100 Water Heroes: Dr. Valerie Naidoo


Executive Manager at Water Research Commission

Dr. Valerie Naidoo is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission (WRC) where she is leading innovative water research and development initiatives. The WRC “funds and facilitates research in water-related innovation and disseminates such knowledge for the advancement of national water security.”

Prior to her work with WRC, Valerie obtained her Masters and PhD in Water Treatment Systems. She worked as a Project Coordinator for the Pollution Research Group, and continued on to join Unilever’s Research and Development Manager in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Valerie is also currently the Chairperson of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a non-profit company that seeks to encourage, “professional excellence in the water sector through building expertise, sharing knowledge and improving quality of life.”

Valerie is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading key research initiatives in the water and development sectors of South Africa.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/valerie-naidoo-b03596131