Emeline is the West Africa hub manager for Akvo. In this role, she is responsible for developing partnerships in the West Africa region and giving training and support on Akvo tools to existing partners.

Emeline brings to Akvo her experience in the water sector and in international programme implementation. Prior to joining Akvo, Emeline worked in Burkina Faso as the deputy director of a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme that was implemented in four countries and financed by USAID. In this role, she coordinated WASH activities for eight international partners and their local partners. She also gained valuable experience in various countries in East and West Africa during her time at WASTE, an NGO that is focussed on sanitation and developing entrepreneurship.  She has also spent time as research fellow at UNESCO-IHE, doing research in Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania.

Emeline has experience looking at both the technical and social sides of water issues, having received a M.Eng from Ecole Nationale du Génie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement in Strasbourg and an M.Sc in water management from UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. Emeline is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Follow her @EmelineWASH.

Abdoulaye is programme manager in West Africa where he helps our partners implement monitoring and evaluation programmes using Akvo tools.

Prior to joining Akvo, he was director of the Population, Environmental and Health Study and Research Center (CERPES) in Burkina Faso. Before that he was regional monitoring and evaluation specialist for USAID West Africa Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (USAID WA-WASH). He has also worked in monitoring and evaluation roles at the Population Council (an American NGO), Population Services International (PSI) and PROMACO (a National social marketing NGO affiliated to PSI). In addition he has provided consultancy to numerous organisations including Family Care International (FCI), UNFPA, AFDB, AES/BF (the former Save the Children Pays-Bas), Oxfam Intermón, Mwangaza Action and l’Initiative Privée et Communautaire de Lutte contre le VIH/SIDA au Burkina Faso (IPC/BF).

Abdoulaye has a Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) in environment sciences, focusing on environmental socio-economics, and a Masters degree in sociology. He is based in our Ouagadougou hub. You can follow him on Twitter @AbSemde

Rabdo is responsible for helping Akvo partners in West Africa implement monitoring and assessment programmes using Akvo tools. Before joining Akvo he was at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he was in charge of the implementation of activities and expected results of the West Africa Sentinel Landscape (WASL) and biocarbon building and rural development across various projects in West Africa. He also led the GIS and database management team in charge of the geolocation – spatial, processing and collection of socioeconomic data for CIFOR programmes in Burkina Faso and Ghana. He has also worked for the Meteorological National Office in Burkina Faso.

Rabdo is a geographer and GIS-Remote sensing specialist by training with a double master’s degree from the University of Ouagadougou and the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. He has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Ouagadougou and has participated in additional research programmes at the National Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research. Rabdo is based in Ouagadougou. Follow him @rabdo2.

Banzoumana cooperates with partners and users of Akvo tools in West Africa, providing support during and after training programmes. To this role, he brings his experience in WASH and civil engineering, as well as his knowledge of the West African region.

Banzoumana has extensive work experience in Mali (in all regions) and Burkina Faso. Before joining Akvo, Banzoumana worked for the Dutch NGO RAIN Foundation, and participated in the Young Expert Programme (YEP) Water in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. During his time in Burkina Faso, he worked for Action Against Hunger France.

Banzoumana holds a civil engineering diploma, option Building and Public Works, from the National Engineering School of Bamako. He also has an advanced master’s degree in humanitarian WASH from the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2i Foundation) in Ouagadougou. Banzoumana is based in Bamako, Mali. Follow him @bazoucoul.

Birama is a project officer and trainer for the Akvo West Africa team. In this role, he works closely with partners on the use of Akvo tools in West Africa, bringing to bear his experience in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) field and his knowledge of specific areas in Mali. Birama provides support during and after the introduction of tools in developing training programmes.

