Ambassadors of the Waterwatch Cooperative take part in brainstorms and activities of the Cooperative. Because of their stature and different networks, they are able to promote the Cooperative. The ambassadors have experience or an interest in sustainability, agriculture, the environment, food processing, water management, geo information and/or technology.
Economist and professor
”By collecting information on the availability of water in agricultural areas, while using modern technology, the Waterwatch Cooperative will make an important contribution to the food supply of a growing world population.”
Dirk Jan van den Berg
Chairman Sanquin Blood Supply
Dirk Jan van den Berg was till recently President of the Board of Delft University of Technology and is now Chairman of Sanquin Blood Supply. Prior to that he was Dutch ambassador to China, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN in New York, Ministry’s Secretary –General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director-General for Industrial Policy in Netherlands.
Ernst van den Ende
Managing Director Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR
“We will not be able to meet one of the major challenges of the 21th Century – sustainable food and nutrition security – without improving how the agricultural stakeholders manage their water resources. It is therefore that I support the Waterwatch Cooperative as an important initiative for a sustainable future.”
”We need to improve how the agircultural stakeholders manage their water resources.”
Ad van der Sluijs
Entrepreneur and impact investor
“In the years that I have been involved in supporting companies who make a positive impact on the planet or its people, the Waterwatch Cooperative is one of the most exciting initiatives I have encountered. Exciting because it has a promising intention to create enormous impact by improving food supply, one of the major challenges today and the near future. Exciting because it can bring income growth to the poorer people involved in food production. It is a great challenge to bring all stakeholders required for further technical development and applications together. Through my network I will help the Waterwatch Cooperative to grow, mature and eventually include it in the existing financial systems where it is no longer dependent on grants or social investors.”
”Waterwatch Cooperative has a promising intention to create enormous impact by improving food supply, one of the major challenges of today and the near future.”
Tim van Emmerik
PhD Researcher Water Resources TU Delft
“In my daily work I try to explore novel ways to acquire important hydrological and vegetation data using satellites to support global food and water security. However, how do these data get to the end users, and how can these be used to support land and water management decisions? The reason for supporting the Waterwatch Cooperation is that they aim to develop a practical solution for these issues. WwC aims to increase data availability and accessibility for users all around the world, from governments to individual farmers. I am convinced that WwC’s products will stimulate the development and implementation of new technologies, allowing more efficient, more effective and more sustainable food production.”
”I am convinced that WwC’s products will stimulate the development and implementation of new technologies, allowing more efficient, more effective and more sustainable food production.”
Entrepreneur and trendwatcher
“Technology can be a very dividing force. The West obtains the newest gadgets, infrastructure and education. But smartphones are now in use by everybody and smart technology like the Waterwatch Cooperative gives smart agricultural detailed local information to everybody in the world. What an inspiration to help make this possible! It leads to more opportunities for everybody, less poison, more food to feed the world. I would ask everybody in my network and outside to help make this agricultural info possible for all.”
”What an inspiration to help making this possible!”
Rector Magnificus Tilburg University
Emile Aarts is Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University (TiU). Prior to that position he was he worked for almost 3 decades at Philips Research latest as Chief Scientific Officer . In 2014, he launched the Data Science Cluster Initiative, in which Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology have committed themselves for a Brabant data science expert center with international appeal. His research interests include Data Science, Social Innovation, and Open Innovation.
Founder Hak & Partners
Jan Hak is founder of Hak & Partners. His family founded HAK Conserven B.V. (one of Europe’s largest glass perserves factories). His work covers all aspects of the agro chain, from field to market sales. He has a broad view of worldwide developments in food production as well as in technology sectors.
Director Climate Institute TU Delft
Herman Russchenberg is Director Climate Institute of Technical University (TU) Delft. In parallel he is head of the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing and takes part in CESAR consortium that operates a large set of instruments to study the atmosphere and its interaction with the land surface.
Founder eVentures Africa Fund
Vincent Kouwenhoven is the Founder of eVentures Africa Fund (eVA Fund with its focus on SME’s that are active in the digital media sector ( web / Mobile ) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to EVA he was internet entrepreneur since its early days and managed a Dutch VC Fund for digital media after he has held senior executive positions in ICT and Telecoms (a.o. KPN Business Networks, Norton & Co/KPMG).
Chairman Executive Board Eindhoven University of Technology
Since 2014 Jan Mengelers is Chairman of the Executive Board of Eindhoven University of Technology. He gained his engineer’s title in mechanical engineering at TU/e in 1979. After his studies he became a scientific researcher at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). From 1982 to 1984 he carried out scientific research at the Philips ‘NatLab’ – the Philips Research Laboratories. From 1984 to 1997 he held a number of management positions at Nedcar, the last your years as Managing Director, Product Design & Engineering. From 1997 to 2001 Mengelers was President & CEO of Neways Electronics International. From 2001 until 2014 he was with TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), where he was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Management on 1 April 2008.