Professor Uhlenbrook’ s main expertise includes water assessments, sustainability, hydrological process research and water resources management with focus on developing solutions for pressing water challenges. Many of his research and development projects have demonstrated the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different hydro-climatic regions worldwide. He is keen on translating science-based knowledge to effective policies and strategies that contribute to environmental, economic and societal sustainability. Therefore, he enjoys coordinating the UN World Water Development Report that the WWAP produces annually (on behalf of UN-Water and jointly with many UN-Water Members and Partners) to inform policy and decision makers on key water challenges and solutions. Stefan has proven records of building and coordinating strategic partnerships with a large variety of stakeholders and is committed to support achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including through the coordination of the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation 2018.
Professor Uhlenbrook is the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy, since 2015.
He previously worked at the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), as Professor of Hydrology (since 2005), Deputy Director (Vice-Rector) for Academic and Student Affairs (2000-2014) and Director a.i. (acting Rector; 2014-2015). Dr. Uhlenbrook obtained his PhD (1999) and habilitation (2003) in Hydrology at the University of Freiburg, Germany and is a professor for experimental hydrology at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (since 2009).
Prof. Uhlenbrook has received several awards, is frequently invited to give keynote presentations at international conferences, has been member of several editorial boards of top journals in the field of water and environment, and has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore, he has been involved in steering committees of a number of international initiatives and programmes (e.g. UNESCO-IHP, IAHS-PUB, HELP, World Water Week Science Programme Committee, etc.). Finally, prof. Uhlenbrook is a dedicated and well-appreciated educator; he has been lecturing and supervising students in many university programmes worldwide.