Steering Committee

The Steering Committee acts as a Board of Directors and meets twice a year.

Committee Members are appointed by the Sponsoring Partners 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


Mr. Ross Hamilton, Interim Chair

Ross is the Director at Hamilton Strategic, an advisory firm focused on sustainable development across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He has over 18 years in sustainability and environmental fields both within and outside of industry, including five years at BHP. Currently, Ross also serves as a Senior Advisor on water issues to both the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate and tothe Pacific Institute, and as a Senior Climate Advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Prior to launching his own business, Ross was a Director at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) based in London, responsible for environmental stewardship, climate change, and social progress programs.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree from Monash University and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Curtin University.


Dr. Mochammad Amron, Indonesia

Dr. Amron is Senior Lecturer at the State University of Jakarta. He served more than 35 years at the Ministry of Public Works. His last position was as Director General of Water Resources. 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). 


Aboubacar AwaissMr. 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)


Gunilla BjörklundDr. 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 director of GeWa Consulting, Sweden. In that role, she was one of the authors of the UN World Water Development Report 3.


Michael CampanaDr. 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.


Fredericka DeareDr. Fredericka Deare 

Fredericka Deare has a Ph.D. in Soil Science and is an Environmental Consultant with over 20 years experience working as a specialist in the small island states of the Caribbean. As an environmental planning specialist her expertise includes environment management, social assessment and gender analysis and and has done extensive research on the topic. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Principal Consultant with Kairi Consultants Limited. Kairi Consultants is recognised as a leading consulting firm in the Caribbean region on matters of poverty assessment and socio-economic development planning. She has coordinated many of the company’s environmental and social development projects commissioned by governments and regional and international development agencies.  

Her experience in the water sector includes her involvement in Gender and Water where she serves as the Coordinator of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies Women, Gender Water Network located on the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies.  Dr. Deare has served two three year terms on the GWP Caribbean Steering Committee.


Gisela ForattiniGisela 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.


Mina Guli

The founder and Ambassador for Thirst, Mina is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. Following a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change, including cofounding Peony Capital – a company that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment - Mina established Thirst, an organizational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Mina is also a keen ultra-distance athlete, having started running at the age of 22 after a severe injury. She runs to raise awareness and inspire action around the global water crisis.

Mina was appointed by the Chinese Government as an Advisor to their Education for Sustainable Development Program and runs with the support of the United Nations Development Program. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, is a recipient of a Future Leadership Award from the Australia Davos Connection, named as one of Australia’s “50 for the Future”, was a finalist for the Australian Female Alumni of the Year, and honored as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women – twice. She is an advisor to the Chinese Government’s sustainability program, on the Academy for the US$1million Global Teachers Prize, and recently joined the inaugural board of the Antarctic Science Foundation.


Tracy MolefiTracy Sithabile Molefi, Botswana

Education: from the University Of Botswana, Gaborone (Botswana), Ms Molefi has a MSc Environmental Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a BA in Humanities (Environmental Science, English and Sociology).

Areas of speciality: Integrated Water Resource Management, Transboundary Water Resource Management, and Community Development - Natural Resource Management .

Ms. Molefi is Deputy Director at the International Waters Unit, Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Gaborone, Botswana.  Previous work experience include: Community Development and Enterprise Specialist, USAID – Okavango Integrated River Basin Management Project, and Project Coordinator & Senior Community Outreach Officer, Kalahari Conservation Society\SIDA-Every River Has Its People Project.


Qiuchi ShiProf. 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.


Financial Partners Group representative (rotation) 


Ex Officio Members

Chair of GWP Regional Chairs

GWP Executive Secretary

GWP Technical Committee Chair

UN-Water Representative

Permanent Observers

The World Bank

United Nations Development Programme

World Water Council

The Nomination Committee

Mr. Kenzo Hiroki (Japan)

Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss (Germany)

Ms. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou (Greece)

Ms. Tracy Molefi (Botswana)

Ms. Gunilla Björklund (Sweden)

Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren (Mongolia)

Dr. Thomas Panella (USA)