Our organisations

Akvo operates on a not-for-profit, not-for-loss basis. It develops and operates its products under a unified service brand but comprises a number of distinct organisational entities. We have established legal entities in a number of countries in which we work. These are adapted to the local legal and regulatory frameworks in place and are appropriate to our values and mission. 

Akvo is an international organisation with not-for-profit status at our headquarters in the Netherlands (ANBI), and our offices in Kenya and in the United States (501(c)(3)). In India and in Singapore, we operate as a limited company. We aim for 100% ownership of each company by the Akvo Foundation wherever feasible.

The Netherlands organisation is responsible for strategic direction, global partnerships and operating our online and mobile services. The United States, Kenya, India and Singapore organisations are responsible for the direction of regional strategies, business development, partnerships, operations and fundraising.

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Akvo Foundation

The Akvo Foundation (or Stichting Akvo, in Dutch) is headquartered in Amsterdam. Here we provide strategic direction for the Akvo network, as well as managing our global partnerships. The intellectual property rights of our open source products are held with the Foundation and it also operates our online and mobile services.

Supervisory board:

  • Chair of the board

    Aalt Leusink has a gigantic track record initiating, supervising and advising programmes that improve water resource development, drinking water supply and sanitation, environmental management and transport infrastructure. From 1981 to 1995, he was a director and consultant with IWACO, which became the Netherlands’ leading consultancy in water and environmental management. He directed its Western Africa office from 1982, based in Burkina Faso. 

    From 1986 to 1995 he was director for international projects, supervising many projects in South East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Since then he has been an active advisor to governments, water companies, international agencies and donors in more than 30 countries. During the late 1990s he was managing director of Schiphol Management Services, responsible for the airport’s multi-billion dollar overseas investments at New York JFK and Brisbane Airports. Since 2001, Aalt has initiated startup enterprises with young entrepreneurs in the water and geo-informatics sectors. He has an M.Sc in Earth Sciences from the Free University Amsterdam, where he specialised in Hydrology, Meteorology and Computer Sciences. He speaks Dutch, English, French and German and lives in the Netherlands.
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  • Board member

    Based in California, Paul joined Akvo USA as a charter member of the board in 2010 to help develop a strategic vision for Akvo in North America. 

    He is also a member of the board of Green Tulip, Inc., a management and technology consulting services company, and Smartleaf Inc, which provides an advanced overlay portfolio management solution and asset management services. He was previously president and CEO of business continuity firm nScaled, president and CEO of HydroPoint Data Systems, chief risk officer for BearingPoint Inc. and president and chief operating officer for Plumtree Software. Before Plumtree, he headed BearingPoint’s (formerly KPMG Consulting’s) international high tech practice and held senior roles at Oracle Corporation and Walker Interactive Systems.
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  • Board member

    Sunita is director at the Center for Transformational Innovations (CeTI) at EMC, India, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems. CeTI focuses on applying innovative technology to address issues faced by emerging economies, in particular related to healthcare. She was previously founder and CEO of Arghyam, a unique and highly-regarded foundation with a mission to ensure “safe, sustainable water for all” and projects spanning 20 Indian states. She also worked in several capacities with the Asia Pacific Water Forum, building links with regional players. She brings to Akvo’s board extensive experience in both grant-making and technical, research and advocacy initiatives that aim to help transform conditions for India’s urban and rural poor. She is experienced in forming partnerships that connect governments, NGOs and other institutions, for impact and scale.

    Between the late 1980s and 2004, Sunita lived and worked in the United States for technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, WebMD (Healtheon) and GlobeTrades Inc. From 1996 to 2004 she was an executive member of ICA Indians for Collective Action, based in Santa Clara, CA. She also helped forge cooperation between US and Indian communities through work with the American India Foundation, Rejuvenate India Movement, and founded SEVA, which supported grass-roots development work in rural India. She holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication from Andhra University. Based in Bangalore, Sunita is a TED India fellow and has authored two books based on her work.

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Board of directors:

  • Chief financial officer

    Kathelyne is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, measurement and reporting of Akvo’s financial and administrative operations. She also coordinates the finances of regional hub offices together with our hub managers and is a board member of the Akvo Kenya Foundation.

    Kathelyne joined Akvo in 2009 as a project manager and gradually moved into a financial and operational role. Before Akvo, Kathelyne worked as an inspector and auditor at the Dutch Inspectorate of the Ministry of Transport and Water Management (IVW) where she analysed results and informed and advised policy makers and administrators in central government. She has an MSc in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and has worked on awareness-raising around irrigation and watershed management in field situations in Peru, Bangladesh and Jordan.

