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!

Michael Kropac

Co-Director | Tel. +41 78 872 67 44

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.

Aline Bussmann

Regional Programme Director | Tel. +962790801872

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.


Janek Hermann-Friede

Project Manager and Trainer | Tel. +49 163 8776308

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.

Hannah Wuzel

Project Manager - Lebanon | Tel. +96171858049 / +4915770885647

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.

Leonellha Baretto Dillon

Project Manager and Trainer | Tel. +41 79 511 02 54

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.

Martin Wafler

Project Manager and Trainer | Tel. +43 (0)664-4508313

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.

Nashwan Dhahir

Eco-Innovation Coordinator- Iraq | Tel. +964 750 198 4114

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.

Owice Hammad

Project Officer | Mob. +962-789-359-559

Owice holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). He has working experience in civil engineering, project management, and logistic support in various spheres. He also did research assisting in different projects ranging from sludge management to feminism. Owice is the founder of Turjumaa: a company that provides water and sanitation translation services. Alongside that, he supports cewas Middle East with its projects in Jordan specifically and in the region generally.

Ruweida Aljabali

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 provides diverse range of support and specifically in communication and social media.

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.