New Executive Director at Water Footprint Network

Water Footprint Network is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Christopher Briggs as its new Executive Director, following a competitive recruitment process.

description Dr. Briggs is a sustainable development professional with over 25 years of experience in ecosystem management, climate change and livelihoods. Over the last ten years, he has acted as Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, worked as Environmental Practice Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean for United Nations Development Programme and, before that, was Head of Operations and Policy for the Global Environment Facility.

Dr. Briggs said: “I started with a passion for the natural world, and this passion has developed into a lasting drive to improve the way in which we use natural resources. The Water Footprint Network has already proven its value in helping the global community rethink how we manage and share our water resources. I look forward to joining a talented team and working with Network partners to advance this transformation and help sustain livelihoods and nature for all our futures.”

The current Executive Director, Ms. Ruth Mathews, will continue in post until the end of February 2017, when Dr. Briggs will step into the role. Ms. Mathews will then become Chief Policy Advisor, a new position that will enable her to dedicate more time to strengthening our global network and accelerating change by influencing policy and practice to achieve greater impact.