“Working with the community in water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions is fulfilling, exciting and comforting to me because each day is an adventure, a day of learning something new. My greatest motivation is to see community practicing good hygiene and sanitation practices, positive change of behavior, and great appreciation of a cleaner and safer environment. Working with communities has also taught me important virtues of life: kindness, gratitude, love and emotions, patience and respect.”
James holds a Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences and has worked with Research Triangle International as an Environmental Health Officer. “I desire to see communities get access to safe water, and children, men and women adapt to better hygiene and sanitation practices,” says James.
Working with The Water Trust creates a heart of passion, desire and willingness in me to understand people’s ways of life so to improve their sanitation behavior which helps me to realize my career goals and ways of working with people from different background and culture.
“My colleagues have helped me to work in a team and to know how people can get clean water and to keep healthy with total sanitation in the rural areas,” says Harriet.
Sunday brings to The Water Trust extensive experience in improving the well-being and livelihoods of rural communities. Sunday holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University. With strong expertise in training village savings and loan associations, he is excited to integrate this work with his passion improve the water, sanitation and hygiene of communities. “The Water Trust is changing the lives of the rural poor through providing communities access to safe water and ensuring children, women and men live in a healthy and clean environment,” says Benard. “It is a great pleasure to be part of the team!”
Richard holds a diploma in Environmental Health Sciences.
Prior to joining The Water Trust, Richard worked as a WASH Officer with Action Against Hunger, supporting humanitarian water, sanitation, and hygiene work in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe and Panyadoli Settlement in Kiryandongo. Richard has also worked as a Health Inspector with the district government in Lamwo, and he holds a diploma in environmental health sciences. “I joined The Water Trust to give me opportunities to learn, and explore new techniques to health challenges.”
Angelique “Lika” Dioguardi brings 14 years of on the ground implementation experience in international humanitarian response and development in refugee and rural contexts in Africa. She has strategically developed and implemented results based programs in water, sanitation, and hygiene, food security, health and nutrition and community resilience building. She has an master’s degree in Environment and Development and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health.
“I envision a world where everyone has access to clean safe water,” says Moses. “As a social worker, I have a big role in ensuring communities live a healthy and productive life, through provision of water, and knowledge on sanitation and hygiene.”
Scovia holds a diploma and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Previously Scovia worked with Uganda Kolping Society. “Water is a basic necessity, and an important resource for sustaining life,” said Scovia. “I am happy being part of The Water Trust’d great team in providing safe water in the rural communities of Uganda.”
“Affordable access to sustainable safe water supply, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is a golden gift you can give to any remote rural community,” says Olive. “I am passionate to extend the gift and see it become a reality while I work with The Water Trust. Every day that passes, I learn a thing or two from the community through engagements which enhance my knowledge to serve them better.”
“This is very important for me because as a social worker I have fulfilled my career goals and have gained enough experience working with communities in regards to water and sanitation issues with The Water Trust,” said Stephen. “It has paid me salary that I use for my family welfare or cost of living.”
Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in development studies and is currently pursuing a master’s in project planning and management. He enjoys helping communities improve on their sanitation and hygiene habits as well as to establish and sustain access to safe water through Self-Help Groups and Water Source Committees. As a Senior Community Development Officer, he coordinates and supervises field activities assigned to his team. Simon grew up in a village, which had no access to safe water, and for 25 years, he battled with many water related diseases. From this he developed a passion to help people in his villages and surrounding communities tackle challenges in water and sanitation.
Robinah joined The Water Trust after serving as a Risk and Compliance Specialist for Danish Refugee Council in Uganda for three years. Prior to that, she was Finance Officer for Danish Church Aid for nine years in whose role she managed Consortia and Donor relations. Robinah brings to her role expertise in risk management, donor compliance and financial management. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Financial management at Uganda Management Institute. “Water is life and systems make access to life even easier,” says Robinah. “Let’s put in place systems to make delivery of Water services to the communities seamless.”
