Berry van den Pol
Project engineer Water and Irrigation
Project engineer Water and Irrigation
Water and irrigation specialist with a focus on solar irrigation, manual drilling, low-cost geophysics and business development. Berry has a background in water management (Wageningen University) and rural development (Montpellier SupAgro) and participated in the Dutch young expert programme (YEP). He contributes to assessments, trainings and business linkages in a range of countries in West and East Africa.
Anthropologist and human geographer by training. Within PRACTICA working on the overall management of rural water systems, focusing on long-term and reliable access to water, including (rural) water business models.
Information Technology specialist
Information Technology specialist, with experience in manual drilling and low-cost water systems. PhD in Physics (Eindhoven University). Focus on creation of software products and product management. At Practica, he creates web- and mobile apps for data capture for groundwater development, such as siting geophysics, drilling logs, and water level monitoring.
Solar pumping expert
Mechanical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in Africa, Asia and the Netherlands. Passionate designer of tailor-made solar water pumps for irrigation, drinking water, wetland management and drainage. His designs are based on a sustainability perspective that translates user requirements and financial capacities into appropriate technical solutions.
Worked for 12 years at different engineering consultancy firms of which the last 7 years for PRACTICA. He has a background in mechanical engineering and policy analysis. His current focus is to introduce standardized modular drinking water systems combined with prepaid technology. These projects aim to introduce a business case that allows the system to be financially and technical sustainable – realistic price setting of water and minimizing operational and investment costs by using smart designs are key in this approach.
General Director at PRACTICA. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering with a master in Development and Rural Innovation from Wageningen University. Next to the overall management of the Foundation, he is bringing in 15+ years of experience with design and application of different (including appropriate) technologies, of which 10 years based in the Netherlands and 2 years based in Ghana, India and Sri Lanka. The main technical focuses within PRACTICA are on rural drinking water supply and renewable energy and energy efficiency related to pumps.
Water and irrigation specialist
Water and irrigation specialist with a focus on small scale irrigation. He holds a master in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University. He worked for a development consultancy company for two years where he mainly worked on project proposals for the water, agriculture and environment sectors and a variety of multilateral and bilateral donors (EU, WB, GIZ etc.). At PRACTICA he works on business development and project coordination which he combines with providing technical input in projects. He has a multitask interest in project planning, fieldwork, knowledge management and capacity building. Luca speaks French and mainly works on irrigation projects in West Africa.
With a background in international relations and public management and working experience in project coordination and event management, now assisting the PRACTICA staff in administration, logistics, financial management and all other organisational issues.
Intern Irrigation Development
MSc Student in Agriculture and Development and Rural Innovation, doing her end-of-studies internship at Practica. Currently working on a market analysis of solar irrigation solutions in West Africa, she also helps the irrigation team in various activities from data analysis to the layout of promotion brochures and the writing of proposals.
Hydrogeologist/Programme Manager. Martin has 30+ years of experience in WASH-projects, mainly in Africa and Asia, and by supporting projects from the Netherlands. His work is focused towards sustainability by involving and motivating the local population, government, private sector and NGOs to work together and solve the WASH-issues with support of the project. Also, the local stakeholders are prepared to continue the achieved results after the project period. Martin is supporting PRACTICA as a volunteer.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations at PRACTICA. Worked for the last 12 years in the field of appropriate technology with a focus on East Africa and Asia. With his background in Human mechanical engineering and International water management he combines the fields to find sustainable solutions for challenging projects. He has placed a lot of efforts within the PRACTICA organisation on developing and managing capacity building programs to initiate innovations, scalable practices and new business concepts. He manages a highly motivated team of experts to bring the PRACTICA vision and its practical experiences and know-how to the sector.
Project engineer Sanitation
Project engineer Sanitation at PRACTICA. Dolly worked for the last 4 years in Madagascar and West Africa to provide technical support in the field of Sanitation. He contributed considerably to the development and promotion of affordable latrines that are more user-friendly and easier to manage, and established efficient and sustainable faecal sludge removal and treatment services. Dolly is involved in the Dutch Young Expert Program (YEP) Water and is the creator of the Malagasy sanitation social enterprise “Impact”.
Trainer and Field technician Madagascar
Specialist in the installation, monitoring and evaluation of water low cost technologies.
Involved with PRACTICA on the development and field testing of small diameter pump and the modification of pump sets running on kerosene, technical support to CARE in the introduction of small scale irrigation technologies in the South of Madagascar.
Water and Sanitation expert
Manitra is an hydraulic engineer who is well aware of the challenges in reaching sustainability in water and sanitation system. He joined the Practica team to share his knowledge on designing and building WASH structures. He has worked as a designer for water supply systems in eastern and south-eastern parts of Madagascar. He is also a manager for faecal sludge removal services and the main responsible for a number of family latrine construction initiatives in eastern Madagascar. Manitra currently participates in the Dutch Young Expert Programme (YEP Water).
