IAWD Team

Walter Kling

President

Walter works for the City of Vienna, at Vienna Waterworks. In 2011 he was appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Vienna Waterworks, a position which he still stays on. He serves as IAWD Secretary General since 1993 and currently also as IAWD president since 2017. Walter Kling joined the work of the Austrian Water Association and in 1993, when he was delegated to represent Vienna within IWSA. Since the launch of IWA in 2000, Walter Kling supported the development of the new association in the region of Eastern Europe by organizing a number of events. Maintaining an excellent network of contacts, he applied to organize the IWA – World Water Congress 2008 in Vienna. Starting from 2003, the Congress President Walter Kling served with great commitment to secure best circumstances for IWA, IAWD and the City of Vienna to run a successful conference. In September 2010 he was elected IWA – Vice-President, re-elected in Busan 2012 and served in this position until 2014. In 2010 he initiated the development of the Danube Water Program, which was launched jointly by the World Bank and IAWD in 2012.

Katerina Schilling

Communication and Program Manager 
Interim Head of IAWD Head of Technical Secretariat

After earning a master’s degree in Biology with a specialization in freshwater ecology from the University of Vienna, Katerina joined the Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Water Quality, Resources and Waste Management as a Research Assistant where she has been employed. Her work focused on projects dealing with water quality and included lecturing in basic and advanced courses for operators of wastewater treatment plants. She obtained her PhD within the framework of “The Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems” at the TU Wien.

Since 2006 she has also been actively involved in the national and international activities of the International Water Association (IWA) and is a member of the Austrian IWA Governing Member in which she founded the Austrian Young Water Professionals and chaired their activities until December 2014.

Her involvement in the YWP agenda of the IWA World Water Congress in 2008 in Vienna led to her becoming chair of the global IWA YWP Steering Committee and the representative of the YWP on the IWA Board of Directors (BoD). Since 2011 she has also been a member of the IWA Strategic Council (SC) representing Research Institutes.

Emilija Milunovic

RCDN Project Manager

Emilija joined the IAWD team in April 2020 as Program Assistant supporting capacity building activties for water supply and sanitation utilities in the Danube Region. Since September 2021, Emilija is in charge of IAWD acitivities in the frame of the Regional Capacity Development Network (RCDN) project.

Prior to joining IAWD, Ms. Milunovic interned with GIZ, supporting two projects on rural development in the Western Balkans, based in Skopje and Belgrade (2016 – 2017). She also worked with Kommunalkredit Public Consulting in Vienna, providing technical assistance to the development of grants for environmental projects in Austria (2012-2015). Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Emilija is based in Vienna and holds a BSc in Environment and Bio-Resources Management, from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. 

Antonia Püspök

IAWD Assistant

Antonia started working for IAWD in April 2022 as an assistant in charge of administrative and financial association business and communication. Before joining IAWD, Antonia spent several years at home with her four kids. During that time she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Vienna specializing in the field of urban planning and regional development.