Harro Riedstra

Programme manager

Harro is responsible for developing and managing the European Commission funded projects at Akvo, which include AfriAlliance and GroundTruth 2.0.

Besides working for Akvo, Harro also works as programme manager for the European Water Stewardship, a Europe-wide initiative to promote and improve sustainable water management with professional water users. Prior to this, Harro worked for Corporation Blue, a consultancy focused on water innovation and development. Harro started his career at the European Water Partnership where he held several positions, including lobbying for the topic of “water” at the European Institutions; organising events, including the European Policy Summits on Water in 2006, 2007 and 2008; coordinating the European Regional Process for the Fifth World Water Forum; developing and coordinating a number of European Projects under the LIFE, CIP and FP7 programmes and supporting the development and implementation of the European Water Stewardship programme.

Harro holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. Follow him @HPR78.