OUR PURPOSE -
As beneficiaries of infrastructure, education, and opportunity, we feel compelled to provide the less fortunate with the most basic human right of access to clean water and sanitation.
 
Drawing on our experience as finance, infrastructure, and business development professionals, we develop water infrastructure projects across the developing world where people are facing acute water crises.


FOUNDERS

 

Ryan Phillips-Page

Ryan Phillips-Page is the Founder and CEO of Operation Water. He is also a Board Member of Even Ground, a non-profit that funds community-based programs serving disadvantaged youth in South Africa, and an Advisor to Latin American Leadership Academy, which promotes sustainable economic development and strengthens democratic governance in Latin America by developing and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.

Prior to founding Operation Water, Ryan was the Founder and CEO of RPP Capital Projects and Finance (Pty) Ltd, a business development consultancy that sources and structures financing solutions for power and water infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this capacity, he has travelled extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa to meet with Presidents, Ministers, Governors, Director Generals of utilities, and African businessmen to discuss the strategic infrastructure priorities of many African nations.

Previously, Ryan served as Director of Facilities and Operations at African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was African Leadership Foundation’s first staff member and assisted the Founders with networking and fundraising. Prior to moving to South Africa to help launch African Leadership Academy, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Sales at IntellectSpace Corporation, a Seattle-based technology company that serves investment banks, hedge funds, foundations, and law firms.

Ryan started his career in New York City as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He graduated with honors from Boston College’s Undergraduate Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Finance.

Yogesh Mago

Yogesh Mago is Founder and President of Operation Water, and the Founder and Managing Partner of Eunoia Investment Fund LP, a value-oriented investment firm. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBII), a biopesticide company which strives to lead the movement to a more sustainable world through the discovery, development and promotion of biological products for pest management and plant health. In addition, Yogesh serves on the Advisory Board of Girl Rising, a global social action campaign for girls' education and empowerment.

Yogesh has over a decade of experience in long/short, fundamental, public equity investing across a variety of industries globally, including agriculture, travel, consumer, transportation, industrials, and real estate. He is also an angel investor and advisor to several private companies in sectors ranging from health & wellness to technology.

Previously, Yogesh was a Senior Investment Analyst at multi-billion dollar hedge funds, Ospraie Management LLC and Merchants' Gate Capital LP. In those roles, he identified and monitored portfolio investments in numerous sectors throughout five continents.

Yogesh began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in New York City. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Undergraduate Stern School of Business at New York University with a degree in Finance and International Business.

• Johan Oelofse

Johan Oelofse is Head of Project Finance and Founder of Operation Water, and Managing Director and Founder of Capital Lite Finance (Pty) Limited - a company that advises and arranges finance for infrastructure projects across the African continent. Johan specializes in innovative structuring techniques, which is often required to mitigate risks to secure finance for projects in Africa. Representative completed projects include a bulk water treatment plant in Sudan, water and sanitation projects in Seychelles, and rural electrification projects in Ghana. The financing structure he created for the bulk water treatment plant in Sudan won Euromoney’s Trade Finance Deal of the Year award in 2008 and is the structure used by Operation Water.

Johan has over 30 years of experience in assessing and executing infrastructure projects on the African continent. He has worked for ABSA Bank, Nedbank Africa, Nedcor Investment Bank, and Societe Generale in South Africa as well as Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation of Africa Limited where he was responsible for their projects division.
 


 

ADVISORS

• Barry Schiffman

Barry Schiffman is a Senior Advisor and board member to Mandala Capital – the only institutional private equity fund manager that invests exclusively in the food supply and agribusiness sector in India and South Asia. Barry has served Mandala in various capacities including Managing Director, COO, and General Counsel, and has represented the firm on the board of directors of its portfolio companies. As Senior Advisor, he is focused on firm strategy, key investments, and building strategic relationships. As board member, he oversees all internal management and compliance committees.

