The Team



Scientists, institutions and experts from 13 countries already joined the team. Thanks to the diversity of expertise we deliver a complete package: scientific study - formed theory - proposed solution - proof-of-concept in reality.

The last missing part now is to roll it out on a global scale.

Now with the newly established New Water Paragidm Center of Excellence we improve things even further.


Core team






Ing. Michal Kravčík, CSC. completed his studies in Waterworks Construction and Water Management at the Slovak Technical University and worked for the Institute of Hydrology and Hydraulics and the Institute of Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is the founder of the People and Water NGO, a holder of the Goldman Environmental Prize and a member of ASHOKA: Innovators for the Public, an international network of innovators who work for public welfare. He is the most prominent representative of the People and Water NGO, which has been awarded the EU-USA Prize for Democracy and Civil Society Development and also co-founder of the global Rain for Climate movement.




Ing. Vladimír Zaujec, PMP, MSP studied at the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia specializing in information technologies. Worked as a project and program manager mainly within IT industry. Co-founder of several novelty start-ups and ecology-based NGOs, including Rain for Climate.




Ing. Dana Kravčiková is following in her father’s footsteps. Having completed her studies in GIS at Slovak Technical University, she is an expert in mapping and landscape surveying. She has years of experience in managing projects from concept phase to completion. Her background in project management ranges from publicly financed projects such as from Norway Grants, the EU and Slovak municipal & regional governments to privately funded projects sought out by the private sector. Additionally, her knowledge of project financing and budget forecasting make her a key member for the successful execution of IVM projects. Co-author of a number of publications on climate change topic.




Ing. Anton Bujňák completed his studies in Waterworks Construction and Water Management at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and worked for various commercial entities within the construction industry. A serial entrepreneur since 1990, founder and owner of several companies and also co-founder of the global Rain for Climate movement. .




Doc. Ing. Jan Pokorný, CSC. completed his studies at the Natural Sciences Faculty at Charles University in Prague. He is the director of beneficial society ENKI, a scientific staffer at the Institute for System Biology and Ecology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the co-author of a number of patents, a university lecturer, a member of the international scientific panel of the natural Resources Commision for the Australian government and a member of the scientific technology panel of the Ramsar Convention on Westlands for Central and Eastern Europe.

Martin KOVÁČ



Ing. Martin Kováč studied at the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia specializing in information technologies. Worked as a project and program manager mainly within IT industry. Co-founder of several novelty start-ups and ecology-based NGOs, including Rain for Climate.




Ing. Mgr. Juraj Kohutiar completed his studies in Waterworks Construction and Water Management at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. In this area of study he worked at the Institute of Hydrology and Hydraulics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and within NGO-s People and Water, Foundation for the Support of Civil Activities and Rain for Climate. Along with water issues, he deals with matters of security, education, charity, and religion.

Eugen TÓTH



RNDr. Eugen Tóth completed studies at the Mathematics-Physics Faculty of Comenius University. He works in the field of information systems with a focus on geographic information systems (GIS) and agricultural land. He cooperates with the NGO Rain for Climate as a consultant.




Mgr. Peter Bujňák studied political economy at York University in Toronto, Canada before making his way to Europe. He first came across the role of water in climate change during his masters studies at Linkoping University in Sweden where he wrote his thesis on the political economy of water scarcity in the 21st century. After completing his studies, he came to his home country of Slovakia where he participated in the integrated water management program of the Slovak government. He coauthored several EU and Norway Grants financed projects.




RNDr. Ivan MATUŠEK studied nuclear chemistry at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Is a certified project manager IPMA B. He was a researcher focused on the impacts of nuclear infrastructure decommissioning.
In the field of ecology, he is currently focused on lysimetric research, studying the impacts of global climate change on the environment and the impacts of contaminated soil on the quality of the food chain and groundwater sources.




Dr. Ing. Michal Gažovoč completed his studies at the Ernst Moritz Arudt University in Greiswald, Germany and received his doctorate in landscape ecology and nature protection. Michal lead a research expedition in Alaska, he also worked as an expert consultant for the Slovak government on the preparing the Adaptation for Climate Change Program. Co-author of a number of publications on climate change and nature protection, he has significant experience as a lector on the New Water Paradigm. He was researcher on Swedish agriculture at the Umea University and the Czech Agriculture University.

