Brisbane, Australia

Diana Gonzalez Botero

Senior Project Officer - Behaviour Change

International WaterCentre


Diana is passionate about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the integration of different aspects of water and water systems management, and working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6. She has worked with NGOs, research organisations, government institutions, universities and the private sector on different water and environmental projects in Colombia, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati.

As a Project Officer at the International WaterCentre, Diana works on projects focusing on M&E, applied research, and capacity development of water sector practitioners in Pacific island countries. Her applied research work consists in designing and conducting research in communities and schools and translating findings into practical actions for practitioners and stakeholders. Her work involves traveling to different Pacific island countries, where she works closely with local partners, providing training and supporting the work they do.

Currently, her projects are on different aspects of WASH and water management, particularly focusing on research for rural community-based water management and behaviour change for improved hygiene practices (hand-washing with soap and safe infant faeces management). Her previous projects were on sanitation marketing in informal communities, menstrual hygiene management, integration of WASH and sports for development, climate change adaptation and water and agriculture. Her other interests are water security, water and gender, menstrual hygiene management, and leadership skills in the water sector, especially for young people.

Diana is an active young water professional (YWP), committed to advocating for young people’s voices to be heard and represented. She is currently serving as a YWP representative in the International Water Association Australia committee, a member of the Australian Water Association Queensland branch YWP committee and co-chair for the upcoming AWA/IWA Australia and New Zealand Young Water Professionals conference.

  • Master of Science in Water Security and International Development, University of East Anglia
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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