Katrin Bruebach and Femke Gubbels

Katrin Bruebach is the Associate Director of Solutions Development and Innovation for Urban Water.

Prior to joining the 100 Resilient Cities, Katrin has been instrumental in improving water and sanitation delivery in some of the most economically challenged countries in the world. She has spent 15 years developing capacities of organizations and building partnerships to produce lasting and meaningful results in improving water supply and sanitation service provision in developing countries across Africa and the Middle East. Her professional experience includes planning, design and implementation of urban water and sanitation projects, organizational development of sector institutions, capacity development and training of utility and government staff, socio-economic assessments, economic and financial analysis, tariff setting, performance monitoring and regulation.

Most recently, she led a team of 20 experts and support staff providing assistance to municipalities in South Sudan to establish water utilities to improve water supply and sanitation service provision in urban areas.

Katrin is fluent in German and English and holds an advanced degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany.

Femke Gubbels is a Program Manager, working with and developing partnerships with cities in Europe and the Middle East.

Femke is a distinction level graduate with a MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics, specialising in urban environmental challenges and climate change adaptation. During her BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Sustainable Development at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University, Femke spent time in the Philippines conducting collaborative research on local water management issues. She also received two research grants to travel to Canada for fieldwork on the consultation processes between First Nations and the oil and gas industry, which further developed her interest in environmental inequalities.

Her masters dissertation on urban climate change adaptation in Dar es Salaam was awarded Joint Best Dissertation Prize MSc Urbanisation and Development. For this field project Femke and her fellow team members also secured financial support from the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. She brings to 100RC Dutch context, the country where she was born and raised.