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Knowledge Management Knowledge Group

12 April 2012Organisation

What’s it like to work at KWR? Two staff members of the Knowledge Management Knowledge Group – an independent KWR knowledge group since early 2012 – have the floor.

Andrew Segrave, Knowledge Networks and Future Studies team researcher:

“I started out at KWR as a trainee, and have now worked here for eight years. I’m originally from Australia and have worked in a number of countries: a graduation project in India, an environmental campaign in Greenland, doctoral research in Japan, Brazil and Ghana and, now, two days a week, I work as a visiting researcher in Austria for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). What’s great about KWR is that it is a multi-disciplinary institute, so that it is easy to come in and find your own place within the organisation. You can also, to a degree, define your own work package, which is motivating but also difficult at times.”

“I’m busy with research into different possible futures: I develop methods for prospective studies and strategic planning and I signal trends. This is important to enable a timely response to opportunities and risks. Much has changed at KWR over the past few years. When I first arrived, I was the first person here who wrote poor Dutch; now, you need the fingers of more than two hands to count the foreigners. A lot more young people have also joined. As far as my own future is concerned: I would really like to support water companies in making strategic plans and tackle prospective studies even more systematically.”

Adriana Hulsmann and Andrew Segrave

Adriana Hulsmann and Andrew Segrave

Adriana Hulsmann, Europe team:

“Europe has long been my field of work. I have built up a considerable network and drawn on it for KWR. I love to be occupied creatively, look for solutions, make connections between things. And that is what I do every day: I signal project opportunities and then begin building, right from the start. Who should we bring onboard, what about the politics, what strategy should we adopt? Sometimes it’s tough to harmonise our ambitions and those of Europe. That’s another area where one needs to be creative and get things to dovetail.”

“In a couple of years I will be leaving KWR, but I’m going to remain active. There is so much that still interests me. The work of Reststoffenunie and the Raw Materials Factory, for instance. I’m busy transferring my network to my colleagues. We work in a good team here – we’re a well-oiled machine. But before I leave, I would like to land another couple of nice projects!”

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