Prior to joining Mandala, Barry worked with a private family office where he was the co-founder of Next Frontier Capital, an emerging markets private equity firm. While at Next Frontier, he focused on technology and natural resources transactions in the CIS and Africa, and co-founded Viewdle, a facial recognition software company. Barry served as Viewdle’s COO and General Counsel, and was a member of its Board of Directors; Viewdle was later acquired by Google. He has also served as a board member and General Counsel of The Frayman Group, and has served on the boards of numerous privately held companies in which he has been an active and engaged investor.

Barry began his career as an attorney for Bracewell and Giuliani, and then for Fulbright and Jaworski. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in government, received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the New York State bar. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Moise Safra Center in New York, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Algemeiner Editor’s Club. Barry is also a supporter of the Virunga Fund in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Mugie Conservancy in Kenya.

• Brett Stewart

Brett Stewart has extensive private equity and investment banking experience in both emerging and developed markets. He is an Executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank and is based in New York where he is responsible for coverage of the bank’s global private equity client base. He spent over 6 years on the bank’s direct private equity investment team and coordinated their investment activities in Southern and West Africa.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered Private Equity, Brett was an investment banker in London and New York, initially with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, and then with Moelis & Company. At Goldman Sachs and Moelis, Brett covered the consumer and retail sectors for both M&A and financing transactions.

Brett started his career at Deloitte’s Southern California audit and tax practice. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from the University of Georgia. He was raised in South Africa and is a dual US-South African citizen.

Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford is co-founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Prior to becoming CEO, Chris served as Executive Vice-President of African Leadership Academy and was the President of African Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to fund leadership initiatives on the African continent.

Chris previously worked in brand management at The Procter and Gamble Company and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has also consulted to the Broad Foundation, one of the leading educational foundations in the United States, and taught economics and physics at Oundle School, one of the leading coeducational boarding schools in England.

Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

Chris McTammany

Chris McTammany is the Founder and CEO of McTammany Partners, a New York City based strategic advisory and recruiting firm that caters to the alternative investment community.  He has over a decade of experience placing long/short, fundamental and systematic, public equity investing professionals within global hedge funds and family offices.  In addition to managing McTammany Partners, Chris actively raises capital through a broker dealer for a myriad of investment opportunities including hedge funds, private equity funds, special purpose vehicles, and other esoteric ventures.

Prior to launching McTammany Partners, Chris was one of the founding members of CB Global Search, where he individually built and ran their Alternative Investments division.  Before joining CB, Chris worked at a family office in Southern California that had over 5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties, making it one of the largest single owner operators of private commercial real estate in California. Chris was the apprentice to the CEO and General Counsel, working on all aspects of acquisition and disposition diligence, portfolio management, and operations.

Chris graduated from the Undergraduate Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a concentration in Marketing.

Claudette Lavallee

Claudette Lavallee is the Founder and General Manager for PROWATER Consultores, a Mozambican consultancy that specializes in Water and Sanitation. She also serves as the embedded adviser for the National Directorate of Water and Sanitation of Mozambique, and manages the Water portfolio for the SPEED+ project, which is financed by USAID.

Previously, Claudette was Team Leader for the Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program, which works to improve access to safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable water/sanitation services for unserved and underserved urban populations in sub-Sahara Africa. She was also Program Manager for the Inhambane Rural Water Development Programme, where she led the planning efforts for a pilot implementation of Rural Water programme, and developed the management model for Demand Responsive Approach (DRA). This role was conceptualized through Claudette’s work with the Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA), where she was responsible for building the new investment development program for all CIDA projects in the Health, Education, and Water sectors in Mozambique.

While living in Canada and managing her own law firm,Claudette also served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Mascouche, Quebec, the Founding President of the Development Counsel for the Des Moulins Regional, and the Founding President of the Tourist Development Society, among various other roles.

