Keynote Speakers


Degan Ali

Executive Director
Degan is a strong believer that the current humanitarian and development aid system needs to be transformed to give more power and voice to local communities and civil society organizations. Following this belief, Degan continues to innovate and develop new solutions to build the infrastructure that will truly shift power and resources. In 2016, Degan launched the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), a vibrant Global South network of CSOs...

Doris Kaberia

Kenya Programs Director and Chief of Party
Millenium Water Alliance Kenya
Doris Kaberia is currently the Millennium Water Alliance Kenya Programs Director and also the Chief of Party for the Kenya Resilient Aridlands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya RAPID), $35.5 million dollar USAID/SDC WASH flagship PPP program focusing on 5 ASAL Counties in Kenya. Ms. Kaberia has a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, USA, a Bachelors degree in Horticulturee from Egerton University...

Patrick Moriarty

Chief Executive Officer
Dr Patrick Moriarty is IRC's Chief Executive Officer. A Civil Engineer by first degree and Water Resource Management expert by main experience, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work on water service delivery and local water governance. Patrick has over twenty years experience of a broad range of issues around water, its management and its use in improving human well-being , predominantly in Africa and South Asia. Patrick has been with...

Featured Speakers


Heather Amato

PhD Student
University of California • Berkeley School of Public Health
Heather is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and is an NIH Biomedical Big Data Fellow. Advised by Dr. Jay Graham, her research aims to explain how risk factors related to WASH and/or food-animal production affect antimicrobial resistance transmission among humans and animals in low- and middle-income communities. To do so, she will combine methods in environmental and molecular...

Gebeyehu Ayele

Senior Program Advisor
Living Water International
Gebeyehu Ayele is the Senior Program Advisor at Living Water International headquarter. Prior to this, he served as a Regional Director for East Africa and Program Director for Living Water International Africa Region. Besides, he served as CIV Specialist – Program Design and Implementation Lead for Compassion East Africa, and Water Engineer and Agricultural Advisor for Finnish Mission International-Ethiopia. Gebe earned his 1 st and 2 nd degree in Engineering...

Mohammad Azim Kashify

Project Officer
Smart Water Project Afghanistan
Mohammad Azim Kashify is a researcher, a social entrepreneur and a Chevening Scholar. Currently he works as project officer for Smart Waters Project (USAID Funded Project) for Central Asia and Afghanistan. He is also volunteering with AVN (Afghanistan Volunteering Network) and A-CAN (Afghanistan Chevening Alumni Network) and some other NGOs. His research focuses on wastewater treatment and reusing of wastewater and wastes for the mutual benefit of people and environment...

Rod Beadle

Senior WASH and Response Advisor
Food for the Hungry
Rod Beadle, PE serves as the Senior WASH and Response Advisor for Food for the Hungry (FH). Rod is a registered civil engineer with 36 years of experience designing and constructing infrastructure projects throughout the world. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MS in International Public Service from DePaul University. He supports WASH activities in 20 countries where FH implements child-focused,...

Mary Joeseph Benda

Work Stream Coordinator
Institutional For Inclusive Development Program (I4ID)
Mary Benda is a work stream coordinator for Institutional For Inclusive Development Program (I4ID) working on transforming Dar es salaam waste management system to keep waste out of communities, rivers and informal dumpsites to improve environment health, flooding resilience and marine pollution in Tanzania. She is a MA graduate from The Open University Of Tanzania in Community Economic Development,Tanzania and previously working for Water Mission International as Community Development officer...

Aaron Bivins

Public Health Engineer
University of Notre Dame
Dr. Aaron Bivins completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a public health engineer interested in the relationships between microbes, engineered systems, and human health. Dr. Bivins is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bivins is a licensed civil engineer in the...

