Meike van Ginneken
Meike van Ginneken currently leads the World Bank’s South Asia water division. In this position, she leads a team of 30 dedicated water professionals that helps government in South Asia to improve access and quality of water services and to develop and manage their water resources. She is responsible for oversight of World Bank operations, strategic staffing, business development, and providing high quality knowledge services. The World Bank’s South Asia water program includes a lending portfolio of over US$5 billion and an analytical program covering water resources management, water supply and sanitation, irrigation & drainage, and hydropower. The World Bank is a thought leader on new developments in water in South Asia through its work with clients and analytical work on sector institutions, international waters, and sanitation.
Ms Van Ginneken has been working on infrastructure and natural resources management in the World Bank for 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Before joining the World Bank, Ms Van Ginneken was a driving force in the development of the Global Water Partnership and worked for the humanitarian NGO Doctors Without Borders. Her 20+ years career includes extended assignments in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Israel, Sudan, and Tanzania. Her work has included policy formulation, legal and institutional development, capacity building, applied research, project identification, formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
Meike van Ginneken is a Dutch citizen. She holds an MSc Water Management, Environmental, and Sanitary Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and an Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC Business School in Paris, France.