From the first (2014) till the 4th edition (2018), the preparation and monitoring of the event has been handled by a steering committee composed of four scholars:
- Dr Anne Casile, IRD, PALOC and IFP
- Dr Thanuja Mummidi, CSSEIP, Pondicherry University
- Dr Christophe Jalil Nordman, IRD, DIAL and IFP
- Dr Rémy Delage, CNRS, CEIAS, associated with the IFP
The role of this committee was to design the model of the SSWSP, to ensure information flow and strategic communication among various institutional partners and donors, to prepare funding proposals and to scientifically coordinate the event from its inception until its end and follow up.