WASH project engineer. Njaka studied Economy and Civil engineering and joined Practica following his passion for technology. He has gained valuable experience on the ground in rural areas and now participates in the Dutch Young Expert Program (YEP Water).
Njaka has contributed to a range of projects to professionalise the manual drilling sector in countries including Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, and Uganda. In the Sanitation field he has been responsible for testing and improving fecal sludge emptying tools and training local service suppliers.
Njaka’s main skills are capacity building of local technicians and the development of new WASH technologies.
10 years of experience in steel construction, design and development of agricultural tools and water low cost technologies in Madagascar.
Involved with Practica on various project (FAO, UNICEF, CARE, MEDAIR) on the implementation of training session on the rota sludge (tool production and drilling method), the production of treadle pump and the installation of small scale irrigation technologies (spray, drip and californian system)
Country representative PRACTICA Madagascar
Xavier works over 10 years in the design and management of WASH projects with specific emphasis on low-cost solutions for water and sanitation. Since 2008 he has established fecal sludge management services in poor urban areas. The focus is on sustainability, addressing both technical and business challenges. With the Malagasy team, local stakeholders and the international sanitation network, Xavier is fully committed to develop a new generation of sanitation services for Madagascar and other African countries (Benin, Mali…).
Extensive experience in product development and general management in the chemical industry as founder, managing director and owner of a business in coated anodes. Now within PRACTICA working on ceramic water filtration and reverse osmosis with focus on knowledge sharing and R&D activities.
Technical Expert, Smart Water for Agriculture Kenya
Jackline holds a first degree in Hydrology (Maseno University) and a Masters degree in Integrated Water Management (The University of Queensland, Australia). She is currently giving technical support to the SWA project in Kenya and represents PRACTICA Foundation. The focus of her activities is on identifying potential technologies for SME farmers in Kenya and supporting agro dealers and technology suppliers to improve on their enterprises and link them with potential SME farmers.
Water and Sanitation expert
As an environmentalist by training, Nadine has specialized herself in water and sanitation. Her main competences are in waste water management and value chain development while conserving the environment. She is an experienced consultant and used to work as a research engineer on projects for the National Water Institute of the UAC in Benin. To date Nadine works for Practica Foundation as a junior sanitation expert in the OMIDELTA programme in Benin (OMI means water). Her mission is to provide technical support to assure the quality of works in the programme. Key elements are to support Parakou town in the implementation of the Directorate Sanitation Plan (PDA) on waste water and faecal sludge; and to contribute to the elaboration of similar PDAs with two other towns in Benin.
Senior Irrigation, Water and Sanitation specialist at PRACTICA. Worked for 20 years in West Africa to provide technical support in the development of appropriate water and sanitation technologies, solutions and services. He ensures the successful implementation of a portfolio of large projects for PRACTICA. Previously involved in the implementation of major projects on small scale irrigation (PPIP Niger, VISA Mauritania), Stephan is a key author and expert on the development of smallholder private irrigation in West Africa. He established and operated the PRACTICA office in Madagascar from 2005 till 2010.
Graduated in Industrial Design Engineering (MSc) at TU Delft. Expert in sustainable and social product development and social-cultural user research. Has extensive international experience in India, Kenya, Uganda, Suriname and more. Currently residing and working in Uganda.
Water and Energy specialist
Educational background in hydraulics and rural engineering and specialised in irrigation and drinking water management. 17 years of experience in irrigation and improving access to water and hygiene for rural communities. A particular focus on Californian irrigation systems, manual well drilling, and low-cost solar powered drinking water supply systems.
Member of the board
Attie Kuiken has ample experience in the water sector. She typically operates as a board member or advisor to the board and is specialized in governance of cooperatives. Attie has specialist expertise tailoring the legal and financial structure of a cooperative, foundation or other initiative in such way that maximum impact is achieved by the organization. She is experienced with structured civil society initiatives.
Treasurer of the board
Bart-Jan is an experienced project director in infrastructure and mobility projects. He has worked on several complex multi-discipline tasks relating to water safety, railways and city and station development projects. Bart-Jan has a warm interest in “keeping feet on the ground” and endeavours to create a setting for people to work together.
Chairman of the board
Chemical engineer, has over 30 years’ experience in water management both in the Netherlands as abroad. Worked on wetland restoration is East Africa (lake Victoria) and on the implementation of EU water policies in Eastern Europe. Previously worked as an associate professor at the Wageningen University and has been a guest lecturer at IHE in Delft. At present working for the ARCADIS water division as head of the advisory group on Knowledge an Policy Advise. Is chairman of the Practica board since 2011
Secretary of the board
Valentin Post worked 20 years + in (financing) wastewater, sanitation and waste, is co-founder and driving force in FINISH programs in India and Kenya, in-depth experience with funders (government & private) and Public Private Partnerships.