International Secretariat

Renske Peters, Director 
Renske is leading the Delta Alliance, further developing and strengthening its organization and network connecting delta's in the world. She is a member of the the UNFCCC Climate Adaptation Committee, formerly she was Director of Water at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and as a Director of the Topsector Water and International Water Policy. She is passionate about watermanagement, physical planning and climate change.
Contact: Renske Peters
Cees van de Guchte, Deltares
Cees leads the Team on Global Agendas and International Organizations, with focus on water and urbanizing deltas. Disaster risk reduction and the development of adaptation strategies under uncertainty of climate change are at the core of his work. Knowledge development and specialist advice are being elaborated in numerous projects, and shared in various dedicated networks. He is coordinator of the Delta Alliance Dutch Wing. Before that he worked a.o. at UNEP. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of transboundary IWRM.
Contact: Cees van de Guchte 
Ottelien van Steenis, Wageningen Environmantal Research
Ottelien is communication officer and has worked in the field of climate change for a large number of years working for the research programmes Climate changes Spatial Planning, Knowledge for Climate. She specialised in the organisation of numerous national and international conferences (a.o. Deltas in Times of Climate Change conferences in 2010 and 2014 and Adaptation Futures, practices and solutions in 2016) and associated websites, newsletters etc. She is involved in several international projects.
Contact: Ottelien van Steenis


Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Wageningen Environmental Research
Catharien has a keen interest in linking water, climate and food security matters. Catharien has worked in various international organizations and projects related to land and water management, both in research, policy, and capacity development contexts. Since 2000, she is working for Wageningen Environmental Research, where she is a member of the Climate Change and Adaptive Land and Water Management Team. Catharien also is head of the Wageningen project office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Contact: Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga 
Peter van Veelen, Delft University of Technology
Peter recently obtained his PhD at Delft University of Technology on adaptive planning of resilient coastal waterfronts (available at TU Delft website). After working as an urban planner on climate adaptation and resilience for the City of Rotterdam, he is now coordinator of the Urban Deltas research programme within the TU Delft that aims to develop interfaculty research and education on challenges of urbanized deltas worldwide.
Contact: Peter van Veelen
Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO-IHE, Delft University of Technology
Chris is professor at the Water Engineering Department at UNESCO-IHE / TU Delft and chairs the Flood Resilience Group of UNESCO-IHE. He is also visiting professor at the South East University, Nanjing. He works as a researcher in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems. He has published/edited five books and over hundred scientific publications in the field of environmental engineering and urban flood management. Chris participates in various (inter)national advisory boards of governmental and scientific institutions.
Contact: Chris Zevenbergen

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