The Experts

1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cong - Mai Van

Hydraulic & Coastal Engineering - Water Resources University

Dr. Mai Van has over 13 years of national and international experience in the fields of researching, designing and providing consultancy services related to water management, flood risk management, flood defences and urban drainage, civil engineering infrastructures and coastal development. Mr. Mai Van has high ability to participate in both professional and multidisciplinary projects at all phases. The projects he carried out covered upstream dams and reservoirs, river hydraulic structures, river training works, bank protections, flood defences as dikes and walls, breakwaters, marinas, discharge sluices, ports and navigation channel, bottom and coastal protections and navigation locks. As a senior project manager, Mr. Mai Van has been involved in participatory project approach with various stakeholders.


Due to his extensive networks internationally in his fields, he has been involved in a number of international large projects in many countries, e.g. Europe, Canada, Japan, India and Vietnam, and this keep him an up-to-date advance knowledge development in the related fields.

In Vietnam, he has been maintaining a national wide network and a strong link both with national scientists and government/management authorities. He has been becoming one of national top experts in the related fields and providing scientific advisory-ship to several sectoral ministries (MARD, MONRE, MOST and MOT) and provincial governments. He is, therefore, able to create good connections in transferring international advanced knowledge which fit to the country needs in the related fields.

Dr. Mai Van is now a key researcher and principal lecturer at WRU, specializing in Water Resources Engineering; Dam, River and Coastal Engineering; Flood defenses and Risk based design. He has published over 40 publications, in the forms of international journal papers, technical reports & books, based on his combination of research activities and practical work experiences.

2. Prof. S.N. (Bas) Jonkman

Hydraulic Engineering - TU Delft

Prof. S.N. (Bas) Jonkman is a researcher, advisor and specialist in the field of flood risk management, with experience working for the Dutch government and Royal Haskoning.

Prof. Bas Jonkman’s research focuses on natural hazards and risk management, with a specific emphasis on flood risks.  His PhD, completed at Delft University (the Netherlands), examined loss of life estimation and flood risk assessment in the year 2007.  Between 2001 and 2007 he has worked as an advisor and specialist for Rijkswaterstaat (the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management) in the Netherlands, and in 2012, he has been appointed as a professor of Hydraulic Engineering at TU Delft. After hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, Prof. Jonkman was involved in advisory and research activities that followed the disaster, including the analysis of levee failures and impacts (loss of life and building damage).

Prof. Bas Jonkman has done flood risk management research and consulting in hydraulic engineering in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Romania.

3. Prof. M.J.F. Stive

Civil Engineering - TU Delft

Professor M.J.F. Stive has 35 years experience in research and projects in the fields of hydraulic engineering, coastal morphodynamics, coastal bio-geomorphology and coastal and estuarine management, as team member, as team leader and as advisor. His record involves coasts, estuaries, harbours and offshore projects in many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, using fieldwork and experimental physical and mathematical physical models. He was involved in several projects sponsored by the science and technology programmes of the EU, of two of which he was overall co-ordinator. In 2001 Prof. Stive accepted the fulltime chair of Coastal Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology. Since 2003 he is scientific director of the Water Research Centre of Delft University of Technology, and from 2006 until 2012 he was leading the EU Erasmus Mundus MSc programme on Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management. He was a member of the New Delta Committee and of the Board of Trustees of the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research, is still a member of the National Advisory Committee on Water Defence, of the Scientific Advisory Council of Deltares and of the International Conference Councils for the international conferences ICCE and CD. He is advisor to the Vietnamese Government on sustainable development of the Greater Mekong Delta Region and holds an ERC Advanced Grant for the NEMO Project. In 2011, Prof. Stive received a Honorary degree at the Lund University in Sweden because of his to his significant scientific contribution to the understanding of how climate change will affect the world’s coastal areas and in 2013, he was appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his record as researcher, consulted expert, engineer and teacher.


Prof. Stive has written many publications on a variety of topics, ranging from geology to hydraulic engineering and coastal zone management.