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Ania Grobicki

Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Dr Ania Grobicki has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and in Economics from the University of South Africa, together with a PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London.  She worked in the oil industry for Shell South Africa, then later became an academic and a consultant, leading projects on the restoration of urban wetlands and urban catchment management, in and around Cape Town.  She has also worked on national policy issues in South Africa relating to science and technology policy, research funding and management, as well as national water policy. Her experience and knowledge of water issues includes work on the water needs of cities, industry, agriculture and energy, and policy development and practice related to water supply and reuse; water quality; water and health; effluent treatment technologies; and river basin management.  She contributed the chapters on “Water and Industry” and “Water and Energy” to the 2nd World Water Development Report, as lead author, and has written widely on the water-food-energy nexus, and integrated water resources management.

From 2002, Ania led the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food as its first Co-ordinator, based at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka. Thereafter she was based at WHO in Switzerland (2006-2009) as Head of Secretariat for organizing the 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, a multi-year process with regional meetings at ministerial level, culminating in a global conference which resulted in the WHO Strategy on Research for Health.

As Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (2009-2015) she managed the world-wide multi-stakeholder network and its global secretariat, based in Sweden. At GWP, Ania developed global action programmes on water and climate change adaptation, integrated drought management, and integrated urban water management. She was deeply involved in the stakeholder consultations and negotiations prior to establishing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular the global water goal and its targets. In March 2015 Ania took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, where she advises on global policy, developmental, technical and scientific issues, and oversees the regional implementation of the Convention.  Since November 2015 she has been the Acting Secretary General of the Convention.

URL: http://www.ramsar.org/about/about-the-ramsar-convention-secretariat/ania-grobicki