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Dr. Tobias Schmitz
Senior Advisor-Water Resources Management
Dr. Tobias Schmitz obtained a PhD in Development Studies at Radboud University in the Netherlands, focusing on Integrated Water Resources Management and water scarcity in South Africa. He has worked as a university lecturer in Development Studies, as research manager at the Centre for Policy Studies in South Africa, team leader for policy development at an environmental NGO in Amsterdam (Both ENDS), and Director of the Operations Desk at WaterLex International Secretariat in Geneva.
He has worked on a training manual on a human rights based approach to Integrated Water Resources Management with UNDP Cap-Net, on a book on best practices in wastewater re-use, treatment and disposal for UNEP, and on a human rights based approach to indicators and monitoring for UN-GLAAS. He is a member of the Task Force for Monitoring and Evaluation of the African Ministerial Council on Water. He joined GIWEH in January 2016 as a Director of the Africa program. 
Moez Allaoui
Senior Expert-Water Governance

Moez Allaoui is an international expert on water governance, included in the UNEP/Global Wastewater Initiative and the UNDP/Global Water Solidarity rosters. He worked in Tunisia as Director of Legal Affairs in SONEDE (the national drinking water utility) and also served a three-year term on the SONEDE International SA Board of Directors, before moving to Geneva where he worked as a Senior Advisor for international NGOs from 2014 to 2016. Since 2015, he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Geneva in charge of a module on the right to water within the Certificate of Advanced Studies on Water Governance and Policies. He holds a B.A. in Private Law and a Professional Master of Law degree in Legistic and Translation from the University of Al Manar (Tunisia), as well as an LLM in International Economic and Development Law from the University Descartes Paris 5 (France). He has published numerous articles and studies on the human right to water and about water governance and water utility management in several scientific journals and specialized websites. He also contributed to the recognition of the right to water in the Tunisian constitution, which was approved in January 2014.

Youness Chtaini
Scientific Officer/Hydrogeologist

Youness is a geologist in charge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and of hydrogeology within our organization. Graduated from the University of Grenoble in Geosciences, Youness Chtaini has accumulated a great range of experiences on the field during his previous positions. He has also been involved in sustainable development in Switzerland, as well as internationally. Additionally, Youness works on projects supporting the popularization of sciences within schools. He is also a member of the Swiss Association of Environmental Professionals, the Swiss Society of Hydrology, as well as the Swiss Society of Geology.

Olivia Braud
Project Coordinator / Development Scientist

Olivia Braud graduated from King’s College London, where she completed an MSc in Environment and Development. She studied the links between environment and development issues, and how to shape new models of development, through adaptation and resilience. During her Master program, she focused on water policies and the different paradigms shifts. She also focused on the concepts of water footprint and virtual water trade, and how it can shape new models of international cooperation. 

She joined the GIWEH team in Geneva in February 2018, as a Junior Project Coordinator. She works on water-related projects in Africa and participates to GIWEH events at the UN as a speaker. Prior to that, she worked at the UNHCR, in Paris and in Washington D.C., as a Public Information assistant. 

Sara Cabral
Program Coordinator / Junior Scientist

Sara Cabral is an undergraduate in Applied Sciences of Biology. During her studies, she specialized in Life Science and acquired a global vision on organisms and different ecosystems. She developed a strong interest for environment and human societies, that she is eager to develop through a special focus on environmental issues, and the ones related to water. She is devoted to the development of concrete solutions to improve current water and sanitation situations in developing countries. She is soon to start a Master Degree in Development in Geneva.

She joined the GIWEH team in February 2018 as Junior Scientist and Program Coordinator. Not only does she coordinates the Water for Ecosystem activities, participates in the publication of the annual report and different activities reports, but she also helps in developing fundraising activities. Finally, she moderates GIWEH's conferences at the UN. 

Jean-David Faye
Project Coordinator

Jean-David Faye worked for several years on farms and forestry. Graduated from the High School of Landscape, Engineering and Architecture of Geneva, he specialized in the Management of Nature and Geomatic. With these technical and scientific skills, he was able to carry out environmental missions in engineering offices, conservatories and natural parks. In 2015, Jean-David Faye volunteered as a lifeguard on Lake Geneva, specializing in Cold Waters and Rivers. He is passionate about his mission and intends to continue for many years. 

In 2017, he graduated from the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva in which he developed his expertise for Water Sciences. He accentuates his skills with several missions in the laboratory. 

