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Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water, is the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Before joining the WMO, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He started his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Météo France, as a researcher and then as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department. Mr Jarraud is a scientist and a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (USA), a member of the Société Météorologique de France, the Royal Meteorological Society (United Kingdom) and the African Meteorological Society, as well as an Honorary Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society and the Cuban Meteorological Society.


Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, Vice-Chair of UN-Water, is currently the Director of the Division of Water Sciences, and the Secretary of International Hydrological Programme, at the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO. She obtained her PhD Summa Cum Laude in Water and Wastewater Treatment from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, France. She has chaired various Mexican and international scientific, professional and editorial groups and has received 22 honours and awards – among them the shared Nobel Peace Prize (2007) as part of the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Mexican National Science and Arts Prize in Technology and Design (2009), the Global Water Award (2010) granted by the International Water Association. For some of these awards she was the first person from the developing world to receive them, and in some cases the first woman.


Ndey Isatou Njie, Secretary of UN-Water. Ndey Isatou Njie, Chief, Water, Energy and Strategies Branch, DSD/UNDESA, was appointed as UN-Water Secretary in December 2012 and succeeds to Ms Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson. Ms. Njie brings over 30 years of experience in water resources and environmental management. Prior to joining DESA, she served as UNDP's capacity development practice leader for West and Central Africa and with IUCN as strategic planning adviser for Africa under the strategies for sustainability programme. Ms. Njie was the first Executive Director for The Gambia National Environment Agency (NEA), and led the national preparations for UNCED. She has served in a number of international advisory positions which include: the chair of the policy consultative group for natural resources management in Africa, for the World Resources Institute (WRI); member of the board of directors for Lead international; member of the board of directors of the Network of for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA); and member of the African advisory group for SEMCIT (Sustainability, Education, and the Management of Change in the Tropics).

Last update:06 Feb 2014