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Members of the IPDC - Maria C. Donoso

Introducing Dr. Maria C. Donoso,  member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Dr. Maria Concepcion Donoso is coordinating the International Programs for the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE) at Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, USA. In addition, she has been appointed UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security hosted at InWE-FIU. Dr. Donoso has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the People's Friendship University (Moscow, Russia) and a M.Sc. in Ocean Engineering from University of Miami (Miami, USA). Dr. Donoso has pursued doctoral studies at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami. Dr. Donoso has a Doctor Degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Universidad Federico Villarreal (Lima, Peru). Dr. Donoso's research and professional interests are in water security, integrated water resources management, climate change and variability impacts on the natural environment (with main interest in water resources) and society.

She was Professor of Water Sciences at the National University of Panama (1979-1980), Associate Researcher at the Technological University, Panama (1980-1981), Director of the Center for Hydraulic and Hydro-technical Research of the Technological University of Panama (1981-1983, 1985-1989), and Invited Professor of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the Naval Academy of Colombia (1989, 1990 and 1992). Presently, she is a Faculty Member at the Florida International University (USA). From November 2018 to June 2019, Dr. Donoso served as the Director a.i. of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP).  Dr. Donoso's previous employment was as Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) for the period 1 February 2010 to 31 December 2016. From April 2003 through January 2010, she was the UNESCO's Regional Hydrologist for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously (at P5 level), she was Director of the Water Centre for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), a Latin American and Caribbean regional center with headquarters in the Republic of Panama. She served as Team Leader of the International Task Force of Experts in charge of the development of the VIII Phase of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (2010-2013), Coordinator of the Regional Consultation of the Caribbean and Central America Vision on Water, Life and the Environment for the 21st Century (1999 - 2000), member of the Central America Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership (2000 - 2003). Furthermore, Ms Donoso was a member of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Overall Performance Study International Team of Experts (2001) and of the UNEP Scientific Advisory Group on Water (2011), as well as the Coordinator of the Task Force of Experts in charge of the development of the VIII Phase of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (2009-2012). Dr. Donoso has served as a Member of the Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN) Executive Council and at the World Water Council (WWC) Board of Directors.

Chair of the IPDC - András Szöllősi-Nagy

Introducing Mr András Szöllősi-Nagy, Chair of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Ahmet Mete Saatçi

Introducing Prof. Ahmet Mete Saatçi, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Xavier Leflaive

Introducing Mr Xavier Leflaive, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Carlo Giupponi

Introducing Mr Carlo Giupponi, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - János Bogárdi

Introducing Prof Dr. János J. Bogárdi, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Ravi Narayanan

Introducing Mr Ravi Narayanan, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Aaron Wolf

Introducing Mr Aaron Wolf, member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

Members of the IPDC - Maggie White

Introducing Ms Maggie White,  member of the International Programme and Drafting Committee

International Programme and Drafting Committee

Following the tradition of the Summits organised in 2013 and 2016, the programme of the Budapest Water Summit 2019  is prepared by a group of world- renowned experts of the water sector. Each member of the International Programme and Drafting Committe will moderate a Session of the conference.