    Kathelyne is based in our Amsterdam office. You can follow her on Twitter @kathelyne 

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  • Co-founder and co-director

    Jeroen is responsible for developing and maintaining Akvo’s relationships with all types of partner organisations, with a particular focus on Europe and Africa. He works to achieve a balance in Akvo’s international activities, ensuring support is available for partners in countries where it’s needed. Until March 2012, he was chairman of Akvo’s board. 

    Jeroen ignited the Akvo phenomenon after meeting Thomas Bjelkeman at Stockholm World Water Week in summer 2006 and has steered Akvo’s evolution to ensure it is relevant to, and supported by, a wide range of implementation NGOs, funding partners and global institutions. He started his career as a geologist in Burkina Faso in 1982 and holds an MSc. in Hydrology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He worked throughout the 1980s in countries such as Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Niger, Mali, Indonesia and India, managing water supply and management projects on behalf of organisations such as the World Bank and the European Union. In 1998, Jeroen founded the Netherlands Water Partnership, where he built a dynamic network of over 200 member organisations that collaborate.
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  • Co-founder and co-director

    Thomas is a visionary systems architect and designer with both a software and environmental science background. He is our chief technology officer and steers the team to harness the maximum potential from open source methods. He began developing software ventures in Britain and California, working closely with many early-wave internet entrepreneurs.

    A serial entrepreneur himself, he helped introduce web technology in corporate environments during the mid-nineties. In 1994, he helped start Stellent CMS which eventually sold to Oracle. In 1997 he co-founded web analytics company ISSEL and in 1999 Zezame, which built web page annotation systems. Since 2004 Thomas has helped develop the Seawater Greenhouse, a revolutionary food production system for arid coastal regions. An advisory board member of the India Water Portal, he’s currently completing an MSc in Environmental Science at Stockholm University. Follow Thomas on Twitter @bjelkeman.
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Akvo Foundation USA

Board of directors:

  • Executive director

    Mark has been involved with Akvo as an advisor since the first meeting at Netherlands Water Partnership in Delft in 2006. He is director of Computer Vision Products at A9.com, an Amazon company, based in San Francisco.

    Mark was co-founder and president of the Blindsight Corporation, which created computer vision technology for the blind. He was also co-founder and CTO of Smartleaf, Inc., a leader in scalable portfolio management solutions for financial firms now used for over $50 billion in assets. Mark was a principal at Viaweb, which built the first web application: a browser-based e-commerce platform, later to become Yahoo! Store. Mark has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
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  • Board member

    Becky Straw is the Co-Founder and Chief Adventurist for The Adventure Project, a new nonprofit “adding venture” capital to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. Her and her co-founder were inspired by a passion to revolutionise giving, and create a movement to marry good intentions with measurable impact. Becky was 29-years-old when they launched.

    In its first 18 months, The Adventure Project engaged 3,000 people to help create 305 jobs in India, Kenya, Uganda and Haiti. Those entrepreneurs will go on to serve over 730,000 people to better health care, food and water. The Adventure Project’s goal is to create one million jobs within ten years. 
    Prior to The Adventure Project, Becky spent three years helping to launch charity: water, an organisation bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Becky has consulted for UNICEF’s Division of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in International Social Welfare. She attended University of the Pacific for her undergraduate degree, and was recently awarded 2012 Young Alumni of the Year. 

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  • Board member

    Based in California, Paul joined Akvo USA as a charter member of the board in 2010 to help develop a strategic vision for Akvo in North America. 

    He is also a member of the board of Green Tulip, Inc., a management and technology consulting services company, and Smartleaf Inc, which provides an advanced overlay portfolio management solution and asset management services. He was previously president and CEO of business continuity firm nScaled, president and CEO of HydroPoint Data Systems, chief risk officer for BearingPoint Inc. and president and chief operating officer for Plumtree Software. Before Plumtree, he headed BearingPoint’s (formerly KPMG Consulting’s) international high tech practice and held senior roles at Oracle Corporation and Walker Interactive Systems.
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Management:

  • Co-founder and regional director

    Peter is a co-founder of Akvo and directed partner relationships for over seven years. He is currently responsible for growing and developing Akvo’s regional partner relationships, with a particular focus on Asia and South East Asia & Pacific. He also represents the Akvo Foundation on the board of Akvo Kenya. Combining considerable field experience with a large contact network, he is a ‘connector’ between governmental organisations, corporates, NGOs and knowledge institutes.

