DELFT - Friday, 31 of January, 2020

EWB The future of water summit 2020

Join us for the very first knowledge sharing summit on the subject of “Future of Drinking Water”

Half-day – 5 speakers – 5 project solutions

At EWB-NL we realise that for some communities in developing countries access to fresh drinking water is a stumbling block in their daily life. How would you grant access to drinking water in communities with limited resources, in remote locations? And how would you ensure it will be sustainable? How would you bring into contact the right parties and what does it take to turn an NGO’s effort into success?

These are just a few of the questions our volunteers face on a regular basis when starting a project. As Engineers Without Borders, we are aware that we are just one of many organisations which are contributing to a change in Drinking Water access and Sanitation for remote communities. Therefore, we are organising this event to bring together experts from different backgrounds and projects. Together, we want to share our project experiences, ideas and key contributors to success on such water projects.


With this Summit EWB-NL aims to bring together representatives from various organisations and share ideas and best practices in water project executions. This summit will encourage synergy of ideas and initiatives and lean on lessons from expert groups. This summit contributes to the knowledge sharing of UN SDG #6 on Clean Water and Sanitation – hence we call for action to join!


This is a half-day event, starting from lunchtime on Friday in Delft. The program will be opened by a keynote speaker, followed by case study presentations from water project managers, technology specialists and EWB volunteers.

There will be a couple of coffee breaks which will serve the perfect opportunity to network with other water professionals and speakers. Drinks and cake will be provided, money raised will be allocated to EWB-NL current and future water projects.


Date: 31 January, 2020
Signup closing date: 29 January, 2020
Venue: De Oude Bibliotheek, Delft
Time: 14:00 – 18:00

Time Subject Speaker
14:00-14:30 Welcome & Registration
14:30-14:45 Introduction to EWB-NL
14:45-15:00 Keynote: Can Engineers solve the global problem of drinking water supply? Dr. Ir. Doris van Halem [TU Delft]
15:00-15:15 Innovation in wind and water technologies for affordable drinking water Alejandro Velez Isaza [DOT Power]
15:15-15:35 Break
15:35-16:00 Engineers without borders water projects Alfred Mutsaars (EWB-NL)
16:00-16:15 Sustainable Water Supply: A lifetime achievement Joriën Mendez Groot & Jochem Schut [Witteveen en Bos]
16:15-17:00 Workshop
17:00-17:45 Panel discussion
17:45-18:00 Closure & EWB-NL call for action


  • Network with professionals in the water industry
  • Share and gain Drinking water technology best practices
  • Learn about the world of Drinking water projects in developing countries
  • Find opportunities to contribute to water development projects through EWB-NL and partners.


Raam 180
2611 WP Delft
The Netherlands


31 of January, 2020


Doris van Halem (TUDelft)

Dr. ir. Doris van Halem is Associate Professor in drinking water at Delft University of Technology. She has a passion for understanding the interaction of biological and physical-chemical processes during drinking water treatment, with a special interest in groundwater treatment. Within her group, PhD and postdoctoral researchers collaborate towards development of innovative and sustainable drinking water technologies.

As Scientific Director, Dr. van Halem is responsible for TU Delft’s Global Drinking Water Program, stimulating high quality drinking water research for impact in the Global South. This program aims to boost this field of research, for example with seminars, an annual Best Paper Award and lab-in-a-suitcase for students. Being a university professor, Dr. van Halem is also active in education, where she is teaching BSc and MSc courses on-campus as well as online via the Massive Open Online Course “Drinking Water Treatment” on


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Alejandro Velez Isaza (DOT Power)

Alejandro graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2012 as an Aerospace Engineer. Originally from Colombia, and now based in the Netherlands, Alejandro has studied and worked on various places around the globe. At the moment he works for DOT Power, a wind energy innovation company in Delft. Focusing on technology, engineering and development at DOT Power, Alejandro currently works in a project that uses wind power to make drinking water independently from the grid.

Next to hard-core engineering work, Alejandro is a teacher at the DOB-Academy, instructing professionals starting in the offshore wind energy sector worldwide. Alejandro is certain that the problem of drinking water can best be approached through education and technological development.

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Joriën Mendez Groot (Witteveen+Bos (W+B))

Joriën graduated in 2012 as a Civil engineer, since then he has been working at Witteveen+Bos (W+B) in the Drinking Water Department. During his career at W+B he has worked on feasibility, design and implementation projects for drinking water companies ranging from full scale water treatment plants to transmission and distribution networks.

Mr. Mendez has worked on projects in the Netherlands as well as abroad, where he has experience in South-East Asia, the Middle East, West and East Africa. Specifically for Africa, Mr. Mendez has worked and lived for 2 years in Ghana (2015-2017) during which he participated in the Young Expert Program (YEP) from NWP. Since then he has been working on projects in the Netherlands Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. 

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Jochem Schut (Witteveen+Bos (W+B))

Jochem Schut is a project manager with 15 years of experience in the water sector. He obtained his MSc degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Twente and started his career at Vitens, the largest water utility in the Netherlands. Jochem has been working for engineering and consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos since 2010.

His experience covers all preparatory project phases: strategic/planning, feasibility/impact assessment, engineering/design and tendering.  Jochem has been involved in projects with a capacity of up to 120 MLD and a range of innovative (waste) water treatment technologies. During 2014-2018 he launched and managed the branch office for Witteveen+Bos in Accra (Ghana).

Currently, Jochem is managing a team that carries out engineering and consultancy projects for the (waste) water sector.

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Alfred Mutsaars (EWB-NL)

Alfred Mutsaars was a Prototype Implementation Engineer for Shell Innovation R&D International for over 40 years. During his job Alfred worked in many rural areas around the globe, specializing in water purification related projects.

Just after retiring from Shell International, Alfred joined the water
projects team at Engineers without borders NL, successfully working
as a water expert for water related project in Cameroon and Rwanda.

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