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:

Ron Sloots - Director, Uganda

Mr Sloots is a Ugandan resident hydrogeologist with twenty seven years of professional experience in various aspects of water resources management,  water information systems, 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 worked on local and international projects as a water resources consultant, has designed and has 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, Somaliland, DRC, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Botswana, Kenya, Central African Republic, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.

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




Vincent Byarugaba - Water Supply Specialist / General management, Uganda

Mr. Byarugaba Vincent Akiiki is a Water, Sanitation and Construction Engineer with a PGD in Water and Sanitation from Uganda Christian University Mukono, and in his final year of an MSC in Water and Sanitation as well. Vincent also holds a  Bachelor of Science in Construction Management of Makerere University, and a diploma in Water Engineering of Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo, Kampala-Uganda. Vincent has 15 years of experience in design, implementation and management of Rural, Urban, Institutional and emergency water supply programs. Vincent is conversant with all forms of water supply and sanitation technologies being used in the region, and has a keen interest in sustainable use and management of water resources. He has a clear understanding of the water supply and sanitation sector in Uganda and the region in general.

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).

Jonan Mutebi - Financial Manager WE Consult, Uganda

Jonan has been with the company for 5 years. He is now responsible for the financial management and coordination of WE Consult in Uganda.

 He received his BSQE (MUK) in 2006 and is a CPA affiliate. He has worked as  a general manager for 7 years in JSL Hoima and worked as an audit trainee at ECOS Uganda for 2 years. He is conversant with all relevant software packages, but especially: MS office, QB 2016, SPSS and EPI-info 2007.

Roel Toonen - Coordinator technical department / Project manager, Uganda

Roel holds a B.ASc. in International Water Management from VHL University of Applied Sciences in Velp, Netherlands and a foundation B.ASc. in Information Technologies from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, Netherlands. Alumni of the of the Young Expert water programme, funded by the Dutch government and hosted by the Netherlands Water Partnership.

Generalist by nature. Gained in-depth knowledge and experience on Rural water supply, water resources management, Sanitation & Hygiene, Water treatment, Hydrogeology (registered in Uganda), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and information technologies.

During his career he has managed multiple key projects along with a multitude of smaller technical projects successfully gaining working experience in Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, South Sudan, the Netherlands and Suriname.

Diversely trained at WE Consult, in his current capacity he is responsible for managing core projects and multiyear programmes while coordinating the Uganda technical department.

Martin Twine B. - Civil engineer / Project manager, Uganda

Mr Martin Twine B. is a Civil Engineer working with WE Consult as a Water Resources Engineer since 2014. He holds a BSC in Civil Engineering.

He has relevant experience in geophysical surveying and investigations, water resources assessments, borehole drilling supervision, test pumping supervision, research work, data collection and structural design and construction. He has also participated in writing a number of project proposals. He has also been trained under the Young Expert Program (YEP) Water for 2 years (February 2015. To February 2017). This project is carried out in cooperation between Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands and the Netherlands Water Partnership.

Michael Kazinda - Hydrogeologist / coordinator drilling activities, Uganda

Mr. Kazinda has more than 3 years of professional experience in the field of water resources assessment, hydrogeology and geophysical site investigations, water well drilling operations and supervision, aquifer mechanics, well hydraulics and pumping tests analysis, ground water monitoring, water quality analysis, water supply construction, WASH project implementation and management in the east and southern Africa context.

He has successfully implemented +30 water supply and mapping projects for various clients including international NGO’s, engineering consultants and contractors, government ministries, and private land owners in Uganda and South Sudan.

He currently works as the Technical Manager for TGS Water Ltd (A WE Group partner Company) since March 2018. Prior to this role, he worked as Hydrogeologist and Projects Manager with WE Consult Uganda between Jan 2016 and March 2018, and as Geoscientist in the upstream geothermal, oil and natural gas industries in Uganda (2012, 2014 & 2015). Mr. Kazinda holds a BSc (Hons) in Petroleum Geoscience & Production from Makerere University, Uganda.

Laura Nieuwenhoven – Water Supply Consultant, Uganda

Laura Nieuwenhoven has an M.Sc. in Water Science and Management (specialization Earth Sciences) and a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (specialization Physical Geography) from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In addition she has followed hydrogeological studies at Göttingen University, Germany.

From 2015-2017 she worked in the United Kingdom as project manager and consultant in the field of water quality modelling and policy regulation, drinking water systems, data analysis, Environmental Impact Assessments as well as GIS design and analysis.

She joined WE Consult in 2017 as hydrogeologist and water resources consultant and has been involved in a range of projects including water resources assessment and hydrogeological and geophysical investigations.

Laura is participating in the YEP Water programme, funded by the Dutch government and hosted by the Netherlands Water Partnership.

