Valerie Naidoo comes from Durban on the East coast of South Africa. She completed Masters and PhD degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal in the Pollution Research Group (Department of Chemical Engineering), with experience in wastewater systems. She has 6 years industry experience at Unilever South Africa and Unilever AMET (Africa, Middle East and Turkey) in innovations development and implementation. Currently, she is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission. Valerie is the Past President of the Water Institute of Southern Africa, and previous Chair of the Board of the Water Institute of Southern Africa, a 3000-membership body for water sector professionals in Southern Africa. Currently is a member of IWA Innovators Platform Steering Committee.