IHE Delft's staff members are committed to bring water education, research and capacity development to a higher level. Together with its motivated PhD fellows, Alumni, Students and Partners, IHE Delft forms a strong knowledge network of water sector experts.

Staff in focus

Ineke Melis

Senior Fellowship and Admission Officer

Ineke Melis joined IHE Delft in 1982 and has had several positions at IHE Delft to date. Ineke started first as Secretary at the Rector’s Office, where she was mainly involved with Student Affairs matters, then as secretary for Board of Trustees and Human Resources. She was engaged in coordinating the work between Nuffic and the Rector’s Office, regarding the students’ applications and admissions. Following this, Ineke worked until 1998 as the only Fellowship and Admission Officer, where she dealt with with all student applications, admissions and fellowships. In 2011, Ineke secured a new position as Senior Fellowship Officer. Her primary role is coordinating and arranging the joint programmes and coordinating the work of the back-office. Ineke likes the variety of the work and the different cultures at the Institute. She hopes that the Institute will manage to get sufficient students for its Master’s programmes every year, since in her opinion, these form the core of the Institute.

Ineke Melis

Alvaro Semedo

Senior Lecturer in Coastal Oceanography

Alvaro joined IHE Delft in October 2016 and so far has found it to be a great experience. When he started, he almost immediately began teaching Wave Dynamics and Tides Theory, and kept on with the research projects that he brought from Portugal and Sweden. From next year spring he will probably start lecturing on the effect of Climate Change on Coastal Environments. He has also started working with some Indonesian universities on a capacity building project. Says Alvaro: “IHE Delft has an international atmosphere that makes working here so interesting. In fact, there are students from all over the world who bring different personal, academic and professional experiences to the table that make teaching here both interesting and challenging. The teaching style is also very different, because it is fast-paced and especially because there is a vast range of students. In the next 5 years, I definitely see myself working more and more on different projects at IHE Delft. I am the first Oceanographer to work at the Institute.

Alvaro Milho Semedo


PhD Fellows in focus

Maria Fernanda Reyes Perez

PhD fellow

Maria’s research has been undertaken on the Galapagos Islands, “a magical place where humans and nature are closely related”, is how she describes them. She decided to base her PhD on this place when, during studies at her former university, she realized that the residents were facing several issues regarding water supply, which had been ongoing for the last 25-30 years. Her research is interdisciplinary, and involved several field trips that aimed to connect the needs of people with the needs and limitations of the environment. She realised that this research could function as a template for all tropical and other islands that are facing similar problems, especially as a result of mass tourism. For now, her research has found the main solution regarding the balance between water supply and demand, which depends on different population growth and tourism levels. Her research will be used by the government of the Ecuador and serves as a scientific base for developing specific policies for this ecosystem. Says Maria: “My PhD at IHE Delft has been very successful, and even though it is a small Institute, I love the fact is very easy to make friends in this international environment, which I believe really helps when adapting to a new country.”

Maria Reyes Perez

Victor Paca

PhD fellow

Victor Paca is a field hydrologist from Brazil. He worked with CPRM - Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais, The Geological Survey of Brazil, in the Amazon Basin for 10 years before joining the the Water Accounting Group at IHE Delft.He is currently conducting PhD research under the Integrated Water Systems & Governance department, to explore the interactions of water balance components in the Amazon River Basin. Hydrological data collected by CPRM is Open Source. By incorporating remote sensing data into his research, Victor is bridging the gaps between this research area and field measurements. Upon completion of his Doctorate, he plans to share and spread his knowledge throughout Brazil. Victor said about the Institute: "IHE Delft is like a family to me now, I enjoy the multicultural environment and despite the different professions, everyone is treated equally and with respect."

Victor Hugo Da Motta Paca

PHD Fellows


IHE Delft has provided post-graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. They form the Institute’s alumni community, the largest global network of water professionals in the world. They are acquiring key positions, supporting the implementation of the global water agenda and improving the quality of life of their communities every day.

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