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Rebecca Tharme, Ph.D.

Rebecca Tharme, Ph.D.

Director of Partnerships,
Great Rivers Partnership

Rebecca Tharme, Ph.D., has over 20 years of on-the-ground experience in river basins across some 19 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As Director of Partnerships for The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership, she currently works to mobilize a Global Network of institutions to pool resources and execute interdisciplinary multi-partner projects. She also guides policy-appropriate strategies for sustainable water resources management.

Rebecca earned a B.S. in zoology and botany from the University of Natal, and a B.S. in zoology from the University of Cape Town (UCT)—both in South Africa. Her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from UCT earned her the Purcell Prize.

Rebecca began her career in the University’s freshwater research unit, during which time she co-founded the Southern Waters Ecological Research and Consulting Pty Ltd. Rebecca went on to work as an international researcher and theme leader in water management and environment within the International Water Management Institute’s global research division, and was a graduate of their two-year leadership development program.

She has participated in several global initiatives, including the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environment Outlook. Rebecca has co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, technical reports and popular articles.


Rebecca Tharme, Ph.D.

Director of Partnerships,
Great Rivers Partnership

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