Ms Mai Flor, WaterLinks
MAI FLOR, a Filipino national, has degrees in Law and Economics from the University of the Philippines, and more than 20 years of work experience in the urban water supply sector having worked for government, private enterprise and international development institutions. Mai is currently the Executive Director of WaterLinks, a regional network founded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to promote Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) or peer-to-peer learning between water and wastewater providers in Asia to expand and improve quality access to safe water and sustainable sanitation.
Mai has worked with the Suez Group, as Head of Business Development for Miya in Asia and earlier in her career with the Philippine Government. Mai has served as Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Water Resources Development and Management as well as Task Force El Nino under then Philippine President, Fidel V. Ramos.
Mai’s background, experience, and manner have positioned her on several global panels, and speaking engagements at a variety of international fora. She is a globally recognised sector leader having served as a member of the Nominating Committee of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize (2007-2012), the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the water sector. She also served as a member of the Selection Committee of the Stockholm Industry Prize (2012-2016). Earlier she was on the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership (2000-2003) and more recently, she served as a member of an Advisory Panel to guide and monitor a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project on Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Management in Developing Countries implemented by the Asian Institute of Technology.