The RiSWP Ambassador Programme is a new initiative for young professionals passionate about digitalisation of smart water. Below we introduce the first cohort of RiSWP Ambassadors of 16 young professionals from 12 different countries who will engage with their local communities to mobilise young professionals around smart, data-driven solutions for the water sector.
Ahmed Al-Mowsheki is a civil engineer with seven years of experience in the field of water. Ahmed combines academic, professional, and personal achievements to emerge as an exemplary role model of his generation and empower young water professionals in Yemen. Professionally he is a WASH PM at Tamdeen Youth Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the WASH programme by providing overall technical and management oversight and guiding environment conservation efforts across Yemen. Ahmed formed the YYPW Yemeni Youth Parliament for Water with WYPW and voluntarily serves as its President. Ahmed loves to mentor, inspire and motivate young people to find solutions in the water sector because he believes the successful realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals depends on the abilities of young people.
Alaa Emad El-Din Selim is an application design engineer at Schneider Electric Egypt, a researcher in the electrical power and energy engineering field, and a water and energy activity at the Medywat network supervised by the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), where he worked on integrating renewable energy resources with sustainable blue growth economy. He has also participated and volunteered in many capacity building programmes in Egypt including YouthinkGreen, Marj3 fellowship, Ihyaa Academy, AIESEC Egypt, Engineeus, IEEEXTREME Egypt, Erasmus WEST programme, and FES/CEDARE sustainability programme. These programmes have allowed him to work directly in youth development across many areas such as energy and environmental awareness, mentoring, coaching, and technology applications.
Amin Minaei is a civil engineer focused mainly on water infrastructure, hydraulics, and hydrologic-based issues and working on decision support systems for solving complicated water infrastructure problems using multi objective optimisation algorithms. He is a contributor to the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-American Society of Civil Engineering (IWRPM-ASCE). Currently, Amin is studying in a joint course held by the University Of Pavia (UNIPV) and University Institute of Higher Studies (IUSS) and he is involved in project titled “Application of Hydrological Models for Assessing the Reply of Two Important Catchments in Italy to Climate Change Scenarios”. Amin is passionate about bouncing new ideas with teammates.
Amrita Gautam is a Civil Engineer pursuing her doctoral research at Technical University of Cologne, Germany, with a special focus in Hydro-Informatics: Water Supply Engineering and Management, having working experience from various United Nations (UN) Organisations and Research Projects in Nepal, Germany, Mozambique, Brazil, Canada & USA. As a young water professional, Amrita has been involved in the International Water Association, World Young Parliament for Water, Soroptimist International, Women for Water Partnership, Youth for the Rhine, Rural Water Supply Network, and Girls in Tech – Nepal. She was awarded with ‘Women with Vision 2018’ in a category ‘ Academian of the Year’ and received Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) Scholarship Award in 2019. Her ongoing doctoral research is about “Water Supply and Quality Monitoring via Emerging Technologies,” and the case study areas in Pokhara Metropolitan City (PMC), Nepal. She founded a research initiative – drinkPani (www.drinkpani.net), which believes in ‘Shaping Digital Water Future.’
Dr. Billy Rasemen (Hazen and Sawyer) specialises in data analysis and visualisation, modelling, and software development for the water sector. He is a software developer for the USEPA Water Treatment Plant Model and the OASIS Water Supply Planning Suite. Passionate about access to clean water, Billy began his career in East Africa manufacturing household water filters. Since then, he has turned toward data-driven solutions to address the needs of the water sector in the US and abroad.
Elia Alessandro Morciano is a water advisor at the Embassy of Denmark in Rome and an experienced trainer on soft skills. He studied environmental engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL and worked on the Amrita University WASH program in rural India. Later on he moved to The Netherlands, where he worked as a sales engineer for Lenntech and in close connection with the Dutch Water Sector. Elia believes in the importance of bringing the digital and water worlds closer. In particular he is interested in understanding how we can leverage on digital technologies and methodologies to shape the workforce of the future and build water resiliency.
