Catarina de Albuquerque was the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation from 2008 to 2014. She is now Executive Chair of the global partnership Sanitation and Water for All. She has lectured in American and European universities for 20 years. She was awarded the Human Rights Gold Medal by the Portuguese Parliament and the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic.
She was the winner of the IWA 2016 Global Water Award, an award which recognizes the exceptional role she has played as the driving force behind the recognition of the fundamental human right to water and sanitation.