Benaville holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Makerere University School of Public Health and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Prior to joining The Water Trust, Benaville co-founded Integrated Community Health Initiative Organization, a community-based organization pioneering sustainable solutions to community health problems.
I am realizing my dream of helping the rural poor especially the youth and women, to have good life standards through the provision of safe water. It is important to me as a social worker to improve my skills through interaction with the various cultures, I have learnt to appreciate them and also working with them. This is a source of living for me and my family.
“The fact that science says that water flows everywhere in the earth’s crust and the community cannot access it, drives me to bridge this gap with the simplest technology that can provide safe and clean water to save young lives,” said Maurice. “To the community reaching the water table is a miracle, to the donor community it is emotional to see the water flowing and to me it makes my soul cry out to see that young child drinking water from a clean source.”
“I have learnt to build a good working relationship with my workmates and I have also had the opportunity to contribute to the team through providing data entry skills,” says Gloria.
John Paul Owiny was previously the WASH Manager for Uganda Red Cross, planning and managing construction and sanitation promotion programs in a number of refugee settlements in the West Nile Region. There he managed projects funded by UNHCR, OPM, and UNICEF, among others. Previously, he held posts for Action Against Hunger, Danish Refugee Council, and Concern Worldwide, among others. John Paul has a bachelor of engineering from Kyambogo University and is a graduate member of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineering. “I joined The Water Trust to give me the passion to contribute to the sustainable implementation and management of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects with more innovative and creative ideas, to recognize women as central to the provision, management and safe guarding water in order to enhance an economic, social and environmental good of the community.”
“Working with TWT is important to me because it has helped me to gain more field experience,” says Scovia. “I am more confident when interacting with my colleagues and share some important issues concerning our work. It has further changed my financial status coming from a dependent to independent life.”
Prior to joining The Water Trust, Chris led global operations and planning at Trickle Up, a US-based nonprofit that builds the capacity of people living in extreme poverty to pursue sustainable livelihood activities. There he supported the scale-up of evidence-based economic and social empowerment programs in India, the Americas, West Africa, and North Africa. Chris also brings to The Water Trust his experience as a consultant focused on innovations in healthcare and as an officer in the US Army Reserve. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Sarah brings to The Water Trust five years’ experience in implementing evidence-based public health programs with a specialty in sexual and reproductive health rights and water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and urban communities in Uganda. Sarah has expertise in data management, data quality improvement, and use of data for evidence based programming. Before the Water Trust, Sarah worked with Straight Talk Foundation and Saraya East Africa. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Monitoring and Evaluation and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. “I was motivated and excited to join The Water Trust because of their unique approach to social behavior change communication for communities and passion for data-driven programming,” said Sarah.
Ben brings to The Water Trust his experience in healthcare, policy and data analysis. Ben holds a senior strategy position at Intuitive Surgical, with part of his role being to help the company bring superior, less invasive surgical techniques to the global community, including the developing world. Previously, Ben worked at William Blair & Company for 19 years as a partner and head of its healthcare research group analyzing the medical technology industry. He has a undergraduate degrees in organic chemistry and rhetoric. Ben has supported the organization since its founding in 2008 and joined the board in early 2017.
“The rigorous collection and incorporation of clinically meaningful data regarding water quality, access, behavioral change and ultimately community health makes The Water Trust unique. In my travels, I have seen in person the on-the-ground difficulties of providing a durable solution to water, sanitation, and hygiene, and fundamentally changing behavior across generations. I joined the board to help evaluate and expand on the results of the new pilot projects.”
Allen joined the board of directors in 2018. Allen is the Executive Director of AVID Development, an advisory and consulting firm working with governments, the private sector, civil society and not-for-profit organizations and development partners in the African region to facilitate creative thinking and design innovative solutions aimed at promoting reform, growth, trade and development. Prior to AVID Development, Allen was Country Director Uganda and Regional Director of TradeMark East Africa, with operations in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. Allen also co-founded a global mentoring Initiative, Girls4Girls, that targets girls 15-25 years old and introduces leadership skills and concepts including negotiation, art of communication, and ethics in public service. More broadly, Allen is active in advocating for more progressive governance and gender practices in Uganda and the region.
