Michael John Webster

Executive Director, Water & Sanitation Directorate, City of Cape Town

Michael John Webster

Executive Director, Water & Sanitation Directorate, City of Cape Town

Biography

Mike Webster is the Executive Director of the Water and Sanitation Directorate in the City of Cape Town. In this position, he leads the Water and Sanitation Department of the municipality that is responsible for the full water cycle from “source to tap” and back to the environment. The department serves the 4 million people of Cape Town through 660,000 water and sewer connections and 20,000 km of pipeline. The department has 4,800 staff, an annual operating budget of over USD 500 million (equivalent) and an annual capital budget of USD 180 million equivalent. The Executive Director is part of the Executive Management Team reporting to the City Manager.

Prior to joining the City of Cape Town in 2018, Mike worked for the World Bank for 16 years as a water and sanitation specialist based in Washington DC. He joined the Bank through the Young Professionals Programme and worked in operations in South Asia, Europe and Central Asia and Africa with field assignments in Delhi and Harare. Mike was Task Team Leader for over 20 investment operations in water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, municipal services, rural infrastructure, environmental protection and urban upgrading.

Mike graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Cape Town in 1990 and went on to do an MSc in engineering at Loughborough University and a Master’s in Public Policy at Princeton University.