Meet the Keynote Speakers for the 2023 Colorado WASH Symposium! 


Marni Sommer

Marni Sommer

Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Dr. Sommer's particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. Dr. Sommer's current research focuses on the intersections of gender, health and education for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in low-resource countries and in the USA; the intersection of menstruation, water and sanitation globally; and improved response for including menstrual health and hygiene in humanitarian contexts.


Dr. Annatoria Chinyama

Annatoria Chiniamo

Dr. Annatoria Chinyama holds a BSc Hons Degree in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management both from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and Doctor of Technology in Civil Engineering from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe. She is a registered professional civil and water engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe and a member of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers. She is the Director and Co-founder of Carpe Diem School of Engineering, a college that offers tertiary engineering education. She has worked for several universities in Zimbabwe. Currently, she is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and previously worked at Gwanda State University as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. She is a former Lecturer and Chairperson of the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Dr. Chinyama has 14 years of experience in teaching and research in water engineering and water resources management. Her expertise includes environmental impact assessment projects, water demand management consultancy and research projects, water supply and sanitation projects in Zimbabwe as well as engineering education.