Wendy Francken received the baton of the EWA Presidency for the period 2023-2025 from her predecessor Raymond Erpelding during the annual EWA Council Meeting held in Antwerp after the EWA/VLARIO Spring Conference. Harsha Ratnaweera from the Norwegian Water Association started his mandate as vice president.
Wendy Francken is currently the managing director of VLARIO in Belgium. VLARIO is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization in Flanders (Belgium). It is the consulting platform and the information and knowledge centre for Flemish sewerage professionals.
Mrs. Francken has been a member of the EWA Management Committee since 2012. She became vice president of the EWA in 2021. She is very much involved in the activities of the association as she has been since 2012 Chairwoman of the European Policy Committee (EPC). The committee follows the work of the European Commission and arranges regular meetings with officials in the Commission, responsible for activities of relevance to water management. The committee gives comments and advice to official European institutions on behalf of its members.