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Dr. Peter Harvey

Chair of the WASH Technical Working Group

Chief, Water, Sanitation & Education Centre, UNICEF

Dr. Peter Harvey

Chair of the WASH Technical Working Group

Chief, Water, Sanitation & Education Centre, UNICEF HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Dr. Peter Harvey is currently Chief of the Water, Sanitation and Education Centre at UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has previously worked as a senior adviser, programme manager, university lecturer/researcher and water engineer. He has a particular interest in sustainable service delivery and technological and programmatic innovations related to water and sanitation for low-income communities and humanitarian relief.

 

Andrea Angioletti

WASH Technical Advisor, Action Contre La Faim

Andrea Angioletti

WASH Technical Advisor, Action Contre La Faim HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Andrea Angioletti is a humanitarian worker specialized in emergency WASH programs. After achieving a Master in ‘Land use and water management in developing countries’ at the University of Milano Bicocca in 2010, he worked as WASH program manager in DR Congo, Haiti, South Sudan and Philippines.

He also worked as Emergency WASH Coordinator conducting several emergency response, technical support and exploratory missions in Africa, Asia and Middle East.

Andrea has diversified experience in the fields of water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion and behaviour change in various contexts including natural disasters, IPDs and refugee camps, disease outbreaks (Cholera and Ebola) and conflict-related displacement.

Andrea is currently working as WASH Technical Advisor for Action Contre la Faim.

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.

Murray Burt

Global Senior WASH Officer, UNHCR

Murray Burt

Global Senior WASH Officer, UNHCR HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Murray (BEng, MSc, MICE) is a chartered civil and environmental engineer with twenty years experience within commercial engineering consultancies, governmental and non-governmental organisations in Africa, Asia and Pacific.

He is currently working for UNHCR leading the UNHCR WASH team and overseeing the delivery of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services to refugees throughout the world.

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, Norwegian Church Aid

Kit Dyer

WASH Adviser, Norwegian Church Aid

Kit Dyer is 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.

Jennifer Lamb

WASH Technical Advisor Oxfam

Jennifer Lamb

WASH Technical Advisor Oxfam HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Jenny Lamb is a water and sanitation engineering advisor with Oxfam GB, at their humanitarian department in Oxford, UK. Her role includes being part of the flexible surge team to support with the regional and country response to emergencies, ranging recently from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Nepal and the Philippines. Jenny is also the lead on WaSH innovation, and is currently seeking new and effective ways of responding to sanitation in emergencies, and the value of market based programming in WaSH humanitarian responses

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.

Peter Maes

Coordinator Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières, Global

Peter Maes

Coordinator Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières, Global HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Peter has been working with MSF since 1991 on a variety of projects in Europe, Russia, South-east Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. He is a qualified bio-science engineer holding an additional master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering.

Since 2005 he has been the vector control referent of the malaria working group of MSF and has been MSF’s WASH Working Group leader since 2006.

Peter’s publications focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the context of Cholera, Malaria, Malnutrition, Dengue, Typoid and Ebola.

Juliet Ojeo Mwebesa

Associate WASH Officer, UNHCR

Juliet Ojeo Mwebesa

Associate WASH Officer, UNHCR HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Juliet completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University Kampala in Uganda, followed by a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

During her professional career of over 15 years, Juliet has worked in both development and emergency context, under the Directorate of Water Development in Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment, and then with UNHCR in Uganda and Bangladesh covering various refugee Response operations including Congolese, South Sudanese, Rwandans, Burundians, and Rohingyas.

Currently Juliet works as the Associate WASH Officer in UNHCR sub-Office Mbarara in Uganda, overseeing UNHCR response for the delivery of water supply, sanitation and hygiene services to refugees and host communities in the Southwestern refugee operation of Uganda.

Her research interest is currently in the integration of refugee WASH service delivery into national systems, with an aim to ensure continued availability and accessibility to WASH services, alongside implementation of sustainable Operations and Maintenance of WASH facilities in a refugee context, amidst the prevailing multiple vulnerabilities of both the refugee and host population.

