Our Goal

Our goal is to promote, teach and implement sustainable technical solutions in developing countries which can be successfully adopted by local companies. By doing so we believe we help to enhance people’s quality of life and the development of communities.

We use the time of our engineers to improve life in developing countries by supporting local organizations, NGO’s and entrepreneurs with our technical knowledge. All our projects are based on a local request and include a business/social model. In this way we realize a long-term and sustainable impact.

Example projects are drinking water systems, sustainable off-grid energy, development of smart apps or low-tech tools, set-up of small factories and enterprises. By participating in the projects, the engineers will develop non-technical knowledge such as how to deal with cultural differences, social impact, institutional models and entrepreneurship, which they also apply in their professional work.

EWB-NL Policy & Renumeration

Every year the EWB-NL publishes an updated policy plan describing our organisation, principles, vision and goals and how we aim to achieve them. No financial compensation is provided to board and advisory board members, other than compensation of personal travel cost and EWB-NL related expenses. All board and advisory board members work on a voluntary basis. Also engineers and support teams are not financially compensated for their efforts for EWB-NL. They contribute to our organisation and projects with their time and expertise.

“If change isn’t systemic it isn’t change at all”

George Roter

Our Approach

Engineering Based

All projects EWB engages in require an engineering base. This allows us to utilize our strengths and our skills to the best of our abilities. With our partners we will achieve healthy and sustainable results that can make a change.

Locally Requested

Any local entrepreneurs with an idea or a passion can request to partner with us. Together we determine the feasibility of a project and progress to the realization of a dream. The result shall be owned and operated by the requesting party.

No Competition

In the execution of our projects EWB is determined not to compete with existing engineering firms. Knowledge provided by or work performed by local companies is beneficial for local economic and social structures. If this is not present, EWB can help.

Level 3 Aid

At EWB we believe in local entrepreneurship. Level 3 aid implies investing in ventures that can boost local development.


Our projects adhere to the ‘FIETS’ criteria. For each project the Financial, Institutional, Environmental, Technological and Social elements are considered.

Meet our Team

EWB NL Board

Petra Beris Chair
Georgiana Stan Projects
Alejandro Hahn Projects & People
Alexandra Florea Partnerships & Funding
Maarten Vriezen HSE & Compliance
Wessel Wikkerink Treasurer
Tessa Vaendel Community & Communication
Bernardo Marques Secretary & Community manager Eindhoven

Supervisory Board

Tjeerd Dierckxsens
Roel Tersteeg
Maurits Ertsen

Support Groups

Joseph van Oudenhoven Senior Expert Group - Team Lead
Suzanne van der Velde Project Request Coordinator
Cristiana Bardeanu Web Designer
Eleni Ioannidou Business Impact Team - Team lead
Mehmet Sinan Senel Impact measurement
Aida Abiad Community Manager Eindhoven
Megan Janicke Communication & PR
Vacant Partnerships - Team Lead
Vacant Graphic Designers - Team lead

Portfolio Managers

Jorge Ortiz Gonzalez Energy Portfolio Manager
Wouter Berendsen Water Portfolio Manager

Events Team

Tessa Vaendel Events team
Irina Shleikina Events team
Sadaf S. Savadkouhi Events team

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