RiSWP Leadership Team

 

Billy Raseman is the Chair of the RiSWP Leadership Team. He is an Assistant Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer working in data analysis and visualisation, modeling, and software development for water resources, drinking water, and water reuse applications. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and has served as adjunct faculty for the university. Billy is the lead developer for the US EPA Water Treatment Plant Model and contributes to OASIS water supply planning software. Moreover, his research has advanced simulation modeling and machine learning approaches for the production of safe drinking water.

 

Rudi Botha is a civil and process engineer working in the wastewater treatment consulting field in Cape Town, South Africa. She has assisted water utility clients with implementing Smart Water Technologies and sees smart water as a vital part of the future of water engineering. In her spare time, she pilots helicopter tours, dances, mentors, tutors, takes French lessons, bakes treats and cooks for friends and family, runs, cycles, and tries to learn something new and be grateful every day.

 

Mthokozisi Mzingaye Moyo is an innovator who uses his Civil and Water Engineering background to address problems in the water and energy sector. Currently working on his two companies, WasteMoney and Ulwazi Technologies, which aim to merge the ideologies of a circular economy and data-driven decisions. This is done to maximise resource value (especially water), while minimising environmental impact so that both the economy and environment can thrive. This proactive stance is also fueled by the rate of problems arising in the world which need solutions conceptualised and deployed and a faster rate. He is a firm believer of team work (the more diverse the team the better) and is also passionate about service above self which he enacts through sustainable projects such as teaching rural kids bee keeping with the Rotaract Club of Matopos.

 


RiSWP Ambassadors

Amin Minaei is a civil engineer focused mainly on water infrastructure, hydraulics, and hydrologic-climate issues and working on decision support systems for solving complicated water infrastructure problems using multi objective optimisation algorithms. He is an active reviewer for some peer reviewed journals, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-American Society of Civil Engineering (JWRPM-ASCE) and Journal of Hydroinformatics. Amin is an award-winning researcher who won a DOC Fellowship awarded by Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Currently, Amin is a PhD fellow and employed researcher in Unit of Environmental Engineering, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Innsbruck University, Austria to implement the funded PhD. thesis proposal titled “A Comprehensive Decision Support System Using Multi-Utility and Dynamic Approaches for Upgrade of Water Distribution Networks.”

Amrita Gautam is a Civil Engineer pursuing her doctoral research at Technical University of Cologne, with a focus in Hydro-Informatics: Water Supply Engineering & Management, having work experience from various United Nations (UN) Organisations and Research Projects in Nepal, Germany, Mozambique, Brazil, Canada and USA. As a young water professional, Amrita has been involved in the International Water Association, World Young Parliament for Water, Soroptimist International, Women for Water Partnership, Youth for the Rhine, Rural Water Supply Network, and Girls in Tech – Nepal. She was awarded ‘Women with Vision 2018’ in a category ‘Academian of the Year’ and received Soroptimist International of Europe Scholarship Award in 2019. Her ongoing research is about “Water Supply & Quality Monitoring via Emerging Technologies,” and the case study areas in Pokhara Metropolitan City, Nepal. She founded a research initiative – drinkPani, which believes in ‘Shaping Digital Water Future.’

Elia Alessandro Morciano is a water advisor at the Embassy of Denmark in Rome and an experienced trainer on soft skills. He studied environmental engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL and worked on the Amrita University WASH program in rural India. Later on he moved to The Netherlands, where he worked as a sales engineer for Lenntech and in close connection with the Dutch Water Sector. Elia believes in the importance of bringing the digital and water worlds closer. In particular he is interested in understanding how we can leverage on digital technologies and methodologies to shape the workforce of the future and build water resiliency.


