Prof. Dr. Ir. Joris Voorhoeve
Joris Voorhoeve is Professor in International Organizations at Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He Chairs the Netherlands Government’s Commission on Peace and Security. He previous positions were Chair Board of Trustees Oxfam International, Member Council of State, Co-Chair Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Minister of Defence and Minister for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, Floor Leader Liberal Party Netherlands Parliament, Director Clingendael Institute of International Affairs, Director Telders Foundation, and Economist Policy Planning Staff The World Bank Group. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, a M.Sc. in Tropical Agricultural Economics, as well as a B.Sc. in Agriculture. Born 1945.
Prof. Dr. Patrick Huntjens
Prof. Dr. Patrick Huntjens is Director of The Hague Humanitarian Cooperative for Water (HHCW) and Professor of Social Innovations on Water, Agriculture and Food at the Research and Innovation Centre Agro, Food and Life Sciences (RIC-AFL), Delft University of Applied Sciences.
From 2013 to 2017 he was Head of Water Diplomacy and Climate Governance at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and from 2011-2013 he was Director of the Water Partner Foundation. With 20 years of professional experience, and working in more than 40 countries, his work focuses on water, food and climate-related challenges at multiple levels (global to local) from the perspective of adaptive and inclusive governance, multi-track diplomacy, human security, social justice and humanitarian needs.
Patrick has a multi-disciplinary background, including a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in Complex System Sciences and Policy Sciences, and a M.Sc. Degree (cum laude) in Political Science & International Relations and a M.Sc. Degree in Biology and Aquatic Ecology. With more than 100 academic and policy-oriented publications he is an accomplished international expert in his fields of expertise.
He solidifies his expertise with activities on the ground, mainly as international team leader, lead mediator, process manager and facilitator of participatory and adaptive planning processes. For example, from 2014 to 2015 he was lead mediator (Track II) in the Israeli-Palestinian water conflict, assigned by the Geneva Initiative and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other clients include the World Bank, United Nations, European Commission, various governments and NGOs.
Ir. Emad Khatibzadeh
Emad Khatibzadeh is the inventor of the CED desalination system and co-founder of Water Future. Already as a student of Mechanical Engineering, he tackled the issue of decentralized water desalination by combining existing technologies, finding a cutting edge technique that shows immense potential. After finishing his studies and proving the potential of the technology, Mr. Khatibzadeh co-founded a company to further develop, design, and build the CED device.
Damon Golriz is a lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and a researcher at the research group International Peace, Justice and Security. Mr. Golriz lectures on the synergy of Society and Technology along with the Future Trends at various faculties. His research investigates the application of technologies in an international context that aims to establish Peace, Justice and Security. Together with Prof. Joris Voorhoeve, he was the initiator of the desalination project in 2014 that led to research, innovation, prototyping and the co-founding of The Hague Humanitarian Center for Water.
Theodor Kranefeld is secretary to The Hague Humanitarian Cooperative for Water. Mr. Kranefeld holds a bachelor in European Studies and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Political Science at RWTH University in Aachen. Specializing in the field of International Relations and Water Diplomacy, he brings passion and the drive to further his understanding of the worlds water issues, to the cooperative. In 2015, Mr. Kranefeld co-founded and currently chairs a humanitarian foundation, which managed to provide urgently needed assistance for refugees in mainly Greece and Germany.
Leila has been working for the secretariat of HHCW since the beginning of 2018. She has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently graduating from the MSc programme in Public Administration, at Leiden University. During this programme, she specialised in international governance, and she has been focusing her research on peacebuilding, international conflict, and development. Leila has worked as an intern at the Ministry of Infrastructure and environment, where she carried out several audits for the optimisation of project management within the organisation, and she recently returned from an internship at the economic department of the Dutch embassy in Berlin. At the embassy, Leila reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about topics regarding energy transition, German elections, and social development. Additionally, she has been affiliated with several humanitarian NGOs, where she worked on a voluntary or freelance basis. After her graduation, Leila wishes to pursue an academic career in political science and international governance, while continuing her work for HHCW.