Sasha Koo-Oshima is currently the Senior International Water Advisor in the Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is the Director of the U.S.-China Clean Water Action Plan under the bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogues on Environment and Energy Cooperation. She leads other key international initiatives on water resources management, science & technology, and with affiliated research institutes/universities and represent U.S. Government on the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) water governance bodies, addressing, among other subjects, the water-energy-food nexus. Sasha Koo-Oshima is currently the U.S. delegate to the OECD and serves as Bureau Co-Chair on committees governing water and ecosystems, and on the Steering Committees of UNEP’s Global Partnerships on Nutrient Management and Wastewater initiatives, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects such as the Global Nutrient Cycle on nutrient management and the Caribbean Wastewater Revolving Fund for developing regional financial mechanisms in the provision of water infrastructures with IDB.
Previously, she held positions at the OECD in Paris and also was the Lead Technical Officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, and had implemented and supervised a substantial set of country water, health, and agriculture development projects in every region of the world. She has published extensively on water and development in the OECD economic and water policy publications and UN World Water Development Reports, served on the expert committee of WHO-FAO Wastewater Guidelines for Agriculture and Aquaculture, and co-authored FAO book entitled, “Wealth of Waste: The Economics of Wastewater Reuse,” and on China’s Agriculture Water Quality Guidelines with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences.