Permanent Secretariat

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The Secretariat of the ICPDR is located at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). A team of approximately 10 staff members support the work of the ICPDR and its expert & task groups, assist with project development and implementation, and maintains the ICPDR's 'DANUBIS' information system.

The ICPDR Permanent Secretariat was officially opened in 1999, and is located on the premises of the United Nations (Vienna International Centre) in Vienna, Austria.

There are 9 permanent staff members and additional short-term project staff at the secretariat. If all national experts, delegates from observers and consultants are considered, there are more than 300 people working with and for the ICPDR.

In 2000, its contracting parties nominated the ICPDR as the platform for the implementation of all transboundary aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The successful implementation of the WFD is therefore clearly high on the political agendas of the countries of the Danube River Basin District. In 2007, the ICPDR also took responsibility for coordinating the implementation of the EU Floods Directive within the Danube River Basin.

General management and supervisory functions are carried out by the Executive Secretary, Ms. Birgit Vogel. Professional technical staff ("Technical Experts") supervise and control the quality of the Secretariat’s main functions and tasks, supported by administrative staff members. The Secretariat also draws support from project staff and interns, as well as external consultants.

Staff members

Portrait photo of Birgit VOGEL

Ms. Birgit VOGEL
Executive Secretary

P: +43 1 26060 5738
Room D0412

Portrait photo of Sylvia KOCH

Ms. Sylvia KOCH
Office Manager

P: +43 1 260 60 5738
F: +43 1 260 60 5895
Room D0412

Portrait photo of Alexander HÖBART

Mr. Alexander HÖBART
Technical Expert - Information Management and GIS

P: +43 1 26060 4404
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0419

Portrait photo of Edith HÖDL

Ms. Edith HÖDL
Technical Expert - River Basin Management

P: +43 1 26060 5333
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0417

Portrait photo of Adam KOVACS

Technical Expert - Pollution Control

P: +43 1 26060 4502
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0416

Portrait photo of Igor LISKA

Mr. Igor LISKA
Technical Expert - Water Quality

P: +43 1 26060 4403
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0445

Portrait photo of Zoran MAJOR

Mr. Zoran MAJOR
Technical Expert - GIS

P: +43 1 260 60 5615
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0419

Portrait photo of Hélène MASLIAH-GILKAROV

Technical Expert - Public Participation & Communication

P: +43 1 26060 4373
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0415

Portrait photo of Naela  Juarez MENDOZA

Ms. Naela Juarez MENDOZA
Support in Communication, Administration and Logistics

P: +43 1 26060 5567
Room D0446

Portrait photo of Martina NOITZMÜLLER

Finance Administration Officer

P: +43 1 26060 4361
F: +43 1 26060 5895
Room D0444