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Karen Bueno Zabala

Karen Bueno Zabala

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch WWX2

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Colombia

First position after YEP

Looking for a job

YEP Role

In Colombia, the WaterWorkX programme seeks to guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water for the populations in the service area of ​​Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P. The above will be achieved by strengthening through Vitens - Evides International, the self-sustainability of Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P. as a water operator, both improving the operational and financial areas, as well as the access and reliability of the water supply for all; Including socially disadvantaged neighborhoods.

My role as a Young Expert is to support the Dutch short-term experts in their visits mainly as a translator, in order to allow the trainings to be understood by the members of the local company. Additionally, I will support Dutch experts with collecting information, analyzing, and present to the members and other companies to get our goal 



  • Planning and executing activities
  • Willing to learn new things
  • Practical and realistic


Nationality: Colombian
Education: Bachelor of Sanitary Engineer, master in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, and candidate for a doctorate in energy systems


Experience before YEP

  • Professional in Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P.: operational area, quality of drinking water in the treatment plants
  • Research projects on the treatment of wastewater from fish farms to avoid contamination of surrounding water sources, the processes of water treatment plants, and the use of membranes in the reincorporation of agro-industrial waste back into the industrial production processes
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Organisation: WaterWorX
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