Resource Guests

Henk Ovink

Henk Ovink

Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). Ovink is also Sherpa to the UN / World Bank High Level Panel on Water. Henk is Principal for Rebuild by Design and was Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands. Ovink teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’. He initiated the research program on Design and Politics.

Rozemarijn ter Horst

Rozemarijn ter Horst is a consultant in water sector governance and project management. She specialises in the relation between (inter)national governance and local situations. Her focus is on situations of conflicting interests on water, specifically in the Middle East and (North) Africa, capacity development and knowledge exchange. Rozemarijn also works on improving youth participation through the Water Youth Network to strengthen capacities of young people with the aim to achieve a stronger water sector.

Jonas Heffels

Jonas Heffels is a member of the Dutch waterboard – WaterWegen. His job at the waterboards is to facilitate local governance collaboration and organizational development. As member of WaterWegen (one of the funding organizations of WIL-Europe) he acts as a multi-stakeholder connector in the Dutch water sector. Innovative and with 21st century skills he mostly connects young Dutch entrepreneurs in dialogue and social innovation. His experience with training and facilitating on storytelling, creative thinking and Theory-U brings him all over the Netherlands to assist people adapt in the fast changing social environments.

Niels Koldewijn

Niels Koldewijn is founder and director of the Elos Foundation and has for most of his professional live been social entrepreneur, trainer/facilitator of group-processes, initiator of social and collaborative projects in communities, companies and governments.
Has been working since 2010 with participatory processes based on the Elos Philosophy and the community-building tool ‘Oasis Game’, reversing the international collaboration paradigm by bringing a proven concept for social change from Brazil to Dutch communities. After implementing this method in Holland and neighbouring countries for a couple of years, building up a community of practioners, nowadays Niels works part of his time with Instituto Elos in Santos, Brazil as coordinator of the international expansion strategy.
Builds international-, intercultural- and inter sectorial bridges, where he combines a mind-driven experience in business and entrepreneurship with the heart-driven approach of connecting with people´s deeper motivations and human qualities.

Caroline Figuères

Caroline received her MSc. degree from the French National School of Engineering for Water and Environment (ENGEES) in 1985. She gained a broad range of experience in Integrated water resources management (IWRM) and Water Supply and Sanitation (WASH) by working in Europe and developing countries, particularly in Africa. She worked for French and Dutch consulting companies in the water and environment sectors. She also took the initiative and started the branch office of a Dutch consulting company in France (IWACO-France part of Royal Haskoning Group). While working at the UNESCO-IHE Water Education Institute as head of department she gained a lot of experience and expertise in training, education, capacity building and learning. In January 2008 she was appointed Managing Director of the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and leaded an innovative not-for-profit organization specialised in empowering local organizations in developing countries to develop and implement ICT solutions that are relevant to their needs. Since a couple of years she works as an independent consultant. She works with people and organizations on social innovation and leadership.


David Zetland

David is an assistant professor at Leiden University College, where he teaches various classes on economics. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008 (Dissertation: Conflict and Cooperation inside a Public Corporation: a Case Study of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California). He was a S.v. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley (2008-2010), a Senior Water Economist at Wageningen University (2011-2013), an Instructor at Simon Fraser University (Spring 2014), and a Visiting Fellow at KAPSARC in Riyadh (May 2014). He blogs on water, economics and politics at, has two books (The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity and Living with Water Scarcity), gives many talks to public, professional and academic audiences, and writes for popular and academicoutlets. David lives in Amsterdam.

Mohamed El Mongy

Mohamed El Mongy is one of Misriyati’s co-founders. After spending two years in AIESEC International as Director for Africa, finished and worked on a number of sustainable development issues and projects in different African countries; Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Morocco. He then worked in environmental consultancy and earned his Masters in Environment and Development in Edinburgh University. Mongy is passionate about pan-Africanity (Humanly inclusive African identity). He is the caller for the establishment of the Nile Forum as a platform for civil society across the Nile basin. Mongy is a certified mediator and part of the Steering Committee of Misriyati working on conflict transformation projects on the grass root and community level as well as on the corporate level. Mongy facilitated more than 200 workshops, conferences and events all through his life journey.

Marten Susebeek

Marten is co-founder and CEO of Susteq, a company that provides hard- and software to get safe water to people at low cost in Sub-Sahara Africa. Marten has a BSc. Mechanical Engineering and MSc. Business Administration. During his graduation assignment for Phillips in Ghana he realized fetching water is costly for poor people. Both in time spend to reach a water source, and in health cost from drinking polluted water. The wells, treatment and other distribution infrastructure are often difficult to maintain due to difficult collection of money for service and maintenance. Based on this idea the team of Susteq has developed a community water point that gets safe water close to people. We currently reach 30.000 people via 40 water points in Kenya and Tanzania.
Marten has appeared in several national media like BNR,, Vice-Versa and Vrij Nederland. According to Sprout he is among the top 50 most challenging entrepreneurs of the Netherlands, and via Livewire, Susteq is one of the 13 most innovative young Dutch enterprises. Furthermore Susteq has participated in Village Capital, Unreasonable Institute Global. More information on

Samer Abdelnour

Samer Abdelnour is an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research examines a number of themes such as entrepreneurship, gender and technology, and social intervention. Much of his current work is supported through a EU Marie Curie research fellowship on the topic of humanitarian technology. Over the past ten years he has undertaken extensive research in Sudan and Southern Sudan on improved cookstoves and gender violence, postwar initiatives to reintegrate former fighters to civilian life, and entrepreneurship education. Water is a re-occurring topic that is present in many aspects of his work.

Dona Geagea

Youth Engagement Designer & Facilitator, Waterlution

Dona is a stakeholder and community engagement specialist, focused on projects at the intersection of social and environmental (water) innovation. As a facilitator with Waterlution and organizer with the Water Youth Network, she has hosted and facilitated well over 70 workshops (including at the Budapest Water Summit, 7th World Water Forum in South Korea, Water Innovation Labs – Canada & Europe, Singapore International Water Week), in community, academic and corporate settings and with diverse stakeholder groups. Dona began her journey with Waterlution in 2011 as Hub Manager and built a network of engaged water professionals across Toronto and Southern Ontario. She is now working with Waterlution on the global expansion of the Water Innovation Labs. Dona is also co-founder of the Freeing Dreams Institute. She holds a Master in Globalization Studies from the Centre for Globalization and Human Condition at McMaster University, with a joint graduate diploma in Water Without Borders from the United Nations University- Institute for Water, Environment and Health (INWEH).

Karen Kun

Executive Director and co-founder, Waterlution

Karen co-founded Waterlution 11 years ago with the purpose of inspiring pattern-making and pattern breaking change toward a healthier relationship with our water. It was during her time in South Africa in 2002 that the idea emerged, that to solve complex water issues, a blended format of content and process was needed; one without the other would lead only to partial results. With vision, facilitation skills and a growing network, Waterlution began to grow in 2004 and the signature Future of Water workshop series developed. In all these programs, Karen aims to push Waterlution’s capacity to be more creative and innovative and to inspire others to be the leaders and mentors they are capable of being. Water complexities require us to have cross-sector dialogue, in inter-generational learning, in pushing ourselves and each other to think in ways we never thought possible. Along with her water background, she is a skilled business leader who from 2005-2012 was publisher of Corporate Knights magazine.