Who We are

(as of March 5, 2018)

Chair of HELP

Dr. Han, Seung-soo
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

39th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (2008-2009)
Founding Chair, High-Level Expert and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (2007~)
Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) (2004~2015)
Chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute (2010~2012)
Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary-General (2007 – 2008)
President of the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2001-2002)
Member of the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly (1988-2004)


Vice Chairs

Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen
Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands



Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Executive Secretary, UNESCAP

Mr. Rolf Alter
Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Ms. Audrey Azoulay
Director General, UNESCO

Dr. Benedito Braga
President, World Water Council

Dr. Robert Glasser
Special Representative of the Secretary-General  for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN-ISDR

Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono
Minister of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia

Dr. Keizrul bin Abdullah
Chairperson, Network of Asian River Basin Organization (NARBO)

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka
President, JICA, Japan

Mr. Isack Kamwelwe
President of AMCOW / Minister of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania

Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
Former Head of President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight, Republic of Indonesia

Dr. Masafumi Mori
Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,Transport and Tourism, Japan

Ms. Rosa Pavanelli
General Secretary, Public Services International

Ms. Ségolène Royal
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, French Republic

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren
Chair, Global Water Partnership

Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite
Chief of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers , United States of America

Mr. Bambang Susantono
Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank

Dr. Aung Thu
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and irrigation, Republic of the Union of Myanmar



Mr. Rae-kwon Chung
Former Principal Advisor on Climate Change to the Secretary-General of the UN, Climate Change Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli
Chair of GWP Technical Committee

Mr. Loic Fauchon
Honorary President of World Water Council (WWC)

Dr. Gretchen Kalonji
Dean, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University

Prof. Toshio Koike
Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)

Mr. Kenyu Komura
President, Japan Water Agency (JWA)

Dr. Wolfgang Kron
Head of Research for Hydrological Hazards, MunichRe

Mr. Hideaki Oda
Former Co-chair of WG on Water and Disaster, UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss
Former Chair, Global Water Partnership

Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein
Secretary, Advisory Group, NWRC, Myanmar

Mr. Koos Wieriks
Councilor to Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands



Dr. Kenzo Hiroki

Dr. Ilpyo Hong
Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Korea