate David and welcome him to WaterAid. David’s experience in so many developing countries as well as with highly respected institutions will only strengthen our collective ability to contribute to WaterAid’s global mission of improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.”
Having seen first hand the transformative effects that safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation have in reducing disease and child mortality in the world’s poorest communities, I feel honored to be joining an organization with a strong record in promoting and securing poor people’s access to these basic rights.
Dr. David Winder
Prior to becoming WaterAid’s Acting CEO in America in August 2009, Dr. Winder’s career spanned the non-profit, foundation and academic spheres.
Dr. Winder started his career in international development as a United Nations volunteer in Chile and then managed graduate programs, taught courses in public administration, social development planning and rural development policy and planning, and conducted research at the University of Manchester's Institute for Development Policy and Management in England.
For over a decade he served the Ford Foundation as Regional Representative for Mexico and Central America and as Regional Representative for Southeast Asia focusing attention on developing new programs in human rights and social justice, maternal and child health and community natural resource management.
Dr. Winder commented: “Having seen first hand the transformative effects that safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation have in reducing disease and child mortality in the world’s poorest communities, I feel honored to be joining an organization with a strong record in promoting and securing poor people’s access to these basic rights."
He continued: "I am committed to ensuring that governments, international organizations and international non-profits increase their awareness of the critical need to invest in water and sanitation services and acquire the skills to implement effective programs with community participation. I am greatly looking forward to working with our dedicated Board, global staff, volunteers and colleagues to increase the quality and impact of our work in the coming decade.”