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Kristof started to work with IRC since 2008, first as a full time employer, from 2015 onwards as an associate.
After becoming an engineer in medical electronics in Antwerp (Belgium) he joined the medical non-governmental organisation Médecins Sans Frontières in 1989, working in countries such as Rwanda, Turkey, Iraq, Burundi, Congo, Angola, the Philippines, Liberia, Sudan and former Yugoslavia. He started doing general logistics but quickly developed an interest in water and sanitation. After five years in the field and two years at the head office in Brussels he took the opportunity to study 'Water and Waste Engineering' (WEDC) at Loughborough University and obtained an MSc in 1997. The MSc research looked at the public health threat of 'Land filling Healthcare Waste' discovering the discrepancies between perceived and real risks.
After his studies he drilled boreholes and commissioned water treatment plants in Southern Sudan and provided water and waste facilities for refugees in Albania and Kosovo. For ICRC he rehabilitated boreholes in Somalia and developed anti-cholera activities and set up a epidemiological surveillance system in major towns including the capital Mogadishu. At the time he was surprised about the discrepancies between the reported benefits of programmes towards the donors and those achieved in the field. There were also so many unknowns about how to focus resources to maximise the benefits towards the target population that he decided to study, and did his PhD while working as a researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining the Environmental Health Group of Prof. Cairncross at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he did consultancies for MSF-E, MSF-B, SC-UK, Oxfam-UK, UNDP, Habitat, UNEP, IFRC and ICRC amongst others.
While having an extensive experience both academic and applied in water, sanitation and hygiene behaviour Kristof's main CONTENT interest are in:
- sanitation at scale,
- commercial reuse of nutrients in excreta
- equity in sanitation and hygiene related to social economical and disability issues
- sustainability and resilience of service delivery
- Systems and methods enabling service authorities to collect, analyse and apply sector data (with a focus on cloud based open source systems) to enable day-to-day use of sector information;
His main RESPONSIBILITIES within IRC relate to:
- data collection,
- monitoring and
both internally within IRC as an organisation as within the WASH sector and sector closely related to the WASH sector such as health.
His main METHODOLOGICAL interests are in:
- the application of modeling (mainly agent based modeling) and
- Network theory as a tool, both to link:
- a wide diversity of issues that enable or disable universal access to WASH services and
- grasp better the complexity of their interaction which each other.
Kristof has further methodological interest in:
- Data-mining of sector data with a focus on geostatistical analysis and time-series
- Automates semantic analysis of policy documents
- Sampling methods without detailed sample frames
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