Who We are

(as of April 19, 2021)

Chair of HELP

Dr. Han Seung-soo
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (2008-09)

Founding Chair, High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (2007-)
President of the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly (2001-02)
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Climate Change (2007-08) and for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water (2013-18)
Member, the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) (2004-15)
Senior Advisor, High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) co-sponsored by UN and World Bank (2016-19)
Chair, ADB Water Advisory Group (2014-)
Founding Chair, Global Green Growth Institute (2010-12)
Korea’s Minister of Trade and Industry (1988-90), Ambassador to the US (1993-94), Chief Secretary to the President (1994-95) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (1996-97), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-02).
Member of the Korean National Assembly (1988-2004)
Professor of Economics at Seoul National University (1970-88)
Received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations  (2001)
Received the honorary knighthood (KBE) from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (2004)

Vice Chair

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

Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Kingdom of the Netherlands


Hon. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein
President of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) / Minister for Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Republic of Namibia

Mr. Janez Lenarčič
Commissioner, Crisis Management, European Union

Mr. Kunihiro Yamada
Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan

Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon
Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mr. Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization

Ms. Audrey Azoulay
Director General, UNESCO

Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Ms. Mami Mizutori
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka
President, JICA, Japan

Ms. Jennifer Sara
Global Director, World Bank Water Global Practice, The World Bank

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

Ms. Elsa Pilichowski
Director for Public Governance, OECD

Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
Professor of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Republic of Indonesia

Prof. Howard Bamsey
Chair, Global Water Partnership

Mr. Imam Santoso
Chairman, Network of Asian River Basin Organizations

Ms. Rosa Pavanelli
Secretary General, Public Services International

Mr. Loic Fauchon
President, World Water Council

Dr. Subin Pinkayan
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Asian Institute of Technology


Mr. Cees van de Guchte
Director, Global Agendas and International Organizations, Deltares

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

Mr. Hideaki Oda
Former Co-chair of WG on Water and Disaster, UNSGAB

Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli
Chair, GWP Technical Committee

Mr. Kenji Kanao
President, Japan Water Agency

Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein
Secretary of the Water Advisory Group and Member of the National Water Resources Committee, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

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

Mr. Michael Szoenyi
Flood Resilience Program Lead, Zurich Insurance Company

Dr. Tetsushi Sonobe
Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Mr. Niels Vlaanderen
Coordinator International Water Affairs, Marine and International Water Policy, Directorate-General for Water & Soil, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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

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

Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss
Former Chair, GWP

Prof. Gordon McBean
past President, International Council for Science; Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Canada

Dr. Naoyuki Yoshino
Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Dr. Thomas Panella
Chief of Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Prof. Kenzo Hiroki
Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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


Hiroki Laboratory, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

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