Mr Thijs Merton
Mr Thijs Merton is a Programme Officer for the Aqua for All office in Ethiopia. Part of Young Expert Programme (YEP) Batch 18, his work is focused on stimulating entrepreneurship in Ethiopia’s water and sanitation sector and locally supporting and developing projects.
Thijs studied Sustainable Development at Utrecht University and worked as an intern at Vitens Evides International and as an English and Dutch teacher at vocational education (Dutch: MBO) before joining Aqua for All. As a Master’s student, he did research for Aqua for All on outcome mapping in Ethiopia and Malawi.
Having a passion for developing local partnerships and finding opportunities across sectors and disciplines, Thijs is energized by the innovative work Aqua for All is doing across the public and private sectors in Ethiopia. Working with local people and unlocking the potential of those around him is what drives him.