The Water Footprint Network is a non-profit foundation under Dutch law. It is essentially an international network by and for its partners.

Management Team

The Management Team of the Water Footprint Network is responsible for the executive management and consists of:

Ruth Mathews
Executive Director

Phone: +31 53 489 4370
E-mail: ruth.mathews– (change -at- into @)

Dr. Ashok K. Chapagain
Science Director

Phone +31 53 489 4320
E-mail: ashok.chapagain– (change -at- into @)

Dr. Guoping Zhang
Programme Director

Phone: + 31 53 489 4135
E-mail: guoping.zhang– (change -at- into @)

Supervisory Council

The Supervisory Council (SC) has primary legal and financial responsibility for the Water Footprint Network, which includes the approval of annual budgets, financial reports, work plans, and institutional commitments, and the selection of Directors. The members of the SC are appointed by the Founding Partners of the Water Footprint Network. The members of the Supervisory Council are:
Mr. Joop de Schutter

Joop de Schutter has a career in the field of water resources management in many different countries in Europe, South East Asia, Central Asia and Africa. Until 2012, he was acting Deputy Director of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

Mr. Joppe F. Cramwinckel

Joppe Cramwinckel is Director of the Water Programme at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Before joining the WBCSD, he was Sustainable Development Lead for Shell International Exploration and Production.

Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra

Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente. He is creator of the water footprint concept (2002) and initiator and co-founder of the Water Footprint Network in 2008. He was Scientific Director of WFN until 31 Dec 2012, after which he moved to the Supervisory Council.

Mr. Richard Holland

Richard Holland is Chief Conservation Officer at WWF-Netherlands.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council (AC) comprises international leaders from business, government, international organizations, NGOs and academia whose shared goal is to help the Water Footprint Network achieve its objectives of sustainable, efficient and equitable water use. The AC’s mandate is to provide strategic input, global expertise and local knowledge in the development of the Water Footprint Network’s programs, to promote the Water Footprint Network’s initiatives as well as assist in expanding its international network and presence, and to support the Water Footprint Network’s fundraising efforts. The AC has not yet been operational, but will be installed soon.


The network is open to partners from various types of stakeholders in water resources management, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia and international-organisations. Organisations can apply to become partner in the network by subscribing to the mission of the Water Footprint Network and submitting a request to the Board. The Water Footprint Network operates like an open-source programme. Partners can profit from the Network by making free use of its tools and advisory services. Partners can advance the Network by feeding back experiences that help the Network to improve its tools.

Founding partners

The founding partners are the partners that have established the network. The founding partners are: University of Twente, WWF-the global conservation organization, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the Water Neutral Foundation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) and the Netherlands Water Partnership. Each founding partner has the right to select a person for in the Supervisory Council of the network. The International Finance Corporation does not appoint somebody in the Supervisory Council but in the Advisory Council.

Water Footprint Peer Review Committee

The Water Footprint Peer Review Committee has been installed as a platform for the scientific review of global guidelines and tools for water footprint accounting. Its main task is to advise the Board on annual revisions of the Water Footprint Manual.

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