“I was inspired to join The Water Trust because of its people that have dedicated time and resources to serving rural communities in Uganda to access clean and safe water in a sustainable way,” said Allen.
Jeff is Partner at Deerfield Partners, where he formulates and manages highly structured financial instruments for healthcare innovation growth and manages the trading department. Prior to this, Jeff held positions with E.F. Hutton and Merril Lynch. Jeff is a co-founder of GOAL: an after-school enrichment program in New York, is a Board Member of Possible Health: a NGO providing healthcare services in rural Nepal and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Deerfield Foundation. Jeff is also an ordained Interfaith Minister and serves on the Board of All Faith’s Seminary International.
Mathias joined the Board of Directors in 2016 after a successful career as a football player for the New York Giants. Today Mathias lives in South Florida with his wife, Tessa, and two children, while also managing several businesses. Mathias is the grandson of Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first Prime Minister of Uganda, and his family has a long history of dedicated service to Uganda. Mathias brings to The Water Trust a deep personal connection to the organization’s mission as well as expertise from a history of philanthropic giving in Uganda, excelling in high-performance sports organizations, and managing businesses.
“The people of Uganda are my family. I have always felt a responsibility to do whatever possible to help my family. However, no one can accomplish as much alone as they can with a team. In 2006 I joined another team of like-minded hard workers in the New York Giants. After winning two championships, and creating lifelong friendships, I walked away with a new appreciation for what can be accomplished when a group works together for a purpose.
I look forward to joining my new team, The Water Trust, and helping to achieve our current goals. As well as setting and achieving new ones.”
Patricia joined the board of directors in 2018. Patricia is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs, GE Africa – a position she has held since April 2012 when she built the function at GE. At GE, Patricia leads a team of communicators working across Sub-Saharan Africa to build and protect GE’s brand and reputation. She established GE Africa’s corporate social responsibility platform, GE Kujenga aimed at empowering people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are solving Africa’s challenges. She is the founding co-hub leader of the GE Africa Women’s Network. She is a member of the Lagos State Industry Advisory Board for the Yaba ICT Hub/Cluster project. She is also the West Africa co-regional leader for the Africa CEO Forum Women in Business Network and she is on the jury of the “Africa Excellence Awards.” Prior to joining GE, Patricia was Head of External Relations, Nigeria, and Corporate Communication Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Before joining P&G in 2005, Patricia was the Arts and Sponsorship Manager for the British Council in Nigeria.
“I’ve aspired for some time to join the board of an organization that delivers meaningful impact in Africa,” said Patricia. “The Water Trust has been improving lives in Uganda for 10 years and I look forward to using my experience to contribute to expanding the impact of this great work.”
Isabel Satra joined the board of directors in spring 2019. Isabel is a Principal at Kopernik Global Investors, a leading investment firm based in the US. Previously Isabel was a managing director at Tradewinds Global Investors, a $38 billion investment firm.
Paul is a Partner at Prophet, a brand strategy and marketing firm. He co-leads Prophet’s Healthcare practice and Prophet-For-Non-Profit efforts. His philanthropy efforts range from delivering healthcare to remote areas of Honduras, housing for the under-privileged in Bolivia, and children relief efforts in Haiti.
Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell, a master’s degree in social work from New York University. A long-time supporter of The Water Trust, Jennifer joined the board in early 2017.
Mike Trapanese is an executive at analytics company VantageScore Solutions, where he has helped to scale operations through a period of rapid growth. He has previously held roles in strategy and corporate development within the financial services industry. Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College and a MBA from The Wharton School.
“What truly makes this organization unique is its ability to innovate and change. The Water Trust not only digs wells, but pilots adjacent programs to empower communities to save for repairs, embrace handwashing, and practice good sanitation. Those programs that are empirically effective become a part of the core approach, while others are either refined or discarded. In my experience, there are very few organizations—for profit or NGO— with this nimbleness and commitment to rigorous evaluation.”
Rev. Andrew Pearson