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EID, Uschi (Chair)

EID, Uschi (Vice-Chair) Dr. Uschi Eid was appointed Chair of UNSGAB by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June 2014, after serving as Vice-Chair since 2004. Ms. Eid was Parliamentary Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (1998 - 2005), personal G8-Africa Representative of Chancellor Schroeder of Germany (2001 - 2005), and Member of Parliament for the Green Party of Germany (1985 - 1990 and 1994 - 2009). Ms. Eid Co-Chaired the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference, which contributed to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20. Since 2011, she holds an appointment as Honorary Professor at Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences in the field of sustainable resource management with a focus on water management and sanitation.

ABU-ZEID, Mahmoud

ABU-ZEID, Mahmoud Former Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt (12 years 1997-2009). President of Arab Water Council (2004 � to date). Honorary President of the World Water Council (since 2003) and Founder of the World Water Council. Former President of the National Water Research Center (NWRC), Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Cairo, Egypt (1979-1997). Co-Chair of the UN High-Level Taskforce (HLT) for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), January 2010- to date. Former President of International Water Resources Association (IWRA) (1991-1994). Former Vice President of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) (1992-1995). Member of the Boards of Faculty of Agriculture Cairo University and Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Ain Shams University (2011 �@odate). Member of Water Resources Council Board, Academy of Science and Technology (2012-to date). B.Sc Civil Engineering 1957,M.Sc Irrigation Engineering 1960, Ph.D Groundwater Hydrology 1962, Honorary Doctorate from IHE Delft (1999). Holder of several awards and prizes. Author of more than 200 papers and 12 text books.

BOYS, David

BOYS, David 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.

CASTANO, Juanita

CASTANO, Juanita

Former Director of UNEP New York Office

Former 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.


CATLEY-CARLSON, Margaret Ms. Catley-Carlson 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, as member of the Boarad of IFPRI, the Syngenta Foundation, Fertilizer Development Council and The World Food Prize Advisory Council. For water management these have included Chair of the Global Water Partnership, the Global Water Supply Sanitation Council, and the Suez Environment Advisory Board, and member of Board of the International Water Management Institute, Canadian Water Network, the Center for Integrated Mountain Development, and the UN Secretary General Advisory Board on Water. 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 - See more at: http://www.unsgab.org/index.php?menu=219#sthash.7Vpvp4is.dpuf

Chen, Lei

Chen, Lei 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.

DOW, Jocelyn

DOW, Jocelyn 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).


GIACOMELLI, Giorgio Former president of Hydroaid, a non profit association that provides training in water resource management to emerging and developing countries (2002-2011). 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.

GURRIA, Angel Secretary-General of the OECD

GURRIA, Angel 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). Chair of the Gurr��a Task Force on Financing Water for All. Former President and CEO of Bancomext, Mexico's export-import bank. Former President and CEO of Nafinsa, Mexico��s Development Bank. Mr. Gurria has written and lectured on international relations, economics, finance, debt and globalization. - See more at: http://www.unsgab.org/index.php?menu=219#sthash.Mwo526ul.dpuf


HIROKI, Kenzo Councilor, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan; Director, Water Resources Planning Division, MLIT. Member and Vice Chair, Steering Committee of Global Water Partnership (GWP). Mr. Hiroki has been engaged, globally and nationally, in water and sanitation, integrated water resources management, and particularly issues on water and disasters over 30years. He was Vice Secretary-General of the 3rd World Water Forum in 2000-2003. He was Head of Secretariat of UNSGAB in 2005-2008 and has served as Special Advisor to the Board until appointment as Member in October, 2013.

Han Seung-soo KBE

Han Seung-soo KBE 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


KABBAJ, Omar 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)


LA O' CASTILLO, Olivia Chair and Founding Member, Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia & the Pacific (SDSAP)
Former 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, UNIDO and UNESCO.

MIRANDA, Antonio

MIRANDA, Antonio 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.

Mutagamba, Maria

Mutagamba, Maria The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
Woman Member of Parliament,Rakai District,Uganda.
Former Minister of Water and Environment (2006 - 2012).
Former State Minister of Water (2002 - 2006).
Former President of the African Ministers Council on Water (2004 - 2006).
Former chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers (2005 - 2007).


NIELSON, Poul 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 Affairs 1974-1979, 2009- to date 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. Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark since 2005.


ODADA, Eric Prof. Odada is a fellow of Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) and World Academy of Art and Sciences (WAAS). He has served in many international scientific committees of ICSU and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) of the World Bank. He is currently the Director of United Nations University Regional Centre for Water Education (UNU-WVLC) based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is cited for the distinguished service to the African Scientific Community on Global Environmental Change Research and Capacity Building. He is engaged in a wide range of scientific research, teaching and public service activities. These activities are intended to help address numerous serious global change 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 the public��s understanding of earth sciences related to sustainable development.

PAYEN, Gerard

PAYEN, Gerard 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.

REES, Judith

REES, Judith Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Professor of Environmental and Resources Management. President of the Royal Geographical Society. Formally, Deputy Director (1998-2004) and Interim Director (2011-2012 ) of LSE, member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council (2004-10) and a member of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (1996-2009). She was also the first Chairperson of OFWAT��s Southern Customer Service Committee, a member of the Consumer Council of OFWAT ( the economic regulator of the privatised water and sewerage industry in England and Wales) and a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Specialist in the economic regulation of public-private partnerships, the use of market instruments in the water sector, environmental regulation and adaptation to climate change. She has acted as advisor to numerous national and international bodies, including the World Bank. In 2013 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

TORKELSON, Richard (Roy)

TORKELSON, Richard (Roy) Chief Operating Officer, BondFactor Company LLC
Former 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, in Prague, Czech Republic, Peru and Kenya.
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

UZUNOV, Yordan

UZUNOV, Yordan Former Bulgarian Deputy Minister of the Environment (1993 to 1997), as senior the governmental officer he was 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 Environmental Ministerial Conference held in Sofia (1994).
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 (BAS). Since 2010 he is the Chair of the Department of Aquatic Ecosystems at the Institute of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Research (IBER-BAS). Recently he has been working on various aspects of the implementation of the Frameworks Water Directive 2000/60/EC, Floods Directive 2007/60/EC, also on wetlands restoration and ecological classification of inland water bodies. Mr. Uzunov is an invited lecturer in the Biology Faculty of the University of Sofia.


WIEIKS, Koos Secretary General of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (1995-2000), Institutional Water Advisor of the Minister of Public Works of Indonesia (2000-2005), General Secretary of the Netherlands Water Advisory Board (2005-2010), Personal Water Advisor of H.R.H. the Prince of Orange (2005-2011), Councilor for Infrastructure and Environment at the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2011-).

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