Young Experts

Ruben van der Meulen

Ruben van der Meulen

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

Young Expert at Acacia Water - Kenya

First position after YEP

Hydrologist at Acacia Water B.V., the Netherlands

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work on many projects in East Africa concerning water management. My work is on one hand content oriented – I work on projects making hydrological assessments, doing GIS analyses, modelling, performing and overseeing fieldwork, and writing reports. On the other hand, my work is network oriented – I am stationed in Kenya as we feel at Acacia Water that there is a lot of potential in this region to do more work, and I am tasked with exploring opportunities in the area.

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  • IWRM
  • GIS
  • Data analysis
  • Modelling
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and critical thinking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Earth and Environment, specialization Hydrology and Water Resources 


Experience before YEP

  • 07/2016 – 06/2017: Acacia Water | Junior Consultant Hydrology. Fully content oriented position, with similar tasks as my current YEP position excluding the network oriented side
  • 02/2016 – 06/2016: Acacia Water & Wageningen University | Intern. Working on a hydrological modelling study of an area in Sudan
  • 02/2015 – 06/2015: Wageningen University & University Federal do Céara | Research assistant. Working on a research linking water availability to regeneration of natural forests of the Caatinga biome, stationed in Fortaleza, Brazil
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Organisation: Acacia Water
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