Keynote Speakers


Greg Collins

Deputy Assistant Administrator and Resilience Coordinator
Greg Collins is the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the USAID Bureau for Food Security, which leads the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. In this role, he oversees strategic direction and implementation of Feed the Future programs in the field, the initiative’s agriculture, research and policy efforts, and the USAID Center for Resilience. He also serves as the Agency’s Resilience Coordinator. Greg Collins formerly served...

Dr. Annie Feighery

Dr. Annie Feighery is a behavioral health scientist specializing in management systems, behavior change, and global health. She is the co-founder and CEO of mWater, a tech startup that leverages real-time, cloud-based management tools to catalyze the work of health professionals and governments around the world. mWater is a free platform used to map and monitor critical points of infrastructure including water sources, sanitation facilities, and health clinics. In six...

Jane Nabunnya Mulumba

Uganda Country Director
Jane Nabunnya Mulumba has served as the Uganda Country Director for IRC for nearly 6 years. Jane has worked in the Water and Environment sector for over 18 years, beginning with the Nile Basin Initiative in March 2006 as the National Coordinator for the Confidence Building and Stakeholders Initiative. This was followed by IRC in December 2009, first as the Country Coordinator of the Triple-S initiative in Uganda and thereafter...



Brittany Ajroud

Environmental Incentives
Senior Associate
Brittany supports the Measuring Impact and Sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Systems initiatives as a Senior Associate focused on learning. She brings over 6 years of experience in international development, with a focus on the social dimensions of natural resource management and collaborative, cross-sector efforts. Brittany comes to Environmental Incentives from Conservation International (CI), where she was a specialist and instructor in conflict-sensitive approaches to conservation. At CI, Brittany...
PhD Candidate | NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Matthew Bentley

PhD Candidate | NSF Graduate Research Fellow
University of Colorado Boulder
Matt Bentley is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering for Developing Communities at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studies low-cost water treatment in resource-limited scenarios. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering at Union University and his Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Matt’s research focuses on removing toxic organic contaminants from drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and landfill leachate. Currently, Matt’s...

Dr. John Butterworth

Ethiopia Country Director
John Butterworth is the Ethiopia Country Director of IRC, the think-and-do tank that believes in systems building to improve WASH services. John collaborates with the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership team led by CU-Boulder, coordinating activities in Ethiopia and Uganda to test the potential of participatory local systems building to find new solutions to the challenge of sustaining rural water services. John has a background in hydrological monitoring and research...

Katherine Dickinson`

Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
An environmental economist by training, Dr. Dickinson’s interdisciplinary research examines how people perceive and respond to risks, and the impacts of policies and interventions on environmental, health, and social outcomes. Several past and current projects have addressed problems at the nexus of environmental quality, economic development, and human health, including water and sanitation, household energy and air pollution, and mosquito-borne diseases. Other branches of research have looked at responses to...

Mark Duey

Chief Programs Officer
Water For People
Mark was one of the early champions of Water For People’s Everyone Forever model, and believes the global water and sanitation crisis can end during our lifetime. He joined Water For People in 2008 as coordinator of a school water, sanitation, and hygiene education program across Central America implemented by CARE, Catholic Relief Services, and Water For People. He has served as Head of Global Program Quality across Africa, India,...

Muhammed Ebrahim Mussa

Local Facilitator
Sustainable WASH Services
Muhammed Ebrahim is a local facilitator for SWS partnership project working on strengthening the local systems for sustainable WASH services in Ethiopia. He is working partly for IRC-Ethiopia at two rural districts focusing on rural water supply sustainability and for Tetra Tech at two small towns focusing on improving the urban sanitation. He is a BSc graduate from Jimma University in Environmental health Science, Ethiopia and previously working for Ministry...

Jeff Goldberg

Director of Water Office
Jeff manages Agency-wide efforts to implement the U.S. Global Water Strategy , and serves as USAID/Washington's technical lead on water and sanitation finance. Jeff has provided technical leadership on water and sanitation programming throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America, and has been actively involved in USAID's engagement with the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. Prior to working for USAID, Jeff worked in the Bureau of...

