MWA Team

Global Team Members

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Keith Wright
Executive Director
Keith Wright joined the Millennium Water Alliance as Executive Director in 2018. Mr. Wright brings a track record of leadership and innovation to the...

...challenge of global WASH access.  Mr. Wright has more than 25 years of strategic and operational leadership of complex humanitarian and business enterprises in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. His experience includes serving as president of Food for the Hungry, Inc, filling national and regional operational leadership roles in Africa, launching an innovative business to accelerate business solutions to poverty, and governance leadership in one of East Africa’s leading financial institutions. He earned a M.Sc. degree in economic development from Eastern University and a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Mary Washington.

John D. Sparks
Director of Advocacy & Communications
John D. Sparks joined MWA in 2010 as the organization's first Director of Advocacy and Communications. Mr. Sparks has more than...

...25 years of experience in Washington and New York in legislative lobbying, coalition building, public policy, media relations, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to MWA, he was Director of Campaign Finance Reform at the public interest group Common Cause, and previously was Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at the American Symphony Orchestra League, the national association for orchestras.  Previous assignments include senior lobbying and coalition building positions at two public affairs firms in Washington DC where he worked on regulatory and legislative issues in transportation, energy, and human rights;  two national advocacy coalitions in the nonprofit sector; press secretary for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives; and professional positions in several Congressional campaigns and two Presidential campaigns. Some of them were even successful.

Jason Lopez
Deputy Director
Jason Lopez joined MWA in September 2022 as Deputy Director. Mr. Lopez has worked in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) since 2009...

...implementing programs and working as a technical advisor in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, in both development and emergency contexts. Previously, Mr. Lopez managed and oversaw the construction of medical facilities and served in the United States Peace Corps in Peru as a WASH volunteer. He received his master’s degree in Global Environmental Health from the George Washington University. Mr. Lopez then went on to work in Liberia with Oxfam developing innovative public-private partnerships for the operation and maintenance of public latrines and water systems. Later, working at Catholic Relief Services, Mr. Lopez led the establishment of a WASH response for refugees in Uganda and worked in Laos and Tanzania on WASH for Nutrition and Education. Most recently, Mr. Lopez worked as a technical advisor with Save the Children in WASH and infection prevention and control in Bangladesh, India, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guatemala and WASH for Nutrition in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Violet Moenga
Global Finance Director
Violet Moenga was appointed Global Finance Director for MWA in January 2021 after nearly 15 years as Finance and Administration Manager...

...for MWA Kenya.  She joined MWA in August 2005 as the finance manager for the first MWA USAID-funded program in Kenya. Previously, she worked for World Vision Kenya. She is a certified public accountant. Ms. Moenga received her undergraduate degree from Kenyatta University and her accounting degree from Strathmore University.

Allan E. Elvir
Senior Legal Consultant
Allan Elvir joined Millennium Water Alliance in April 2011. He has 15+ years of professional legal experience working for the public and...

...private sectors in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa regions. Some of his previous professional experiences are working as a Clerk for the Supreme Court of Honduras, Corporate Associate for the Central American law firm Lexincorp, and Commercial Counselor for the Embassy of Honduras in Washington, D.C. Elvir holds a law degree (LLB) from the National University of Honduras, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and two Masters of Laws (LLM in International Legal Studies/Business and LLM in Law & Government) from American University – Washington College of Law. Elvir is admitted to practice law in Washington D.C., New York, and Honduras.

Ethiopia Team Members

Tamene Chaka
Ethiopia Country Representative
Mr. Chaka has more than 20 years of tremendous knowledge and experience in WASH sector. He has proactively engaged in many...

...WASH sector initiatives including the development and policy review of Ethiopia’s One WASH National Program. Before joining MWA, Mr. Chaka was Country Coordinator of the WASH Alliance International (2011-2022). He was also National Coordinator of RiPPLE (2007-2011) which was hosted in Water Aid. He holds a MS in Project Management from Hohai University.

Mussie Tezazu
CQI & MEL Manager
Mussie Tezazu joined MWA in March 2015 as a Continuous Quality Improvement and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. He received his B.A... Planning and Management and his M.A. in Social Work and Social Development from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He has more than fifteen years of experience in strategic planning, executing WASH, and sustainable development program management. From 2009 -2015, Mr. Tezazu worked at the Catholic Relief Service in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he served as the Program Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation, and Water, Sanitation, and Communication. In this position, he specialized in WASH communication, project design and management, proposal development, and community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR).

Yisehak Leta Guttema
Grants Manager
Yisehak Leta Guttema was born in Nekemte, in western Ethiopia. As a child from a farming family, he worked in many areas of agriculture...