    Previously a programme manager at the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), he combines technical knowledge of water management with the ability to mobilise an extensive, high level network of international development changemakers across the world. He has an MSc in integrated water management and disaster studies from Wageningen University. He operates from Akvo’s regional office in Singapore and spends a lot of time in Indonesia. Follow Peter on Twitter @petervdl.
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  • Manager, Akvo Foundation USA

    Ethel advises partners on the use of Akvo tools for good quality Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). She also co-leads the expansion of Akvo in Latin America and advises software development based on M&E needs. Ethel joined Akvo after working in the United States, South Asia and Latin America, including roles as M&E advisor to the Honduran Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS programme and supporting South Asia’s Community of Evaluators through work with the International Development Research Centre.  

    Ethel started her career in the food security sector where she soon learned the power of data and evidence-based story telling in shifting paradigms and improving project implementation. This led her to honing in on research, monitoring and evaluation skills during her graduate studies in Public and Non Profit Management at New York University and to pursuing jobs that would allow her to unveil the stories behind data. She is fluent in English and Spanish, enjoys cooking and reading, and recently completed a yoga teacher certification programme. Follow her @ethelnmc.

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Akvo Kenya Foundation

Board of directors:

  • Chair of the board

    Peter is a co-founder of Akvo and has directed partner relationships since autumn 2006. Combining considerable field experience with a large contact network, he is a ‘connector’ between governmental organisations, corporates, NGOs and knowledge institutes. 

    Peter leads Akvo’s funding and implementation deals with international development institutions, banks, companies, implementation NGOs and other investors. He ensures that Akvo’s first tools meet the needs of our initial investor and implementation NGO partners. 

    Previously a programme manager at the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), he combines technical knowledge of water management with the ability to mobilise an extensive, high level network of water and sanitation changemakers across the world. Hehas an MSc in integrated water management and disaster studies from Wageningen University. Follow Peter on Twitter @petervdl.
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  • Board member

    Sam Gichuru is the CEO and co-founder of Nailab, one of Kenya’s leading tech incubators. A serial entrepreneur, he is also an angel investor in promising startups and serves as an advisory board member in several early stage startups and established companies in addition to Akvo. Sam has championed Nailab’s growth from nearly zero to an investment of over 100 million Kenyan shillings. He is currently overseeing the implementation of a million dollar government project in conjunction with the Kenya ICT board – an achievement that has seen him highlighted in local and international media including Forbes, the BBC and The Economist.

    Sam serves as a Rotarian and also makes a weekly appearance on Tech Tuesday, a technology and entrepreneurship themed radio show on Nairobi radio station 93.3 HopeFm.
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  • Board member

    Luuk leads Akvo’s project activities with our NGO partners in East Africa and steers the expansion of our new hub at the NaiLab in Nairobi, Kenya. This includes identifying appropriate projects to upload to the Akvo system, gathering the relevant content from each organisation and training teams on how to share regular updates.

    He is also a lead producer and reporter for WaterCube, our video channel profiling people and issues in the water and sanitation sector. Luuk graduated in 2007 with an MA in International Development Studies from the University of Utrecht. Having grown up in Burundi, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he has worked on several international development programmes including the World Water Dome in Johannesburg (2002) and a project to assess environmental impact at the IWMI in Colombo in Sri Lanka (06/07). You can find Luuk on Twitter at: @luukdiphoorn
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  • Board member

    Kathelyne sits on our board of directors where she is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, measurement and reporting of Akvo’s financial and administrative operations. She also coordinates the finances of regional hub offices together with our hub managers and is a board member of the Akvo Kenya Foundation.

    Kathelyne joined Akvo in 2009 as a project manager and gradually moved into a financial and operational role. Before Akvo, Kathelyne worked as an inspector and auditor at the Dutch Inspectorate of the Ministry of Transport and Water Management (IVW) where she analysed results and informed and advised policy makers and administrators in central government. She has an MSc in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and has worked on awareness-raising around irrigation and watershed management in field situations in Peru, Bangladesh and Jordan.

    Kathelyne is based in our Amsterdam office. You can follow her on Twitter @kathelyne 

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  • Board member

    Bertil has a background in journalism and international relations and combined these two interests at Africa Interactive. From 2012 to 2014 he lived in Nairobi where he successfully set up a subsidiary branch of the media production company. 

    For a long time Bertil has been passionate about supporting start-up entrepreneurs in Africa to realise social impact. After returning to the Netherlands he joined VC4Africa, the largest online community of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building game-changing companies on the African continent. 

    Bertil is also responsible for the Inclusive Business Accelerator platform. This is an open innovation platform that connects social innovators, business coaches, impact investors and businesses around the theme of ‘inclusive business’. You can follow Bertil on Twitter via @brutuz.