Néstor Gonzales

Water For People
Sanitation Program Official
Nestor Eduardo Gonzales Dupuy has been the Sanitation Program Officer with Water For People’s Peru team since July 2016. He is an Agricultural Engineer with specialization in Agricultural Business Management and has 10 years of experience in working with agro-industrial companies, associations of small producers, and cooperatives co-financed by International Organizations (COSUDE-SECO, BID/FOMIN & Opportunity Fund). Nestor has experience in the facilitation of credits for production of agricultural products (rice...

Molly Goodwin-Kucinsky

Global WASH Knowledge Manager
Bio forthcoming

Lucia Henry

Associate, Water Resources and Infrastructure
Tetra Tech
Lucia Henry is an Associate in the Water Resources and Infrastructure sector of Tetra Tech. Lucia collaborates with USAID’s Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership team led by CU-Boulder and manages the small-town sanitation work in Ethiopia. She is a water and sanitation professional with a background in market-based approaches and Human Centred Design (HCD) in sanitation and health, and integration of hygiene and health interventions. She has worked in Burkina...

Oliver Ive

Amanz' abantu Services
Managing Director
Oliver Ive is the founder and Managing Director of Amanz' abantu Services (Pty) Ltd which is based in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He is a professional engineer and professional construction project manager, and is a Member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), a Fellow of the Institute of Municipal Engineers of South Africa (IMESA) and a Fellow of the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA)...

Julie Jeliazovski

Composting Program Advisor
As a Risk Management graduate engineer (MSEng), with an additional MSc degree in Waste and Resource Management from Cranfield University (UK), Julie joined SOIL in 2016 to work on improving waste treatment operations and increasing efficiency, but also to be a link with the Haitian government bodies involved in the sanitation sector. She has been leading projects such as the Environmental Impact Assessment for SOIL's most recent waste treatment site,...

Jinyi Kuang

Research Assistant
University of Pennsylvania
Jinyi Kuang is a Research Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Norms Group. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Resources Economics from University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research interests include how social network structures and norms influence WASH behaviors.

Nathan Mallonee

Senior Director, Program Development
Living Water International
Nathan Mallonee is the Senior Director for Program Development at Living Water International. In this role, he leads a team focused on program design, monitoring, evaluation & learning for the organization's WASH programs in 17 countries. Prior to this role, he served as the Senior Director for Program Effectiveness at Convoy of Hope. Nathan holds a master in public policy from Georgetown University and a degree in market research from...

Igor Markov

Senior Technical Advisor
International Lifeline Fund
Following an international career in oil & gas drilling services, Igor currently serves as Lifeline’s Senior WASH Adviser in Uganda. Educated at Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), Igor brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of mechanical engineering. Further, Igor has extensive career experience in hands-on field work, human resources, technical management, sales, line management and business consulting. Igor initially partnered with Lifeline in 2009, when he volunteered to start...

Laura McAlister

LA Sanitation and Environment
Laura McAlister is an emerging engineer for LA Sanitation and Environment who strives to make industries in the City of Los Angeles more sustainable and bring environmental justice to impacted areas. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California Riverside in 2018.

Joshua Miller

Research Study Coordinator
Northwestern University
Josh Miller is a study coordinator for Dr. Sera Young’s maternal and child health research group. The lab’s most recent project ( seeks to develop a tool for measuring the experiences of household water insecurity across cultures. Josh provides coordination across the 30 global study sites and investigates the relationships between food and water insecurity. Josh received his B.Sc. in Human Biology, Health & Society from Cornell University in 2017.

Riley Mulhern

Centro de Ecología y Pueblos Andinos (CEPA)
Riley is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He worked previously as a technical water quality adviser for a Bolivian environmental justice nonprofit addressing issues of mining contamination in rural indigenous communities in Oruro, Bolivia. He is from Denver, Colorado and received his B.S. in physics and geology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and M.S. in...