Claudette received her undergraduate (LLL) and post-graduate (DDN) degrees from the University of Montreal, Canada, and earned an MBA from De Montfort University in Maputo, Mozambique. Claudette serves as a Board Member for the Canada-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce and for Aguashare.

Henri Lambert

Henri Lambert is the Founding Partner of Apsara Capital LLP, an investment firm exclusively focused on water. He serves on the board for WaterSmart Software Inc, and as board observer for AquaSpy Inc. Henri was a seed investor in Valor Water (acquired by Xylem), and led Apsara’s investments in Puralytics and, most recently, HydroPoint Data Systems. From 2015 to 2016, Henri served as a non-executive Director of Aquilys Investment Management, a hedge fund which focuses on water and waste.

Henri is a member of the Twenty65 Leadership Council, whose mission is to deliver sustainable tailored water solutions with a positive impact for public health, the environment, economy and society. Prior to joining Twenty65, he was a member of the UK Water Partnership’s Development and Implementation group, where he led the development of a water accelerator in the UK. Henri is also the Founder of ACT in Africa, an entrepreneurship program based in Zimbabwe.

Henri started his career in New York City as an Analyst at GH Partners LLC, a boutique merchant bank providing strategic and financial advice to international clients. He holds a BA in History and International Relations from Brown University, an MA in International Legal Studies from Utrecht University, a postgraduate diploma in law from BBP Law School, and a professional certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.

John M. Harrington III

John M. Harrington III is the Founder and Principal of Sheffield Corporation, a venture capital consulting firm. He has spent his career helping early stage companies expand their business models and securing the right financing to support their growth.

Since founding Sheffield in 1992, John has helped countless businesses across the globe to arrange unique and customized capital formation and exit strategies, including many notable mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. He also works on behalf of family offices that are interested in accessing new technologies or exploiting technologies which they have developed.

John received a BA from Harvard University and resides in Winchester, MA with his wife Marta.

Josie Muigai

Josie Muigai is the Founder and Managing Director of IHA Consulting, a consultancy focused on improving and increasing access to health care programs, services, and products.  Her client work includes the opportunity analysis of Public-Private-Partnerships, devising medical tourism growth strategies, plus developing financial modeling or planning & implementation tools for national campaigns.

Most recently, Josie has been responsible for developing and executing Public-Private-Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa for the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  She has led teams that have provided transaction advisory services to governments, with a focus on structuring and instituting social infrastructure projects.  In this capacity, her responsibilities included conducting due-diligence to ensure the technical, financial, legal, environmental and social viability of proposed projects.  Josie also marketed the projects internationally for private investment, and collaborated with partners to recommend bankable and affordable projects to African governments.

Josie has previously worked as a consultant for Oliver Wyman in its Health & Life Sciences practice in Chicago, as well as for Buhrs Americas and Fabritain Enterprises in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has an MBA and Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a BSc in Business from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Marco Di Girolamo

Marco Di Girolamo serves as a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with $285 billion AUM, focused on investing in real assets across real estate, infrastructure, renewable power and private equity. Marco manages institutional, financial service, and family office partner (LPs) relationships across Canada for Brookfield.

Before joining Brookfield, Marco advised family offices as a Director/Portfolio Manager for UBS's Private Bank. In this role, he managed discretionary client portfolios on an absolute return basis and ran business development activities. Prior to this role, Marco consulted technology companies in Silicon Valley with Gartner.

In 2006, Marco co-founded Terra Firma, a registered Canadian charity, which has partnered with Operation Water to build water infrastructure projects in developing communities in emerging economies.

Marco completed his MBA with distinction at the Ivey School of Business at Western University in Ontario, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance at the University of Ottawa.

Marco diMayorca

Marco diMayorca has over 20 years of experience in operations management and has been involved in founding multiple start-ups and early stage ventures. His wide range of competencies include strategic and financial planning, risk management, process streamlining, information technology, and capital-raising.

