Mr. James Leten

Position at SIWI: Programme Manager, Water Integrity Capacity Building
Phone: +46 8 121 360 92


Mr. James Leten is an institutional and IWRM expert leading the “Regional Capacity Building Programme on Promoting Water Integrity in Sub-Saharan Africa” under the UNDP-Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF) since September 2011. He coordinates the water integrity promotion and capacity-building activities at WGF and provides applied research and advisory services in the areas of water governance performance and institutional strengthening.


For over a decade, he has been working with diverse policy and strategy development activities and institutional reforms of the water sector in Africa. In his work, he strives to maximise the internalisation (institutionally and financially) of the anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems into communities’ development plans, based upon the values of equity and maintenance of environmental capital.  He’s particularity interested in stakeholder mobilisation and participation in integrated management, as well as in understanding what can drive the required collective actions in IWRM and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).


Mr. James Leten graduated as an engineer, specialised in the wastewater treatment processes. While working as an engineer in industrial water treatment processes, he became increasingly interested in the institutional and governance aspect of water management.  In 2002, he joined UNEP in Nairobi where he supported the Natural Resources Management activities of the Regional Office for Africa. Later he worked at UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy and Implementation, where he contributed to the development of UNEP’s Water Policies and Strategies, and led the programme development and financing processes. In 2006, he moved back to Europe to take a position of Project Manager and institutional expert in the Advisory Group International Water & Ecology at the international consultant Royal Haskoning.