Our Collaborators

Bharat Adhikari

Development Activist of the WASH sector of Nepal

Bharat Adhikari, currently works as a communication and capacity development expert at the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board under the Ministry of Water Supply. For the past two decades his work has been instrumental in bringing the WASH sector closer to the media - achieving vital constitutional changes for WASH in Nepal.

Kamal Adhikari

Senior Sociologist at the Ministry of Urban Development in Nepal

Mr. Kamal Adhikari was one of the key architects of the Sanitation and Hygiene Master Plan 2011 of the Government of Nepal that triggered the nationwide ODF campaign. Having more than two decades of experience in the WASH sector, he published the book titled Sanitation in Nepal: Past, Present and Future in 2012.

Yadjidé Adissoda Gbedo

Head of the PAPHyR program: Improvement of Access to Sanitation and Hygiene Practices in Rural Areas) (WSSCC / GSF Program)

Yadjidé coordinates the activities of PAPHyR executed in Benin. It implements the National Strategy for the Promotion of Basic Hygiene and Sanitation, with CLTS as the gateway.

Dani Barrington

Lecturer, Population and Global Health

Amita Bhakta

Freelance consultant on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Amita is a freelance consultant with 7 years’ experience in working on equality, non discrimination and inclusion in WASH. Amita holds a PhD on the WASH needs of perimenopausal women making the transition to the menopause in urban Ghana.

Manju Bhatta

Behaviour Change Communication Officer

Manja has been working with Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP) in Nepal since 2017. Long term experience with different organizations on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), WASH and Menstrual hygiene management issues of grassroots level. Completed Master's degree in Education 2015 and Masters in Sociology 2019 form Tribhuwan University.

Petra Bongartz

Independent consultant, Facilitator

Co-founder and former staff member at the CLTS Knowledge Hub, IDS, now consultant with 13 years' experience of knowledge management, participatory workshop facilitation, communications and networking. Interested in behaviour change and embodied leadership in environment and social justice.

Naomi Carrard

Research Director

A social scientist and researcher focused on WASH in Asia and Pacific regions, Naomi’s research includes WASH-gender equality nexus, integration between WASH and planetary boundary considerations, and approaches to progressing Human Rights to Water and Sanitation at local government level.

Nanpet Chuktu

Programme Manager

Nanpet’s team, using demand-led initiatives and innovations in sanitation achieved Nigeria’s first ODF Local Government in 2016. They have since produced three more local government areas, demonstrating how sanitation models can be taken to scale to reach whole geographic regions.

Christine Fostvedt-Mills

WASH and Nutrition Researcher

Christine's work focuses primarily on the use of participatory methodologies in formative research and evaluations, in order to enhance behaviour change interventions for public health. Christine is also currently studying for a PhD on the effectiveness of WaSH behaviour change interventions for pastoralist communities in Afar region, Ethiopia.

Naomi Francis

Research Fellow

Naomi Francis is a researcher and educator in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. She is based in Melbourne, Australia and works in Asia and the Pacific.

Menusha Gunasekara

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Menusha Gunasekara is an early career Development researcher in Sri Lanka, working on an EU-funded WASH project. She is a Chevening alumni and holds an MA in Social Development from University of Sussex, UK.

Aashish Gupta

PhD Candidate, Demography and Sociology, , University of Pennsylvania

Aashish grew up in Delhi, India. He completed a 5 year integrated MA in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His research interests include social inequality (caste, gender and age), health, environment, demography and social policy.

Suzanne Hanchett


Suzanne, an applied anthropologist focused on South Asia, has worked on sanitation issues in Bangladesh since 1997. Her special expertise is in programme evaluation, monitoring, participatory planning, women’s human rights and development, and combining qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Sophie Hickling

Sanitation and Hygiene Capacity, Strategy and Knowledge Consultant

    Sophie has more than 20 years’ experience in sanitation and hygiene approaches, programmes, and strategy development. She is specialised in individual, team, and institutional capacity building, as well as knowledge management and knowledge exchange processes

    Sarah House

    Freelance WASH Consultant / Public Health Engineer

    Public Health Engineer with 30 years-experience in development, humanitarian and fragile contexts in Africa and Asia. Passionate about building capacities to better involve, work together with and support people who are most disadvantaged and excluded, and people living with incontinence.

    Andrés Hueso

    Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation

    Andrés provides strategic leadership to WaterAid's sanitation policy, research and advocacy. He has a cross-disciplinary background, combining an engineering degree and extensive development research experience, including a PhD focused on rural sanitation in India.

    Chelsea Huggett

    Technical Lead, Equality and Inclusion

    Chelsea focuses on reducing inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. She has led research, policy and advocacy efforts for eight years on issues of disability inclusion, gender equality and menstrual health.

    Jeremy Kohlitz


    Jeremy is a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) researcher specialising in applied and transdisciplinary research. His interests include climate change and WASH, rural WASH sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region, sanitation in informal settlements, and WASH services in Pacific island countries.

    Islay Mactaggart

    Assistant Professor in Disability and Global Health

    Islay's work across the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) and International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) focuses on quantitative survey methods for measuring the prevalence of impairment and disability, and highlighting the participation restrictions people with disabilities too frequently experience.

    Mahreen Matto

    Environment Manager and Researcher

    Mahreen Matto (PhD) is an environmental professional with over 10 years of contribution in research, policy advocacy and capacity building in the area of mainstreaming urban water and sanitation management in human settlements of South Asian and African Countries.

    Lillian Mbeki


    Founder and CEO of Ellem Marketing & Communications, which contributes towards creating social impact through BCC, social marketing, and innovative social enterprises, Lillian is dedicated to understanding how people think and decide and developing innovative approaches for positive lasting behaviours.

    Vinod Mishra

    India Coordinator

    Vinod Mishra is the India Coordinator for WSSCC and has developed their strategy to support SBM-G in India. Recent work includes policy advocacy initiatives to promote collective behaviour change, Leaving No One behind, capacity building, MHM and Rapid Action Learning.

    Joanna Mott

    Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor

    Joanna is the Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) Advisor for the Water for Women Fund. With 25 years’ experience working in international development, principally in the areas of GSI and WASH, she’s interested in facilitating adult learning for transformative change.

    Nilanjana Mukherjee


      Nilanjana Mukherjee, an independent social development professional, has worked for three decades through The World Bank and UNICEF, with country governments in Asia and Africa facilitating policy learning, sector reform and capacity building to improve access to improved WASH services.