A New International Leadership Program for Practitioners in the Water Sector

To deliver on the goal of providing universal access to clean water and improved sanitation, to better balance the water needs of economies and societies with those of ecosystems, to clean up our waterways, restore our river basins and to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change we need to build leadership capacity across the water sector, globally. To do so we need to encourage and cultivate emerging water leaders across all levels of all organisations to connect, collaborate and drive change more rapidly than ever before. We need to develop team leaders to motivate and enable more effectively, we need to cultivate authenticity and ethics, we need champions for new ideas-technologies-practices, and we need to develop cross-boundary to transform the way we think about and act to manage water.

The Pathway Program is the International WaterCentre’s new globally focused water leadership development program. Comprised of three levels the purpose of the Pathway Program is to provide an easily accessible, foundational leadership development program for water professionals and practitioners to strengthen their ability to exert influence and drive positive change in their projects and workplaces, and to address our most significant water-related challenges.

Level 1 of the Program begins in September 2024 and is a 10 week, interactive, online course that introduces participants to foundational leadership concepts and provides guidance and ‘leadership stories’ (i.e. short case studies and personal stories from distinguished water leaders) on how to address common leadership challenges in the water sector.

Read on, download our brochure and watch two short films from emerging water leaders globally to find out more about why developing water leadership skills is important, and how you can go about doing so. We are accepting applications for the Pathway Program now to start on Monday 2nd September 2024. Join 100+ emerging global water leaders to begin your journey this year.

Water Leadership Stories

Watch these videos from two outstanding emerging water leaders from around the world – Antonella Vagliente and Yang Villa – to learn why strengthening water leadership capacity globally is important.

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the ability of water professionals and practitioners to drive positive change and deliver more sustainable forms of water management.
  • To provide a practical, accessible, enjoyable and effective entry-level leadership development program for water professionals and practitioners working anywhere in the global water sector, irrespective of their organisational position, leadership experience or financial resources.
  • To enable a large number of water leaders from around the world each year to help build the collective leadership capacity needed to address the world’s most significant water challenges and achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal number 6.
  • To help program participants to build their knowledge, skill and confidence to engage in leadership, with a focus on addressing common leadership-related challenges that are experienced by water leaders around the world.
  • To help prepare program participants for their long term leadership development journey with tangible early results expected within 3 months, and knowledge of how to manage their own development throughout their careers and to engage in developing others.
  • To provide a pathway for self-motivated water professionals and practitioners to move through three levels of progressively more challenging and powerful leadership development experiences if they wish to continue to strengthen their leadership capacity and magnify their impact as water leaders.

Please CLICK HERE to read further information on The Pathway Program.

Register Now for Pathway Program Level 1 (International)

For participants based outside of Australia - Click the link below to make payment by credit card. If you are an organisation looking to sign up multiple staff and would prefer to pay by invoice please email iwc_training@griffith.edu.au


For Domestic participants

Based in Australia