Meet our new colleagues Machtelt & Shabana

Machtelt Oudenhuizen – Program Manager, Football for Water

MACHTELT2While most of us were enjoying the summer break, Machtelt Oudenhuijzen joined the Aqua for All team in July, just in time to take up the role of Program Manager for Football for Water.   Filling this position with a great new colleague was becoming urgent – Aqua for All has been appointed as the PPP Lead Agency for the second phase of the international consortium Football for Water (2016-2018).  Machtelt has taken on the role of Coordinator Football for Water, working closely with our partners in this consortium. She brings 20 years of experience in the international cooperation sector and holds a Master’s Degree in History of International Relations (University of Leiden), and studied Alliance Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam).  Working with NGOs and with social enterprises toward a more inclusive and sustainable world, is all very familiar territory.  As Machtelt sets her expertise in multi-stakeholder management, behavior change and diplomatic networking skills to work, we will strengthen, consolidate and sustain the Football for Water approach through 2017-2018 and beyond. (Machtelt will be working at both the KNVB and the Aqua for All office.)  Would you like to contact Machtelt? Please send an email to

Shabana Abbas – Junior Program Manager, Via Water

Shabana Picture2Aqua for All is also pleased to welcome Shabana Abbas to the team, who joins us to support the VIA Water program.   Shabana recently obtained her MSc. in Environmental Planning & Management from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands. As part of her thesis, she studied inequalities in access to (ground) water in the quickly-urbanizing city of Arusha, Tanzania. Shabana’s research, part of a DFID- (UK aid) funded UPGro project, helped fill a knowledge-gap related to (ground) water use for urban water supply, and increased awareness of how water plays a role in meeting social and environmental needs of inhabitants of Arusha city.   Shabana previous work experience includes time at  Aga Khan Planning and Building Services in Pakistan (now Aga Khan Agency for Habitat), where she was involved in many areas including water and sanitation, energy efficiency, enterprise development and habitat risk management programs.  Shabana is also an active core member of the Water Youth Network, a network of young water professionals that connects and works together with many international youth organizations on water related issues. Recently, she was selected to be a member of the Junior Global Advisory Panel of REACH, a seven-year water security research program (2015-2022) in Kenya, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, led by Oxford University and funded with UK aid. Would you like to contact Shabana? Please send an email to