Prior to joining Operation Water as Chief Operating Officer, Marco founded and served as the Managing Member of Crater Lake Management, LLC, a real-estate investment company targeting the single-family development market. Before founding Crater Lake, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Clay Capital, managing the hedge fund’s operations and finances while also leading its fundraising and marketing efforts. Other previous experiences include founding a consulting firm to provide operational advisory services to privately held companies, acting as lead investor in a minor industrial roll-up of several small-cap injection molding companies, and serving as VP of Corporate Development and Sales for Matra Plast Industries, a multinational plastics company.

Marco is actively involved in his local community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Summit Youth Football and the Summit Basketball Club, and was previously appointed to the City of Summit (NJ) Planning Board. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University in Finance and Operations Management.

Mikael Jansen

Mikael Jansen serves as Business Developer at JGH Marine A/S and has over 20 years of business development and project management experience across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Before joining JGH Marine, Mikael was the Business Development Manager for Haldor Topsoe for over 10 years, contracting large-scale fertilizer projects from corporate headquarters in Denmark and overseas offices in Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. In this capacity, he met with political and business leaders to develop strategic projects that aimed to alleviate food shortages in developing nations.

Prior to Haldor Topsoe, Mikael served as a Sales Project Manager at Burmeister & Waine Scandanavian Contractors, structuring turnkey power plant projects in undeveloped regions. He also previously worked with environmental technology firms, Oreco and FLS Airtech, overseeing the financing of air pollution control and oil spill control projects in close cooperation with export credit agencies and other funders.

Mikael began his career as a Sales Manager at Maersk Industry. He graduated with a BS in Production Engineering from the Technical College of Odense.

Dr. Mima Nedelcovych

Dr. Mima Nedelcovych is the Founder and CEO of Africa Global Partners, a consulting firm which focuses on trade facilitation, project development, project finance, and public-private partnerships in Africa, and is Executive Chairman of Schaffer International Services, a project developer of agro-industrial and renewable energy projects in Africa and Central America. He also serves as the President Emeritus & Senior Advisor of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), an NGO that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa.

Previously, Dr. Nedelcovych was the lead Partner for the Schaffer Global Group in the establishment of the Markala Sugar Project in Mali. He has also served as Country Director in Liberia for Buchanan Renewables, and in the Administration of President George Bush as the U.S. Executive Director to the African Development Bank. Dr. Nedelcovych started his work in Africa as the Peace Corps Country Director for Gabon.

Dr. Nedelcovych serves on the Boards of Vista Bank, Marathon International Bank, and the Advisory Board for Millennium Challenge Corporation. He received a BA from Yale University, an MA in International Relations from George Washington University, and a PhD in Comparative Political and Economic Development from Florida State University.

Paulo Jorge Veiga

Paulo Jorge Veiga is a Founding Partner and Principal Consultant at Clear Stone Group, which focuses on localizing and growing top international blue-chip clients in Angola. In this capacity, he serves as the Angolan Country Representative for Operation Water, spearheading our efforts to provide economically viable water solutions to local communities in Angola.

Paulo is also the Principal Consultant for OBT Group SA, where he leads a team of international experts tasked with the development of a Sustainable Palm Oil Industry strategy framework in Angola. He also advises leading private and government related organizations and agencies, on strategic industrial policy and foreign direct investment, with a focus on sustainable agriculture.

In addition to his current consultative and advisory roles, Paulo is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Falck Angola SA (part of Falck Group), where he led the establishment and localization of the O&G Offshore Safety Division - the world’s premier group in Emergency Services, Healthcare, and Safety Training. He was also a Founding Partner of the O&G cluster organization in Angola, Offshore Center Angola.

Paulo has over 20 years of management experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He has worked with Offshore Energy, NL Supervision Company, the Angolan Ministry of External Relations, and many other organizations in various capacities throughout his career. He earned an MBA with distinction and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from London University.
 