Michal PAAL



Ing. Martin Kováč studied at the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia specializing in information technologies. Worked as a project and program manager mainly within IT industry. Co-founder of several novelty start-ups and ecology-based NGOs, including Rain for Climate.

Miroslav HRÍB



Ing. Miroslav Hríb, PhD.  studied Forestry Engineering at the University of Zvolen. Authorized designer for engineering transport and water constructions infrastructure, especially green roofs, rain gardens, water reservoirs and underground tanks. Creator of rainwater capture and utilization projects in urbanized zones with a focus on biotechnological innovation. Member of the Delegation of the Minister of Economy of the SR - Green China afforestation project in Beijing, China. Former adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture SR, Bratislava. He lectured at various European universities and institutions.




Ing. Jana Zaujecová completed her studies at the Masaryk University, Faculty of economics, Brno, the Czech Republic specializing in marketing and management. After that extended her expertise at Danube University in Krems specializing in Public relations. Gained experience in marketing and brand management as a marketing expert for several companies. Currently works as an online marketing consultant with a focus on SMEs and NGOs.




Ing. Martin Kalmár completed his studies at the Matej Bel University, Faculty of economics. Works in finance and is active as a translator in his spare time. He is in charge of the localization to English and Spanish languages.


Ing. Michal GAŽOVIČ completed his studies at the Ernst Moritz Arudt University at Greiswald Germany. He reached Doctor degree at Landscape ecology and nature protection. He worked as a leader of the expedition at Alaska. He worked as an expert consultant for the Slovak government on program preparation Adaptation for climate change. Co-author of a number of publications on climate change topic and nature protection. He has significant experience as a lector on the New water paradigm topic. He worked as a researcher for Swedish agriculture at the Umeå University and Czech agriculture university. He co-operates with several nongovernmental organizations as an expert supervisor. .


Scientific advisory board and subject matter experts


prof. Mooyoung HAN


Prof. Mooyoung HAN is a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at SNU and the director of Rainwater Research Center at SNU. He received the AEESP outstanding paper award with his coagulation theory on water treatment. He is a fellow member of International Water Association (IWA) and a chairman of Rainwater Harvesting and Management specialist group in IWA. He has made several “Rainwater for Drinking” projects in developing countries, authored many papers on rainwater management and resource-oriented sanitation.

Dr. Millán M. MILLÁN


Dr. Millán M. Millán, emeritus Director of the CEAM-UMH Research Institute. In 1973 he became a privileged observer of the European Commission Research Programmes in Environment and Climate after being appointed to several Scientific Advisory groups in Atmospheric Chemistry and in Global Change and Ecosystems. Since 1986 his research has been focused on the relationship between Air Pollution and the atmospheric circulations in the Mediterranean. From 1991 to 2006 he established the relationship between land use changes and the loss of summer storms in the Mediterranean Basin, and other feedbacks to the Global Climate System. He is the author of more than 150 publications.

prof. Marco SCHMIDT


prof.  Marco Schmidt studied Landscape Architecture/ Environmental Planning at the Technische Universität Berlin. He worked on various urban ecological demonstration projects; the main focus is the evaluation of buildings especially energy efficiency strategies, the urban heat island effect, and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies which focus on evaporative cooling. Since 1992 he does research activities at the Technical University of Berlin on developing best practice in ecological, energy efficient construction, urban ecology, applied hydrology and stormwater management. Since 2016 is he also employed at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs, and Spatial Development.

Dr. Maude BARLOW


Dr. Maude Barlow is the Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch.Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many
awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”). In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and Boiling Point, Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse and Canada’s Water Crisis.

prof. Ariel SALLEH


prof. Ariel Saleh is a research Associate in Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia; Visiting Professor in Culture, Philosophy & Environment, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa and Senior Fellow in Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. Her transdisciplinary writing is seminal to political ecology as an emerging study of humanity-nature relations. Her approach, which she calls an embodied materialism, emphasizes the centrality of reproductive or regenerative labor in the world system and re-examines social justice and sustainability questions like climate change and the neoliberal green economy.



