Head of Science and Policy

François GUERQUIN

François Guerquin brings to the Secretariat 25 years of knowledge and experience in water policy and water management. During that time he worked on water issues from the scientific, technical, financial, and policy angles. François has extensive experience working with international intergovernmental processes particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, and influencing global, national and local policies for water. From 2008 to 2015 he was the Executive Secretary of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), a high-level Board formed to galvanize action towards the Millennium Development Goal on water and prioritize water in the international agenda. In this role, he worked with a variety of partners (governments, international organizations, financial institutions, civil society organizations) on data collection and monitoring, and policy influencing in areas such as sustainable water resources management, sanitation, water-related disasters and climate change mitigation and adaptation. A key outcome was the enlargement of the 2030 water agenda to the full water cycle, healthy water-related ecosystems becoming a full component of sound water management and monitored as such. Prior his work at the UN, he was senior advisor at the World Water Council, where he helped prepare the large-scale multi-stakeholder debates of the 2003 Kyoto World Water Forum. He started his career in private companies, leading activities on water, sanitation and waste management in several countries, especially in urban contexts and in water-scarce areas. He holds diplomas from Ecole Polytechnique and from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in France. 

Contact

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Secretary General
Martha ROJAS-URREGO
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Deputy Secretary General
Jonathan BARZDO
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Head of Science and Policy
François GUERQUIN
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Director Resource Mobilization and Outreach
Jay ALDOUS
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Senior Advisor for Africa
Paul OUÉDRAOGO
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Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Lew YOUNG
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Senior Advisor for the Americas
María RIVERA
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Senior Advisor for Europe
Tobias SALATHÉ
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Finance Officer
Sandra RÜCKER
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Executive Assistant to the Secretary General
Mireille KATZ
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Documentation Officer
Edmund JENNINGS
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Manager Culture & Livelihoods
Mariam ALI
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External Relations Officer
Sharon OSEKU-FRAINIER
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Internal Communications Officer
Magdalena LUCZAK
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Scientific and Technical Support Officer
Marcela BONELLS
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Regional Officer for Africa
Rasamoelina RAKOTOMAMONJY
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IT Officer
Manuel KERN
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HR Business Partner
Maud PITOISET
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Administrative Assistant - Office Systems
Delphine BRÉMOND
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Administrative & Communications Assistant
Montserrat RIERA
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Administrative Assistant
Catherine LOETSCHER
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Assistant Advisor for Africa
Suzy KAMGUE
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Assistant Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Yaiphaba AKOIJAM
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Assistant Advisor for the Americas
Pablo LÓPEZ
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Assistant Advisor for Europe
Kasia NIKRASZEWICZ
41-22-999-0178

Regional Officer - Oceania
Solongo KHURELBAATAR