...including growing coffee and raising cattle and other livestock. Mr. Guttema earned a degree in biology at Kotebee collage of teachers education in July 1990, and taught in public Secondary School. He also earned a BA in accounting at Addis Ababa University in July 1999. He has worked at Ethiopian Assurance Corporation as junior auditor, and at CARE Ethiopia for nearly 11 years in different positions, such as Project Accountant, Area Finance Head, Senior Internal Auditor, Audit Officer, and Grant, Contract and Budget Specialist. He came to MWA-EP as the Grant, Contract and Budget Manager in July 2014.

Kalkidan Wubshet
Program Assistant
Kalkidan Wubshet joined MWA Ethiopia in June 2022 as a Program Assistant. She received her B.A. Degree in Management from Addis Ababa...

...University in Ethiopia. Ms. Wubshet has three years of experience in customer service in operations management. From 2019 – 2021, she worked at Easy Technologies plc. as project assistant and as a customer service supervisor. She later joined G2G IT Solutions Tech company in 2021 as operations manager.

Selamawit Tiruneh
Regional Project Coordinator
Selamawit Tiruneh joined the Millennium Water Alliance as Regional Project Coordinator in 2019. Mrs. Selamawit brings a record of...

...accomplishment of leadership, administration, coordination, and collaboration that can add a great value to the challenge of WASH sector. Mrs. Selamawit is well experienced as a project manager for 4 years, Project Coordinator for 6 years, Contract Administrator for 3 years, Individual consultant for 3 years, INGOs and Governmental and Private Organizations. She helped establish 214 health centers across the Amhara Regional State to unravel the health problem of society and helped in the infrastructure improvement of governmental hospitals in different regions around Ethiopia. She earned a M.Sc. degree in Construction Technology Management, and BSc in Civil Engineering from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

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Addisu Guaddie Dagnew
Project Manager
Addisu Guaddie Dagnew joined the Millennium Water Alliance as project manager in November 2022. Mr. Dagnew has more than ten years of...

...experience in academic institutions and non-governmental organizations. Some of his experience before joining MWA was working as a water engineer and modeler at a World Bank-funded project (Tana Beles Integrated water resources development project Tana Sub-Basin Office), WASH Facilitator (Emergency COVID Response Program-World Vision Ethiopia), Healthy Village WASH Officer at Plan International Ethiopia and university lecturer. He earned an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Bologna (Italy), and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Water and Coastal Management (Faculty of Marine and Environmental Science) at the University of Cadiz (Spain), University of Algarve (Portugal), and University of Bologna (Italy). He also earned an M.Sc. Degree in Water Resources Engineering (Engineering Hydrology), and B.Sc. Degree in Water Resources Management from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

Kenya Team Members

Styvers Kathuni
Kenya Country Representative
Styvers Kathuni joined the Millennium Water Alliance as Program Director and Country Representative for Kenya in January 2022.

Styvers has worked for over 11 years in design and management of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in Africa. Prior to joining MWA, he worked at SweetSense Inc. as the Regional Director for Africa. Styvers has also worked for Caritas Embu, Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services – in Kenya and South Sudan, where he held various positions – Technical Supervisor, WASH Engineer, Project/Program Manager and Technical Advisor. He was also seconded to the Ministry of Roads and later the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Kenya to support European Commission and IFAD funded projects. Styvers earned his Masters in Water Supply and Sanitation at Kenyatta University and BSc in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University.

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Rangelands Specialist
Paul joined MWA in November 2023 as Rangelands Specialist. Paul is a food systems and livelihoods specialist with over 13 years’

experience in program/project design, management, and implementation of integrated and climate smart innovations projects in pastoral and agropastoral economies in Kenya. He has vast experience in food security, value chain development, resilience building, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable landscapes management, climate smart agriculture, market systems development, natural resource management, and policy development both in humanitarian and development contexts. Paul is the immediate Technical Advisor for Food Security and Resilience at SNV Netherlands Development Organization. Over his career, he has been engaged in providing leadership in design and implementation of sustainable and resilience livelihood interventions in southern and northern rangelands of Kenya with various organisation such as ILRI, GIZ, and SNV. He holds an MSc. (Food Chain Systems) from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and a BSc Food Science and technology from University of Nairobi.

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Esther Wamahiu
Finance & Operations
Esther Wamahiu joined MWA in May 2023, with more than 10 years of experience in finance management, budgeting, and grant... She worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a finance officer. Esther also worked for FedEx Kenya and later joined Tanzania Office as the Chief Accountant; she is a Certified Public Accountant registered with ICPAK. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Administration (Finance and Accounting).from Kenya Methodist University.

Emmanuel Olela
Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning
Emmanuel Olela has more than seven years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for...

...donor-funded projects in WASH, Agriculture, Nutrition, Rangelands, Climate Change and Health sectors. Prior to joining MWA, Mr. Olela worked for Catholic Relief Services-Kenya as a Senior MEAL Officer.  He is not new to MWA , as he worked as the MEAL officer for Kenya RAPID in Isiolo County for five years. Prior to that, he worked for other organizations, including JHPIEGO, CAP YEI, and Plan International. He has expertise in development and management of M&E systems, mobile phone based data collection, data analysis using various statistical software, and has a passion for telling the story behind the programs. He holds a Bachelors in Sociology with Information Technology from Maseno University and a Masters in Project Planning and Management from Nairobi University.

