Dirk is a water sector expert with more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation and 10 years of leadership experience in large capacity development programmes. He holds degrees in civil engineering and business administration. Prior to joining Aguaconsult as an associate expert he worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as long-term advisor and team leader on water sector reforms in Zambia, Tanzania, Syria, Palestinian Territories and Kenya.
His focus is on advising high-level decision makers on reform processes, development of regulatory frameworks and capacities for urban water supply, utility performance monitoring and benchmarking, water and sanitation service provision in urban low-income areas and increasingly on climate adaptation and resilience. He also provided strategic advicce to water programmes and governments in additional countries, including Albania, Jordan, Mali, South Africa and South Sudan. He is fluent in English and German and has basic French.