Matteus Van Der Velden | Affiliated Expert
Matteus coordinated an assessment looking into long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on water, sanitation, and hygiene access and behavior in multiple countries, as part of Aquaya’s WASHPals engagement funded by USAID. Since joining Aquaya in 2021, he has also served as an advisor for Project W.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Matteus worked for six years with the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), initially as a senior program officer for the Global Sanitation Fund and later as the regional manager for Asia. At WSSCC, he oversaw development and implementation of a $35 million grant portfolio of sanitation and hygiene programs and coordinated technical support for sector systems strengthening and advocacy initiatives in a number of countries across Asia and Africa. Between 2005 and 2014, Matteus worked as a WASH Specialist for UNICEF in Mozambique and Nepal on the implementation of large WASH service-delivery and capacity-building programs. His prior work included a feasibility study on low-cost membrane filtration technology for household settings in Myanmar and various projects on natural resource management and rural development in Latin America.
Matteus holds an MS in environmental sciences and policy from Central European University and an MS in biology, with a focus on natural resources management, from Utrecht University.