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Nick Brooks

Emergency WASH Team Leader, CARE International

Nick Brooks

Emergency WASH Team Leader, CARE International HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Nick Brooks has been CARE International’s Emergency WASH Team Leader since 2014, having first joined CARE in 2012.  Previously he worked in humanitarian roles with Oxfam and the UN; prior to overseas work Nick was an Environmental Consultant based in Scotland focussing on waste management and business efficiency.

Nick has worked in 23 countries, across major disasters such as the Indonesian tsunami, the Darfur conflict, Haiti and Nepal earthquakes, and the Syria crisis.  His current areas of interest include Global WASH support and the Localisation agenda; Integration of WASH and Health; WASH, Gender and Vulnerability; and Best Practice Sustainability for Humanitarian Sectoral Teams.  Nick’s published research includes pieces on Working with Community Volunteers and Communities in Humanitarian Emergencies (ODI-HPN) and Plastic bags and Peepoo trials in Haiti (Waterlines). Nick was a member of the Global WASH Cluster Strategic Advisory Group from 2013 – 2017 and remains an active participant in Cluster activities.

Nick has a BA (Hons) in Geography from Leeds University (1996), and an MSc (Distinction) in Rural Planning from Aberdeen University (1999).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Claudio Deola

Senior Humanitarian WASH Adviser, Save the Children UK

Claudio Deola

Senior Humanitarian WASH Adviser, Save the Children UK HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Claudio (BEng, MSc, MA) is a chartered hydraulic and environmental engineer with a master in humanitarian assistance.

Over the past 15 years he has been involved in large scale humanitarian operations and in complex emergencies, working for INGOs, UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Claudio is currently leading the Humanitarian WASH Team at Save the Children UK.

Caetano Dorea

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Victoria

Caetano Dorea

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Victoria HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Caetano is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada) where he runs the Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH) Group. Over the past 15 years he has been involved in water and sanitation related research in both development and humanitarian contexts. In addition to research activities Caetano is also active as a consultant delivering technical advice and bespoke trainings.

Kit Dyer

WASH Adviser, Independent

Kit Dyer

WASH Adviser, Independent HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Kit Dyer worked as a WASH Advisor with Norwegian Church Aid, based in Oslo, Norway. Before joining NCA, Kit worked for UNICEF between 2006 and 2015 in a variety of regional and country humanitarian / emergency WASH posts, including both sector coordination and program implementation.

Her experience prior to UNICEF includes both development and humanitarian WASH, as well as an early career in natural resource management and policy development in Australia. She has a bachelors in Civil Engineering, and a masters in Water & Environmental Management.

Ammar Fawzi

WASH Global Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council

Ammar Fawzi

WASH Global Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council

Currently based in Oslo, Ammar Fawzi is the Global WASH Manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Here, he leads the development and strategy of WASH programming for the organisation helping to support the most vulnerable people affected by displacement.

Ammar has extensive global experience in WASH for low-income countries, both in a humanitarian and development setting. He holds an MSc in Water and Environmental Management from WEDC and an MBA from Cardiff University.

He is particularly interested in market based approached and systems thinking to solve WASH problems.

Tom Heath

WASH Technical Adviser, Action Against Hunger

Tom Heath

WASH Technical Adviser, Action Against Hunger HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

For over 10 years Tom has worked extensively on water supply, sanitation and hygiene programmes in humanitarian and development contexts. Tom has implemented, managed and advised programmes ranging from first phase response in Iraq, the West African Ebola outbreak in Liberia and post-emergency response in Nepal, Liberia and Sierra Leone to complex conflicts including Burkina Faso and Nigeria. Tom appreciates the challenges of uptake, dissemination and developing networks. Tom is passionate about improving quality and impact and has written numerous articles on subjects ranging from climate change and IWRM to social marketing and behaviour change. Tom has an MSc and MSc Res. (Water Management) and prior to working overseas worked as a hydrological consultant.

Emmett Kearney

Senior WASH Officer, UNHCR

Emmett Kearney

Senior WASH Officer, UNHCR HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Emmett Kearney is the Senior WASH Officer leading the global WASH team for UNHCR in Geneva. Prior to this he led the UNHCR WASH response in Cox’s Bazar and worked with UNHCR, Oxfam, Solidarités and MSF in a variety of humanitarian WASH technical advisory and project management roles across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Emmett has an MSc in Water and Environmental Management from WEDC and a BSc in Finance and Economics from Fairfield University.

Jennifer Lamb

WASH Engineer – Independent

Jennifer Lamb

WASH Engineer – Independent HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Jenny brings over 15+ years of professional experience from the humanitarian, development, and the private sector in the field of WASH. Most of this experience has been whilst working for NGOs (Oxfam, GOAL, NRC, and CRS) either as a technical advisor or emergency field staff.

Recently Jenny carried out ethnographic research to achieve an understanding of the different characteristics of life for the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh. From her postgraduate study in social anthropology, she endeavours to apply an anthropological lens in her future WASH work.