Ethan Voyles aims to serve at the intersection of people and water – to provide win-win solutions that protect public health and solve environmental challenges. He seems the water industry as complex and ever-evolving and is motivated to continue learning, growing, and adapting his career in water. At GBA, Ethan specialises in wastewater infrastructure, collection system rehabilitation, and geospatial analysis. Additionally, Ethan values building relationships across teams, promoting equity, collaborating and innovating for the future of the water industry. When he’s not thinking about water or making maps, Ethan enjoys cooking with his wife Kerri, reading a good book, or playing guitar with friends.

Helen Barbosa is a Cape Verdean with an educational background in Environmental Biology focused on Environmental Management. She worked with national and international organisations in Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring, before she collaborated with a semi-private water company on Integrated Management System in Cape Verde. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Eötvös Loránd University with a specialisation in Applied Ecology. In 2020 Helen joined IHE-Delft Institution in an MSc course on Water Management and Governance, within the programme “Strengthening capacity in the water sector to meet the SDG under global change” as a Small Island Development States (SIDS) fellow. In her free time, she works with her NGO back home – SYAH-CV and her Facebook page about storytelling and mentoring teenage girls to grow bold, smart, and strong (Menina Mulher CV). She likes gardening and cooking.

 

Jade Pereira is a Water Resources Engineer at M3 Engineering in St Louis, Missouri, where she focuses on modelling of collection systems. Jade enjoys learning about new perspectives and water and hopes to encourage the exchange of ideas in the smart water field.


Kim Wu is a water technology market analyst at BlueTech Research. In this role, she actively analyses the water innovation sector and trends impacting market development. She holds both an undergraduate degree and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Oxford, where her research was focused on membrane technologies. After her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral and then as an R&D engineer in developing water-related technologies. Water innovations and smart water have always been her passion and she is excited to become a RiSWP Ambassador.


Lynesha Pillai is a young professional with three broad passions. First is for enriching the water delivery and supply pipeline by incorporating the digital and computational aspect of technology, such that the “business of water” is transformed to be more efficient and data rich, so that we can be more informed on our decisions regarding water consumption, savings, planning, and implementations, and this may directly inform water policy and regulation. Her second passion is for people and a strong motivation to empower young women and men in the STEM fields, with a higher focus on women of colour in these fields. Her third passion is for nature and the environment. Aligning the sustainability of environment and implementation goals. Lyn enjoys hiking and mountain biking and wants these things to be enjoyed by future generations as well.


Malak Soud Diab Al-Maa’ita is the head of technical support unit and meters in customer service directorate at Jordanian water company, Miayhuna. Before holding this position, Malak was working as a specifications engineer in the technical service directorate. Malak joined Maiyahuna in 2012 and gathered nine years experience in metering technologies, automatic meter reading, smart solutions and water network specifications. She also worked as an electrical design engineer in the Military housing directorate. Malak has a BSc and MSc degrees in Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Her masters thesis was in “modelling hysteresis nonlinearities in pneumatic artificial muscles.” In addition to her research interest, artificial intelligence and smart solutions, she is also interested in modelling and control of pneumatic artificial muscles, with two publications in this field.


Pedro Travanca
is a digital water enthusiast who works as a Water Engineer at Baseform in Portugal. In his role, he acts as a bridge between software and customers and supports utilities on their endeavour to deliver efficiently. Within Baseform’s engineering team, Pedro brings together his career story with the passion for the application of smart technologies to the water sector. He was a Project Engineer for seven years, at a national and international level, in the fields of design, construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Alongside his day job, Pedro has always been focused on developing data science and soft skills, both as a self-learner and by taking part in data for good projects, carried out in a collaborative environment. Pedro holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics from the National College of Ireland.


Rebecca Willey has extensive experience in both clean and wastewater hydraulic modelling and network design for water utilities and major infrastructure projects worldwide. At Innovyze, she specialises in supporting water supply clients, projects, product development, and solutions by leading technical discussions and value propositions with clients especially in the area of lead of real time operational modelling. She is also the secretary of regional CIWEM committee to engage professionals in water and the environment as frequently working with local universities.