Meet the Mentors

Adrienne Lane

Nationality / Country of Residence: USA

Languages: English

Adrienne Lane

Adrienne serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Water for Good where she has held multiple roles since 2011. She currently focuses on program improvement, planning, and business development. In 2018, she completed an MSc in Water Science, Policy, and Management at the University of Oxford. She earned a BA in Political Science from Reed College, USA. She collaboratively leads sector partnerships: Agenda for Change, the Safe Water Enterprise Community of Practice, and Uptime.

Specialty areas: WASH systems strengthening in fragile state contexts, sustainable service delivery models (O&M), fundraising

I can help mentees with:

  • Resume/CV revision
  • Evaluating the ROI of educational opportunities
  • Negotiation with employers and partners
  • Fundraising
  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
  • Managing conflict within teams

Mulumba Jane Nabunnya

Nationality / Country of Residence: Uganda

Languages: English

Mulumba Jane Nabunnya

Jane has 17 years experience in the WASH sector. She has worked as Coordinator for Confidence Building and Stakeholders Initiative in the Nile Basin Initiative, as Country Coordinator of IRC’s Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) initiative, and now as Country Director of IRC Uganda. Jane holds Master’s Degrees in Public Health Leadership from Uganda Christian University, in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, and in Communication from Daystar University, Kenya. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Makerere University.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH systems strengthening, communications, water resources management, sanitation and hygiene, menstrual hygiene/health

I can help mentees with:

  • Communications skills
  • Confidence building and negotiation
  • Writing and reporting
  • Resume updates
  • Career development

Gisela Murrugarra

Nationality / Country of Residence: Peru

Languages: English, Spanish

Gisela Murrugarra

Gisela is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in administration, specialized in project management. She has more than 15 years of experience in the WASH sector working with government entities and NGOs in urban and rural areas. She has experience managing pilot projects with small cities, directing the evaluation of urban water companies, designing programs for the modernization of companies, and is currently the Country Director of Water For People Peru.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH system strengthening, public policy, working with the government

I can help mentees with:

  • Career guidance
  • Facilitate contacts
  • Advice on how to approach government
  • Public policy

Avo Ratoarijaona

Nationality / Country of Residence: Madagascar

Languages: English, French, Malagasy

Avo Ratoarijaona

Avo is Deputy Chief of Party for the RANO WASH project and has more than 20 years of experience managing and implementing complex urban and rural development projects in Madagascar. She has a diverse set of competencies in WASH, community health, food security and nutrition, behavior change, governance, gender, and training, emphasizing system strengthening and developing public and private partnerships to improve access to water supply and achieve significant and lasting health impacts.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH systems strengthening, behavior change

I can help mentees with:

  • Advice on how to operationalize system strengthening
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Gender and WASH programming
  • Professional presentation

Emily Rand

Nationality / Country of Residence: USA/Zambia

Languages: English, French

Emily Rand

Emily is multilingual, a published licensed civil engineer, and a public health specialist. She has over 23 years of experience in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. Emily currently leads UNICEF’s WASH program in Zambia.

Specialty areas: WASH technical assistance to the government, project implementation

I can help mentees with:

  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Knowledge management

Ruchika Shiva

Nationality / Country of Residence: India

Languages: English, Hindi

Ruchika Shiva

Ruchika is a social development professional with over 18 years of experience working on different development issues in urban and rural contexts. She has a Masters’s degree in Social Work from the University of Delhi (India). Since 2014, Ruchika has been working as Country Coordinator with IRC, a Dutch NGO focusing on water and sanitation services, managing their work in India and Asia. Her interest is in strengthening institutions to ensure basic services (especially to marginalized communities) and engaging with governments at different levels to respond to this need/right.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH systems strengthening, gender inclusion

I can help mentees with:

  • Career advice
  • Building partnerships
  • Engaging with government officials
  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Project management

Sovattha Neou

Nationality / Country of Residence: Cambodia

Languages: English, Khmer

Sovattha Neou

Sovattha is the former Executive Director of WaterSHED, a leading organization focusing on SanMark & WASH system strengthening in Cambodia. Sovattha successfully implemented the strategic exit of WaterSHED by mid-2021, leaving all of WaterSHED’s work in the hands of the government counterpart. She is currently the Country Director of CARE International in Cambodia, a feminist organization that stands for dignified work and gender equality of socially marginalized and ethnic minority women and girls in Cambodia.

Specialty areas: WASH systems strengthening, sanitation marketing, gender equality

I can help mentees with:

  • Confidence building
  • Supporting your leadership journey
  • Gender and WASH programming

Kettie “Kate” Harawa

Nationality / Country of Residence: Malawi

Languages: English

Kettie “Kate” Harawa

Kettie is an influential international development professional with 20 years of experience in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector with a proven record of scaling district-wide initiatives and transforming social economic systems to achieve sustainable development goals. Kettie has an extensive network of actors with whom she has collaborated during her career and is uniquely capable of forming and strengthening relationships with non-governmental organizations, the private sector, donor organizations, and government institutions at various levels.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH system strengthening, water resources management, sanitation marketing, climate change, menstrual health/hygiene

I can help mentees with:

  • Professional presentation
  • Giving career advice
  • Giving speeches/speech preparation

Stephanie Ogden

Nationality / Country of Residence: USA

Languages: English, Spanish, Russian

Stephanie Ogden

Stephanie is Water Team Director at CARE (Atlanta). In this role, she works with country offices and key programs to identify and develop strategic approaches for addressing policy gaps and confronts WASH issues at the policy level in order to achieve a more systemic and lasting impact. Stephanie is also responsible for engagement in domestic advocacy toward improved U.S. policies that enable sustainable water use and resource management.

Specialty areas: WASH, WASH system strengthening, collaborative programming, nutrition/food security, WASH governance and sustainability, advocacy

I can help mentees with:

  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Giving career advice
  • Confidence building and negotiation
  • Gender and WASH programming
  • Resume/CV updates

Mary Namukose

Nationality / Country of Residence: Uganda

Languages: English

Mary Namukose

Mary is an Aquatic Ecologist with over 10 years experience in water resources management. She is one of the founding members of Women in GIS (WiGIS) Uganda where she leads the Strategy and Partnership task force. She has experience in international development cooperation and research and has worked on multi donor-funded water programs and projects that address water issues from a catchment perspective.

Specialty areas: water resources management, aquatic ecology, water stewardship, public-private partnerships

I can help mentees with:

  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Creating a career purpose road map
  • Coaching on topics such as leadership, networking, personal branding, career development in international development
  • Guidance on postgraduate applications

Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego

Nationality / Country of Residence: Colombia & Spain

Languages: English, Spanish

Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego

Cindy, an engineer by profession, is Director and Founder of the NGO Paziflora. This NGO seeks to focus on the empowerment and economic emancipation of women living in extreme poverty through the implementation of wastewater treatment systems. She is passionate about rectifying gender disparities in water and sanitation policymaking and has contributed her voice and research findings across academia, institutional actors, and civil society.

Specialty areas: decentralized sanitation management, environmental justice, collective action, WASH and gender, governance, nature-based solutions

I can help mentees with:

  • Empowerment
  • Professional communication and leadership
  • Gender and WASH programming
  • Career development advice
  • Environmental activism/justice
  • Advocacy
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