Bounthavivanh Mixap

As the founder of YesEM, I have a strong background in leading change in the water, gender equity and tourism sectors. I am the facilitator of the Emerging Water Professionals Program of the International RiverFoundation in Australia. I have worked with Melbourne Water, OXFAM (covering transboundary water governance programs in the Mekong and South Asia), Australian AID (Mekong Water Resources Team), UN International Labour Organisation, Global Water Partnership, and Engineers Without Borders. I serve on the Alliance for Water Stewardship Board of Directors as the Deputy Chair. Alliance for Water Stewardship is a global network dedicated to advancing and deepening the impact of credible water stewardship. Through our collaborative work we inspire water users and managers to be responsible stewards of our freshwater resources.

Organisational Capability

  • As the founder of YesEM, I have a strong background in leading change in the water, gender equity and tourism sectors. I am the facilitator of the Emerging Water Professionals Program of the International RiverFoundation in Australia. I have worked with Melbourne Water, OXFAM (covering transboundary water governance programs in the Mekong and South Asia), Australian AID (Mekong Water Resources Team), UN International Labour Organisation, Global Water Partnership, and Engineers Without Borders. I serve on the Alliance for Water Stewardship Board of Directors as the Deputy Chair. Alliance for Water Stewardship is a global network dedicated to advancing and deepening the impact of credible water stewardship. Through our collaborative work we inspire water users and managers to be responsible stewards of our freshwater resources.

Projects

  • Emerging Water Professional Program
    Design and deliver program to foster cross-generational and cross-sector learning and collaboration. It is about the development of innovative practices and creativity, and support the personal and professional development of EWPs, thereby empowering them to catalyse the critical changes necessary for effective ecosystem-based management that measurably works towards the achievement of the SDGs.
  • Clearwater Prioritisation of its services
    I lead the design and consultation processes with stakeholders (academia, consultants, state and local government, water utilities) in Victoria, Australia to design services to enhance the capacity of water professionals.
  • Oxfam Transboundary Water Governance
    Developed and delivered water governance training of facilitators for civil society groups in the Mekong Region benefiting more than 150 people (72 females). Developed and organised regional gender and women’s leadership in water governance workshops in partnership with IUCN, with more than 130 attendees from the Mekong region. Delivered training of trainers on gender impact assessment in hydropower development.