Ethan Voyles aims to serve at the intersection of people and water – to provide win-win solutions that protect public health and solve environmental challenges. He seems the water industry as complex and ever-evolving and is motivated to continue learning, growing, and adapting his career in water. At GBA, Ethan specialises in wastewater infrastructure, collection system rehabilitation, and geospatial analysis. Additionally, Ethan values building relationships across teams, promoting equity, collaborating and innovating for the future of the water industry. When he’s not thinking about water or making maps, Ethan enjoys cooking with his wife Kerri, reading a good book, or playing guitar with friends.
Helen Barbosa is a Cape Verdean with an educational background in Environmental Biology focused on Environmental Management. She worked with national and international organisations in Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring, before she collaborated with a semi-private water company on Integrated Management System in Cape Verde. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) with a specialisation in Applied Ecology. In 2020 Helen joined IHE-Delft Institution in an MSc course on Water Management and Governance, within the programme “Strengthening capacity in the water sector to meet the SDG under global change” as a Small Island Development States (SIDS) fellow. In her free time, she works with her NGO back home – SYAH-CV and her Facebook page about storytelling and mentoring teenage girls to grow bold, smart, and strong (Menina Mulher CV). She likes gardening and cooking.
Jade Pereira is a Water Resources Engineer at M3 Engineering in St Louis, Missouri, where she focuses on modelling of collection systems. Jade enjoys learning about new perspectives and water and hopes to encourage the exchange of ideas in the smart water field.
Kelebogile Chabalala is a Mechanical Engineer working within the water/wastewater sector for a consulting firm. She joined the RiSWP Ambassador programme to promote the career roles available in the water/wastewater industry and to educate members of her community about how water is treated. She is an avid knowledge consumer and hopes this role opens me to the greater water community.
Kim Wu is a water technology market analyst at BlueTech Research. In this role, she actively analyses the water innovation sector and trends impacting market development. She holds both an undergraduate degree and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Oxford, where her research was focused on membrane technologies. After her PhD, she worked as a postdoc and then as an R&D engineer in developing water-related technologies. Water innovations and smart water have always been her passion and she is excited to become a RiSWP Ambassador.
Lynesha Pillai is a young professional with three broad passions. First is for enriching the water delivery and supply pipeline by incorporating the digital and computational aspect of technology, such that the “business of water” is transformed to be more efficient and data rich, so that we can be more informed on our decisions regarding water consumption, savings, planning, and implementations, and this may directly inform water policy and regulation. Her second passion is for people and a strong motivation to empower young women and men in the STEM fields, with a higher focus on women of colour in these fields. Her third passion is for nature and the environment. Aligning the sustainability of environment and implementation goals. Lyn enjoys hiking and mountain biking and wants these things to be enjoyed by future generations as well.
Malak Soud Diab Al-Maa’ita is the head of technical support unit and meters in customer service directorate at Jordanian water company, Miayhuna. Before holding this position, Malak was working as a specifications engineer in the technical service directorate. Malak joined Maiyahuna in 2012 and gathered nine years experience in metering technologies, automatic meter reading, smart solutions and water network specifications. She also worked as an electrical design engineer in the Military housing directorate. Malak has a BSc and MSc degrees in Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Her masters thesis was in “modelling hysteresis nonlinearities in pneumatic artificial muscles.” In addition to her research interest, artificial intelligence and smart solutions, she is also interested in modelling and control of pneumatic artificial muscles, with two publications in this field.
Mthokozisi Mazingaye Moyo is a passionate innovator driven by the potential to leverage technology to make African society more resilient. Originally from Zimbabwe, Mthokozisi is interested in resilient water systems, especially with the effects of climate change on the water sector.
Pedro Travanca works as a Project Engineer on the design, construction and operation of water treatment plants in Ireland. Over the last few years, Pedro grew an interest in the digitalisation of the water sector and the application of machine learning solutions in the water treatment industry. Alongside his day job, Pedro has been focused on developing data science skills, both as a self-learner and by taking part in meaningful Data for Good projects, carried out in a collaborative environment. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics from the National College of Ireland.
Rebecca Willey has extensive experience in both clean and wastewater hydraulic modelling and network design for water utilities and major infrastructure projects worldwide. At Innovyze, she specialises in supporting water supply clients, projects, product development, and solutions by leading technical discussions and value propositions with clients especially in the area of lead of real time operational modelling. She is also the secretary of regional CIWEM committee to engage professionals in water and the environment as frequently working with local universities.