Eva Niederberger

Global Public Health Promotion Team Leader, WASH, Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team

Eva Niederberger

Global Public Health Promotion Team Leader, WASH, Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team

Eva has extensive experience as first phase humanitarian responder in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. Prior to joining Oxfam, she has conducted sociological research and worked in South East Asia on community health.

Eva joined Oxfam GB in 2011 and has as Public Health Promotion expert responded to natural disasters, epidemic outbreaks and conflict settings in the Middle East, West and East Africa as well as Asia.

Over the past four years she has been substantially involved in the development and application Oxfam’s community engagement (CE) approach in WASH – supporting on field trial and action research, strategy development and external coordination with a strong focus on capacity building of national, international and wider WASH sector teams.

Since December 2018, Eva is leading the global Public Health Promotion team for Oxfam’s humanitarian team, providing overall technical support to ongoing emergency responses, developing new approaches to improved quality WASH programming and promoting new innovations.

Eva is the author and co-author of Oxfam’s field guidance notes and formative research on community engagement in WASH:

Guide to community engagement in WASH: A practitioner’s guide based on lessons from Ebola. Introduction Guide to CE in WASH. Community Engagement in WASH Emergencies: Understanding Barriers and Enablers Based on Action Research from Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Joos Van Den Noortgate

Responsible Innovation & Training, Water, Hygiene & Sanitation Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières

Joos Van Den Noortgate

Responsible Innovation & Training, Water, Hygiene & Sanitation Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Joos Van Den Noortgate is a Graduate in Automobile Techniques, and an Industrial Engineer in Electro-Mechanics. He also has a Specialisation in Water Management for (Sub-) Tropical Countries, and a Diploma of Specialised Studies in Environmental Science.

He has been working for MSF since 1991 as Logistician, Technical & Logistical Coordinator, and Water, Hygiene & Sanitation Officer in several countries: DRC, Kenya, Somalia, Croatia, Bosnia, Guinea, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. In 1999, he joined the Water, Hygiene & Sanitation (WatSan) Unit of MSF’s Operational Centre in Brussels, where he was Mobile Technical Advisor for the missions in Western Africa, Afghanistan and South-East Asia.

Since 2001, he has been Responsible for Training, Research & Development, which has changed to Responsible for Innovation & Training since 2016, all still within the WatSan Unit of MSF-O.C. Brussels. Besides the MSF trainings, he is guest lecturer at different International Universities and Institutions, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. He is the (co-)author of several MSF manuals and guidelines (e.g. Public Health Engineering in Precarious Situations) and peer reviewer of different external manuals.  He also develops methodologies, emergency kits (e.g. water treatment unit) and specific equipment (e.g. for medical waste management) to be used in precarious situations.

Dominique Porteaud

Global WASH Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF

Dominique Porteaud

Global WASH Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Dominique Porteaud (MSc in Public Health engineering), a French national, has over 20 years of experience in water and sanitation and in the humanitarian sector. He worked with UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations in Africa, Asia and Middle East. In addition to his technical experience, he has also occupied senior management positions (Programme Coordinator and Country Representative) for ACF and Oxfam. He worked for UNHCR as Senior WASH officer based in Geneva and he is currently Global WASH cluster coordinator (UNICEF), focusing on the coordination of emergency response.

Brian Reed

Lecturer at Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University

Brian Reed

Lecturer at Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University 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.

Sian White

Researcher, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sian White

Researcher, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Sian is part of the Environmental Health Group at the LSHTM. Most of Sian’s research focuses on designing and evaluating WASH related behaviour change interventions. Sian is also currently working on research to promote inclusivity and equity in WASH programming.

Sian’s PhD research explores the determinants of handwashing behaviour in humanitarian crises and is based in Iraq and DRC.

Tom White

Humanitarian Advisor, DFID

Tom White

Humanitarian Advisor, DFID HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

A public health professional with extensive experience in humanitarian emergency responses in a broad variety of contexts, including field, country and HQ coordination perspectives.

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