After obtaining a university degree in Economics from St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2004, Johannes ventured to Australia and worked as a Key Account Manager and in Business Development, building a strong versatility in Sales and Marketing techniques to access difficult markets. In 2009 he started the International MBA program at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, graduating at the end of 2010. Johannes Willms was asked to spearhead the Schoeller Water project in mid-2012, and was named Managing Director of Schoeller Water GmbH in April 2013, and also Managing Director of Sunny River Limited in Nairobi Kenia in July 2014 which is the local operation in Kenya.
The concept of “water as a resource” was made evident to Johannes as water rationing was a daily reminder in Australia during the periodic dry spells, and thus partnering with local partners in raising awareness of proper resource management, at homes and in the businesses. During his MBA he developed a portable water filter bottle designed to improve access, quality, and reduce cost for the people living in coastal regions in Spain. Combined with his passion for nature and sustainability Johannes feels that Schoeller Water and Sunny River can not only make a difference but also lead the way in innovative business models in emerging markets by bringing more affordable and higher quality water to the doorstep of the people who can’t otherwise afford it.