The Team

We are a team of practitioners dedicated to linking business practices with sustainability.

We have a long term experience in the Middle East and believe in making things happen!

Aline Bussmann

Regional Programme Director

Aline has an academic background in Water Management, Geography and Political Science. For the past 10 years she has spent most of her professional life in the MENA region and Eastern Africa, working on projects in the field of WASH innovations, IWRM, transboundary water management, agricultural development, and higher education in natural resources management. Aline is responsible for developing and running cewas Middle East programmes, strategic partnership development and further building the community of environmental innovators. | Tel. +962790801872

Hannah Wuzel

Project Manager - Lebanon

Hannah holds a MSc degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Liberal Studies with a focus on International Relations and Political Science from Waseda University, Japan. In addition to several years of experience working in sustainable innovation and social entrepreneurship with a focus on capacity building with and for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Hannah has expertise in communications, advocacy and business development. As of 2018, she manages cewas Middle East’s activities in Lebanon. | Tel. +96171858049 / +4915770885647

Janek Hermann-Friede

Project Manager and Trainer

Janek is an environmental engineer with a post-graduate degree in international development cooperation. He has more than 10 years of work experience in water governance, private sector engagement and sustainable water management practices. Janek has worked on numerous projects in Latin America, Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He develops, trains and facilitates bottom-up solutions for key management, integrity and governance challenges in the water sector. | Tel. +49 163 8776308

Leonellha Baretto Dillon

Project Manager and Trainer

Leonellha Barreto Dillon graduated as a Chemical Engineer in Caracas, Venezuela. After pursuing a Master in Environmental Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology, she gathered further knowledge and experience when she worked as Project Developer and Project Manager at the TTZ Bremerhaven, where she was responsible for the European Commission’s Funding Programmes. After pursuing her MBA, she is now responsible for training and coaching in the field of entrepreneurship and business strategy development at cewas. | Tel. +41 79 511 02 54

Lillian Volat

Founder of The Program (currently in sabbatical)

Lillian studied International Relations and Environmental Politics at the University of Lingnan as well as Business Development in Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management at the University of Lucerne. She has 7 year of experience working with various NGO’s in the Middle East focusing on innovative sanitation technologies, water management, sustainable agriculture development and green start-ups.

Maisam Otoum

Project Manager - Jordan

Maisam holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and MSc in geophysics from the University of Houston. Since 2015, he has been working in several Water, Energy and Climate Change projects with national and international NGOs in Jordan. Prior to that, he worked for the private sector (international energy firms) in the United States. Maisam is responsible for managing cewas activities in Jordan with focus on green entrepreneurship, water innovation, and developing new partnerships. He is also responsible for the training and coaching of young green entrepreneurs in Jordan. | Tel. +962778913280

Martin Wafler

Project Manager and Trainer

Martin Wafler holds a MSc in Land and Water Management and Engineering. He is an expert in mainstreaming ecologically sound and socially acceptable water and wastewater concepts. His experience includes the conceptualisation and implementation of sustainable wastewater management and reuse concepts in India, the development of training materials, and the preparation, facilitation, delivery and follow-up of participatory training courses and workshops in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. He works as trainer and facilitator during the cewas start-up programme (lectures on sustainable sanitation and water management) and supervises case study projects. | Tel. +43 (0)664-4508313

Michael Kropac


Michael studied geography, business management and social and environmental sciences. After founding the NGO “Ecosan Services Foundation” with local partners in Pune, India, he joined seecon international and is today senior partner and is its CFO. Michael has more than 10 years of experience as a consultant in developing innovation projects in the international water sector and beyond. Michael  facilitates and leads the cewas start-up programme and is the head coach. | Tel. +41 78 872 67 44

Nashwan Dhahir

Eco-Innovation Manager - Iraq

Nashwan is a water resources and institutional reform and development professional. His experience lies in co-designing, planning and implementing WASH projects in developing countries, especially in conflicts affected areas. He also took a main role in reform processes in public water and sanitation sector with a focus on Iraqi context. He is responsible for developing and running cewas Middle East programs, strategic partnership development and further building the community of environmental innovators in Iraq.

Nashwan holds a BSc. degree in Water Resources Engineering from University of Kurdistan Hawler. He speaks Kurdish, English, Arabic and Turkmani. | Tel. +964 750 198 4114

Owice Hammad

Local Programme Officer - Jordan

Owice supports on-ground activities in Jordan in addition to the one-on-one coaching and mentoring he provides to cewas’s start-ups. He also gives training in team development and formation. What he offers stem from the collective experience of practicing engineering, research, writing, human-human connections, and master studies. Owice is the founder of Turjumaa: a company that provides water and sanitation translation services, which is his side job. Owice holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). | Tel. +962-789-359-559

Ruweida Aljabali

Regional Programme Officer

Ruweida has studied Architecture and Built Environment in Jordan and Technology and Resources Management with a focus on urban and regional management in Germany.  Throughout her study years, Ruweida participated in different environmental design and management classes and initiatives, which helped build an environmental advocate character. Ruweida is keen to help promote innovation in the environmental sector in Jordan and the region. At cewas Middle East, she shares the responsibility for the coordination of entrepreneurial activities in Jordan and Palestine. She provides coaching and communication assistance to the start-ups as well as administrative and reporting support to the team, conducts research for project planning purposes and manages the regional marketing activities. | Tel. +49 15209076900