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Management:

  • Manager, East Africa hub

    Walter is a specialist in ICT for Development with over ten years experience in East Africa. He completed a Masters in Business Administration, specialising in ICT, and a postgraduate degree in Journalism. After graduating he worked as an international ICT project manager at IBM and AT&T in the Netherlands. In 2003 he moved to Kenya to work as a communications officer for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi. Later he became a freelance project and communications manager in East and Central Africa. He did assignments for various international organisations in agriculture, water, health and emergency relief (DR Congo). Walter is currently manager of the Akvo Kenya hub and responsible for partnership development and operations in the east, central and Southern Africa region.
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Akvo Singapore Limited

  • Director (on behalf of Akvo group)

    Jeroen is responsible for developing and maintaining Akvo’s relationships with all types of partner organisations, with a particular focus on Europe and Africa. He works to achieve a balance in Akvo’s international activities, ensuring support is available for partners in countries where it’s needed. Until March 2012, he was chairman of Akvo’s board. 

    Jeroen ignited the Akvo phenomenon after meeting Thomas Bjelkeman at Stockholm World Water Week in summer 2006 and has steered Akvo’s evolution to ensure it is relevant to, and supported by, a wide range of implementation NGOs, funding partners and global institutions. He started his career as a geologist in Burkina Faso in 1982 and holds an MSc. in Hydrology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He worked throughout the 1980s in countries such as Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Niger, Mali, Indonesia and India, managing water supply and management projects on behalf of organisations such as the World Bank and the European Union. In 1998, Jeroen founded the Netherlands Water Partnership, where he built a dynamic network of over 200 member organisations that collaborate.
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  • Director

    Stefan is the manager of Akvo’s Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) hub. Based in Australia, he supports the management of Akvo’s programmes in the region, overseeing existing partnerships and facilitating our engagement with new partners and sectors. He is also responsible for coordinating with Amsterdam and connecting Akvo’s SEAP operations with other hubs around the world.

    Stefan first joined Akvo in 2011 and took up a full-time role in 2014, helping to establish our hub in SE Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this, Stefan worked across government, academia and the NGO sector in environmental policy, sustainability, public health and impact assessment.

    Stefan holds a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University in Canberra and has completed the Fenner School of Environment & Society Honours Program in Human Ecology. He has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom and as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Cambodia.

    Stefan is a keen photographer and loves being outdoors. Follow him on instagram ‪@Stefangk_.

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Akvo Development Tools and Services (ADTS) India

  • Director

    Deepak Menon is the hub manager for Akvo in South Asia. In this role he oversees programmes and partnerships, as well as the Akvo team in South Asia and the Caddisfly team.

    Deepak has a number of years experience in information technology and communications, having worked in sales and marketing roles at Oracle, and as a research analyst at Frost and Sullivan. In 2008, he moved to the charitable foundation Arghyam, where he was head of the India Water Portal and was part of a team of early advocates of open data, social media participation and large scale volunteering. In recent years, he has also had his own consulting business, been involved in fund raising for a start up venture and has taught Sustainability Management at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, and Business Communication at Indo-German Training Centre. He has also acts as a mentor to the founders at OnlineRTI.com

    Deepak has degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Mumbai, as well as a diploma in environmental law from National Law School, Bangalore. Deepak is based in Bangalore. Follow him @deepakmenon.
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  • Director

    Ayan leads Akvo’s partnerships engagement process in South Asia. Before joining Akvo, he worked as a senior advocacy manager at Arghyam, and was responsible for seeding and architecting the Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network (F-KAN). Prior to working at Arghyam, Ayan was a research scientist at People’s Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun, during which he trained various NGO representatives, village council members and social action groups on water quality management.

    Ayan is a Nuffic Fellow and has an MSc in Environment Sciences from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. He also holds an MBA in Public Systems Management from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata. Ayan is based in Delhi. Follow him @biswa4.

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Akvo KPPA (representative office) Indonesia

  • Chief representative officer

    Aulia Rahman is the chief representative officer for Akvo in Indonesia. In this role he oversees the set-up of the new office and builds the team in Den-Pasar.  He plays a key role in promoting Akvo in the region, develops partnerships and explores new opportunities across the country.

    Prior to joining Akvo, Aulia spent nearly eight years working in communications for WWF-Indonesia. Aulia began his career in journalism and has held positions as a reporter and radio announcer. He studied communications at Airlangga University, where he has since acted as part-time lecturer for the Department of Communications Studies.

    Follow Aulia on Twitter @8AD

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