 

TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD

• Blanka Zombori - Secretary

Blanka Zombori has ten years of financial consulting experience, focusing on international taxation. She has gravitated towards sustainability over the past five years, with a focus on water governance, including drinking water and sanitation. Her Master’s thesis analyzed quality drinking water and sanitation governance considering the case of Ghana, where she conducted research for four months to complete her thesis.

Blanka earned a Bachelor of Commerce & Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and her MSc in Sustainability from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in environmental policy and governance.

• Brice Soucy – Finance

Brice serves as Vice President in the Brookfield Infrastructure Group focused on originating and executing investment opportunities in the global water infrastructure sector.

Brice had previously served as Director of Business Development at Poseidon Water, a portfolio company of Brookfield Asset Management, where was responsible for originating water infrastructure development projects and acquisitions in North America. Brice coordinated Poseidon’s joint development efforts with partners and managed the pro forma for Poseidon’s $1 billion flagship development project, the Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. Brice supported the management team of Poseidon in raising commitments for over $50 million in corporate equity investment between 2013-2018.

Brice has a degree in Economics-Finance from Bentley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Hughey Center for Financial Services at Bentley.

• Christopher Fetters - Operations

Christopher Fetters has 22 years of experience as an environmental engineer and over 5 years specifically in infrastructure development of industrial facilities. Christopher has served as a project engineer, project manager and principal-in-charge on various water remediation and treatment systems throughout the United States and internationally.

Christopher has served as a field engineer, project engineer and eventually principal-in-charge for clients in the oil & gas, maritime, construction, and infrastructure sectors in the remediation of legacy industrial sites. He has utilized various treatment technologies and continues to develop advancements in the application of technologies to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Christopher has also served as a researcher at the US Army Corps of Engineers – Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. During that time, his research focused on innovative technology development, specific to soil and groundwater remediation. Developing technologies such as electrokinetics, alternative filtration, waste minimization, reverse osmosis, biological waste lagoons and advanced oxidation processes, both in laboratory and field scale applications.

Christopher has served as a testifying expert in legacy oil and gas litigation in Louisiana and Texas. He served as a technical advisor on various Superfund projects and worked in cooperation with state and federal agencies to revise and update regulatory rules and code.

• Claudette Lavallee - Advisor

Claudette Lavallee is the Founder and General Manager for PROWATER Consultores, a Mozambican consultancy that specializes in Water and Sanitation. She also serves as the embedded adviser for the National Directorate of Water and Sanitation of Mozambique and manages the Water portfolio for the SPEED+ project, which is financed by USAID.

Previously, Claudette was Team Leader for the Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program, which works to improve access to safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable water/sanitation services for unserved and underserved urban populations in sub-Sahara Africa. She was also Program Manager for the Inhambane Rural Water Development Programme, where she led the planning efforts for a pilot implementation of Rural Water programme, and developed the management model for Demand Responsive Approach (DRA). This role was conceptualized through Claudette’s work with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where she was responsible for building the new investment development program for all CIDA projects in the Health, Education, and Water sectors in Mozambique.

Claudette received her undergraduate (LLL) and post-graduate (DDN) degrees from the University of Montreal, Canada, and earned an MBA from De Montfort University in Maputo, Mozambique. Claudette serves as a Board Member for the Canada-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce and for Aguashare.

• Daniel Pinault – Finance

Dan Pinault serves as a Project Advisor for Terra Firma. He has 10+ years of advisory and investing experience focused on companies with disruptive technologies and business models in the cleantech, agritech, energy and water sectors.

Dan had previously worked for Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, where he was Director of M&A for Brookfield's district energy platform (Enwave Energy Corporation). Dan drove acquisitions that doubled the number of assets under management in under four years and was responsible for identifying and evaluating strategic partnerships with technology companies.

Prior to Brookfield, Dan worked as a management consultant, where he advised private equity, venture funds, government agencies and companies with growth mandates in the cleantech, infrastructure and natural resource sectors.

