Local Organising Committee

A conference for young leaders, by young leaders

YWP-Canada Chapter have been recommended by the IWA Emerging Water Leaders Steering Committee, and the IWA Board to host the International Young Water Professionals Conference 2019.

The Local Organising Committee – all young water professionals – are responsible for the event experience. They manage everything related to conference management, including the conference planning, the budget (with JOC approving all costs), the venue and catering, the social events, the career fair, the technical tours and other logistics.

Local Organising Committee

  • Siva Sarathy (Joint Organising Committee – JOC and Treasurer)
  • Farnaz Daynouri Pancino (Conference Chair and JOC)
  • Tasnim Amerian (Venue lead)
  • Alexander Imbault (Venue lead)
  • Bernardo Vazquez (Communications lead)
  • Nadia Koukoui (Communications lead)
  • Mehdi Bazri (Treasurer)
  • Malini Ghosh (Events Lead)
  • Roberta Maffettone (Events Lead)
  • Stephanie Gora (Social Lead)
  • Chris DeGroot (Programme Chair)
  • Elena Torfs (Programme committee)
  • Pankaj Chowdhury (Programme committee)
  • Hayat Raza (Local Programme committee)
  • Francesca Giaccherini (Career Fair Lead)
  • Medhavi Gupta (Career Fair Lead)
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Farnaz Daynouri Pancino

Conference Chair

Siva Sarathy

Siva Sarathy

YWP Canada Chair & Treasurer


Professor Elsayed Elbeshbishy

Chief Advisor to LOC

Alexander Imbault - Venue Committee

Alexander Imbault

Venue Lead

Tanin Amerian-Venue Lead

Tanin Amerian

Venue Lead


Bernardo Vazquez

Communication Lead

Nadia Koukoui - communications

Nadia Koukoui

Communication Lead

Malini Ghosh - Event Lead-2

Malini Ghosh

Event Lead

Roberta Maffettone Event Lead

Roberta Maffettone

Event Lead

Stephanie Gora - Social Lead

Stephanie Gora

Social Lead

Hayat Raza - Technical Program Committee

Hayat Raza

Local Programme Committee (support)

Francesca Giaccherini - Job Fair

Francesca Giaccherini

Career Fair Lead


Medhavi Gupta

Career Fair Lead

Mahdi Bazri - Treasurer

Mehdi Bazri


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