With more then 10 years experiences with many water agencies, Simone, holding a PhD and a Master of Science, serves in various capacities and locations of the water and sanitation sector as policy advisor, consultant and academic. As economist by training she is specialized in water pricing and tariff setting, water sector regulation, institutional regime formation and good governance of the urban water sector. She is working with government partners in intergovernmental and local government reform processes, capacity building, financing, private sector participation, community accountability and human rights issues. Simone has gained large experience in working with utilities and local governments to improve their role in delivering safe and reliable water to the poor through sector regulation, alternative fincing instruments, public-private partnerships of network-based services, corporatization and commercialization of utilities. Since 2000 her work is focusing on the Middle East and Europe on behalf of different governmental and non-governmental organizations. In 2007 Simone has broadened her regional focus and is now working as long term expert on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GTZ) in Southern Africa as economic advisor to the National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) of Zambia. Simone is the author of several publications on different aspects of water and sanitation services as well as human rights issues.