Key Staff

We are a group of water resources and environmental specialists, GIS and database experts, engineers and consultants providing professional advice and management for development projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. Please check out our key staff below:

Clarissa Mulders - Managing Director, Uganda

Mrs Mulders holds an MSc in Natural Resource Management and has built up over twenty-three years of professional experience in various aspects of water resources investigations, of which the majority is in East Africa. She is mainly involved in project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation projects, supervision of drilling programmes and other water resource development (borehole site investigations) and water resource assessment (groundwater modelling) projects. Mrs Mulders has worked in Kenya, Uganda, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, The Netherlands and Argentina.

In December 1996, she founded Water, Environment & Geo Services Ltd (WEGS) and is currently managing director and water resources specialist with WE Consult Uganda. As day-to-day manager, she is in charge of acquisition and project management of the company.

Ron Sloots - Director, Uganda

Mr Sloots is a Ugandan resident with twenty years of professional experience in various aspects of hydrogeology, water well drilling, water supplies, and rural development.

He is mainly involved in project development and management of all types of water supply projects and water sector information management projects. He is experienced in hydrogeological (water resources assessment studies, borehole and shallow well sitings, well designs) and geophysical (resistivity, electromagnetic and seismic prospecting) investigations in various geological environments. Mr Sloots has been in charge of numerous water supply projects implementation, design and feasibility studies. Furthermore he has designed and conducted training courses in contract management and drilling supervision for both central and local governments’ staff. Mr Sloots has been involved in contract supervision, database management and design, GIS design and analysis, GPS mapping, procurement, project management, financial management and administration. Mr. Sloots has worked in the Netherlands, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, DRC, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Botswana, Kenya, Central African Republic, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.

As director of WE consult Uganda he is mainly responsible for acquisition, project management and financial management.

Ivo van Haren - Director, Mozambique

Ivo van Haren is a Hydrogeologist with 25 years of experience in all fields of water resources management. His key expertise is in hydrogeology, project / program management, trans-boundary water management, institutional development, water policy, water resources assessments and data analysis. He has substantial working experience in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Israel, Jordan, Mozambique, Netherlands, Palestine, Swaziland, South-Africa, Syria and Yemen. He is co-founder and shareholder of WE Consult Mozambique and currently general director.

Ivo van Haren worked as project manager and hydrogeologist in many projects in Mozambique, such as the development of a groundwater monitoring network and groundwater model for the main aquifer in south of Mozambique, location and development of a well field for Quelimane, environmental baseline study for the EEA project area in Palma and Quionga and groundwater study for the Nhartanda Valley aquifer system in Tete. Ivo van Haren has also been lecturing hydro-geology and hydrology at the Eduardo Mondlane University.

He worked as Program Coordinator of the PRIMA program, which aimed at realizing the objectives of the agreement between South-Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique to promote cooperation among the Parties and ensure the protection and sustainable utilization of the water resources of the Incomati and Maputo water courses. He previously worked as project manager of a project to improve the cooperation between the Israeli Water Authority, the Palestinian Water Authority and the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation through the development of a Decision Support System for the reuse of waste water.

Mark Hughes - Director, Zambia

Mark has been a resident in Africa for over 15 years and has been involved in the field of hydrogeology for over 25 years. He has experience working in the private, international non-government organization, regional and national government sectors. He was also part of the Groundwater Research Group at the University of Toronto for 5 years. His work experience covers physical and contaminant hydrogeology ranging from groundwater assessment studies, field investigations for water supply development, drilling and borehole construction, mine dewatering, environmental investigations along with project and financial management.

He holds a M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from University of Birmingham (U.K.) and a B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University (Canada). He has worked in Canada, Indonesia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria and Mozambique.

Zaida Adriano - Social Expert, Mozambique

Ms. Adriano holds a Bachelor degree in Tourism with guidance to Tourism Planning from Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo de Inhambane - Eduardo Mondlane University. During her bachelor studies she did 3 academic internships in different public and private institutions from the Tourism sector that led to the development of projects and research reports.
In 2013 Ms. Adriano worked as a Project Supervisor on a Youth Volunteer Exchange Program in Mozambique and Canada where she was responsible for managing the participants, the project budget, develop, implement, facilitate and assess informal educational programs with emphasis on Environment, Gender, Health, Culture and others.

