Astrid Hillers is the lead for the GEF’s work on International Waters in Africa, is coordinator for the GEF SIDS portfolio, and leads several cross-sectoral Strategic Global Initiatives at the GEF. Among these strategic initiatives is the work on Water Security and the Nexus between water-food-energy and ecosystems which is underlying both conflict and cooperation potential in many shared surface and groundwater basins. Catalyzing transboundary cooperation to balance such competing uses of water is underlying the GEF’s core strategic objectives in the IW Focal Area. GEF is one of the largest grant funder for cooperation on shared waters addressing river, lake, and groundwater basins, large marine ecosystems and the open ocean.
Astrid Hillers joined the GEF in 2012. Prior to joining the GEF, Astrid has been engaged in cooperation on river basins in Africa, especially the Nile, during most of her career at the World Bank where she worked since 2000 and her previous work at UNDP. At the World Bank, she also led the initial establishment of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) as part of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) team at the World Bank. Astrid is a German national and an environmental engineer by training and before coming to the U.S. in 1989, she worked for the German EPA in the water quality compliance program of the city/state of Hamburg.