Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss is an economist who has been engaged in development policy for more than 35 years. She has been active in issues related to human, economic and social development focusing on challenges for humanity and nature in a fast changing global environment. She is a former Chair of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), having served in the post from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Schaefer-Preuss has been Senior Advisor to GWP at the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) since 2016. She has also been Vice President of the UN Women National Committee in Germany since 2013.
Between 2006 and 2011 she was Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines. Prior to joining ADB she was Director General of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2000-2006, responsible for policies and principles of German development cooperation and development policies for Asia and Latin America. She also held senior posts in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, and the German Permanent Mission to the UN, New York.
She is a member of the advisory boards of various research-oriented institutes, national and international non-profit organizations, and a member of the German Society for Foreign Policy, among others.
Dr. Schaefer-Preuss took her post-graduate degrees in political science, economics and sociology in Freiburg and Bonn, Germany, and earned her doctorate and master’s degree in Economics at the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany.