Mark Tiele Westra

Product team lead

Mark leads the Product team. In this role, he is responsible for defining the user experience of Akvo’s various products, and overseeing product strategy and the development roadmap.

Prior to this, Mark was the editor of Akvopedia, combining his technical knowledge on sustainable, simple water technology with his broad technical editorial experience to maintain the high quality standards of the Akvopedia content and the online community which contributed to it. Mark has also led Akvo’s role in the WASH Consortium and worked as a key member of the team developing and deploying Akvo FLOW as a programme and product manager.

Studying physics and philosophy of technology at Technical University of Twente, he holds a PhD in physics from the Eindhoven Technical University. Previously head of communication of a Dutch scientific institute working on nuclear fusion, he also led communications for the European Fusion programme and international fusion experiment, ITER. On the Working Group on Development Techniques (WOT), at University of Twente, he develops and disseminates knowledge of simple technology for using wind, water and solar power in developing countries. He has conducted technical training on rope pumps in Nicaragua and Tanzania. He joined Akvo at the end of 2008. Follow him on Twitter @mtwestra.