Since October 2020, Thomas Vogel has been president of the waterkiosk foundation. He coordinates its activities in Switzerland, supports the regional project managers in Tanzania and is in charge of the major donors.
Thomas Vogel is civil engineer by education and worked over ten years as project leader and executive director in two different consulting firms in Switzerland before he switched to an academic career. He acted more than 28 years as Professor of Structural Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. With the waterkiosk foundation, he has found a new field of activity where leadership, technical know-how and curiosity for cultural diversity are required.
The waterkiosk foundation was founded in May 2011 by Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter.
Since the beginning, she has been supporting the foundation very actively and has shaped waterkiosk according to her values and vision. Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter travels regularly to Tanzania to meet the people whose living conditions have generally improved as a result of the waterkiosk projects.
Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter has over 30 years of experience in financial and risk management. She is the CEO and founding partner of Forma Futura Invest AG, an independent asset management company focusing on financially sound investments that promote a sustainable quality of life, since 2006.
Leo Looser is an entrepreneur who during his remarkable career has built up an SME conglomerate. From 2004-2009 he was chairman of the board of directors of Looser Holding AG (Arbon), which is listed on the stock exchange.
He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the foundation “Familien Looser-Stiftung, Bad Ragaz”. He supports the waterkiosk foundation with his many years of experience as an entrepreneur and his personal network.
Christopher Wellauer is project manager for the Mbeya region in the southwest of Tanzania and board member since April 2019.
Fritz Jäckli has been committed to the waterkiosk foundation team since April 2019.
He studied at ETH Zurich (Civil Engineering) and at IAP (Industrial and Organizational Psychology). He has over 40 years of professional experience – of which over 35 years with his own engineering office – in the fields of water supply, building construction and civil engineering. For more than 10 years he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Winterthur.
In the field of water supply, Fritz Jäckli led projects in water extraction, treatment, storage and distribution. He has also developed strategic plans and emergency supply concepts for municipalities, regions and cantons.
Markus Knoblauch, MD has been a member of the board of trustees of the waterkiosk foundation since April 2019.
Claudia Colic has been a member of the board of trustees of the waterkiosk foundation since October 2020.
Ute Rütimann-Siegert is the financial manager of waterkiosk foundation.
Before holding the current position, she was our project manager for the northeastern region of Tanzania and has been supporting the waterkiosk foundation for many years with great enthusiasm, know-how and lots of heart.
Christopher Wellauer is responsible for our projects in Southwest Tanzania.
Bettina Wälti supports the waterkiosk foundation in the areas of online and offline marketing as well as donor administration.
She works as a project manager at Forma Futura Invest AG, an asset management company for sustainable investments, and as a managing director at the Himalaya’s Children Foundation, which provides children from the Himalayas in Nepal with a good education.
“I am committed to the waterkiosk foundation because the results of our work are tangible. Every day is a good day when you have the ability to provide cleaner drinking water to students, teachers, doctors, patients and villagers.”
Philipp is an environmental engineer and expert in water treatment and supply technologies for developing regions and works as project coordinator for AUTARCON GmbH. In this position he is managing international research and development projects in India, Nepal, Brazil and Egypt.
Philipp advises WKF in design and implementation of rural water supply infrastructures. Further, he develops solutions for the generation of income through water sales, which help local communities to assure long term operation and sustainability of WKF projects.
Esther Zimmerli has been responsible for institutional fundraising at the waterkiosk foundation since September 2021.
Peter Ndumwa is our key person in the Northeast region of Tanzania. He is a trained electrician with extensive experience in the field of solar energy and water.
Peter is very motivated and works tirelessly to achieve maximum system performance.
As an all-rounder, Edes takes care of the electrical connections, the plans for a new system and its implementation.
Calvin studies engineering in Arusha and does an internship at waterkiosk. He is responsible for project coordination for our SuMeWa plants.
For all our projects, Livin is available to us as an electrician and service technician.
Without Kennedy we wouldn’t get far, he is our driver and supports the team in the installation and maintenance of the systems.
10.10.1979 – 03.01.2023
Our dedicated and always cheerful project coordinator was snatched from the middle of his life in a tragic traffic accident.
From the board of trustees, we extend our warmest sympathy and deepest condolences to his family.
Baptista has completed training as a solar and water technician and is responsible for the planning and installation of SoWaDis systems.
Gift Eman is responsible for the team’s vehicle. With his experience, he helps to set up and maintain the SoWaDis systems.