June Samo
WASH Systems Manager
June Samo joined MWA in April 2022 as the Water Intervention Manager and Market Systems Development Specialist. June has a...

...background in water engineering and policy and has over six years’ experience in enhancing access to water and sanitation in rural and urban settings. Prior to joining MWA, she worked as a development consultant at EED Advisory where she engaged in various assignments for the World Bank, Oxfam, GIZ, UNICEF, the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network and the African Development Bank (AfDB) among others. Before joining EED, Ms. Samo worked at Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) – a development organization specializing in market system development approaches. At KMT she worked on programs focused on improving the performance of selected urban water utilities in Kenya through the reduction of non-revenue water and improving water service delivery in rural areas. Ms. Samo holds a masters in Water Science, Policy, and Management from Oxford University (UK) and a BSc. in Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya).

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john mutinda
Program Manager
John Mutinda joined Millenium Water Alliance in January 2024 as the program manager DRIP FUNDI program. John has over 10 years of ...

...experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programming and implementation both in development and emergency contexts and has worked with various development organizations among them SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), World Vision and Feed the Children.

John holds an MSc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Water Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Twente, ITC, the Netherlands, and a BSc. in Water Engineering from Kenyatta University, Kenya. His past experiences have largely involved establishing networks and collaborations between different stakeholders including County governments, national government departments, communities, the private sector, other development partners with an aim of triggering collective response and action to address WASH challenges in Kenya.

Vera Maswage
Senior Procurement & IT Officer
Vera Maswage joined MWA in August 2022 as the Procurement and Information Technology Officer. She has vast experience in end-to-end... chain and IT, including strategic sourcing, contract management, logistics and inventory management, and has worked for donor-funded projects for more than four years.

Prior to joining MWA, Ms. Maswage worked for Concern Worldwide as the Logistics and Administration Officer. Previously she was at World Vision – Kenya as the Grants Supply Chain Officer supporting implementation of WASH grants. She is an accredited member of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and holds a BSc. in Procurement and Contract Management from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. 

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Thomas Ihura
County Coordinator
Thomas Ihura joined Millennium Water Alliance as County Coordinator for the DRIP FUNDI program in January 2024....

...Thomas, a civil and structural engineer, has over eleven years experience in design and implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in Kenya. Prior to joining MWA, he worked at CARE International in Kenya as a WASH Coordinator, to improve access to sustainable WASH through integration of governance and private sector, in the Kenyan ASAL.

He has also worked in other various projects across the ASAL in Kenya, with CARE International in Kenya as, WASH and Livestock infrastructure engineer, Project engineer, assistant project engineer and WASH officer. Thomas also worked as a civil engineer in the upcoming Kenya world class city, Konza Technopolis and as a road engineer in improvement of rural roads with the private sector.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil and structural engineering from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and pursuing a Master of Science in Project Management in Jomo Kenyatta university of Science and Technology.

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Senior Data Analyst and Learning Officer
Kipkorir Festus joined MWA in January 2024 as a Senior Data Analyst and Learning Officer. Festus has a background in mathematics and statistics...

...and six years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research, project management, monitoring and evaluation and business development. Before joining MWA, he was a Senior Analyst at EED Advisory Limited, where he was involved in different assignments for the World Bank, AFD, GIZ, UNICEF, Siemen Stiftung, and CLASP, among others. Prior to joining EED, he worked as a Data Analyst at Adaptive Management and Research Consultancy (AMREC)-Kisumu.

Festus is well versed in using advanced statistical software such as SPSS, STATA, R, Python, PowerBI and Tableau. He is also well versed in coding and analysing qualitative data using NVIVO, RQDA, and Atlas. Festus holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kibabii University (Kenya).

Vincent Ng’etich
Finance Officer
Vincent Ng'etich joined MWA as Finance intern in June 2022 and promoted to Finance assistant in December 2022. Prior to joining MWA, Vincent...

...worked for Schneider Electric as a finance intern. He has hands-on experience in tax management, general ledger reconciliation, preparation of financial reports and thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.

He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA) and holds Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.

Boniface Thiga
Fleet and Logistics Officer
Boniface Thiga joined MWA in 2017 as a program driver supporting logistics. Prior to joining MWA Boniface worked for Care...

...International for over 5 years supporting logistics in the Northern Counties including Dadaab Refugee camp.

He holds a diploma in plant mechanics from the Rift Valley Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

Elizabeth Kasyoka
Office Assistant
Elizabeth Kasyoka joined Millennium Water Alliance in 2016 as Office Messenger supporting administration function including front office...

...desk receptionist and Office cleaning. Previously, she worked for Food for the Hungry Kenya (FH). She has over 16 years’ experience in administration, front office reception and office cleaning.