See the latest information and resources from Elrha in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19)

We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Foyeke Tolani

Senior Officer (Health Protection and Disadvantaged Groups), Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils, United Kingdom.

Dr. Foyeke Tolani

Senior Officer (Health Protection and Disadvantaged Groups), Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils, United Kingdom. HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Dr. Foyeke Tolani has over 20 years of Public Health Promotion (PHP) experience in more than 20 countries and different regions of the world. She worked for Oxfam as Public Health Adviser for more than 15 years and other NGOs in different types of emergencies. Some of her  work include Mums Magic Hands and developing a handwashing kit for emergencies.

In October 2020, she started working for 3 county councils in East England leading on health inequalities and community engagement. She also has experience working for a private consultancy company as Head of Research and Program Effectiveness. She has been part of many multiagency/multisector collaborations in the humanitarian sector worldwide and UK.

She holds a PhD and MPH and is a Fellow of UK Faculty of Public Health and Royal Society of Public Health.

Abraham Varampath

Humanitarian WASH Advisor with Save the Children UK

Abraham Varampath

Humanitarian WASH Advisor with Save the Children UK HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION FUND

Abraham Varampath, is a humanitarian and development professional, with an environmental engineering background, a career spanning over 20 years of extensive field experience working for various national and international agencies including Oxfam, UNICEF and since 2010 for Save the Children (SC) in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-East Asia and South Asia.

Abraham has designed and managed some of the largest SC’s humanitarian and development integrated WASH programmes in more than 22 countries. He has extensive experience in developing WASH strategy, proposals and implementing integrated WASH programmes with various donors.

He is currently the Humanitarian WASH Advisor with SC UK with similar job profile as above, but an increased role in capacity building in WASH across SC country offices globally.

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.

Laurence West

WASH and Urban Humanitarian Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, British Government

Laurence West

WASH and Urban Humanitarian Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, British Government 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.

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.

Subscribe to our newsletters....

Subscribe
 
Elrha © 2018 - 2021 Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110). KEEP IN TOUCH Want to stay up to date with our latest updates? Sign up to our newsletters
Elrha
Elrha Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.