Kevin Mulligan

Program Advisor
Earning his commission in the Marine Corps, following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy (1996), Kevin began his military career as an officer and F/A-18 aviator. Over the course of his career, he deployed to sea and land-based locations within the PACOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM areas of responsibility; supporting of the full range of military operations. Leaving the activity duty military ranks, in 2013, Kevin attended Columbia...

Enovwo Odjegba

University of Kentucky
Enovwo Odjegba is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kentucky. She is also a doctoral candidate and an employee of the Department of Water Resources Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Water Resources Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Her research interests include water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainability and risk assessment of rural and urban water supply...

Emmanuel “Sunday” Ojara

Senior Program Manager WASH
International Lifeline Fund Uganda
Emmanuel Ojara known to most as “Sunday”, joined the Lifeline Team in November of 2015. Prior to Lifeline, Sunday served as Country Director for ClearWater Initiative a like-minded NGO based in Northern Uganda. Sunday brings solid leadership abilities, program management expertise and over 10 years of experience in the WASH sector. Sunday is a MPH student at Uganda martyrs university.

Mark Orebiyi

Graduate Research Assistant
Villanova University
Mark Adebamibo Orebiyi is a graduate research assistant MS student in Civil Engineering with a concentration of Water Resources and Certificate in International Development. He received BS degrees from Villanova University in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Eastern University Applied Mathematics, respectively. Mark’s interest in S.T.E.M education arose during his undergraduate when he had the opportunity to tutor/mentor high school students in the greater Philadelphia area. In his graduate research...

Bruce Pelz

Maji Safi Group
Bruce Pelz grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado where he received honors for his B.A. in Environmental Studies. Bruce wrote his honors thesis on The Future Environmental Views of Children across Cultures and Socioeconomic Class. As part of his research, he surveyed students in five Tanzanian primary schools and two American elementary schools. While attending college, Bruce studied abroad in Tanzania with World Learning. In...

Anita Pena

Associate Professor of Economics
Colorado State University
Dr. Anita Alves Pena is an Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado State University. Her research interests are in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and her current research relates to undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty, and agricultural labor markets. Dr. Pena received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2007, M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2004, and B.A. in Economics from the...

Cristobal Pérez Oxlaj

Environmental Engineer
Water For People
Cristobal Pérez joined the Water For People Guatemala team in January 2010. He is an Environmental Engineer with 14 years of experience in WASH and Water Resources Management.

Rachel Rose

Research and Evaluation Specialist
As iDE's Research and Evaluation Specialist, Rachel measures impact across country programs through research, publications, and academic partnerships. Her global evaluation work includes experimental design, sample design, data collection, survey-instrument development, quantitative analysis, and publication. Rachel brings experience from working on USAID, the Urban Institute, and Mercy Corps programs and research studies covering resilience, urban service delivery, water and sanitation, agriculture, and humanitarian response issues. She proudly served in the...

Masello Sejake

Central University of Technology, Free State
I am presently pursuing my Masters degree in Environmental Health at the Central University of Technology Free State in South Africa. My research project is entitled 'Evaluation of food handlers hygiene and food safety knowledge in Lesotho prisons: WASH perspective'. The overarching aim of the project is to assess WASH facilities and prevalence of foodborne pathogens in prisons and eventually implement intervention strategies to improve sanitation and health.

Hamelmal M. Shegen

Jimma University
Hamelmal M. Shegen is a Civil Engineer with over 4 years of service in the construction industry. Currently she is studying Master's degree in the field of Construction Management at Jimma Institute of Technology, Jimma University. She has a research experience in identifying construction defects that are directly or indirectly related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in southwestern Ethiopia.

Penn Song

University of Pennsylvania
Research will be presented by members of Penn Song at the University of Pennsylvania who specialize in the understanding of the social motivators behind collective behavior. This group works with several partners to continue developing our social norms framework, increase capacity to diagnose, measure and change social norms in a target area, and design interventions sensitive to social networks and norms. []

Andrew Swanson

University of Colorado Boulder
Mr. Andrew Swanson is a graduating senior at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently researching an alternate method for the Navajo Nation to provide clean drinking water to the rural chapters of the Navajo Reservation. This is an incredibly detailed thesis utilizing a public policy approach to an indigenous sovereignty issue, that he plans on illustrating through ArcGIS, using data he acquired from the USGS Earth...