Dan has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and completed his MBA at the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dan serves as advisor to several companies in the cleantech space.

• Dr Demilade Fayemiwo – Operations

Dr Demilade Fayemiwo is a Science Teacher at African Leadership Academy, a world-class pan-African boarding high school in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Demi obtained her BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology from Stellenbosch University in 2011. She went on to study for a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology at the University of Pretoria and graduated with distinction in 2014. On completion of her Master’s degree, she worked as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand where she lectured Environmental Process Engineering, after which she went on to work as a water and sanitation consultant, focusing specifically on research projects initiated by the Water Research Commission. This inspired her to pursue a PhD degree in water treatment, which she obtained from the University of Johannesburg.

Demi’s research has been published in journals and conference proceedings. For the positive impact of her research, she was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she won the annual three-minute thesis competition at the University of Johannesburg and was the national runner-up for the South African Universities’ three-minute thesis competition in the same year.

• Gordon Frost – Governance

Gordon Frost is the leader of Mercer's Career business in Canada and is a member of Mercer’s Canadian leadership team. He is responsible for a broad team of professionals that provide services across the spectrum of Mercer’s Career business. Gordon first joined Mercer in 2000 and has been based in both Canada and the US. He then spent over 2 years as the Vice President of Global Compensation for a Canadian multi-national organization before re-joining Mercer in his present leadership role in 2013.

Gordon consults across many aspects of the Career business, advising clients on how to strengthen the relationship between business strategy and talent strategy. He has extensive experience advising Boards of Directors and senior management on the design of executive compensation programs that align decision-making with shareholder value creation and are consistent with sound governance practices. He has deep knowledge of the strategy, design, and financial impact of incentive programs, including equity-based incentive plans and sales incentive plans. He has also led broader projects related to talent management and leadership development with a specific focus on the needs of a globally mobile workforce.

Gordon holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelors degree in Commerce with great distinction from McGill University.

• Johan Oelofse – Finance

Johan Oelofse is Founder and Head of Project Finance of Operation Water, and Managing Director and Founder of Capital Lite Finance (Pty) Limited - a company that advises and arranges finance for infrastructure projects across the African continent.

Johan specializes in innovative structuring techniques, which is often required to mitigate risks to secure finance for projects in Africa. Representative completed projects include a bulk water treatment plant in Sudan, water and sanitation projects in Seychelles, and rural electrification projects in Ghana. The financing structure he created for the bulk water treatment plant in Sudan won Euromoney’s Trade Finance Deal of the Year award in 2008 and is the structure used by Operation Water.

Johan has over 30 years of experience in assessing and executing infrastructure projects on the African continent. He has worked for ABSA Bank, Nedbank Africa, Nedcor Investment Bank, and SocieteGenerale in South Africa as well as Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation of Africa Limited where he was responsible for their projects division.

• Joshua Papernick – Urban Energy Systems

Joshua Papernick currently works for an energy development company facilitating the adoption of renewable options in emerging markets. After recognizing the large disconnect between engineers and city builders in the implementation of resilient water infrastructure, he has expanded his focus to the realm of urban planning, promoting solutions to the intensified stress being placed on our water systems due to climate change.

Josh began his career at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Safe Drinking Water Branch looking at regulatory challenges surrounding municipal drinking water systems, as well as engaging in water quality issues relating to agricultural runoff and heavy metal contamination. During his MSc, Josh was inspired by the importance of fostering innovative water governance arrangements and practices to build adaptive management capacity. Following his studies, he conducted research at Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research in Israel, where he explored the adverse impacts of the unregulated electronic waste industry on sources of water and local food production.

Josh holds a BSc (Honours) from Queen’s University in Earth System Science, a MSc from McGill University in Integrated Water Resource Management and is currently a MPl candidate at Ryerson University in Urban Development.