Dr. Ibo Zimmermann teaches Agroecology, Rangeland Management, and Dryland Permaculture Design at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Much of the learning takes place in the field, involving students in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of land rehydration to support diversified production.

prof. Michal HNATIČ Dr. Sc.


prof., Dr.h.c., RNDr. Michal Hnatič, Dr. Sc. is a full professor of physics at Faculty of Science of P.J. Safarik University, Slovakia. His scientific interests are in quantum field theory, critical and stochastic dynamics, and developed turbulence. He is a co-author of more than one hundred scientific publications including more than seventy in WOS or SCOPUS indexed international journals. He is participating in long-term successful international collaborations.At present he is a deputy director of the Bogolyubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of JINR in Dubna and a member of the Scientific Council of JINR.

Dr. Rajendra SINGH


Dr. Rajendra Singh is a water conservationist from Rajasthan in India. Also known as "waterman of India", he won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as "the Nobel Prize for water", in 2015. He runs an NGO called 'Tarun Bharat Sangh' (TBS), which was founded in 1975. The NGO has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid area close to the Thar Desert. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 water conservation structures to collect rainwater, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan - Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani, and Jahajwali. 




Peter Andrews, OAM. is founding father of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) methodology in Australia. In 2013 Peter was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to the environment and sustainable farming. Author of ‘Back from the Brink’ and ‘Beyond the Brink’, describing the unique management processes, components and efficiencies of Australia’s water and fertility. Peter Andrew is a farmer and horse breeder, an ecological observer, self-taught naturalist with geospatial intelligence, a complex, open systems scientist.

Dip. Sust. Mngt. Duane NORRIS



B. Sc. Agr., Dip. Sust. Mgmt. Duane Norris, N.C.H., SCCH. graduated from University of Sydney, Faculty of Agriculture. Studied rainforest ecology, sustainability and landscape design. Member of the International Reference Panel on NSF. Currently, running and delivering training courses based on heuristic learning to farmers about NSF. Co-author of ‘Re-coupling the carbon and water cycles by Natural Sequence Farming’ in International Journal of Water 2010.

Dr. Rafael ZIEGLER



Dr. Rafael Ziegler studied philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics and McGill University. He has worked as a lecturer at McGill University, ECLA, and FU Berlin, and as a deputy professor for environmental ethics in Greifswald. He is the head of research of GETIDOS, a social-ecological research platform focus on innovation and water since 2009. In 2012 he co-initiated the Big Jump Challenge - European youth campaign for water conservation. He is also a member of the water ethics group of water future and co-ordinates the technology, innovation and design group of the HDCA.




Major General Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) served as Governor of Western Australia until 2000, and as Australia’s Governor-General between 2003 and 2008. Before taking up residence at Government House in Canberra, Michael Jeffery established a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI). Currently, he is Chairman of FDI, Constitution Education Fund Australia, Australian Trachoma Alliance and, in October 2013, he was appointed as Australia's Advocate for Soil Health.In that role, Michael Jeffery has been pivotal in alerting Australians to the poor quality of our soils.




Brock Dolman, BA. is a wildlife biologist and internationally recognized as an innovative watershed restoration ecologist and permaculture designer. Since 1995 he has co-instructed over 60 Permaculture Design Courses in the USA and internationally, including two International Permaculture Convergence PDC’s: IPC8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and IPC11 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Over the past two decades, he has worked as a permaculture designer and watershed restoration consultant internationally in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China/Tibet, Canada, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Haiti, Malaysia, Nicaragua and widely in the U.S.A. He has been featured in the award-winning films.

Minni JAIN



Minni Jain  Is the co-founder of The Flow Partnership which works in partnership with a rich and diverse global network of communities, people, and projects using holistic approaches to water management for real, demonstrable improvements in their communities and landscapes. Minni focuses on bringing unlikely combinations of people together, connecting and supporting them and facilitating the needed action for a change in the system. She is also a Trustee of the Agroforestry Research Trust, an Editor of the Holistic Science Journal and a Board member of the Berkana Institute/USA.