Jenny has recently started a Research Fellow post at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

 

Daniele Lantagne

Assistant Professor at Tufts University

Daniele Lantagne

Assistant Professor at Tufts University HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Daniele (MIT BS, MIT MEng, PE) is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She is an environmental engineer who received her PhD in 2011 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral work as a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Center for International Development.

She began working in household water treatment in developing countries while earning her Master’s degree, and continued teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT until she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2003. Over the past fourteen years, she provided technical assistance and evaluation in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America in both development and emergency contexts. She has published over 30 papers on water supply and sanitation in developing countries and is a technical advisor to Potters for Peace, FilterPure, and charity: water.

Her main research interest is how to develop and disseminate interventions that reduce the burden of diarrheal disease and cholera in both the development context and emergencies, including engineering design, laboratory testing, field evaluations, and understanding cost-effective implementations and sustainability.

Alexandra Machado

Senior Officer, WASH in Public Health, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Alexandra Machado

Senior Officer, WASH in Public Health, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Alexandra Machado, Bd Engineer / master degree in Water/ IFRC WASH in Public Health

Over 17 years of combined experience in Africa, Southern America and Asia, where she has gain a variety of skills in the areas of project identification, appraisal and approval, delivery of technical assistance, as well as monitoring and reporting of development projects through different RCRC national societies and other non-governmental organization (NGO) in the fields of WASH, community health and rural development.

On the technical side, she has extensive experience in WASH programs and projects in rural, per urban and urban contexts in both domains Hardware and Software. Her work experience is not only in long- term development programs but also in the emergency and post emergency contexts. She coordinated emergencies response operations and assisted in the facilitation, organisation and adaptation of WASH emergency preparedness & response trainings and equipment’s.

In her current position, Alexandra’s main objective is to provide technical support to RCRC national societies to strengthen their capacities, strategies and activity plans in response, preparedness, recovery and development in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Brian Reed

WASH adviser, Independent

Brian Reed

WASH adviser, Independent HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

After ten years as a consulting engineer on international water projects, Brian became a lecturer in water and sanitation for low-income countries at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels.

As a Chartered Environmentalist as well as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Brian teaches modules on Environmental Assessment and Integrated Water Resource Management, as well as contributing to many other modules on both development and humanitarian topics.

In terms of research, areas of interest relate to the ‘gaps and overlaps’ between more traditional topics, such as management of water and sanitation facilities in emergencies. On a lighter note, Brian is collecting examples of water pots and latrine slabs from around the world which leads to interesting conversations at airports!

Esther Shaylor

WASH engineer, UNICEF

Esther Shaylor

WASH engineer, UNICEF HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Esther is a WASH engineer working at UNICEFs Supply Division in Denmark, within the innovation team. Originally from the UK, she has a Masters in Water and Waste engineering from WEDC and previously completed a degree in Disaster Management with Civil Engineering.

She has worked in both emergency and development contexts on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and sanitation service delivery and more recently has focused on WASH projects that utilise local markets and create small businesses to ensure sustainable services, she has previously worked with both NGOs and the private sector.

Laurence West

WASH and Urban Humanitarian Adviser, FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office).

Laurence West

WASH and Urban Humanitarian Adviser, FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Laurence West is the WASH and Urban Humanitarian Adviser for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the British Government. Prior to this role he worked for UNHCR and multiple NGOs leading responses in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Laurence has experience in the delivery of WASH services, infrastructure and community engagement, as well as health and SNFI programming in emergency and development contexts.

Laurence is interested in developing the quality of humanitarian response and the practical application of policy.

Monica Ramos

Chair

Global WASH Cluster Coordinator with UNICEF

Monica Ramos

Chair

Global WASH Cluster Coordinator with UNICEF

Monica Ramos is a WASH professional, with 20 years’ international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experience in roles ranging from country-level programme manager to global level strategic advisor and donor.

She has a diverse range of professional experience in the WASH sector, including working with international organisations (ACF, Oxfam GB, CARE, Save the Children UK, UNICEF); global coordination mechanisms (Global WASH Cluster and Global Task Force for Cholera Control); and donor agencies (EU/ECHO and USAID/OFDA) throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In her current role as the Global WASH Cluster Coordinator with UNICEF, she is passionate about achieving optimum results in the humanitarian WASH sector, while ensuring collective efforts are well-coordinated, at scale, with the highest quality standards to deliver effective people-centred programming to men, women and children affected by emergencies and humanitarian crises.

As TWG Chair she is particularly excited about the opportunity to drive dynamic progress to achieve strategic and operational priorities for innovation in the humanitarian WASH sector.

