Sander Carpaij holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree of Journalism from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Accumulated working experience in Colombia related to development cooperation, natural resource management and communities in the Colombian Pacific region with the Environmental Research Institute of the Pacific (IIAP) and the Netherlands Embassy. He has worked for 5 years on the global communications and advocacy team of Wetlands International, as well as at its offices in Dakar, Senegal and Bogor, Indonesia.
From 2013, he led the regional communications team in Latin America and the Caribbean with projects in Panamá, Nicaragua and Guatemala, as well as regional policy work. He initiated the Building with Nature campaign in Panamá. As the Urban Resilience Manager he coordinated the Panama Dutch Water Dialogues to resolve urban flood risks in Panama City with the municipal administration, Dutch Embassy and water experts, stakeholders from communities, private sector and governmental entities. Speaks fluent Spanish and solid French.
As Urban Resilience Coordinator, Sander is developing a global programme under the Building with Nature – Coasts & Deltas work of Wetlands International by supporting fundraising efforts, building capacity in the offices, forging new partnerships and doing outreach at international fora.
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Mr. Yirgu has worked since April 2016 for Wetlands International in Ethiopia on various projects, including the RVO funded project Ziway Shalla in Balance.
He has about 10 years’ experience in the water sector on policy influencing and supporting multi-stakeholder platforms which link research, policy and practice. He has led and contributed to different published working papers, book chapters and policy briefs related to disaster risk reduction, food security, agriculture, climate change, adaptation, water supply and sanitation. He has a Master’s degree in Regional and Local Development Studies and BA in Educational Administration from Addis Ababa University. Leulseged previously worked on policy engagement and research for the RiPPLE (Research-inspired Policy and Practice Learning in Ethiopia and the Nile Region). Additionally, he worked for Brooke Ethiopia as Policy Coordinator.
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