• Kyle Chew – Finance

Kyle Chew serves as Vice President at Magris Resources, a private equity firm focused on pursuing acquisitions in the mining space. At Magris, Kyle has worked on a number of large M&A transactions including the successful purchase of a niobium mine, Niobec. Kyle oversees operations at Niobec, including the management of major capital projects, financial budgets and forecasts, and other strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Magris, Kyle worked as an analyst in HSBC’s diversified global banking team and previously worked for several years as an engineer for Hydro One.

Kyle holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University and completed his MBA at Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).

• Marco Di Girolamo – Technical Advisory Board Chair

Marco Di Girolamo serves as a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with $350 billion AUM, focused on investing on long-life assets and businesses across real estate, infrastructure, renewable power, and private equity in 30 countries. Marco manages select institutional, financial service, and family office partner relationships (LPs) across Canada for Brookfield.

Prior to joining Brookfield, Marco advised family offices as a Portfolio Manager / Director at UBS. In this role, he managed discretionary client portfolios on an absolute return basis and led business development activities. Prior to this role, Marco consulted technology companies in Silicon Valley with Gartner.

In 2006, Marco co-founded Terra Firma, a registered Canadian charity, which partnered with Operation Water to build water infrastructure projects in developing communities in emerging economies. Marco completed his MBA with distinction at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

• Mikael Jansen – Business Development

Mikael Jansen serves as Business Developer at JGH Marine A/S and has over 20 years of business development and project management experience across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Before joining JGH Marine, Mikael was the Business Development Manager for Haldor Topsoe for over 10 years, contracting large-scale fertilizer projects from corporate headquarters in Denmark and overseas offices in Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. In this capacity, he met with political and business leaders to develop strategic projects that aimed to alleviate food shortages in developing nations.

Prior to Haldor Topsoe, Mikael served as a Sales Project Manager at Burmeister & Waine Scandanavian Contractors, structuring turnkey power plant projects in undeveloped regions. He also previously worked with environmental technology firms, Oreco and FLS Airtech, overseeing the financing of air pollution control and oil spill control projects in close cooperation with export credit agencies and other funders.

Mikael began his career as a Sales Manager at Maersk Industry. He graduated with a BS in Production Engineering from the Technical College of Odense.

• Mohamad Ghosn - Operations

Mohamad Ghosn has over 23 years of experience as a microbiologist and 20 years as an engineering coordinator, designer, water and wastewater project manager for various municipalities, leachate, industries and communities throughout Canada and internationally.

A trilingual senior engineer, Mr. Ghosn has developed technical expertise in the design, management, start-up, operation and troubleshooting of biological process and mechanical problems for water and wastewater treatment systems for municipal and industrial installations. He has mastered multiple treatment technologies related to his field such as: conventional treatment system, Reverse Osmosis, activated sludge, aerated lagoons, sequencing batch reactor (SBR), membrane bioreactor (MBR), moving bed bioreactor (MBBR), disinfection, Aeration and mixing systems. Mr. Ghosn has also served as an expert witness on warranty, liability/litigation, energy and water audits. He has acted as a process engineer and product manager for suppliers of wastewater treatment equipment.

Mr. Ghosn participated on designing most of the leachate facilities existing in Quebec. Over the years, he has developed a new conceptual approach to treat the leachate from either domestic or composting sites. Mr. Ghosn has developed a new process narrative adapted to the age and the hydraulic flow fluctuation of the leachate.

• Nyananso Gabriel Ekanem – Operations

Nyananso Gabriel Ekanem is the Founder and Managing Consultant at Weircapacity Ltd, an infrastructure and management consultancy that provides advisory services for the Water, Environment, and Infrastructure sectors.

Prior to founding Weircapacity, Nyananso was responsible for PPP contract management for the Federal Government of Nigeria Regulatory Agency for Public Private Partnerships. As an independent consultant, he worked on a number of Government and Civil Society partnership projects, including a European Union supported Water and Sanitation sector reform programme; this comprised Policy and Legal Reform, Institutional Reform, Financial Sustainability, Technical Capacity Assessment, Community Water Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Nyananso earned a Masters Degree in Water and Environmental Management from the Water, Engineering, and Development Centre at Loughborough University in England.

