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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. 

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.

Jeanne Cottenceau
Water Solutions & Technologies Researcher

Jeanne is a recent graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux University, with a degree in International Cooperation and Development. After living in Sweden for a year, she worked on a project in water, sanitation and environmental protection for the Saint Lucia Island. She joined our team with good expertise on how to foster sustainability after working in development structures in France. Today, she supports GIWEH in its day-to-day operations including fundraising, developing project proposals and coordinating with partners. 

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.

Benedetta Gambatesa
Water, Land and Ecosystems Researcher

Benedetta is a first-year student of the Master Degree in International Law program at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, where she is further developing her international legal skills, particularly focusing on climate change issues, International Environmental Law and Global Health Law. She received her first master's degree in Law in Italy, with a graduation thesis concerning the international protection of the human right to freshwater, especially in armed conflicts. Indeed, she has always had a strong interest in water-related issues, both from a legal and environmental perspective. After interning in other NGOs specializing in health, food and climate change, she is now part of our team as a water, land and ecosystems researcher. 

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.

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. 
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.

Nynke Schaap
Water Governance Researcher

Nynke was studying Arabic Language and Culture when she visited an Integrated Water Resources Management project in Syria. This fieldtrip made her realize that water is a cross-cutting issue, related to many other fields having her interest (politics, development, sustainability, culture). Back in her home country, the Netherlands, she signed up for a minor in Sustainable Development Studies and after completing her bachelor’s degree, she started a master’s program in Environmental Communication and Management in Sweden. Although water in the Middle East is still her main interest, she has broadened her perspectives to include water-related issues over the whole globe. For GIWEH, she researches civil society participation in transboundary water management and advises project proposals and GIWEH’s reporting. Additionally, she follows up on, and contributes to, the OECD Water Governance Initiative. 


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.