Our team

Our team


project lead

Raphaela Betz is a German Water Science, Policy and Management MSc student specializing in WASH and climate change adaptation. She has previously worked and lived in Morocco, Canada, England and Nepal. During 6 years of managing WASH projects in East Africa, she planned and executed regular project site visits and is experienced in field trip risk assessments and logistics. She volunteers as an outdoor educator for the German Alpine Club and is trained in team building and group processes.


William Wallock is an American Water Science, Policy and Management MSc student specializing in water infrastructure financing. He has experience doing water research in tumultuous areas of the world, such as Palestine, and is familiar with intense expeditions, having cycled 7,000 km across the US. Before studying at Oxford, he worked with the World Resources Institute’s India office and has regional expertise in India. He is also a trained EMT and shoots film photography.


Patrick Robichaud is an American Water Science, Policy and Management MSc student specializing in water access with a focus on infrastructure. He has extensive outdoor experience from working as an Adventure Facilitator at his undergraduate university and completed many remote rafting trips including 12 days in the remote Alaskan wilderness this summer. He is also a keen sailor and has many mechanical skills from working as an Engineer on an educational tall sailing ship. He travelled twice to a remote location in Panama with Engineers Without Borders to assess and then construct a community water system. He has his Wilderness First Responder medical certificate.


Susana Higueras is a Peruvian Environmental Governance MSc student specialising in emerging agricultural practices in response to the challenges of climate change. Her academic background in anthropological research and ethnographic fieldwork focuses on rural livelihoods, environmental justice, land use planning and the role of women in local politics. In the last three years, she has collaborated with the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE), researching sustainable and inclusive transformation initiatives in territories in Colombia, Chile and Peru.

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Anoushka, a graduate in Water Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Oxford, brings experience from nonprofit work in Nepal's agriculture and water sector. She has collaborated with local NGOs, 501(c)3 organizations, and civilian foreign aid agencies. Anoushka will be helping with project outreach and external communications.


Victoria was also a Water Science, Policy and Management MSc student at the University of Oxford and will be providing support to the rest of the team while they are travelling in West Bengal, as well as assisting with the preparation and outputs for the project.


Alicja is a digital designer. She created this very website, as well as illustrations and other graphic elements present here. Currently, Alicja is a member of Onewater organisation, which is also promoting our project.