“The Water Professional of the Year Award honours an individual who has displayed a sustained passion and continued commitment to the water industry, and who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and influence in the Pacific water sector.
For 2018, the award is given to Mr Opetaia Ravai, former CEO of Water Authority of Fiji, and former Chairman of PWWA.
Mr Ravai assumed chairmanship of PWWA from 2011 and under his leadership, PWWA undertook a reform programme that saw the re-vamping and modernisation of the organisation’s Constitution, re-building the governance framework for PWWA which saw the establishment of a Council, a smaller (10-member) Board of Directors and subsequently establishing a permanent Secretariat in late 2016. In 2015, the first Water Ministers Forum was convened as part of the PWWA Annual Conference and Expo, seen as a step forward for soliciting the political support for establishing PWWA as the regional “voice for water in the Pacific”.
He was a driving force in securing funding for PWWA to finance the establishment of a permanent Secretariat with permanent staff, and establishing a capacity building programme for its members that included the Young Water Professionals programme launched in 2017. He continued to encourage growth of the organisation by seeking new members and ways to encourage new membership in PWWA.
Mr Ravai is well-respected and known in PWWA circles as a pragmatic but visionary leader who has tremendous rapport with all categories of members of PWWA.”
“For his visionary leadership and service to PWWA for many years”… the Board of Directors presented Mr Opetaia Ravai with a recognition plague after receiving the PWWA Water Professional Award 2018 at Noumea, New Caledonia.
Cited at the Awards Night Noumea New Caledonia
Thursday 9 August 2018