Darío Soto-Abril is the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Water Partnership, a global action network focused on the sustainable management of water resources.
“My vision is that we become the most prominent water voice in the world. I want everybody to acknowledge our role. I want them to see that we influence policymakers and policy discussions at the global, regional, and national levels. I want people to see GWP in action, for them to be able to point to a project, a policy, or a law that was passed because of us. They should feel tangible change in their lives because of us.”
In his previous position as Global CEO at Fairtrade International, Soto-Abril led a process of transformation that resulted in a greater focus on impact priorities, delivering positive change for more than 5 million people in agricultural communities around the globe.
Soto-Abril spent the first part of his career as a corporate lawyer before moving to The Trust for the Americas, the non-profit affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS) where he spent 14 years as the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. During his time at The Trust/OAS, he led the expansion from three to 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, building coalitions and public-private partnerships around free trade, workers’ rights, and human rights.
Soto-Abril, a Colombian, has a Law degree from Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), a Masters of Law from Tulane University (New Orleans), and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.