HRH Willem-Alexander has been playing prominent role in raising awareness and galvanizing actions in international efforts to improve global water and sanitation situation, since he took the post of Patron of Global Water Partnership in 1998. He chaired 2nd World Water Forum in the Hague in March 2000, a pivotal event that helped world's attention drawn to the need to change "business as usual" on water and sanitation management into more coherent, integrated approach. In 2002, he was appointed as Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons convened at the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to issue recommendations for the UN conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg. The Prince served on the Panel as an expert on water management.
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Former Parliamentary Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Former Personal G8-Africa Representative of Chancellor Schroder of Germany. Former Member of Parliament for the Green Party, Germany.
President of the Arab Water Council (2005 - now). Former Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of Egypt. Chairman of the African Water Facility Board of Governors. Member of the USGAB Board of Governors and founder of the World Water Council. PhD in subterranean water. Head of Egypt's National Centre for Water Researches 1979-1997; head of the Egyptian Irrigation Minister's Technical Bureau 1973-1975. Served as a member of the international committee that supervised the project to bring water from the south of China to the north.
Utilities Officer, coordinates PSI's international work on the utilities of water, waste and energy. This includes policy work on finance and governance of utilities as well as worker representation in multinational utility corporations. Coordinates corporate social responsibility and ethical investment issues for worker-trustee pension funds. Prior to coming to PSI in 1998, Mr. Boys worked for 11 years with the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC., with responsibilities for coordinating policy and activities in the Canadian region.
Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (1987-2000). Governor of the Bank of France 1984-1987; Chairman of the Paris Club 1978-1984; Chair of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure ("The Camdessus Panel").
Director of UNEP New York OfficeFormer IUCN Special Advisor for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Has served as Regional Director of IUCN (the World Conservation Union), Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, and representative of Colombia at the United Nations during the UNCED process.
Ms. Catley-Carlson is Chair, Global Agenda Council on Water Security for the World Economic Forum; and Patron for the Global Water Partnership.
She has worked on global issues and the management of international economic and social development: as a Canadian diplomat, as Deputy Director General of UNICEF, President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and of the New York based Population Council. She has served on close to two dozen Boards of global policy, science and international financial organizations. In Agriculture, these have included service as Chair of the Crop Diversity Trust, of the ICARDA and CABI Boards, the Syngenta Foundation Board, Fertilizer Development Council and The World Food Prize Advisory Council. For water management these included Chair of the Global Water Partnership, Global Water Supply Sanitation Council, and the Suez Environment Advisory Board the International Water Management Institute. She is a Member of the Rosenberg Forum and the Advisory Council to the Library of Alexandria. She has 10 Honorary Degrees and is a Companion of the Order of Canada
Minister of Water Resources of China(2007-), Deputy Commander-in-Chief, State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, Member of State Council South-to-North Water Diversion Project Construction Committee, Member of State Council Three Gorge Project Construction Committee, Executive Vice-Chairman, People's Government of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region(2005-2007), Vice-Minister of Water Resources(2001-2005), Director-General, Department of Planning and Programming, Ministry of Water Resources(2000-2001) , Director-General, Department of Irrigation, Drainage and Rural Water Supply, Ministry of Water Resources(1996-2000); Chairman of Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage(1998-2000).
Mr. Chen Lei, born in Beijing in June 1954, graduated from Beijing Graduate School of North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power with a Master Degree of Engineering, majoring in farmland water conservancy engineering. He is a professor-level senior engineer.
A founding member of Red Thread, a women's collective in Guyana, former president of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and a current board member of the North-South Institute. As a businesswoman, Ms. Dow is committed to environmentally sound development, exemplified in her pioneering furniture company, Liana Cane Interiors, which is based on the sustainable use of non-timber forest products. She has served as a board member of the Caribbean Conservation Association and as a member of the Guyana Elections Commission and of the External Gender Consultative Group of the World Bank. Ms. Dow was appointed to the UN Secretary-General's Panel of Eminent Persons for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
President of Hydroaid, a non profit association that provides training in water resource management to emerging and developing countries (2002- ). Special Rapporteur of the Commission of the United Nations for Human Rights (1999-2001). UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director-General of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) (1991-1997). Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (1992-1997). Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (1985-1991). Director General for Emigration and Social Affairs in Italy's Foreign Ministry and Director General of the Department of Cooperation and Development (1981-1985). Italy's Ambassador to Somalia (1973-1976) and to Syria (1976-1980). Recipient of the Silver Medal for Civil Bravery of Italy, the Legion d' honneur of France and the Knighthood in the Order of Merit of Italy.
Former Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs (1994-98) and of Finance (1998-2000). Former member of World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (The Camdessus Panel). Former President and CEO of Bancomext, Mexico's export-import bank. Mr. Gurria has written and lectured on international relations, economics, finance, debt and globalization.
Former Prime Minister of Republic of Korea
Founding Chair, High-Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster/ UNSGAB
Honorary President, Korea Water Forum , Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change,
President of the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly(2001-02), Received 2001 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the UN; Korea's Foreign Minister
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chief of Staff to the President, Korean Ambassador to the USA, Minister of Trade and Industry
Advisor to His Majesty the King of Morocco
Honorary President of the African Development Bank
Former President, African Development Bank (1995-2005)
Member of the Conseil d' administration of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
Chair and Founding Member, Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia & the Pacific (SDSAP)
Board of Director, UNEP-IETC (Shiga, Japan)
Former Chair and President of the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption & Production; Member of the Expert Group UNEP on 10 Year Framework Programme for Sustainable Consumption & Production (Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Seoul, Korea; Changsha-Hunnan Province, China; Tokyo, Japan); Member of the UNEP Life Cycle Impact Assessment Working Group (LCIA); former President, Philippine Pollution Prevention Roundtable (P3R); Board Member, Policy Advisory Group International Lead Management Center; Environmental Consultant to Projects for JOANNEUM Research Institute of Austria, Asian Development Bank, InWent, United States Asia Environment Program, UNCTAD and UNIDO.
