Ursula Schäfer-Preuss


Dr. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss (she/her/hers) is an economist who has been engaged in the field of development policy for more than 40 years. She has always been active in issues related to human development, women´s empowerment, and support of civil society, focusing on vulnerable groups, children´s rights and the challenges of the young generation in a fast changing global environment. She has been Vice President of UN Women Germany since 2013,  Chair of Global Water Partnership, Stockholm (2013-2015), and Vice President of Asian Development Bank, Manila (2006-2011). Since 2018 she is Board Member of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, ICBA, Dubai, UAE. She was the first female Director General of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She belongs to the 100 founding members of Women in Global Health Germany, WGH-GER.