M.Sc. José Fernando Chapa Zumba
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At a very early age, he became an active member of local initiatives related to agro- and urban ecology, gender-equality, and student representation in Ecuador. In 2014, he obtained the civil engineering degree from the University of Cuenca, where he started to work as a technician of an multi-purpose water system project, subsequently. As a member of a research project on the quantification of hydro-biogeochemical indicators in Ecuadorian ecosystems funded by the German research foundation (DFG) he developed his professional skills further. Later he received a scholarship from the Ecuadorian government in order to obtain a master degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management at the University of Stuttgart. Due to his interests in the field of urban water management, he wrote his master thesis on the “Development of Rainwater Harvesting Design Curves in Ecuador”. Thereby, he focused on the opportunities of different regions with regards to improvement of water access. Furthermore, his professional and scientific experience taught him that the discipline of hydro-engineering is inherently linked to social and economic factors. That is why he decided to join the interdisciplinary research group aiming to develop new ways of understanding the sustainable urban water management in Latin America.