Philip Frances is Senior Lecturer on the Masters in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, UK. Philip studied mathematics at New College, Oxford, UK. He came to Schumacher College and had worked to develop the field of Holistic Science alongside with Brian Goodwin, Henri Bortoft amongst others. He is the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order and also the founding editor of the Holistic Science Journal.




Bernd W. Mueller is an international consultant for ecosystem restoration and regenerative water managment, director of the Global Ecology Institute in Tamera, Portugal. He managed an organic farm in Spain. There he studied natural processes through intense observation. He discovered a new, more subtle possibility of cooperation between man and nature. From 2006, he has lived in Tamera, Portugal working in the landscape design and building Water Retention Landscapes. Today he transfers the insights from this process of self-education into the practical development of ecological models for landscape healing and the restoration of the Earth.

prof. Jan ČERMÁK


Prof. Ing. Jan Čermák, CSc. is
working at the Institute of Forestry, Dendrology and Geobiocenology at LDF MZLU. Lecturer at Mendel University in Brno, Technical University in Brno (Forensic Engineering) and occasionally at Charles University in Prague and at Masaryk University in Brno. Professionally focused on the field of Dendronics, ie the issue of tree ecophysiology, the functional stability and vitality of forest ecosystems, especially through the study of water management of whole trees and their macrostructure. He has published over 160 analytical publications on this topic and about 180 lectures, and more than 20 publications on resins and biogenic volatile substances.
He lectured or made courses for more than 30 US and European universities and research institutions.


New Water Paradigm Center of Excellence


Technical University Berlin,



Rainwater Research Center at the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea

Seoul National University,



Rainwater Research Center at the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea

Barani Design Technologies,




Weather Station manufacturer for industrial and home use. Innovative design with research-grade accuracy distinguishes these meteorological sensors and weather stations.

Barani Design Technologies manufactures innovative weather stations and professional meteorological sensors primarily for use where robustness and quality of measurement are essential. Signature products include the patented helical design of the MeteoHelix, MeteoShield and elliptic MeteoWind anemometer.

ENKI o.p.s.,

Czech Republic


Nazov obrazkz


Weather Station manufacturer for industrial and home use. Innovative design with research-grade accuracy distinguishes these meteorological sensors and weather stations.

Barani Design Technologies manufactures innovative weather stations and professional meteorological sensors primarily for use where robustness and quality of measurement are essential. Signature products include the patented helical design of the MeteoHelix, MeteoShield and elliptic MeteoWind anemometer.

National Agricultural and Food Centre - RIPP, Slovakia


Rainwater Research Center at the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea


Global partner network


Regeneration International



Regeneration International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a global network of farmers, scientists, businesses, activists, educators, journalists, governments and consumers who will promote and put into practice regenerative agriculture and land-use practices that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revive local economies; rebuild soil fertility and biodiversity; and restore climate stability by returning carbon to the soil, through the natural process of photosynthesis. Through our global network, we are connected to 4.1 million consumers, farmers, activists, scientists and policymakers in over 100 countries.

Natural Sequence Farming




Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) is a rural landscape management technique aimed at restoring natural water cycles that allow the land to flourish despite drought conditions. NSF offers a low-cost, widely applicable method of reducing drought severity and boosting productivity on Australia’s farms and landscapes. The technique is based on ecological principles, low input requirements and natural cycling of water and nutrients to make the land more resilient.

Tarwyn Park Training


Tarwyn Park Training developed the internationally recognised Natural Sequence Farming, a technique of regenerative farming and land care. A system of farming, which focuses on implementing natural landscape function back into degraded landscapes. Tarwyn Park Training began as a way for landholders throughout Australia to learn about Natural Sequence Farming and how it is implemented into farming systems, as we know them. The implementation of Natural Sequence Farming is important for the future stability and productivity of degrading farmland, to ensure that it becomes an aggrading system for generations to come.

