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Maria C. Donoso

Title: Faculty Fellow; Research Associate Professor, Institute of the Environment; UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security

Dr. Maria Concepcion Donoso holds the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security and is the Director for International Programs at the Institute of the Environment at Florida International University, where she served for 8 years as the Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS), leading a consortium implementing an 85 million dollar portfolio of water-related projects around the world.

Previously, Dr. Donoso was the Regional Hydrologist of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 2003-2010. Dr. Donoso's research and professional interests are in water security, integrated water resources management, and in climate change and variability impacts on the natural environment and society. She Donoso has acted as director of various projects and studies on water sciences. Similarly, she has served as Technical Adviser to national and regional organizations, and to private consulting firms. In this context, she served as a member of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Overall Performance Study International Team of Experts (2001-2002) and of the UNEP Scientific Advisory Group on Water (2011), as well as the Coordinator of the Task Force of Experts in charge of the development of the Strategy for the VIII Phase(2014-2021) of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (2009-2013).

From November 2018 to June 2019, Dr. Donoso was invited by the United Nations Science, Education and Culture Organization (UNESCO) to serve as Director a.i. of the Water Sciences Division. Dr. Donoso pursued graduate studies at the  People's Friendship University (Moscow, Russia) and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami (Miami, USA).  She also holds a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Universidad Federico Villarreal (Lima, Peru).