H2O-People B.V. (H2O People)
H2O-People B.V. (The Netherlands) develops and executes lifelong learning programmes for personnel in the water sector. We work on the development and implementation of unique programs aimed at development, connection and cooperation of talent = natural quality and potential.Participating professionals in our programs have developed a broader scope in the field, the various organizations, the other and themselves and he/she can be as effective in behaviour and organizations that are committed to a better living environment.
We strive for an overarching of existing initiatives and concepts, and the scope for the development of new stories. The personal attention, commitment and expertise are paramount. Where not only the interaction with our participants is central but also offers space for an inspiring interaction between trainers and program office. We believe in partnership with our participants, and from connectedness creates a nicer living environment. Programs that focus on the link between the content of the work within the physical environment, the projects and personal development is our expertise.
The European Junior Water Programme
The European Junior Water Programme is the flagship programme of H2O People. The programme aims to build a community of young European water management professionals who share a deep commitment to addressing today’s and future water and climate change issues. It is designed with Water Europe and other partners in the water sector to provide participants with the tools, the skills and the appropriate co-creation and cooperation network to find new solutions and share knowledge to create and maintain a sustainable and safe water management system in Europe.
Our ability to develop cross-cutting skills generates integrated programmes for new water managers with the capacity of working in a systemic way, which is a challenging requirement in the water sector to effectively respond to the needs of changes in the needed transformations such as circular economy, climate change and digitalization.
H2O-People in Erasmus+ Projects
H2O People is also a partner in the SPIRE-SAIS (2020-2023), Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry Erasmus+ Project. In which new educational modules and tools for greater awareness of the needs and opportunities provided by improved industrial symbiosis and energy efficiency will be developed. New skills, including digital skills, for the practical implementation of industrial symbiosis in globally competitive industries, will be identified that anticipate the skills requirements of industry and allow proactive, practical activities to meet the future skills needs of the Energy Intensive Industries in Europe and beyond.
H2O People is also a partner in SMARTEN (2020-2022), Serious gaMes for digitAl Readiness of waTer EducatioN. In which the Augmented Collaboration Toolkit, the second intellectual output in SMARTEN, was developed by H2OPeople which offered skills in augmented collaboration tools; water-sector human capital and talent development; social innovation, personal development and leadership practices. In addition, the team is responsible for the coordination of WP5 (Training and multiplier events)
Role in WATERLINE
H2O People’s role as a project beneficiary: Co-developer of work packages H2O People supports:
- Promoting the stakeholder engagement to ensure a good representation from all sectors.
- Capacity building to enhance research, education and experience: This is done by organizing trainings on personal and professional development skills.
- Facilitating sustainability of Waterline to ensure continued utilization of the WATERLINE’s outputs after its completion.
Naomi Timmer is the Director of H2OPeople B.V and the European Junior Programme. She is also a certified trainer, the Leader of the Working Group Human Capital within Water Europe and the Grant Awarding Coordinator within COST Action NEXUSNET. Her role as a contributor to the SPIRE SAIS project is identifying new skills and gaps in the topics of Industrial Symbiosis and Energy Efficiency and connecting them across sectors as well as developing training and promoting young water professionals. In SMARTEN, she is the main developer and multiplier of the LLL approaches and tools within the Augmented Collaboration Toolkit. She always aims to bring a focus on human capacity development and the use of social innovation and soft skills in an integrated approach in the European water sector. Although she holds a Master's in political science and a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies with a specialisation in Religion and Violence, she has been active for over 10 years in the water management sector. Her expertise has been gained as a programme manager for several personal development programmes in the water sector: The Nationaal Watertraineeship, Project24, the European Junior Water Programme, and the Blue Innovation Track. In her prior career, she also served as a project and communication consultant for several government bodies and NGOs, and as a campaign manager during the provincial council elections in the Netherlands.
Rasha is the Project Officer of H2OPeople with three years of expertise gained with Erasmus+ Projects: SPIRE-SAIS (Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry) & SMARTEN (Serious gaMes for digitAl Readiness of waTer EducatioN). Her tasks revolve around administrative and financial management of H2OPeople projects, day-to-day management, communication, and dissemination actions as well as participation in the company development through networking and participation in public events. In addition, Rasha is a freelancer consultant and service provider in the water sector with a particular focus on harnessing the benefits of participatory approaches and serious games to bridge the gap between science, policy, and associated practices and implement climate adaptation in MENA.