Laura Burns

Senior Manager-WASH Financing and Sustainability
Water For People
Laura joined Water For People in 2015 as their Regional Program Officer for Africa and Asia, and then held the same position for Latin America, and is now the Senior Manager-WASH Financing and Sustainability. Laura supports Water For People’s nine country programs on sustainability initiatives, while also supporting Water For People’s new Strategic Advisory Services on technical assignments, specifically around district planning and financing. Prior to Water For People, Laura...

Drew Cameron

PhD Candidate
University of California • Berkeley • School of Public Health
Drew is a PhD candidate in Health Policy with an emphasis in Population Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. His research is related to the evaluation of programs that target health and development outcomes in low- and middle-income country settings. His interests include health behavior, social marketing, child growth, early childhood development, WASH, rural transport infrastructure, HIV/AIDS, land tenure, and the quality of primary...

Katie Chambers

PhD Candidate
CU Boulder
Katie Chambers is a doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering (environmental focus) at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO), and her master’s degree in Civil Engineering (environmental focus) from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has completed certificates in Engineering for Developing Communities from the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and in Science...

Kristen Conroy

PhD Student
Ohio State University
Kristen Conroy is a Lecturer and PhD Student at the Ohio State University studying sanitation for low-resource settings. She is passionate about sanitation in rural areas of countries in the majority world. After college, she worked in Kenya for a year on WASH related projects. Currently, she teaches two engineering service-learning travel courses annually and has developed a humanitarian engineering course. Her research focuses on seawater toilet flushing and urine...

Brian Jensen

Project Manager
Brian is a development professional who focuses on empowering development partners through the use of data. He is currently a project manager for mWater/Solstice in addition to independent consultant for clients such as UNICEF and Rotary. Brian spent 5 years in Haiti working on data initiatives alongside the local, regional, and national government. Current work includes developing tools for water utilities to improve services through asset management, financial and client...

Yusuf Kabir

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) Specialist • DRR & Emergency Focal Point
UNICEF Maharashtra
Specialization: Rural Drinking Water Supply, Sanitation, Wastes Management, Environment, Climate Change Adaptations and Sustainable Development An International Civil Servant,working in the Water, sanitation and Environment Sector for last 20 years. Have been with UNICEF India since 2007. Prior to that worked with organizations like DFID, National Level NGOs, Social and Marketing research consultancy firms like GFK-MODE, ORG India Pvt Ltd, A commonwealth scholar and a trained policy writer from Central...

Josh Kearns

Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University
Josh Kearns is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University and a member of the Global WaSH faculty cluster. His goals for the WaSH include employing state-of-the-art chemical analytical techniques combined with laboratory- and field- based research methods to solve the most pressing environmental health issues affecting communities in resource poor settings worldwide. The Kearns lab develops field and laboratory methods...

Dinesh Kumar

Executive Director
Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy
Dr M Dinesh Kumar is Executive Director of Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy in Hyderabad, an Indian think-tank on water management founded by him, since 2008. He has offered consultancy services to many international agencies, including the World, FAO, ADB, US AID, Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), UNICEF; international consulting firms such as Deltares and Sheladia Associates, and many national and state government agencies. He has more...

Greg Lestikow

Global WASH Director
As Global WASH Director, Greg drives technical strategy and innovation for iDE’s six-country WASH portfolio. Greg brings over 10 years’ experience in diverse positions in the public and development sectors. In his early career, Greg worked extensively in Latin America, where he led business development efforts and helped smallholder farmers diversify their sources of income. Since joining the Global WASH team three years ago, Greg has been thrilled to apply...

Sarah Lowry

Georgia Tech
Sarah Lowry is a senior studying Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an undergraduate research assistant with the Brown Lab Group, where she is working on enteric pathogen detection via ddPCR in air and water. During her tenure with the Brown Lab Group, she has evaluated drinking water quality in rural Alabama and urban India, and tested for fecal contamination in air samples from Bolivia using...

Kaitlin Mattos

PhD Student
CU Boulder
Kaitlin Mattos grew up in Maryland and has lived all over the US and its territories. She is currently a PhD student in Environmental Engineering and the Engineering for Developing Communities program at the University of Colorado at Boulder working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) on middle-tech water and sanitation infrastructure for remote and underserved communities. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies in 2009 from...

