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Ruben Wester

Ruben Wester

History: Young Expert at Aquaquest - Zambia
YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

Position after YEP

Permit Advisor at Waternet the Netherlands

YEP Role

Aquaquest Ltd. - part of the WE Group - is a water supply consultans company active in East and Southern Africa. The company assists farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydro-geological assessments and geophysical field surveys and by supervising borehole drilling and development.

As a Project Hydrogeologist I was mainly based out in the field. Here I gave technical advice and I represented the client. I was responsible for the management of the project and local staff. In addition I wrote reports and performed GIS-mapping.

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I have extensive experience in Hydrological, geological and physical-geographical mapping and the spatial interpretation and presentation of data. I am familiar with taking and analyzing soil and water samples and measuring runoff and meteorological parameters and I am used to work with various types of geophysical equipment.


In addition I have experience in various hydrological software programs and ArcGIS.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I hold a Master degree in Hydrology with a specialization in Hydrogeology and a Bachelor degree in Earth sciences with a specialization in Physical Geography. Both degrees I obtained at the Vrije University of Amsterdam.


Experience before YEP

My master thesis research I conducted via Acacia Water BV a Hydrological consultancy located in Gouda. My research consisted of a hydrological system analysis for a catchment area suffering from water scarcity in the mountains of western Nepal. The area was mapped and the effects of land use and climate changes on water availability were modeled. Based on these findings recommendations were given on the implement of specific, so called 3R measurements, to improve the water availability.

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Organisation: Aquaquest
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