François Guerquin is the newly appointed Head of Science and Policy of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and officially assumed his role at the Secretariat on 7 of August 2017.
François will be overseeing the work of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and the science and policy interface of the Convention. He will also be leading the Secretariat’s work in linking wetlands and the work of the Ramsar Convention to global environmental processes such as the Sustainable Development Agenda and the climate mitigation and adaptation efforts associated with the Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
François 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 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 of this work 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 the Ecole Polytechnique and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in France.