Since February 2018, he has been carrying out a GIWEH project in Tunisia for sustainable development through issues related to water insecurity. 

Anissa Knecht
Project coordinator

Anissa Knecht graduated from Geneva’s university where she completed an MSc in environmental sciences with a specialization in urban ecology. She also did a certificate in geomatics. She mostly worked on sustainable development, land use planning, environmental impact assessment and water law. She has a strong interest in water-related and environmental issues. 

She joined the GIWEH team in Geneva in November 2017 as a project coordinator. She works on water- related projects in Africa and Middle East. Prior to that, she worked at the UNEP in Geneva as a scientist.

Marguerite Lançon
Program Manager

Marguerite graduated with a degree in International Relations from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where she lived for three years. Throughout her studies, she cultivated a deep interest for water issues and conducted research on transboundary water management. Prior to joining GIWEH, she worked within another non-profit organization as a Country Analyst and contributed to building a database and writing an analytic report covering six domains (human rights, gender equity, environmental stewardship, poverty reduction, governance, and global peace and justice). Today, she works in our team as a Program Manager, develops project proposals, and is our coordinator for Asia. 

Rémy Loneux
Marketing and Communications Officer

Rémy is currently studying Business & Marketing in France at the Burgundy School of Business. His decision to work with GIWEH in Switzerland was motivated by his desire to discover a different perspective on the general workings and objectives within an organization. This allowed him to discern the differences between for-profit companies and non-profit organizations. He is passionate about marketing, numerical graphics and web design and is presently in charge of the design of our website, Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.  He has made videos presenting the organization for our Youtube channel to allow people to learn about GIWEH.

Sophia Pauli
Assistant Director

Sophia Pauli coordinates the administrative work behind GIWEH's events, fundraising, recruitments and attendances to the UN. As part of her work, she also updates contents on the GIWEH website and the Facebook page. Moreover, she currently is in charge of launching and managing a project in the south of Morocco, as she has special knowledge of the region and its culture. 

She holds a cross-lingusitic degree and aims to specialize in the studies of languages, as she believes languages are the best way to connect people and cultures throughout the world. 

Dr. Sami Rtimi
Innovation director / Photo-chemist

Sami is a photo-chemist with a strong background in surfaces engineering and microbiology. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and a Doctorate inBiological Sciences from the University of Carthage (Tunisia). His expertise relates to the design, synthesis, evaluation and surface property characterization of antibacterial films for environmental and medical applications. His current researchaddresses coupling nanostructures for a targeted biological response at solid-air-interfaces showing potential practical applications. He published several papers in high impact journals in the field, numerous book chapters, patents and presented in several national and international conferences.

He is editor in some journals (Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration, Earth Systems and Environment…), edited some special issues (Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, MDPI-Coatings, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces) and few books (Nanomaterials Based Coatings: Fundamentals and Applications, Elsevier 2018). He is member of many national (Swiss Chemical Society) and international societies/associations (ACS, RSC, EPS, IAAM). He was awarded some prizes for the transfer of science from lab to applications (PERL, VentureKick, MassChallenge…).


André van den Berge
Senior Manager for Partnerships

André has more than 15 years of experience in building sustainable partnerships and relationships. He also has an extensive experience in grant seeking/giving and (EU, government, and private) fundraising. For the last nine years, André has been responsible for Resource Mobilization & Fundraising at the Municipality of the Hague, the Netherlands. André’s educational background lies in Social and Political studies.

Jeya Wilson

Dr. Jeya Wilson has extensive advisory, research, and work experience in international development and health. She holds a BA (First Class Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, a doctorate degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar, and the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma. She was elected President of the Oxford Union, and completed the Women’s Executive Leadership program from Harvard Business School in the United States.

She has served on 12 Committee Boards from 1994 to today, including the South African President’s Business Advisory Council and the International Labour Organization’s Independent Oversight Advisory Committee. She served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry in South Africa, the Director of the Business Partnerships Division within UNDP in the United States, the Vice President of Global Alliances within CBM International in Germany, the Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation in Switzerland, and a Partnerships Consultant for the World Health Organization. She was recognized at the World Sustainable Development Summit for establishing the first HIV/AIDS and Business Center in the world, for which she raised $72 million (USD) in funding. Dr. Wilson contributes to GIWEH’s work as an external consultant.