Former Head, currently boardmember of the Brazilian Association of Municipal Water and Sanitation Public Operators (ASSEMAE). Member of the former International Working Group, representing the Public Sector, for The Water Dialogues - a multistakeholder initiative to review whether and how Private Sector Participation can contribute to delivering water and sanitation services to the poor. Former head of the Municipal Water and Sanitation Services in Recife, Brazil, and director of some of the most developed municipal- and state-owned Brazilian public operators. A Civil Engineer, with specializing in Water and Sanitation and Public Health, Mr. Miranda has 32 years of experience in the water and sanitation area. During the last fifteen years has been engaged in the institutional reforms for the improvement of water and sanitation services, with special focus on participatory processes. Currently, is an independent consultant.
Minister of Water, Lands and Environment, REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
Former President of AFRICAN MINISTERIAL COUNCIL ON WATER (AMCOW, 2005-2007)
Former Commissioner of the European Union for Development and Humanitarian Aid (1999-2004). Danish Minister for Development Cooperation 1994- 1999 and Energy 1979-1982. Played an active role in most of the global UN conferences from Copenhagen 1995 to Monterrey and Johannesburg 2002. Member of Danish Parliament 1971-1999. Chairman of the Social Democratic Party's Committee on Foreign Policy 1974-1979 and Energy Policy 1984-1994; CEO of LD Energi A/S 1988-1994; Member of the Board of Vestas A/S 1986-1994; Chairman of Watergroup A/S until 1994. Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark since 2005.
Former Director General, River Bureau, Ministry of Construction, Japan (1996-1998)
Chairperson, Sibuyagawa Renaissance. Secretary General, Japan Water Forum (2004-2006); Secretary General, Secretariat of the Third World Water Forum (2000-2004)
Professor Odada was Chief Scientist of Kenya Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (KMFRI) and served on the Scientific and Technological Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in the Focal Area of International Waters. He also served as Vice Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Scientific Committee. He has been engaged in a wide range of scientific, teaching and public service activities aimed at addressing numerous serious environmental problems by improving the scientific understanding of issues, making the best possible scientific information and expertise more accessible to policy and decision makers and by improving public understanding of the environment as it relates to water resources management and sustainable development.
Mr. Odada's current research interests include water supply and sanitation, water quality studies, lakes and dams as archives of environmental and climatic dynamics, coastal and marine processes, sedimentary processes in large lakes and oceans and integrated water resources management. He has published over one hundred papers in peer reviewed international journals and many books on hydrology, limnology and the biodiversity of African Great Lakes, and is currently undertaking a strategic assessment of water resources vulnerability to environmental change in Africa for UNEP, and working with FAO on a study of water-related environmental impacts in agriculture in Africa. Mr. Odada is also currently leading a research consortium of African, European and North American scientists interested in promoting the investigation of the African Great Lakes as archives of climatic and environmental dynamics.
Former Senior Executive-Vice-President of Suez, which is very active in developing countries. Former Chairman and CEO of Ondeo. Former member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (The Camdessus Panel). Mr. Payen is very committed to bringing water to poor people and is interested in exploring methods to reach that goal, including public-private partnerships.
Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 2011
Until 1996 Chairperson of the Southern Customer Service Committee of OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales. Specialist in the regulation of public-private partnerships and the use of markets in the water sector. Ms. Rees has acted as a consultant to the World Bank and other international organizations.
Managing Director, ButcherMark Financial Advisors LLC
Mr. Torkelson is a finance specialist in the water and wastewater sector, including state revolving funds ("SRF"), stand alone and pooled financings. He is also experienced with various privatization and project finance initiatives in the power, transportation, water and environmental technology fields.
Mr. Torkelson has provided technical assistance and advice on developing financial structures to officials in Toronto and Quebec, Canada; in the Ministry of Interior in Argentina; in Kuwait; in the State of Tamil Nadu, India; in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam; in Manila, Philippines; in Bratislava, Slovak Republic and in Prague, Czech Republic.
Former Executive Director, JP Morgan Securities Inc. and Director, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Former and First Chairman of the USEPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board
Former Chairman and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Former Board Member of New York City's Municipal Water Finance Authority
Former Board Member of the City of Buffalo's Municipal Water Finance Authority
Former Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Former Bulgarian Deputy Minister of the Environment. During his mandate from 1993 to 1997, he was the government officer responsible for strategic planning and sustainable development, natural resources protection and biodiversity conservation. During that period he headed national delegations to the UN CSD and several COPs to the CBD and Ramsar Convention. In 1995 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the UN CSD and played a responsible role in the organization of the Third Environmental Ministerial Conference held in Sofia.
After leaving the Ministry of the Environment in 1997, Mr. Uzunov headed the Department of Bioindication & Environmental Assessments at the Central Lab of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Recently he has been working on some aspects of the implementation of the Frameworks Water Directive 2000/60/EC, wetlands restoration and ecological classification of inland water bodies. Mr. Uzunov is an invited lecturer in the Biology Faculty of the University of Sofia.