She joined WE Consult in March of 2014 to work as a Research Project Assistant in a study about Family Planning and Women’s Empowerment, a Sexual Behaviour Diary Study. Since then she has been involved in various other surveys as the socio-cultural expert.

Harmen van den Berg - Hydrogeologist, Mozambique

Harmen van den Berg has a M.Sc. in Hydrology (specialization Geohydrology) and a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences (specialization Geology) from the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. van den Berg has gained significant experience in all kinds of groundwater related projects as well as project management and evaluation. His project experience and research activities include, but are not limited to, groundwater modelling, water quality analysis, hydrogeological and geophysical surveys.

From 2010-2014, he has gained a lot of working experience in the field of groundwater modelling, groundwater extraction and dewatering, hydrological impact assessment studies and project management as a Consultant Geohydrology at MWH B.V. in The Netherlands.

Mr. van den Berg is employed by WE Consult Mozambique since July 2014 as a Project Manager Hydrogeology. He worked in several projects in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, such as the Hydrogeological Study of the Nhartanda Aquifer for the Drinking Water Supply of Tete and the Groundwater / Surface water quality and Soil quality Baseline study in Palma District.

Vincent Byarugaba - Water Supply Specialist, Uganda

Mr. Byarugaba Vincent Akiiki is a Water, Sanitation and Construction Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management of Makerere University, and a diploma in Water Engineering of Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo, Kampala-Uganda. Vincent has 12 years of experience in design, implementation and management of Rural, Urban and Institutional water supply projects. Vincent is conversant with all forms of water supply and sanitation technologies being used in Uganda, and different countries in the region.

Tim Donkers - Water Engineer, Uganda

Tim Donkers has a MSc. in Environmental Sciences (specialization Environmental Technology) and a BSc. in International Land & Water management (specialization Irrigation Engineering) from the Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. Mr. Donkers also successfully followed two courses in Water Engineering at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Mr. Donkers is specialized in Environmental Technology and Irrigation Engineering. He has gained experience in all kinds of water related projects. From 2014-2015 he did a 1-year PhD program at Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology.

Els Fliervloet - Head Accountant, Zambia

Ms. Fliervoet is the office manager and financial controller for Aquaquest.  Over the past 23 years Els has held progressively senior positions involved with financial control and project administration with GTZ (Niger) and SNV and the Dutch Embassy in Zambia.

She graduated as a botanical analysist from Wageningen College (Netherlands) after which she spent time at Wageningen University in the Plant Science Department.

Andrew Lubwama - Head Accountant, Uganda

Mr Lubwama joined WE consult Uganda in February 2008, where he started as an accounts assistant. After a year, he was elevated to the position of fulltime accountant. As an accountant, Mr Lubwama has built up extensive experience in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information to aid in the decision making of our firm. Currently he acts as the financial manager for WE consult Uganda and TGS Water Ltd. He also provides financial advice to WE Mozambique and Aquaquest Zambia. Mr Lubwama has worked in Uganda and Zambia.

Mr Lubwama is fully conversant with QuickBooks accounting software and other office computer software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Access.

Mr Lubwama holds a diploma in Business Studies and is currently pursuing further studies to obtain his diploma as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Américo Machaze - Field Engineer, Mozambique

Mr. Machaze obtained the degree of technical expertise at Basic Construction Industrial School in Beira. Medium Level of general education. Mr. Machaze is working for WE Consult for 10 years and is mainly active as field engineer in hydrogeological and geophysical surveys and borehole drilling supervision projects.

His recent project experience includes several geophysical surveys (Niassa, Nampula, Tete and Cabo Delgado Province) and supervision of mechanical construction of boreholes, execution of pump testing and supervision of civil works. Clients include ASNANI, WaterAid, CARE, FIPAG, OXFAM, UNICEF, ARA Zambeze and Eni / CH2MHill. He also acted as field leader in the baseline study for PRONASAR.

