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Understanding WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene): Key Initiatives and Opport...

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A Panel Discussion on the fundamental issues and opportunities within water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion on how water, sanitation and hygiene (“WASH”) issues are impacting local communities. Our diverse panel of experts will provide insights on themes emerging in the WASH sustainability space, what initiatives their respective organizations are focusing on.

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6:30PM - 7:00PM: Check-in + Networking

7:00 PM - 8:30PM: Panel + Q&A

8:30PM - 9:00PM: Reception + Networking

Panelists:

Brooke Yamakoshi, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist of UNICEF


Karina L. Weinstein, Program Director of FXB USA

Karina Weinstein is an entrepreneurial community development professional with fourteen years of experience in strategic planning, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and organization development. With strong passion about improving the effectiveness of social sector organizations that create access to opportunities and transform lives, Karina Weinstein has been working with FXB USA since 2015. She is leading FXB’s work in the United States by developing a broad base of support for FXB programs, building a strong evidence base for FXB’s impact and expanding its presence in the U.S.

Karina Weinstein was previously a Program Associate at the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), where she provided capacity-building services to the organization to strengthen its community impact programs. She has extensive experience with public and private social sector programs in both Latin America and the United States. From 2008 to 2012, she lived in Mexico and held leadership positions in diverse social change organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation. From 2013 to 2015, she was successively a fellow member at We Are All Brooklyn and Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO).

Karina Weinstein holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

Cynthia Koenig, Founder of Wello Water

Cynthia is the founder and CEO of Wello, an award winning social venture that co-creates disruptive innovations designed to provide better, more reliable access to safe water. Her career has focused on incubating mission-based businesses designed to alleviate poverty in the developing world - living and working on four continents, and has been involved with the launch of ventures of all shapes and sizes, ranging from community-run businesses in Latin America to a national strategy for sustainable tourism development in Bhutan.

Cynthia earned MBA/MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment and holds a BA in Anthropology from Trinity College. She is an Unreasonable Fellow and a member of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainability’s External Advisory Board.

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Dr. Kartik Chandran

Director, Columbia University Biomolecular Environmental Sciences Program

Dr. Kartik Chandran is an environmental engineer at Columbia University, where he is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. He primarily works on the interface between environmental molecular and microbiology, environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. Applications of his work have ranged from energy and resource efficient treatment of nitrogen containing wastewater streams, development and implementation of sustainable approaches to sanitation to novel models for resource recovery. Under his stewardship, the directions of biological wastewater treatment and biological nutrient removal were established for the first ever time in the history of Columbia University. In 2015, he received the MacArthur Fellowship for his innovative work on "integrating microbial ecology, molecular biology, and engineering to transform wastewater from a troublesome pollutant to a valuable resource".



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