Sasha Koo-Oshima

(United States / Italy)

Deputy Director & Head of Water, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Sasha has nearly 30 years of experience in international assistance, policy development in agriculture water and environment/natural resource management, integrated land and water management, and land management and restoration. Currently, she is the Deputy Director and Head of Water at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), leading programs on agricultural water development, land restoration, and governance, geospatial data, and integrated water resources management with linkages to climate, energy, health and nutrition. She formerly served as Senior International Advisor at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) advising the Minister/Administrator of Environment, State Department, and was the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she directed and managed international environmental programs/compacts with donors agencies; i.e., public-private-partnerships, climate resilience, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional policy engagements, blended financing/resource mobilization, and effective policy governance in sustainable water and natural resource-agriculture management. She serves in various Governing Boards of the World Water Council and the CGIAR’s Water Land Ecosystems, and on Steering Committees in Agri-Environment of the OECD and UNEP Global Partnerships on nutrient management, circular economy, and has implemented and supervised a substantial set of country projects. In addition, she served on various international technical advisory panels for the GEF and the Ramsar Convention, in support of research and policy-making for planning and management.

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The conference debates and results will contribute to achieving the objectives of the thematic areas – “Groundwater in a Changing Environment” and “Education Key to Water Security” – of the 8th phase of the UNESCO IHP programme on “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional, and Global Challenges.