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Maria Belen Norona


My professional life I started in the marketing world, complementing with advertising, trade management and some finance, working on important companies such as Henkel, McCann Erikson and MTV-VH1. Moreover, due to my family background, I turned my interests to the water and environmental sector where I obtain my MSc on Water Services Management in Holland at UNESCO-IHE.
I worked on the first water fund which is located in Quito/Ecuador (FONAG) where I coordinated a project to replicate the model in other water funds all over the country. This projects was funded by USAID. After that I focused on a family business concerning ground water and water treatment, my activity was mainly on the administrative side. All along I`ve been updating my knowledge with seminars and courses. I can mention that I am results-oriented and finds creative solutions to problems. Talent to teamwork and willingness to learn and take on additional work. Comfortable working in a bilingual environment

On the side I launched a clothing line with a partner, it is based on multifunction and sustainability.

Professional experience

Water funds replication coordinator

FONAG Quito Water Fund , Quito - Temporary contract

From February 2010 to May 2011

Organizing the replication of water funds I interact and negotiate with local authorities, community leaders and researches from different regions in order to facilitate water funds’ activities.
Working side by side with the technical secretaries from 5 different water funds, international cooperation and stakeholders gave me the insights to contribute to the publication “Tool and Practical Guide on How to Create Water Funds, Lessons learned and experiences from Ecuador” (2014), published by USAID, which has been used in other countries.

Additional training

Master in Science

IHE Delft Institute or Water Education - Water Services Management

2007 à 2009


NL – UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education – 2009