Dr.ir. Marieke de Groen is the owner-director.

Water, people and Africa have been the passions of Marieke de Groen since she was a young girl, sailing the rivers of The Netherlands.

Marieke de Groen is a civil engineer who graduated with an MSc in river hydraulics followed by a PhD in hydrology (MSc cum laude Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 1995; PhD, Delft University of Technology and UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education, 2002). Her first work experience in Southern Africa was in 1993, during her studies, for the National Directorate for Water in Maputo, studying salt intrusion in the river Incomati. She then returned to the Netherlands, for 2D-modelling of the confluence of the River Rhine and River Mosel for her graduation This was followed by a PhD in hydrology based on work done at the Department of Water Resources in Zimbabwe (1995-1997), as part of the programme Sharing Scarce Resources Zambezi, for which she was also the project coordinator.

Back in The Netherlands she started as a junior lecturer in river basin management, teaching students from developing countries all over the world, at IHE Delft (1997-2001).

Since 2001, she has been a consultant assisting in decision making processes in water management involving public and private sector stakeholders and roleplayers.

From 2001-2008 she worked in various decision making processes in the Netherlands, as a policy analyst / teamleader, at different scales (waterboard, provinces, national) and on different issues (drought management, flood mitigation, EU Framework Directive, spatial planning). She started at Resource Analysis, which merged into Arcadis (2001-2007), and then moved to GeoDelft knowing it would soon merge into Deltares (2007-2008).

In December 2008 she moved for private reasons to Johannesburg, South Africa. She started in January 2009 as a consultant with Royal HaskoningDHV (then SSI). In her years in Southern Africa, she has been part of decision making processes related to water, for national water resources management, for transboundary challenges in water management (Zambezi, Incomati and Pungwe River Basins), to have mines cooperate with their surrounding stakeholders, in urban planning challenges, in decisions on infrastructure development.

In January 2017 she started AquaLinks.

Find her CV here: 180529 Marieke de Groen_AquaLinks