President, Women for Water Partnership, The Hague, Netherlands
Alice Bouman-Dentener holds a degree in Natural Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. After starting her career as researcher and lecturer on ethology and socio-ecology in Peru she has worked on sustainable development issues from 1986 onwards. The link to women came about in 1998 when she was elected women’s representative in the Netherlands UNGA Delegation and addressed the United Nations General Assembly on women’s role in Integrated Water Resources Management and sustainable development. Her involvement with water and gender dates back to World Water Forum 2 in 2000 in The Hague, where she was responsible for organizing the Major Group Women’s input.
In 2002, as Women’s Representative in the Netherlands’ Delegation to the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, she laid the foundation for the Women for Water Partnership. Currently, WfWP is the leading global women’s network on water & sanitation with subsidiaries in close to 100 countries of the world.
Alice Bouman-Dentener is the former Secretary General of the Netherlands Council of Women; she is a Steering Committee Member of the Global Water Partnership and the European Water Stewardship programme and she serves on the Advisory Board member of the European Water Partnership and of Gender Concerns International.