OLS#14

Urban WASH – Viable Options to Minimize Corruption

OLS-14 - Urban WASH – Viable Options to Minimize Corruption

While many work for the common good in implementing effective and sustainable WASH projects, many times we encounter individuals, organizations or practices that take away from the mission and are focused on siphoning funds for personal benefit. We have assembled a panel of experts with experience in many projects to provide their knowledge and advice to minimize corruption practices in Urban WASH delivery.

Host

Barika Poole, OLS Manager & Facilitator – ROCKBlue

Barika is the founder and president of BRP Consulting, Inc., an engineering consulting services firm specializing in water resources management, supply design, technical analysis and training. From 2020 to 2021, she served as executive director of SPOUTS, a Uganda-based NGO that provides access to safe, clean drinking water through ceramic water filter technology. For 12 years, she was a water resources project manager with CDM Smith, a leading global engineering and construction consulting firm. A professional engineer with nearly 20 years of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experience, she has worked with municipalities, government agencies and private sector clients.

Panelists

Robert Gakubia, Director – Blackburn Associates Ltd.

Robert Gakubia is an Independent Water and Sanitation Professional and has been a Director of Blackburn Associates Ltd, a water development and management consultancy based in Nairobi Kenya since July 2021. Prior to his present vocation he was the CEO of the Kenya Water Services Regulatory Board [Wasreb] from 2008 – 2021. Robert also worked as the Chief Engineer/Director of Water Services at the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation a position he rose to after having held other senior positions in the Ministry. As Director and CEO, he was instrumental in implementing a transformative reform agenda needed to ensure a more accountable, responsive, well capacitated, resourced, resilient and progressive water sector in Kenya in line with the International Human Rights Framework. He is well-versed in the infrastructure and the systems (institutions, people, finance and regulations) required to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services and the attendant challenges therein. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Nairobi and an MSc graduate from UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. He is a Consulting Engineer under the Engineers Board of Kenya and a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.

Daniela Patiño Piñeros, Programme Coordinator – Water Integrity Network 

Daniela manages advocacy and integrity management projects in Latin America. She has a background in Public Policy and several years of professional experience leading multi-stakeholder initiatives in the fight against corruption and in relation to Sustainable Development Goals in Colombia and Latin America. She has worked with diverse actors, raising awareness and creating momentum in the private sector and civil society to promote local initiatives and mobilise new sources of finance.

Ato Brown, Development Specialist 

Ato Brown is a development specialist with over 30 years of global experience.  He just retired from the World Bank after over 25 years of service.  His last position was Country Manager of the World Bank for Kazakhstan in the Europe and Central Asia Region (2016-2019).  Before this assignment, he was the Country Manager for Sierra Leone in the Africa Region (2012-2015) where he successfully led the World Bank Group’s response to the Ebola Pandemic in the country.  Prior to above assignments, he was Sector Manager for the Water Sector in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank (2009-2012) in charge of water resources management, water supply and sanitation services and irrigation development.  His work experience with the World Bank include working across the aisle with IFC and other IFIs (AfDB, AsDB, IsDB, EBRD, EIB, AIIB) and engaged on several development topics including infrastructure development and utility reforms, private sector engagement in services delivery, innovative financing of services, urban and rural development and social protection in Middle East and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran); Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Guinea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Lesotho, and South Africa); Asia (Vietnam, India and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) and Latin America (Brazil).He is a Ghanaian national with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and a master’s degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He comes to the table with strong management and communication skills, strategic visioning and client orientation as well as excellent interpersonal and engagement skills.

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