Mariel Cabero – Program Manager

Posted on: September 19, 2016

MARIEL (2)Mariel graduated as a Natural Resources Engineer in 2011 from the National University of Salta, Argentina. Her Thesis research was focused on the valuation of water services in a rural community in Tarija-Bolivia, after the completion of her studies she kept working voluntarily with the community. As a result of the work done by the community and her, RARE International chose Mariel as a programme coordinator.
In late 2011 she joined ASOCIO, an NGO focused on the improvement of the livelihoods of rural communities. Her work was focused on identifying potential water sources for irrigation and drinking water. After ASOCIO she started working in the Municipal Government of Tarija, Bolivia as an environmental technician in the Secretary of Environment.
In 2013 she started working in EIA as a Project Manager, managing projects in La Paz and Tarija.
In 2014 she left to The Netherlands to start an MSc in Water Services Management in UNESCO-IHE.
Her thesis research used a water governance perspective to analyze a waste water allocation conflict in Tarija, Bolivia. She is now in the process of writing a paper for a scientific journal together with her mentor and an Argentinean scientist.
After completing her studies in 2016 she was again incorporated in the EIA staff as a Program Coordinator.
Mariel is interested in gaining knowledge about water access dynamics (formal and informal) in developing countries and wishes that through her work she can contribute to water justice and equality.

Juan Chinchilla – Project Manager

Posted on: September 19, 2016

JUANJuan Antonio Chinchilla Martinez, comes to EIA from Honduras. He completed his studies at the Panamerican Agriculture School, El Zamorano. He is an Environment and Development Engineer. Juan has worked in different areas throughout his professional life, beginning in the waste management field. He quickly realized that rural development is a holistic matter that needs to be seen from different perspectives to make a project successful.

His dream and life goal is to empower communities and give them the right tools to achieve development. He realized some time ago that his expertise can be highly useful for the improvement of those who haven’t been so blessed in life. Juan works every single day changing the world one smile at a time, one community at a time.

Contact Juan here.

Bruce Rydbeck

Posted on: May 23, 2015

Bruce Rydbeck is a member of board of directors of FEIA-Ecuador, which shares his experience of having worked in Ecuador for more than thirty-five years. Lives in Ecuador and he´s the international director of the potable water projects of Kawaypak Yaku, a Christian Kichwa mission. He used to be director of potable water projects for Desarollo Comunitario Vozandes. Before he´s worked in Ecuador, worked for ten years as an engineer in the United States of America. Has also worked in projects in Peru, Kenia and Colombia which had included hydroelectric plants, smaller dams, hospitals, clinics, churches and potable water systems.


The engineer Rydbeck has received his title in Civil engineer from Clarkson College, and his master’s degree in Civil Engineer in Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the catholic university of Quito. He has a title of ´´Professional Engineer´´ in Massachusetts in the United States and is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and Civil Engineer School of Pichincha.

Dakin Cook

Posted on: May 23, 2014

Nursing, administration, human resources, accounting and audit. Served as missionary for twenty two years for La Iglesia Metodista Unida en America del Sur.  And in Latin America region several charges including nursing, coordination of voluntaries, community development, regional supervision of missionary personnel, accounting, legal representation and audit of funds of the mission of the Iglesia Metodista Unida en America Latina. Currently works half time as a consultant to the financial services unit of global ministries of la Iglesia Metodista Unida for audits and legal matters related to properties in Latin America.