Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda
YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5
I was employed at the WE Consult foundation to work for the WE Consult group, a group of companies consisting of water resources and environmental specialists, GIS and database experts, engineers and architects providing professional advice and management for development projects in Uganda. Working as a consultant, I was involved in all stages (planning, design, development, training and management) of water projects in Uganda.
I am an open minded, curious, enthusiastic and an adventurous person. Other people often describe me as an enthusiastic mediator with both solid technical as social environmental skills. Thanks to my former placements and (international) jobs, I have acquired independence, accuracy and adaptability. I like to operate as an inclusive leader, breaking down the barriers to get progression and getting the best out of people’s capacity and develop their talent to increase performance and business innovation.
Education: MSc Environmental Sciences, Major: Environmental Technology, Minor: Renewable energy / Watertechnology / Resource Recovery (Wageningen University and Research Centre). BSc International Land & Watermanagement (WUR), specialization: Water engineering courses (TU Delft).
Experience before YEP
- For my BSc internship / thesis I conducted 5 months of field research in Malawi in cooperation with Agricane (Agricultural engineering company) and Wageningen University. I was responsible to review and update the procedure of implementing gravity irrigation systems. Therefore I obtained experience in the planning, design, development, training and management of agricultural practices (more specific water practices) in African conditions. My connected BSc thesis was about participatory irrigation processes in smallholder irrigation systems.
- For my MSc thesis I was working within the research theme “Blue Energy” at Technological Top Institute Wetsus (European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology). Blue energy is the renewable clean energy which can be extracted from the salinity gradient of two water streams. In this challenging theme membrane technology, electrochemistry and process technology were combined in the (laboratory) research program. After finishing my thesis, I worked for one year as an academic researcher in the innovative field of bio-electrochemical systems to recover electricity out of wastewater with high organic carbon loads.
- For my MSc internship I was located in Alberta (Canada) at the Netherlands Trade Office (NTO) in Edmonton and offered support to the NTO with establishing a closer collaboration between Dutch institutes and industry and Alberta ESRD Ministry, University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions. My project was part of a collaborative effort between the province of Alberta and the Netherlands to address water challenges in both jurisdictions, and involved a feasibility study of Conjunctive Water Management in the province of Alberta including the types of approaches such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).