Astrid Høegh Jensen - Acquisitions officer / M&E expert, Uganda

Astrid holds a M.Sc. in Geography and Geoinformatics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is specialised in Environment, Society and Development with a focus on rural development and natural resource management. Astrid has experiences from several African countries and she worked most recently in Sierra Leone for Engineers Without Borders, where she developed their monitoring and evaluation framework, evaluated their WASH project and monitored the construction of hand dug wells. 

Astrid is experienced in field work coordination, data collection and analysis, project monitoring and evaluation, ESIA and reporting. Moreover, she is familiar with procedures and technical requirements of donor organisations.

Astrid jointed WE Consult in October 2017 and she is mainly working with acquisitions. She is also involved in project coordination and M&E of projects.   

Paul Kato - Junior hydro-geologist, Uganda

Paul Kato is a graduate of Makerere University Kampala with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience and Production. He joined WE Consult in March 2017 as a trainee and he is currently employed as junior hydro-geologist with WE Consult Uganda.  He has been involved in geophysical site investigations, Borehole camera inspection and water well supervision. He has interest in Geophysics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tesse Bijleveld - Assistant project manager Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Mozambique

Tesse Bijleveld holds a MSc. in Energy Science (specialization Biofuels) from the Utrecht University and a BSc. in Earth Sciences (specialization Geology) from the VU University Amsterdam, in The Netherlands.

Tesse graduated in January 2017, when she started working as a junior researcher for GUTTS, in Amsterdam, performing an economic feasibility study on the development of a Low Carbon Gasoline Replacement Fuel.

She joined WE Consult in June 2017 as an Assistant Project Manager in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene department. She has been involved as fieldwork coordinator and quality control in a range of projects for several clients, including World Vision, Viawater and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Tesse is also a Young Expert (Water), within the YEP Programme. The programme is carried jointly by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), with the objective of providing assurances for the continued availability of international professionalism and expertise in the water sector worldwide.

Frank Meins - Managing Director, Zambia

Mr. Frank Meins has five years of professional experience in various aspects of water management and engineering in both The Netherlands and South-Eastern Africa. Frank holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an 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.

In The Netherlands he has worked as a project engineer in the field of flood protection working on multi-disciplinary projects with a focus on geotechnical engineering and dike safety.

Frank currently works for Aquaquest Ltd. as a water resources consultant and managing director of the company. He is responsible for the day to day management of the company as well as management of field programmes that cover hydrogeological investigations, geophysical surveys, drilling supervision, test pumping and borehole investigations. He also provides technical support in preparing geohydrological assessments using geographic information systems (GIS) and designs piping networks for irrigation systems.

Marco van der Plas - Water Resource Development Specialist, Zambia

Mr. Marco van der Plas has 24 years of professional experience in various fields of hydro(geo-)logy, environmental assessment, rural and urban water supply development, project supervision and general programme management. He has carried out assignments for over 200 Clients in the private sector, UN organizations, Government agencies, NGO’s, and medium to large-scale donor-funded water development projects, mainly in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Somalia, Zambia and Mozambique.

From November 2001 to date, Van der Plas has been a long-term Technical Expert and Programme Management Consultant for UN-HABITAT Somalia, in the areas of urban water supply development, basic services and utility management, development of water supply infrastructure and construction management, solid waste management, urban development, construction of public infrastructure and low-cost housing. Tasks also include liaison with central and local authorities, as well as the main donors of the Programme. Since 2013, he has been Programme Coordinator / Team Leader for the Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (value USD 27.6 million), which is funded jointly by the European Union and the Somaliland Development Fund. The Project involves the reconstruction and upgrading of the 23km long transmission main (600mm DI) between the Ged Deeble wellfield and Hargeisa, replacement and extension of 17km of collection pipelines in the wellfield area, drilling of additional boreholes, and the construction of a new pumping station.

In addition to his ongoing work for UN-Habitat, Mr Van der Plas is an Associate Water Resources Development Consultant with WE-Consult (Uganda) and Aquaquest (Zambia). In 2009, he provided technical inputs and managed the hydrogeological component for the MDTF-funded Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project for Southern Sudan, implemented under the Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation (through Euroconsult Mott McDonald). Before this, he reviewed a large scale rural water development programme in Mozambique, carried out by WE-Consult for the Ministry of Housing & Public Works and UNICEF.

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.

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. 

John Kaluba - Junior Hydrogeologist, Zambia

John is a Hydrogeologist with Aquaquest Ltd water resource consultants responsible for field operations. He covers all aspects of field based activities which includes geophysical surveys, drilling supervision, borehole investigations and hydraulic testing.

John is participating in the YEP Water programme, funded by the Dutch government and hosted by the Netherlands Water Partnership.

John holds a Bachelor of Mineral Science in Geology from the University of Zambia.