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Mortenson Fellow

Styvers has worked for over twelve years in design and management of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in Africa. As the Country Representative of Kenya for the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), he is involved with leading donor relations and the organization’s growth, as well as leadership in the operations of MWA in Kenya. Styvers is involved in multi-year, multi-donor funded projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria and closely collaborates with the Mortenson Center in drought and water related research work.

Styvers was previously the Regional Director for SweetSense Inc. where he was involved in liaising with donors, governments, NGOs, private sector partners and communities and leading the installation of water point monitoring sensors. Prior to joining SweetSense Inc. Styvers worked at Caritas Embu, Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services – in Kenya and South Sudan, where he held various positions – Technical Supervisor, WASH Engineer, Project/Program Manager and Technical Advisor. He was also seconded to the Ministry of Roads and later the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Kenya to support European Commission and IFAD funded projects. Styvers earned his Masters in Water Supply and Sanitation at Kenyatta University and BSc in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University. He is a registered Graduate Engineer and Professional Engineering Technologists in Kenya.


  • MS, Water Supply and Sanitation, Kenyatta University
  • BS, Water and Environmental Engineering, Egerton University

Recent Publications

Kathuni, S., Akunga, D., Kitur, E. & Letema, S. (2021). School hygiene promotion approaches and their influence on pupil’s hygiene practices in public primary schools in Dagoretti, Nairobi City County, Kenya. Global Journal of Health Sciences, 6 (1), 60 – 75.

Thomas, E., Wilson, D., Kathuni, S., Libey, A., Chintalapati, P., & Coyle, J. (2021). A contribution to drought resilience in East Africa through groundwater pump monitoring informed by in-situ instrumentation, remote sensing and ensemble machine learning Science of The Total Environment, 780, 146486.

Thomas, E., Kathuni, S., Wilson, D., Muragijimana, C., Sharpe, T., Kaberia, D., Macharia, D., Kebede, A. & Birhane, P. (2020). The Drought Resilience Impact Platform (DRIP) - Improving water security through actionable water management insights. Frontiers in Climate, 2(6)