Maria Amakali is a Director in the Directorate Water Resources Management in the Department of Water Affairs in Namibia. She is a water resource manager with extensive experience in issues related to transboundary water management, integrated water resources management and water supply security issues in Namibia and SADC.

She participated in several SADC water management projects, as a technical task team member and Commissioner on several international shared river basin commissions such as the Orange-Senqu, Kunene and Cuvelai Basins, as well as GWP-SA board.

She is a Director on the SADC Groundwater Management Institute board.