Yaffa Truelove

Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs
University of Colorado
Yaffa Truelove is an Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on urban water politics, gendered approaches to water in/security and inequality, and cities of the global South. Her research projects include analyses of precarious waterscapes in Delhi and Mumbai, contributing to theorizations of urban and feminist political ecologies, Southern and comparative urbanism, and “actually existing” modalities of urban water...

Vidya Venkataramanan

Northwestern University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vidya is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, with an interdisciplinary background in global health, social science and policy, and environmental science. She has worked around Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean on infectious diseases, evaluating community-based rural sanitation programs, and more recently in the US on nature-based methods for flood management. She is interested in improving the implementation of WASH and environmental sustainability programs through effective community engagement.

Mauricio Villagra

Operations Coordinator
Water For People
Mauricio Villagra is Water For People's Operations Coordinator in Nicaragua. He joined Water For People in 2011 as Financial Administrator with the Honduras team. Due to his extensive experience in business development with Cooperative Organizations and Microfinance Institutions, he has led the Sustainable Sanitation & Sanitation Markets initiatives in Nicaragua since 2012. Mauricio is a Certified Public Accountant and Business Administrator.

Yi Wei

Director of Global WASH Initiative
Yi Wei is the Director of iDE’s Global WASH Initiative. Yi has been a part of the Global WASH team since its inception and has been instrumental in growing the Cambodian flagship sanitation program to the largest rural sanitation marketing program to date. She has also played a pivotal role in replicating the market-based approach across five other countries in Asia and Africa. Her areas of expertise include market-based development,...

James Winter

Stanford University
James Winter is a PhD candidate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, advised by Dr. Jenna Davis. His research focuses on the impact of providing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) education and infrastructure on health, economic, and hygiene outcomes in schools. He has worked extensively in El Salvador and southern Zambia, and lived in Zambia from January to September 2018 as part of his Fulbright Student Research fellowship. He...



Petri Autio

Product Manager
Petri Autio is the Product Manager for mWater responsible for the ongoing development of the mobile data management platform. Previously he was the Systems Advisor for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting at WaterAid UK involved in rolling out a global MIS as well as mobile data collection processes.

Laura Brunson

Program Director
Milennium Water Alliance
Laura R. Brunson has served as Program director for the Millennium Water Alliance since 2017. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Brunson’s research focused on fluoride and arsenic removal in emerging regions and was partially funded through graduate fellowships from the NSF and the EPA. She has a business degree, taught Social Entrepreneurship, examined business models for water implementation,...

Susan Davis

Executive Director
Improve International
Susan Davis, MPH, is the founder and executive director of Improve International. An expert in sustainable global health and development, she has served on the boards of the Millennium Water Alliance, WASH Advocates, DRI’s Circuit Rider promotion efforts, and the Water Point Data Exchange. She previously worked with Water For People, CARE USA, and WaterPartners International (now

Mike MacCarthy

Director • Engineering for Development Program
Colorado native Dr. Michael F. MacCarthy is an Engineering for Development specialist (Water Supply, Indoor Air, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Household Technologies; Social Marketing & Social Change). He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, international development and project management, including nearly a decade living and working in less-developed countries (as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, an infrastructure and community development engineer with international NGOs in the Democratic...

Rich Thorsten
Chief Programs Officer
Rich Thorsten joined in 2007 to oversee the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning aspects of’s water and sanitation initiatives. As Chief Program Officer, Rich has built, developed, and managed teams across multiple geographies; inspiring and driving results. Rich has overseen’s evolution and growth as a global organization which catalyzes financing to solve the global water and sanitation crisis. Under Rich’s leadership, has transformed over fifteen...