People

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

Abebe Chukalla

Lecturer/Researcher in Irrigation Engineering

Abebe Chukalla, a lecturer in irrigation engineering, joined IHE Delft in 2019. ‘’For the last two years, I have been contributing to the success of project implementation, published peer-reviewed articles, and contributed to educational activities including new module and course development.’’ He earned his BSc in irrigation Engineering at Arba Minch University in Ethiopië, his MSc at IHE Delft and his PhD on green, blue and grey water footprint reduction in irrigated agriculture at the University of Twente. He did a postdoc on balancing indicators for sustainable intensification of crop production across the agro-hydrological scales at Wageningen University & Research. ‘’At IHE Delft I have the opportunity to engage and remain connected to water-related experts, state-of-the-art technologies, and solutions in the world. I enjoy the unity in diversity: staff and students come from all over the world and have various ideas and experiences, yet all have a common agenda, which is water.” His personal goals and for IHE Delft: ‘’I trust IHE Delft remains the most-preferred water institution by water professionals. I see myself playing an active role in contributing to the core values of IHE Delft; high-quality education, research, and capacity building.’’

Abebe Chukalla

Nadine Sander

Project/Programme Support Officer

Nadine Sander joined IHE Delft in 2016 as Project/Programme Support Officer for the Water and Development Partnership Programme Phase 2 (DUPC), which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her job involves many tasks, among others: supporting IHE Delft staff and partners from all over the world in project implementation, reporting to the programme’s donor, communicating news and results and selecting new projects to fund. In the summer of 2021, DUPC received a grant for the third phase, which she is now supporting in the start-up. At IHE Delft, she likes ‘’the international environment, the approachability of people, the diversity in knowledge and the motivation of colleagues to contribute to a more sustainable and just world.’’ Her personal goals and those for IHE Delft: ‘’I hope we will even be more diverse and inclusive in our partnerships and knowledge. IHE Delft and partners hold a priceless amount of knowledge and experience which are crucial for a more sustainable and equitable world. I am sure we will continue to contribute to this world and I am planning to facilitate the processes towards this within the Water and Development Partnership Programme.”

Nadine Sander

Staff

PhD Fellows in focus

Vitali Diaz Mercado

PhD fellow

Vitali Díaz Mercado is a civil engineer from Mexico. He is a passionate programmer who likes using his data analysis skills to overcome water challenges. Through his PhD research, he aims to increase the understanding of the mechanisms by which drought develops in space and time. The research is expected to contribute to better drought monitoring. Although his research focused on Latin America, which faces droughts severely and more frequently, the developed methodology was also tested in other parts of the world, including India, where drought causes severe agricultural damage. IHE Delft is the perfect setting for developing science and while also enjoying personal growth thanks to input from multiple disciplines and backgrounds of professionals, students and researchers who all are interested in water. In the immediate future, Vitali is looking forward to developing conceptual models, theories and techniques to use big point cloud data to represent the spatio-temporal phenomena.

Vitali Diaz Mercado

Bota Sharipova

PhD fellow

Bota Sharipova is a researcher from Kazakhstan. She is researching the role of trust in transboundary water cooperation and conflict. She wants to understand how trust which emerges between individuals can also influence cooperation between states with conflicting interests on shared rivers. Bota is passionate about this topic and wants to open a new path for future research in the field of affective factors of transboundary cooperation. She also is involved in teaching and implementing projects on water diplomacy. ‘’I enjoy being part of IHE Delft because it challenges me in a positive way. I learn to accommodate different worldviews and beliefs, and I practice working with experts with different backgrounds. Around me, I see passionate water professionals who love what they do – this unique IHE Delft vibe motivates me every day.”

Bota Sharipova

PHD Fellows

Alumni

IHE Delft has provided post-graduate education to more than 23,000 water professionals from over 190 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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Students

Our students do not only study and share water-related knowledge, but also get to broaden their perspective on the wonders of each others' cultures, religions and beliefs.

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