James Ray

WASH Team Lead for Medair

James Ray

WASH Team Lead for Medair HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

James Ray (BEng, MEng, MA) has been the WASH Team Lead for Medair since 2017 having first joined Medair in 2006. During that time, James has been supporting complex humanitarian and disaster relief projects in East Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to humanitarian work, James worked as a civil engineer managing environmental investigations and civil engineering infrastructure projects

Rolando Wallusche Saul

Team Lead CRS Global WASH Advisors

Rolando Wallusche Saul

Team Lead CRS Global WASH Advisors

Rolando has over 18 years of experience in the WASH sector in humanitarian and development contexts spanning 30 countries across Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently CRS’ global WASH Humanitarian Team Lead, a role he has held since 2014.  Prior to joining CRS, Rolando worked with Oxfam, MSF, ACF, Care, UNICEF, and MSB, as well as in the Swedish private sector as a Hydrogeologist.  His interests include how innovations in WASH can help bridge the humanitarian/development nexus and developing solutions for finance and governance in the water and sanitation sectors.

Allassane Traore

Regional WASH Advisor for West and Central Africa, Solidarites International

Allassane Traore

Regional WASH Advisor for West and Central Africa, Solidarites International

Allassane has been regional WASH advisor for West and Central Africa with Solidarités International (SI) since 2018. He started his international career in WASH more than 14 years ago. Since then, he has worked in several African countries such as Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Guinea and Mali, both with UN agencies and international NGOs, in humanitarian response and also in development projects.

Throughout his career he has developed an expertise in epidemic response, particularly cholera, WASH emergency response and WASH approaches to malnutrition. His current areas of interest include integrated WASH/health approaches, technology/mapping for WASH response and support to local authorities in the ownership and sustainable management of water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Ewinur Machdar

Covid-19 Operations Coordinator for IFRC for Indonesia and Timor Leste

Ewinur Machdar

Covid-19 Operations Coordinator for IFRC for Indonesia and Timor Leste

Ewinur is an environmental engineer and obtained her MSc in Environmental Science from IHE Delft – The Netherlands. She is a humanitarian and development professional with more than 18 years of experiences in Asia, Pacific and Africa regions with various organizations that includes UNICEF, Red Cross and INGOs. The Indonesian tsunami (2005), Nepal earthquakes (2016) and the Rohingya crisis both in Myanmar (2014) and Bangladesh (2018) are some of the major crises in which she has been involved. During her missions, her roles vary from field emergency expert, technical advisor, and coordination leads in the WASH sector.

Ewinur is passionate about program design and assessment, behavioural change, water quality, hygiene, menstrual hygiene management as well as in coordination. Her publications include research on the water quality that was published in the national and international scientific journal.

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ewinur is the current COVID-19 Operations Coordinator for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) for Indonesia and Timor Leste. In this position, she provides leadership, coordination, technical advice and mobilizes resources required for effective and efficient implementation in both countries.

Michelle Farrington

Public Health Promotion and Community Engagement Lead, Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team

Michelle Farrington

Public Health Promotion and Community Engagement Lead, Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team

Michelle is a specialist in Public Health and Community Engagement with more than 15 years of professional experience in the fields of capacity building, public health, epidemic preparedness and response and community engagement, which includes over 10 years working multiple categories of humanitarian crisis and response, protracted disasters, post emergency planning and long-term development in 19 different countries.

Michelle has Masters Degrees in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response (University of Manchester) and Public Health (LSHTM). She has worked for with several humanitarian NGOs including WaterAid in Madagascar, International Medical Corps in Syria, and Oxfam in multiple humanitarian contexts. Through her work with Oxfam she has delivered a range of action-research projects including: A Partnership Defined Quality project between rural communities and the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone; A desk study of the impact of socio-cultural perspectives on humanitarian response; And a participatory design project that bought together female Rohingya refugees and female Bangladeshi architects to collaboratively design sanitation facilities in Cox Bazar (the Social Architecture Project).

Most recently she has led the Public Health component of Oxfam’s COVID-19 Task Force, providing advisory on preventative measures for the global confederation of Oxfam affiliates. Currently she is leading a research project for Oxfam in collaboration with HelpAge looking at the incontinence needs of older people in humanitarian emergencies.

Cécile Renaudin

WatSan Working Group Leader

Cécile Renaudin

WatSan Working Group Leader

Cécile Renaudin holds a degree in Environmental Engineering and a master in Water Engineering. She also has a specialisation in water and sanitation in humanitarian contexts. She has been working for MSF since 2003 as Water and Sanitation (WatSan) in several countries: Chad, DRC, Sierra Leone, Thailand among others. She then joined Paris’ HQ for supporting all MSF-France medical intervention in the WatSan area. Cécile worked also for Action Contre la Faim HQ, supporting WaSH projects in CAR, Ivory Coast, and Chad mainly. Since 2015, Cécile’s back working with MSF on various WatSan related positions and leading the MSF International WatSan working group since 2020.

Cécile has had the opportunity to collaborate on numerous innovative projects such as implementing UV water treatment in Hepatitis E outbreak prone displaced camps or developing jetting wells in precarious situations. She’s particularly interested in participating in the TWG to help develop innovative solutions to improve vulnerable populations’ health.

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