The Aquaya team combines experience in applied research, technology development, and business management.


Ranjiv Khush

Co-founder and Executive Director
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Ranjiv guides Aquaya’s development as a leading research and consulting organization dedicated to effective water quality management in developing countries. Ranjiv brings a science and technology focused approach to Aquaya that builds on extensive basic research and policy experience. Ranjiv co-founded Aquaya in 2005 following a Fellowship with the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. Previously he was a research scientist at Stanford University and the Centre National de Recherché Scientifique in Paris, France.

Ranjiv holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and MS and BS degrees from the University of California, Davis.


Jenna Scalmanini

Operations Manager
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Jenna oversees management of Aquaya’s operations and finances from the Larkspur office. Prior to joining Aquaya, Jenna worked as an engineer with a small consulting firm focusing on the use, protection, and management of groundwater in California. Jenna’s experience also includes projects in East Africa focusing on the effects of hand hygiene initiatives on health and compliance and the provision of increased water supply on health outcomes and poverty alleviation.

Jenna holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Stanford University.


Rachel Peletz

Research Manager
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Rachel studies policies and practices that promote effective water quality monitoring and management. Previously, Rachel was a Research Fellow and Doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has also worked as an International Technical Advisor for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) in Canada and studied ecological sanitation in India, ceramic filters in Ghana, and ultra-violet water disinfection in Haiti.

Rachel has a PhD degree from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a Masters of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BS degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.




Lola Aleru

Program Manager
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Lola manages Aquaya efforts to evaluate and promote effective water quality monitoring and management among water suppliers and public health surveillance agencies across Sub-Saharan Africa. Lola’s previous work includes program management at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception, and with SACNAS, a society of scientists dedicated to fostering academic success among minority students.

Lola holds a BA degree in Business Management Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.


Mateyo Bonham

Program Coordinator
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Mateyo focuses on the implementation of Aquaya’s programs on water quality monitoring and management. Before joining Aquaya, Mateyo worked with John Snow, Inc. and local government partners in Zambia to strengthen HIV/AIDS commodity supply chains.  Mateyo has also conducted water supply, sanitation and hygiene research in Honduras and served with the Peace Corps in Zambia.

Mateyo holds an MPH degree from The George Washington University and a BS degree in Zoology from Miami University.


Emily Kumpel

Research Associate
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Emily studies drinking water quality as well as water quality monitoring and information management with Aquaya. Previously, Emily was a doctoral student at UC Berkeley where she studied water quality in intermittent piped water systems in Karnataka, India. Additionally, she co-founded a social enterprise, NextDrop, that improves urban water management in India through ICTs. She has also studied household water treatment in Mumbai, India, and sustainability of small community water supplies.

Emily holds a PhD and MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.



Eunice Kariuki

Office Administrator
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Eunice is the Office Administrator for Aquaya’s Nairobi Office, she is tasked with the administrative, logistical and data management support to the team in Kenya. Prior to joining Aquaya, Eunice was working at African Technology Policy Studies Network offering Program and Administrative support. Previously, Eunice worked at African Institute for Capacity Development, an International Organization whose mandate is poverty alleviation in Africa where she worked in both Research and Administration and Finance Departments.

Eunice holds an MBA from Daystar University and a BS degree in International Business Administration from United States International University in Nairobi.



Len Marsh | Affiliated Expert

Consulting Chief Financial Officer
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Len advises and helps oversee Aquaya’s financial operations. In addition, he provides guidance for long-term planning, operating systems, and cash flow management. Len has a broad business and finance background having served as the chief financial officer for several Silicon Valley start-ups. In addition, Len is a commercial real estate developer, entrepreneur and business owner. He is a frequent international traveler.

Len holds a BS and MBA from San Jose State University and is a California Real Estate Broker.



Bradley Lang | Affiliated Expert

Independent Consultant
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Brad consults on Aquaya’s operations and finances. He also provides strategic guidance for Aquaya’s business development programs. Brad’s international project management experience includes three years of small enterprise development with the Peace Corps in Kenya. Brad has also worked for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and with McConnell International, a technology policy consulting firm based in Washington, DC.

Brad has a BA degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science from The George Washington University, and an MBA degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.



Jeff Albert

Jeff Albert | Affiliated Expert

Co-founder, Aquaya
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Jeff has worked in the water field for 15 years, on issues that include water reclamation and efficiency in irrigated agriculture, hydrologic cycle aspects of climate change, water treatment in low-resource settings, and the uptake of household water treatment. Jeff co-founded Aquaya in 2005 following a Fellowship with the Office of the Global Change Research Program the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was awarded a Bronze Medal for his work on drinking water in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. From 2002 to 2004, he held a joint faculty appointment with the Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Brown’s Watson Institute of International Studies during that time.

Jeff holds a PhD degree from Yale University and a BS degree from Brown University.



Salim Haji

Salim Haji | Affiliated Expert

Principal, Sierranna Partners
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Since March 2005, Salim has been an independent management consultant. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy at MacDermid, a ~$700M global specialty chemical company based in Denver, CO. Prior to joining MacDermid in 2003, Salim was a Vice-President and Partner at Oliver Wyman (formerly SPA), a leading strategy consultancy with over 2,500 consultants in 40 offices around the world. In 2007 Salim also founded Distributors Solutions LLC (“DSI”) to serve as a co-op purchasing organization for the ~500 independently owned and operated distributors of MillerCoors brands around the country. Between his time at Oliver Wyman and MacDermid, Salim spent a year as a Visiting Fulbright Professor at a business school in Tanzania (East Africa), where he lectured on Corporate Strategy and Economics.

Salim holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and Development Studies from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


 

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