The Water, Energy & Food Security Resource Platform is an independent information and facilitating platform developed within the framework of the Global Programme „Nexus Regional Dialogues”, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH jointly funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union.

We are working towards mainstreaming the Nexus dialogue on water, energy and food security in high-level regional policy dialogues, investment decisions and within global development policy.

Our Programme implements the Nexus Regional Dialogues, which support regional stakeholders to operationalize the WEF Nexus concept into policy recommendations and pilot projects.


The WEF Nexus approach has moved up the international agenda after first being promoted at international policy-making events in 2010.


The Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference organised by the German Government presented evidence on how a WEF Nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security by increasing efficiency, reducing trade-offs and building synergies while improving governance across the different sectors.


Starting in 2014, GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development started to implement Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme activities.

2016 — 2020

The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme Phase I: Resulted from international efforts to operationalise the Nexus approach. The programme has been jointly financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is designed to stimulate the five Nexus Regional Dialogues (NRDs) involving various stakeholders, including national and regional policy makers, the private sector, academia and civil society.

2020 — 2023

The main objectives of the second phase are:

  • To institutionalise the WEF Nexus approach in national and regional governance structures and investment decisions in the Regions
  • Showcase the WEF Nexus value-added with demonstration projects in the Regions
  • Promote exchange and information dissemination through the Knowledge Hub

Maria Ana Rodriguez
Maria Ana Rodriguez
Head of Project

Maria Ana is the head of the Nexus Component since August 2020. She has vast experience in the water sector, having worked for GIZ in Peru and in the Maghreb countries. Before GIZ, she worked as a consultant for several UN agencies as well as a researcher and lecturer at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima. Her areas of expertise entail policy advice, organizational development, capacity development, private-public partnerships as well as project management. She has studied Political Science and Geography at the University of Tübingen in Germany and the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. Maria Ana is based in Eschborn, Germany.

Stephanie Bilgram
Stephanie Bilgram
Global Nexus Secretariat

Stephanie Bilgram is workin in the Global Nexus Secretariat, specifically responsible for the Nexus Resource Platform. Her main responsibilities include Nexus networking activities, build up cooperation with other Nexus-related programmes and create contributions for the programme. She further supports the Global Nexus Secretariat. Before joining the GIZ, Stephanie worked in the private sector and for non-governemtnal organizations. She completed her Master’s degree in Sustianable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich.

Jakob Seidler
Jakob Seidler
Junior Advisor Global Nexus Secretariat

Jakob Seidler has been working as a junior advisor for the Nexus component since the beginning of 2020. His main tasks include policy advice to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on all Nexus-related topics as well as support of the Nexus Global Secretariat and the overall component. Prior to this position, he has been an intern with the GIZ sector programme Sustainable Water Policy, dealing with the manifold challenges of achieving SDG6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Jakob has a background in political science as well as integrated natural resource management. His practical experiences include research on social aspects of water supply management in Jordan as well as sustainability efforts of water utilities (Berliner Wasserbetriebe)

Antonio Levy Berstein
Antonio Levy Berstein
Regional Coordinator Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

Antonio is the Regional Coordinator for the Nexus Dialogue in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Antonio has over twenty years of experience in international cooperation, especially in the fields of renewable energy and climate change mitigation as well as project finance, management, evaluations and finance. He holds a Master´s Degree in Business Adminisatration (MBA) from the University of Chile and Tulane University. Antonio is native bilingual English and Spanish and is based in Santiago, Chile.

Kristin Herbomel
Kristine Herbomel
Regional Coordinator Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River

Kristine Herbomel is responsible for the project, Support to the Integrated Management of Water Resources of Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River. The project goal is to improve the hydrological and operational management of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River while pursuing an integrated and Nexus-based approach. Previously, Kristine worked as a civil servant for the United States Government, where she managed international capacity building programs on water resources management and advised officials on international water policy. She has an M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.A. in International Relations and Global Business from the University of Southern California. Kristine is based in Eschborn, Germany.