Before joining Akvo, Birama worked for SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation). During his career, he has built experience working in the fields of rural water, sanitation, water code in Mali, community mobilisation, water analysis and wastewater, planning and community development, and strengthening capacity on water decentralisation among municipality agents. Birama holds a professional master’s in Geography and History from the Normal High Academy of Bamako and a master’s in Geography from the University of Bamako. He is based in Bamako, Mali. Follow him @bisangare05. Lars is the regional online expert for Akvo partners that are based in West Africa. In this role, he provides training and supports partners to make optimum use of the Akvo tools. His focus is on data sharing and visualisations with Akvo Flow, Akvo Lumen and Akvo Sites. He is also responsible for regional communications and marketing activities and telling Akvo’s story in the region.

Prior to joining Akvo, Lars worked in various roles as an online specialist for international organisations like UNICEF and AfricaRice. In addition to developing online platforms, Lars has supported and trained organisations in West Africa to reach their online goals. He has also spent time working as a freelancer in Benin. Lars has a Bachelor of Commerce in Digital Communications from Hogeschool Utrecht. You can follow him @larsheemskerk.

Camille is responsible for developing Akvo’s activities and the use of our tools and services in the agrofood sector in West Africa. As a member of the Akvo Flow support team, Camille also provides technical support to partners in the field and is co-responsible for developing Akvo’s French support portal. She started her activities in September 2016 as part of the Dutch Young Expert Programme (YEP) Agrofood. She is involved in exploring and creating new possibilities to improve data availability and accessibility on agriculture and food issues.

Prior to joining Akvo, Camille built a diverse track record both in terms of studies and professional experience. She built a strong foundation in research and analysis while earning her master’s degree in French Sociolinguistics and as a research assistant in International Studies at the University of Leiden. She also has a background in humanities, having earned a master’s in Environment and Resource Management at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also obtained valuable international experience by studying in France at the Institut d’études politique de Paris and by completing an internship on Multifunctional Landscapes at the World Agroforestry Centre in Indonesia. She is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Follow her @Camille_Xmedia.

Wendemi is a communications and administration officer for Akvo’s West Africa hub. In this role, she helps tell Akvo’s story in the region by making global content locally relevant. She is also responsible for administrative management of the West Africa team, as well as training partners to use Akvo tools. Before joining Akvo, Wendemi was an assistance and monitoring officer for student recruitment at the International Institute of Water and Environment for Engineering. Prior to that, she was in charge of communication and multimedia at the Yam Pukri Association.

During her studies, Wendemi was a peer educator for the Public Services International/Ivoirian Agency for Social Marketing (PSI/AIMAS). She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Marketing from the African Institute of Management and a DEUGII in English from the University of Ouagadougou. Follow her @IWendemi.

Emmanuel is programme manager in West Africa where he helps Akvo’s partners with business development and programme implementation. His focal point is agricultural projects within the Bamako team.

Prior to joining Akvo, Emmanuel worked as a programme manager at Plan International Mali for the Plan Canadian National Office and as a regional fundraising officer for ICCO Cooperation West Africa. Emmanuel also has experience in monitoring and evaluation, both in community microfinance at Stromme Foundation West Africa and in education and literacy at World Vision Mali. Emmanuel has a diplôme de maitrise (master’s degree) in Sociology and Anthropology and an MSc in Planning and Strategic Management of Development. He is based in Bamako and can be followed on Twitter @DiarraEmmanuel1.


Ilyasse Kabore is a technical account manager for the Akvo West Africa team. He is responsible for technically assisting partners who use Akvo’s tools. He brings several years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information and Community Technology for Development (ICT4D).

Prior to joining Akvo, Ilyasse worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as the monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning officer in the fields of agriculture, health, nutrition, WASH and local governance. Ilyasse also has experience as a GIS specialist and monitoring and evaluation manager with the American NGO Winrock International. His work at Winrock International was mainly in the context of the USAID West Africa WASH programme for Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana. Ilyasse hold a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Geomatics from the University of Ouagadougou, where he is based. You can follow him on Twitter @KABOREIlyasse.