Head of Technical Secretariat (click to show details)
Philip Weller is an environmental planner by training and since July 2013 has been serving as the Danube Water Program Coordinator for the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), administering and managing a joint project together with the World Bank aimed at improving and supporting the efficiency of Danube region water supply and waste water companies.
Mr Weller previously served for 10 years as the Executive Secretary of the (ICPDR) International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. The ICPDR is the forum for the 14 major Danube countries and the European Commission to implement the commitments they have made under the Danube River Protection Convention.
Mr Weller has worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as Danube Carpathian Program Director and has also managed successful consulting businesses in both Canada and Austria and has done numerous assignments for governments and international organizations.
Mr Weller is author of three books on environmental topics including ‘Freshwater Seas’, an environmental history of the Great Lakes of North America.
Technical & Procurement Specialist (click to show details)
Violeta Wolff is a senior Water and Sanitation Expert with almost 20 years of experience in planning, programming, preparation and implementation of municipal infrastructure projects in the Western Balkan Countries. She has in depth experience in the application of the Project Cycle Management and was involved in preparation of project fiches, terms of references for TA projects, feasibility studies, conceptual designs and tender documents (works – FIDIC conditions of contract, supplies and services). She has actively participated in numerous tender evaluations and contract negotiations.
Violeta has very good knowledge of EU legislation / regulations for the water / environment sector and valuable understanding of the Western Balkan Countries’ legal and institutional framework. Her working experience with state, entity and municipal water / environment institutions as well as with utility companies in preparation and implementation phases of programmes / projects will be of great benefit for the Danube Water Programme.
She possesses high quality analytical and document drafting skills. Violeta works in a process oriented and integrated work manner by covering the whole project cycle and mediating between all relevant stakeholders, putting the needs of municipalities / utility companies always in foreground.
Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Coordinator (click to show details)
After earning a master’s degree in Biology with a specialization in freshwater ecology from the University of Vienna, Katerina joined the Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Water Quality, Resources and Waste Management as a Research Assistant where she has been employed. Her work focused on projects dealing with water quality and included lecturing in basic and advanced courses for operators of wastewater treatment plants. She obtained her PhD within the framework of “The Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems” at the TU Wien.
Since 2006 she has also been actively involved in the national and international activities of the International Water Association (IWA) and is a member of the Austrian IWA Governing Member in which she founded the Austrian Young Water Professionals and chaired their activities until December 2014.
Her involvement in the YWP agenda of the IWA World Water Congress in 2008 in Vienna led to her becoming chair of the global IWA YWP Steering Committee and the representative of the YWP on the IWA Board of Directors (BoD). Since 2011 she has also been a member of the IWA Strategic Council (SC) representing Research Institutes.
Anna Maria Koch
Procurement and Contract Management Specialist (click to show details)
Anna Maria is a finance and administration expert with a substantive experience and knowledge of all aspects of financial administration and budget work, accounting policies and practices. In addition, she has considerable experience in the financial administration of UN/EU/World Bank funded projects, as well as profound knowledge of all procurement processes of third party services in accordance with international guidelines and relevant Austrian regulations and thorough understanding of office procedures and practices in international organizations.
Before joining the IAWD she has worked as Finance Management Officer in international Organizations in Austria.
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