Brett McSpadden

Publications & Knowledge Manage
Bret McSpadden joined IRC WASH as Publications & Knowledge Manager where he focuses on supporting documentation and communication across all Ethiopia programs as well as supporting the implementation and learning in the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership. Prior to joining IRC, Bret completed his Master of Science at the University of Colorado Boulder where he studied Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD). Bret has a background in program management,...

Austin Nyaplue

Country Director
Living Water International Liberia
Austin Nyaplue is the Country Director for Living Water International Liberia. Austin has over 12 years of experience implementing effective WASH programs in rural communities, providing vulnerable people with clean, safe and sustainable water supplies with TEARFUND, IRC, and IBIS prior to joining Living Water. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in international cooperation and humanitarian Aid

Eric Rawdon

Project Manager
Eric Rawdon is a civil engineer and project manager for Stantec with ten years of experience primarily focusing on water and sanitation infrastructure projects. He received his Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Eric is currently the project manager for the design of Sanivation’s septage treatment and bio-mass briquetting factory in Kenya. Additionally, he is the Design Manager and Civil Engineer of Record for the $250M WSSC Piscataway THP/CHP...

Melissa Revotskie

Development Practicioner
Water For People
Melissa has worked in international development for the past eight years, after receiving her degree in International Relations from Brown University. Her areas of focus have included youth development, human rights, immigration, refugee resettlement, and at present: WASH systems-strengthening with Water For People’s country programs in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi). In her free time, she plays ultimate frisbee, bikes, reads, and explores the mountains as often as possible.

Ubaida Sanda

Accountant - Sama Sama
Ubaida Sanda is the Accountant for Sama Sama, iDE Ghana’s social enterprise providing improved and aspirational WASH products and services in Northern Ghana. iDE Ghana’s sanitation market program has resulted in the sale of over 6,000 toilets, and Ubaida has been intimately involved with the implementation of the digital financing tools that have allowed Sama Sama to reach more customers.She also supports IDE Ghana’s agricultural project, Korsung, which trains smallholder...

Olivier Tuyishimire

WASH Program Officer
Water for People Rwanda
Olivier Tuyishimire has more than 5 years’ experience in rural WASH infrastructure design and implementation. He holds a master’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering from IHE-Delft, The Netherlands. Prior joing Water for People, he worked in Deltares in Delft, The Netherlands, as a Water Security Junior Consultant where he was assessing water security indexes in five countries of Africa. At the start of his career, Olivier worked as an intern in...

Bruce Uwonkunda

WASH Sustainability Manager
Water for People Rwanda
Bruce has 10 years of experience in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector. He has a degree in Environmental Chemistry and a master’s degree in Water Resources and Environment Management from the National University of Rwanda. He also earned an advanced diploma in Hydraulic Engineering in River Basins from the Hydraulic Research Institute in Egypt. He has been involved in different policy formulation and reforms that has occurred in...

Jeffrey Walters

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
George Fox University
Dr. Jeff Walters is an assistant professor of civil engineering at George Fox University. Jeff's research seeks to develop and refine systems-based decision support techniques to improve engineering practice and policy for sustainable rural and urban infrastructure system design and management in developing world contexts. His research has been applied within the sectors of WASH, energy, food, and engineering education. His ongoing research seeks to apply systems thinking concepts and...

Leonardo Zapata Ramirez

Executive Director
Nuevas Esperanzas UK
Leonardo Adiac Zapata Ramírez has been the Executive Director of Nuevas Esperanzas since July 2017. Leo is an IT engineer and joined Nuevas Esperanzas on 2011 to develop the organization’s GIS. Over the years, Leo has worked in several water projects in remote hillside communities which face water scarcity and in communities affected by arsenic water contamination. He has played a variety of roles that span across all projects cycle,...