Ms. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss

Chair, Global Water Partnership

Dr. Schaefer-Preuss is an economist who has been engaged in the field of development policy for more than 35 years. Her latest assignment before assuming the responsibility as Chair of Global Water Partnership was as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. Prior to joining ADB, Dr. Schaefer-Preuss was Director General of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She has also held senior posts in the Inter-American Development Bank and the German Permanent Mission to the UN.
She has always been active in issues related to human development, women’s empowerment, and support of civil society, focusing on vulnerable groups, children’s rights, and challenges for the young generation in a fast changing global environment.
Dr. Schaefer-Preuss became Chair of the Global Water Partnership (Stockholm, Sweden) in January 2013.