Frank Meins - Water Engineer/GIS, Zambia

Frank is a water engineer responsible for field operations and is the company’s go to IT and GIS person. He covers all aspects of field based activities (geophysical surveys, drilling supervision, borehole investigations, test pumping) and is involved in developing groundwater monitoring software.  Prior to his arrival at Aquaquest he spent 3 years with Witteveen+Boss in the Netherlands where his duties involved dike safety (monitoring and modeling analysis) and geotechnical projects.

Frank holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. in Water Engineering and Management from the University of Twente. Part of his studies included work in Indonesia where he developed a hydrological model for channel flow in tropical peat land.  He also has experience from Kenya with the setting up of a monitoring network for the upstream basins to Lake Naivasha and training of government hydrologists including operating hydrological model software.

Bacelar Muneme - WASH Expert, Mozambiqe

Mr. Muneme holds a Bachelor in Trade and Finance Management in Higher School of Accounting and Management - Pedagogical University of Mozambique - Maputo.

Mr. Muneme started his career in 2007 at the National Institute of Statistics and joined WE Consult in 2011 as Field Coordinator. Mr. Muneme has gained significant experience and contributed considerably to, among others the National Supply and Rural Sanitation project (PRONASAR) and several household and baseline studies in urban and rural environments.

His key qualifications include Rural and urban water supply and sanitation, socio-economic surveys, WASH baseline surveys, project coordination, financial and logistical management, Microsoft Office, data collection using tablets and PDA’s.

Currently he is working as a Young Expert Professional in water sector within the scope of the YEP Water Programme for WE Consult Mozambique.

Mutipani Muyangwa - Jr. Hydrogeologist, Zambia

Ms Muyangwa is a hydrogeologist-in-training at Aquaquest. She has been involved in the undertaking of hydrogeological assessments and supervision of contractors. Her experience covers geophysical surveying, hydrogeological investigations, borehole drilling supervision and test pumping.

Ms Muyangwa holds a BA in Land and Water Resources Management with a specialization in water and irrigation management from Mulingushi University (Zambia)

Stephen Mwape – Hydrogeological Technician, Zambia

Stephen Mwape is a hydrogeological technician with Aquaquest where he supports our field investigation programmes, covering geophysical surveys, borehole drilling and construction, test pumping and borehole assessments.   He also has experience in WASH activities gained while on internship with World Vision Zambia.

Stephen Mwape holds a Diploma in Water Engineering from the University of Zambia (Natural Resources Development College).

Wisdom Ntinda - Sr. Hydrogeological Technician, Zambia

Wisdom has been with Aquaquest since 2011 where he is an integrally involved with field based activities covering geophysical surveying, supervision of drilling contractors and conducting hydraulic testing programmes.  Prior to this he worked for Kagem mining for seven years.

Wisdom undertook training in Mechanical Engineering at Northern Technical College in 2003. 

Wouter Rhebergen - WASH Expert, Mozambique

Wouter Rhebergen has a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) of Amsterdam. The focus of his studies lay on Hydrology, Natural Resource Management, Geographical Information Science and International Development. After his studies, he joined WE Consult in Mozambique to start work as a project officer in 2009.

Mr. Rhebergen has gained substantial experience in project evaluations and monitoring of WASH programmes as well as socio-economic surveys in other areas such as agriculture, reproductive health and women’s empowerment. Starting as a field supervisor he has now been involved in many studies as technical manager at WE Consult Mozambique for a range of clients including UNICEF, Millennium Challenge Account Mozambique, Worldvision, Wateraid, government and other NGOs. The most notable projects he was involved in include the 2013 and 2014 Sustainability Checks for the UNICEF Rural WASH Programme in Mozambique; The Value for Money in WASH survey for DFID in Mozambique and the baseline Survey for the Nampula WASH Programme for UNICEF.

Besides this, he has substantial experience in acquisition, GIS, geophysical fieldwork, drilling supervision, database management and reporting. He has professional experience in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Brazil and the Netherlands.

Tohny Tembe - Head Accountant, Mozambique

Mr. Tembe has been working with WE Consult Mozambique from the beginning (2003). He is leading the Financial Department and is Chief Accountant.