GWP Seeks New Executive Secretary

April 8, 2020 – The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has begun a search for an Executive Secretary, its top executive position. Monika Weber-Fahr, the current Executive Secretary, announced in early March that she would step down effective June 30, 2020.

In announcing her departure, Weber-Fahr said she needed to take care of pressing family concerns. “The last years have been exciting, being able to help reinvigorate GWP,” said Weber-Fahr, “and while I would have loved to stay longer, I am glad that we now have a good direction for the team and my successor to follow through on.”

GWP Chair Howard Bamsey said, “Monika has made an outstanding contribution to GWP. We are sad to see her leave but respect her decision. We are grateful for her tireless efforts to put GWP on a more secure footing. Her energy and entrepreneurial leadership have turned the organisation around.”

Two of Weber-Fahr’s most significant contributions has been to win the confidence of donors in GWP’s work and to lead the network in the adoption of a new and ambitious strategy, Mobilising for a Water Secure World 2020-2025.

Weber-Fahr also introduced innovative ideas such as GWP’s annual ‘Follow the Sun’ Network Meeting, a new and integrated programme to strengthen Regional and Country Water Partnerships, and a just-launched effort to revitalize GWP’s IWRM ToolBox called the Water ChangeMaker Awards. During her time with GWP, new partnerships were developed, including a new structured collaboration with UNDP Cap-Net, the global network for capacity development in sustainable water management. 

“My time at GWP has been one of joy,” said Weber-Fahr. “It has been a joy to work with a rich mix of colleagues from around the world, and it has been rewarding to help GWP re-think many of the ways it does its work.”  

GWP’s Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Peter Repinski, will serve as the Interim Executive Secretary and CEO.

The GWP Steering Committee has appointed a search committee that is working with an external firm to identify the best candidates for Weber-Fahr’s successor.

Photo: GWP Executive Secretary Monika Weber-Fahr.