• Peter Macy – Operations

Peter Macy has 40 years of experience in all aspects of water supply, sanitation, and wastewater engineering, and is the Founder, President, and CEO of ROCKBlue. ROCKBlue is a social enterprise that partners with public utilities to collaboratively solve the management and institutional challenges of providing reliable and high-quality potable water and sewerage to urban customers.

Prior to founding ROCKBlue, Peter served in multiple capacities with CDM Smith, and oversaw their management of over $2 billion in infrastructure operations across Africa. He has also worked within and for numerous public utilities, including utilities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Peter has lived most of his life in Africa and started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and the Central African Republic. He earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) from Syracuse University.

• René LeBlanc – Health & Safety

René has a BSc in Chemistry and a MSc in Environmental Health. He became certified Safety Professional (CRSP) in 2006 and Industrial Hygienist (ROH) in 2008.

Previously, René managed the Industrial Hygiene Department and the Air Group (GreenHouse Gas, Noise, Modeling, Permitting) at GHD Consulting Ltd. He also provided consulting services and training for Industrial, Commercial, and Governmental Clients.

René is President-elect of the International Occupational Hygiene Association and was 2017-2018 President of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygiene (CRBOH). He is also actively involved with Workplace Health Without Borders. René serves as a volunteer for Commonwealth Games Canada and at various sports events.

• Robert Sinclair - Operations

Robert has spent over 20 years co-creating executive level strategic relationships and solutions with corporations (private & public), pension funds, private equity, development firms, hedge funds, family offices, NGO’s and business partners. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer with the mandate to create a Private Firm/Single Family office, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Louisiana 23 Development Company (LA23), and an Advisor to CrowdSmart - a pioneer in the application of prediction science for a Startup investing, combining world-class artificial intelligence (AI) and a global community of Member Evaluators to democratize the seed-investing ecosystem and deliver better outcomes for investors and entrepreneurs alike.

Robert began his career providing risk management consultancy at a boutique firm in Australia. After moving to Canada, Robert headed up the creation of the risk management division at RiskCheck Inc, a leading Canadian advisory firm. After leaving the firm, he created his own advisory firm which eventually merged with GHD, which is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global market sectors of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

Robert received a Bachelor of Applied Science from Western Sydney University.

• Satish Menon - Operations

Satish Menon is the Founding Partner of Atethemis Inc, an international development consultancy that provides program planning, design, implementation, and management support for global development projects. Atethemis has a track record of successfully executing development projects that deliver sustainable water & sanitation service, with a focus on environmental integration, and social and gender inclusion. Satish also serves as a board member for ROCKBlue, and is a director and film producer.

Satish has extensive experience in leading projects in water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and storm water collection and detention. He also has experience in master planning and feasibility studies, and conducting risk assessment and mitigation exercises.

Satish earned a BA in Civil Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University.
 


 

 

PARTNERSHIPS

 

 

CARBON Group Global (“CARBON”) and Operation Water have collaborated to launch the Operation Water Challenge – a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds for Operation Water. The two organizations are also collaborating to develop a model village concept that will be employed to alleviate rural poverty across the developing world.

 

 

 

ROCKBlue provides technical guidance and support to Operation Water. ROCKBlue also serves as an advisor to the local engineering companies that are mandated by Operation Water to conduct feasibility studies, supervise construction of water infrastructure, and operate and maintain those facilities.

 

 

Project Terra Firma of Canada (tf.) and Operation Water jointly developed a Technical Advisory Board, which provides strategic and project-level advice in the development of sustainable water infrastructure in the most disadvantaged communities in the world. The Technical Advisory Board also manages the relationship with ROCKBlue.