Mulloon Consulting, Contracting and Certifying


is a specialist natural resource consultancy delivering innovative landscape rehydration projects to Australian landholders. Our approach to re-establishing the natural function, fertility and resilience of agricultural landscapes incorporates the work of various ground-breaking regenerative farmers including Peter Andrews OAM. Key benefits of a rehydrated landscape is one that is able to harvest more water as it’s cooler with more green surface area, can hold more water due to increased soil carbon, and uses the available water more effectively resulting in increased primary production.

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center



is an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity. The WATER Institute develops innovative science-based solutions for communities and the environment to address the legacy of hydrologically destructive land-use practices and policies on California’s watersheds, and the urgent need to address the impacts of climate change on the water cycle.

Bukovinský & Chlipala



focuses namely on Intellectual Property Law (IP Law), innovation management & strategies, start-ups counseling, Information Technology Law (IT Law) as well as on Data Protection and Cyber Security. Our law firm has been providing legal services for already 15 years. We are a long-term legal expert of the project ‘Science.sk’ and ‘EuroCloud.sk’. We have repeatedly become professional partners of the event ‘Európska noc výskumníkov’ and several other important projects, conferences, and events. The law firm ‘Bukovinský & Chlipala’ has repeatedly been awarded the title ‘Law Firm of the Year’ – a recommended firm in the fields of Intellectual Property Law, IP/IT/telecommunications (2014 - 2017).

Kiss the Ground



 is a 501 charity based in Venice, California, USA.




studied Law at University of Berne, worked at legal departement at Federal Office for Refugees. From 2007 onwards basically in watershed development projects; Since 2016 full time work for social projects. He brings the different stakeholders together who are needed to work on integrated projects. He works on awareness and capacity building for an integrated cooperation in rural development, mobilizing stakeholders on the financing and project implementing side, awareness building on interdependency of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and mobilizing people to act, the importance of agriculture in rural development and education as job creating movement.

Eastcode Sessions



is group of hundreds of developers from Eastern part of Slovakia, eager to discover new technologies and approaches in IT. Eastcoders are more than happy to connect initiatives like Rain for Climate with IT giants. We are glad to support these kind of initiatives to change the world to be better place with help of ML, AI, IoT and other technologies

People and Water



The People and Water Association sees its role in assisting the all-round development of urban, rural and disadvantaged communities. A special place in NGO's activities is to develop the heritage of ancestors in the area of ecological and economic management of water resources as well as the theoretical and practical dissemination of this link both at home and abroad. The NGO develops its activities on the principles of civil society, the preservation of the traditions and the uniqueness of the regions

Global Ecology Institute


Currently a community of around 200, working towards autonomous decentralized models for a post-capitalist world, with those who share our vision of Terra Nova.

Vodales s.r.o.



focuses in landscape engineering, improvements and water retention of a landscape. Comprehensive project implementations include for example:
- forestry bridges and roads
- stream revitalization
- water retention measures
- anti-erosion measures and vegetative augmentation of sloped terrain
- rain gardens

Terra Bella Water



is a private organization focused on education and awareness raising covering a wide range of topics around water such as water supply & use, soil quality, watershed management, groundwater and others in the state of California. They provide professional presentations and workshops for schools as well as various groups ranging from private enterprises to public institutions. They provide resources on a host of water related issues via their social network of like-minded organizations focused on California's water challenges.




Is an environmental consultancy platform and a technical design bureau of a team of engineers, natural scientists, and policy experts in Lebanon. Difaf’s guiding objective is to reach measurable and direct improvements in the status of water and environmental resources. It does this through proper assessments and monitoring of activities and impacts on water and environmental systems, selecting appropriate technologies and designing technical solutions, supervising the adoption and implementation of projects,
and monitoring results.


Corporate partnes




is a family run, USA based company devoted to bringing the best quality watches on the market. LUM-TEC's parent company Wiegand Custom Watch, LLC. has built watches for thousands of customers around the world as well as designed, improved, and built watches for many other well known brands. LUM-TEC watches are made with only the best available materials and components and are all hand crafted by their team of professional watchmakers.