The Waterwatch Cooperative team
Ad Bastiaansen is initiator and chairman of the Waterwatch Cooperative. Ad was committed to the successful establishment and development of Tele Atlas worldwide and gained extensive experience in digital map databases. He is also co-founder of eLEAF, a global leading and innovative company in quantitative database technology for water- and agriculture. He focused his global investment- and management support activities on Location Based Solutions and Geographic databases. Bastiaansen is convinced that ICT in general and geospatial technology in particular will contribute substantially to solve global issues on food security, water management and the environment.
Harry Derksen has a long experience in development cooperation. He worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for development organizations SNV en ICCO. In 2012 he co-initiated ICCO Investments, a fund for southern enterprises. In 2013 he co-initiated the New World Campus, a Campus for sustainable development in The Hague. Harry is mentor in several programs in a.o. Startupbootcamp High Tech XL at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.
Koen Verberne initiates and coordinates the projects of Waterwatch Cooperative. In this role, he creates collaborations between a variety of organizations including governments, knowledge institutes, non-profit organizations and companies. In his previous work he has gained experience with the exploitation of Earth observation data for food security purposes.
To realize societal impact with data in agriculture is my drive as a project coordinator. Having a helicopter view, I like to integrate between different domains and to build bridges between people and organisations. For Waterwatch projects I coordinate the service provision work package in the GreenCoffee project. I have also been involved in different other food security projects: including the coordination a large PPP consisting of 12 organisations to implementation the CommonSense project in Ethiopia. I have PhD from Wageningen University in agricultural modelling and spatial optimization.
Parvathy Chandrasekhar is passionate about bringing innovative solutions to today’s water issues around the world. Within Waterwatch she is responsible for collaboration between the Dutch and Indian water sector for improving agricultural water management and food production in India. Parvathy manages pilot projects for the crop disease alert application for farmers developed by Waterwatch foundation. At present Parvathy is PHD Researcher at UNU Flores and TU Dresden.
Gerbren Haaksma is a passionate and experienced business development consultant. He fosters expansion opportunities for Waterwatch Cooperative in East Africa. He holds a Master in International Development Administration and has practiced organizational and business development for over 4 years with special focus on agriculture and technology. He is also the founder of GH Consultancy based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Irini Dimitriou is a political analyst who is eager and dedicated to fighting climate change and supporting sustainable change. She is responsible for publishing content and engaging with online media communities to raise awareness for the mission of Waterwatch. She holds an MSc in Environment Resource Management and aims to contribute even further to the sustainable governance and policy analysis.
Beyza Aksoy is responsible for public relations and communication activities at Waterwatch Cooperative. She creates content for the website and awareness through social media tools. She updates the website and organises the information within it. She has around 9 years of banking experience and she holds an MSc in Financial Economics.
Evert van Holthoon has extensive experience in international business development. Evert has worked for 25 years in the Energy business, in Europe, Asia, US, and China. Recently, Evert has refocused his efforts, and in his role as entrepreneur and mentor he is keen to make the difference in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mostly in the areas of water, food and energy. Evert believes new global &local partnerships and innovative business models are critical to create impact in the SDG areas.