We take a look at the WPC2016 conference chairperson and keynote speakers.

Conference chairperson
Mike MullerThis year’s conference chairperson is professor Mike Muller, a commissioner in South Africa’s first National Planning Commission and a visiting adjunct professor at the Wits School of Governance. He currently advises a range of South African and international organisations on water and development issues.

A registered professional engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the South African Academy of Engineering and the Water Institute of Southern Africa, Muller’s career started as a trainee engineer in the London Borough of Lambeth including a six month stint in the drains division. So, at the WPC, he will be returning to his roots.

Shayne La CombreShayne La Combre
Shayne La Combre is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC). PICAC is a unique facility offering world class training, in many cases with facilities without equal anywhere else in the world. Shayne was appointed CEO in December 2012 and, as a board member since February 2011, he has been instrumental in the continuous expansion of the training centre.

In 2011 Shayne was elected to the board of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) and is the deputy chair for the 2013 – 2016 term. The WPC is committed to improving the standards of plumbing around the world to give better access to safe drinking water and sanitation to all. Prior to this, Shayne was director of plumbing at Victoria’s plumbing industry regulator, the Plumbing Industry Commission (now the Victorian Building Authority), a role he held for 7 years.

Doulaye koneDr. Doulaye Kone
Dr. Doulaye Kone, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be talking on ‘The human right to water and sanitation, the impact on energy and health, within the framework of the UN resolutions, post 2015, and the roll of regulations for sustainable plumbing as well as the role of plumbing design and installation.”

Dr. Koné is currently working as senior programme officer, on the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program (Global Development) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Koné has more than 15 years’ experience as water and sanitation specialist in developing countries (excreta and wastewater management). Prior to AfWA, he worked as Senior Programme Officer and Group leader coordinating an international research and development portfolio at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec). Dr. Koné has authored several technical, scientific and policy publications. He has mentored several PhD and MSc students in Africa, Asia and Europe.


DaveDave Viola
Dave Viola’s keynote address will focus on ‘The effect of global warming on water supply, water recycling and alternative methods for sustainable plumbing, including the impact on the nature of regulations and standard going forward.” Viola is currently the chief operating officer (COO) and senior vice-president of business strategy at the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO.)

Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as the technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years, where he oversaw all code and standard development, product certification and water efficiency activities. Before coming to PMI, Viola was the staff secretary for the International Plumbing Code from 1994 until 1998 while working for BOCA International and the International Code Council. Dave also served as the staff secretary for the BOCA National Plumbing Code from 1991 until 1994.