Professor Dr Hubert H. G. Savenije (1952) is professor in water resources management and vice-rector research at IHE Delft. He is a hydrologist by training and has specialized in river hydraulics and water resources management. He derives his expertise from extensive studies of river systems world-wide, with an emphasis on Southern Africa (such as the Limpopo, Incomati and Zambezi rivers) and South-east Asia. Savenije has taken part in many consultancy assignments. Furthermore, he has extensive international experience in education and training; he has given short courses and guest lectures in many countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has published widely in scientific journals, sits on the editorial board of two such journals, and has presented papers in a number of international conferences on water resources and hydrology. He is president of Hydrological Sciences in the European Geophysical Society (EGS), for which he acts regularly as convenor of specialist sessions during the Society's annual conferences.
Before Hubert Savenije joined the IHE in 1990, for five years he was a consultant hydrologist with Euroconsult, Arnhem. From 1978 to 1985 he was advisor to the Department of Water in Mozambique. Prof. Savenije graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1977 in Hydrology. He received his Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1992 on a dissertation entitled 'Rapid assessment technique for salt intrusion in alluvial estuaries'.
Dr ir Arjen Y. Hoekstra (1967) has been a scientific staff member Natural Resources Management at IHE Delft since January 1999. He gives lectures in Water Resources Management, Sustainable Development and Natural Resources Valuation. His primary interest is Integrated Water Resources Management. His current research focuses on methodologies to estimate the value of water. Hoekstra received his M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering, cum laude, at the Delft University of Technology. He wrote his Master’s thesis in Indonesia, on improving water-monitoring networks in that country. In 1991, he received an award from the Delft University Fund as the best civil engineering student of the year. After his studies, Hoekstra worked at Delft Hydraulics for about two years. In 1992 he participated in the Young Scientists’ Summer Programme of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In the period 1993-97 he was employed at the Delft University of Technology, on detachment to the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), in Bilthoven, where he worked within the Global Dynamics and Sustainable Development Research Programme. He got his Ph.D. degree in 1998, based on research in the field of integrated water modeling and assessment. After his research at RIVM Hoekstra was postdoc for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), working on a project on the sustainability.