Alexandre Mesnil
Alexandre Mesnil
Regional Coordinator FREXUS

Alexandre is in charge of the Frexus Project. He has worked for the last 10 years abroad in the water sector in the MENA region for GIZ and for the French Cooperation. Before he also worked for different French NGOs in France and in Africa, as representative of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France in Mauritania and also for the private sector in France. His areas of experience entail policy advice, organizational development, participatory approach, capacity development as well as project management. He has studied Geography at the University of Paris Sorbonne in Paris, France. Alexandre is based in Eschborn, Germany and regularly travels to the Sahel region.

Shamiso Kumbirai
SDG Water Investments Officer

Ms. Kumbirai is a Development Professional and Water Engineer with skills and experience in bulk water supply, hydropower engineering and water resources management (WRM) across Africa. She has private sector and inter-governmental experience. Her experience includes the design and construction management of water infrastructure, the development of programs in WRM and the water-energy-food security nexus, technical facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues, stakeholder coordination and client relationship management. Shamiso holds an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Kidanemariam Jembere Tiruneh
Technical Advisor

Kidanemariam Jembere Tiruneh has extensive experience in the areas of water and natural resources management and environmental protection. He has experience in working for, and with, governments, NGOs and donor organizations. Kidanemariam is the Technical Advisor for Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), providing technical support to the programme’s implementation in the Eastern and Southern African regions. He is also managing the EU-supported project on Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the SADC region. He is involved in capacity building programmes in Africa around Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Climate Change Adaptation, Conflict resolution and Negotiation Skills. Previously Kidane worked as Regional Program Manager for GWP Eastern Africa for over four years. He has also worked as Environment Advisor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Canadian International Development Cooperation (CIDA) in Ethiopia. Kidane has written and contributed to different publications including Training Manual for Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills in IWRM, Case studies on IWRM implementation, and on building community and ecosystems resilience. Kidanemariam is a graduate (M.Sc.) of UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands in Environmental Science and Technology.

Andrew Takawira
Senior Technical Advisor

Andrew started his career working in water and environmental engineering consultancy and then expanded his scope of work into the development sector - working for IUCN and GWP. Experienced in water resources management and development, working in a number of countries in Africa and over the years, he has been involved in water resources planning at national and regional level. He is currently the Senior Technical Advisor for GWP Africa Coordination Unit, providing technical leadership in the implementation of projects which manage the risk of climate change to development in Africa. He also provides expertise in investment planning, project development and financing. Andrew’s experience in the in the development sector has allowed him to engage with policymakers, development finance institutions, international cooperating partners, private sector, government practitioners and civil society at large.

Team Aksulu
Aksulu Kushanova
Investment Project Specialist for Central Asia

Ms. Aksulu Kushanova works as an Investment Project Specialist at the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) and provides analytical support to the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme in Central Asia (CA). Specifically, she leads the implementation of the Nexus demonstration projects across 5 CA countries and Nexus related analytical deliverables. Previously, Ms. Kushanova has worked for over ten years at the World Bank as an energy consultant. Her primary focus was on transmission and generation of energy, district heating, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and carbon market. She participated in numerous World Bank research endeavours: “Stuck in Transition: Reform Experiences and Challenges Ahead in the Kazakhstan Power Sector” and "Energy Efficiency Transformation in Astana and Almaty”. Under the UN initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” Ms. Kushanova conducted an analysis of all energy aspects of Kazakhstan for the global policy scorecard that grades more than one hundred countries (RISE). Ms Kushanova holds a bachelor's degree from the Kazakh University in International Relations and World Languages named after Abylai Khan and a master's degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore).

Ludmilla Kiktenko
Regional Coordinator, Central Asia

Ms. Ludmilla Kiktenko serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme in Central Asia (CA) and the Manager of Environmental Management Programme of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). She leads the implementation of the EU-funded project “Nexus Dialogue in Central Asia” and supervises the project implementation progress in 5 CA countries.

She has more than 20 years of professional experience in 5 CA countries in designing and implementation of the national and regional development projects. She serves as a Member of Central Asian intergovernmental working groups to develop interstate programs, such as the fourth edition of the Aral Sea Basin Programme, the Regional Environmental Programme for Sustainable Development and others. Prior to joining CAREC, Ms. Kiktenko gained substantial experiences working in the local NGOs.

She has an MS degree in economics and business administration.

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