Committee Members are elected by the Sponsoring Partners and are appointed for a term of three years. No Committee Member may serve more than two terms. Gender and regional balance on the Committee, and throughout the Partnership, is given high priority. Commitee members serve in their individual capacity.
Steering Committee Members
Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Mongolia, Chair of GWP
Education: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences
Dr. Oyun was a Member of Parliament of Mongolia (5 terms), former Minister of Environment and Green Development, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP. Dr. Oyun is Founder and Head of the Zorig Foundation, a leading Mongolian NGO dedicated to the advancement of democracy and supports youth and education. She is also Chair of the Special Olympics Mongolia and Chair of the Mongolia Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, the largest global community of women corporate directors. Dr. Oyun is fluent in English, Russian, Czech, and Mongolian.
Dr. Mochammad Amron, Indonesia
Dr. Amron is Senior Lecturer at State University of Jakarta, Indonesia. He served more than 35 years at Ministry of Public Works, Republic of Indonesia. His last position was Director General of Water Resources of Public Works Ministry, Republic of Indonesia. The institution is responsible in development and management of water resources in Indonesia which also includes formulating and implementing policy and technical standardization in the field of water resources.
Dr. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou, Greece (Vice Chair of Steering Committee)
Dr. Avgerinopoulou is a politician in environmental matters, a specialized attorney in International, Environmental and Sustainable Development Law, and the recipient of the Green Star Award awarded by UNEP, OCHA, and Green Cross International for her leadership in prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies.
As a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, she has held the positions of the Chair of the Special Standing Committee on Environmental Protection and the Subcommittee of the Water Resources of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as the Chair of the Permanent Standing Committee of National Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament. She is currently the Chair of the Circle of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians of Sustainable Development (COMPSUD), the Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (IELST).
Mr. Aboubacar Awaiss, Burkina Faso
Profile: Agronomy (Water & Forestery), Water (Continental hydrobiology) & Environment (Applied Biology and Environment)
Main eduction: PhD in Biological Sciences (biology group) (with the highest distinction) University Faculties Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) (February 1992 Namur, Belgium)
Currently: Regional Coordinator for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Central and West Africa Programme (PACO)
Dr. Gunilla Björklund, Sweden
Dr Gunilla Björklund has a broad experience in international water issues. She was an assistant professor in physical Geography at Uppsala University in the 80s, and she also worked at the international secretariat for the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme before joining the Swedish government in 1990. There she negotiated a large part of Agenda 21, including the freshwater chapter for Sweden in the Rio-process.
During her work at the Swedish Foreign Ministry she was a member of the Swedish delegation to all three “Rio-conventions”. She left the Swedish government late 1994 to become the executive secretary for the UN “Comprehensive Assessment of the Freshwater Resources of the World”, working with 8 UN agencies towards a comprehensive report delivered at the UNGASS 1997.
Dr Bjorklund is currently director of GeWa Consulting, Sweden. In that role, she was one of the authors of the UN-produced World Water Development Report 3.
Dr. Michael E. Campana, USA
Education: PhD, Hydrology
Dr. Campana is Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management at Oregon State University and former Director of its Institute for Water and Watersheds. He previously directed the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico, where he is Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology, and was a research hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute and professor at the University of Nevada-Reno.
His expertise and interests include: hydrogeology; hydrophilanthropy; IWRM; WaSH; and education. He has worked in the arid US West, Central America, South Caucasus (where he directed NATO’s South Caucasus River Monitoring Project in the Kura-Araks basin), among many other regions. He has served on numerous National Research Council committees, including the Klamath Basin and California Bay-Delta committees, presided over the American Water Resources Association, and chaired the National Ground Water Association’s Scientists & Engineers division. Campana founded and directs the Ann Campana Judge Foundation. As WaterWired he blogs and Tweets on water and related issues.
Dr. Fredericka Deare - profile coming soon
Gisela Forattini, Brazil
Education: MSc, Water Resources and Sanitation
Organisation/Category: Public Sector
Nomination through: GWP South America
Ms. Gisela Forattini, a water resources specialist, since January 2014, holds the position of Director at the National Water Agency (ANA) in Brazil, for a four year period. From 2010 to January 2014, Forattini was the Licensing Director at the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), responsible for environmental analysis of about 2,000 large infrastructure projects. She started working in ANA back in 2001, where she served as Superintendent for Water Use Control and Inspection, prior to being promoted to Advisor to ANA´s Director-President.
With a technical and academic background in water engineering and diverse professional experience in water resources and environmental management, Ms Forattini also has experience as project manager in the areas of natural resources management, environmental policies and water management. Between 2005 and 2009, Ms Forattini was the Chair of GWP Brazil, and between 2008 and 2009 she held the position of Chair of GWP South America.
Mr. Ross Hamilton - profile coming soon
Prof. Meera Mehta, India
Education: PhD Economics, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning
Organisation/Category: Academic Institution
Ms Mehta is Professor Emeritus at CEPT University, India and co-project director for the 5-year action research project for setting up Performance Assessment System for UWSS in India. Previously she worked for the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in Africa. She is also an international consultant in water, urban development and infrastructure finance, and has consulted for a large number of international agencies and leading NGOs.
Mr. Salvador Montenegro-Guillén, Nicaragua
Prof. Montenegro Guillen started his career as an Elementary School Teacher in Escuela Normal Central de Managua in 1967, and has since continued in various eduational jobs. He is a Deputy Member at the Nicaraguan Council of Science and Technology (CONICYT) and a Honorary Member of Centro Alexander von Humboldt and the Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences (ACN).
Prof. Qiuchi Shi, China
Qiuchi Shi is from Dalian in North East China. She became Bachelor of Environmental Biology at Liaonning University 1983, and Master of Engineer in Environmental Science at the Infrastructure Hydraulic and Environment Institute (IHE) in the Netherlands 1999.
Since the start of her career, Qiuchi Shi has been in charge of water resource protection planning, policy and law (regulation) and monitoring system construction works etc. As a professor engineer, she got the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology (second class) and published a thesis on water protection. She was Vice Director of the Department Xinjiang Autonomy region during 2011-2014 as one of its aid leaders. She is currently engaged in water ecosystem conservation and restoration works as Vice Director of the Department of Water Resources in the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources.
Mr. Reginald Tekateka, Kingdom of Lesotho
Mr. Tekateka began his career as a Radio Journalist at Radio Lesotho where he rose to become Head of News before his transfer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979.
Tekateka has played an active role in the transformation of the African water sector that has taken place over the last 15 years. He has developed a far reaching network of professional contacts throughout the African continent and beyond including ministers, senior and middle-level government officials, representatives of national, trans-boundary and regional organisations in Africa and beyond; regional economic communities, officials of United Nations Agencies operating in Africa, national and regional donor agencies, African and Africa-based NGO’s and other organisations operating in the African water sector. He has developed a trusting relationship based on mutual respect with key individuals in the sector. He has a 35 year senior level diplomatic experience including working with the donor community.
Financial Partners Group representative (alternated)
The World Bank
United Nations Development Programme
World Water Council
Ex Officio Members
Federico Properzi, UN-Water Representative, Switzerland
Rudolph Cleveringa, GWP Executive Secretary
Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, Chair, GWP Technical Committee
Dr. Khaled Abu Zeid, Chair of Regional Chairs, GWP Eastern Africa
The Nomination Committee
Mr Kenzo Hiroki (Chair)
Dr. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou (Greece)
Ms Gisela Forattini (Brazil)
Mr Peter Lochery (UK)
Mr. Ravi Narayanan (India)