Bert Diphoorn

Advisor, external relations

Bert joined Akvo in May 2015 as Advisor for external relations. He has over twenty years experience in operational management and the provision of technical assistance and policy advice in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe in the area of water and sanitation. His experience spans regional development banks, development foundations, the UN, and donor country agencies. As Vice-Chair of UN Water, he promoted the sustainable development goal (SDG) for water and drove the design of a new monitoring framework. He joined Akvo from UN Habitat where he was director of the aid agency’s newly created Donor Relations and Resource Mobilisation Service (DRRMS), and head of its Global Water Operators Alliance Secretariat (GWOPA). Other senior roles he held at UN Habitat include director of the Human Settlements Financing Division and chief of the Water, Sanitation & Infrastructure Branch in Nairobi. He has also held senior positions in the water and sanitation units of the African Development Bank in Tunisia, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).

Bert’s long career has included the organisation of some key events in the water sector such as the second World Water Forum, the Waterdome, the first African Water Week and a number of World Water Days, making him a well known figure to professionals across the international water sector. He brings to Akvo his extensive experience in all aspects of the project cycle, including monitoring and evaluation. Bert has an MSc in human geography of developing countries from the University of Utrecht. He speaks Dutch, English, French and German.