Paola Espinoza joined the International Water Association in May 2017 as an intern for the Basins of the Future programme. She was interested in the programme because she is passionate about water. By joining IWA she wishes to increase her knowledge in water resources and someday being able to guide people into applying new ideas for better water resources. She is originally from Cusco, Peru, but has lived and studied abroad since her 18th birthday. Recently she obtained a master degree in Water Management and Environmental Engineering from the University of Life Sciences in Austria (BOKU). Thanks to her international background, she speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Italian.