Bambos Charalambous, Consulting Associate
Mr Charalambous’ experience in the water supply and sewerage sector spans over 35 years with project experience in Europe, West Africa, Asia, United Arab Emirates and Cyprus. He has unique experience in urban water distribution network management including non-revenue water (NRW) and water loss management with particular application to utility commercial efficiency programs, water audits and data validation’ non-revenue water reduction strategies, leakage assessment and control, asset management, and utility management coaching.
From 1995 to 2012 was the Director of Technical Services of the Water Board of Lemesos, a public water utility in Cyprus, with responsibilities over all technical matters, including planning, operation and maintenance of the water supply system. Since 2012, he has offered his experience as a consultant in the under projects funed by The World Bank, the German Development Bank (KfW) and the German Technical Assistance Agency (GIZ) in the area of non-revenue water and intermittent water supply systems.
Recently, he served as the Team Leader for the Capacity Building Program and Targeted Interventions to Achieve Commercial Efficiency and Business Planning for Water Utilities in the Danube River Catchment Area. In this assignment, for which Valu Add served as lead Joint Venture Partner, Mr. Charalambous developed, organized and implemented a “regional, results-based commercial efficiency in water and sanitation utilities training program”. Mr. Charalambous has extensive knowledge in the commercial activities of water utilities which entail the full Commercial Cycle (meters, readings, billing and collection), the development of relevant performance improvement plans and associated Key Performance Indicators.
He is well experienced in the development of a comprehensive commercial approach with well defined, tangible and realistic goals within the context of a financially self-sustaining utility as well as adopting participatory methods and techniques to stimulate awareness, creativity and engagement of utility staff in the context of achieving higher levels of performance and efficiency.
Mr Charalambous has published numerous papers on issues related to the management of urban water supplies and of water sources, and taken part in many research projects, conferences, seminars, workshops and debates. He is Past Chairperson of the International Water Association’s (IWA) Water Loss Task Force and is currently the Chair of the Non‐Revenue/Intermittent Water Supply Task Group of the IWA.