The goal of Citywide Inclusive Sanitation is to effectively plan and implement safely managed sanitation systems in cities to ensure everyone has adequate sanitation service delivery outcomes to meet Sustainable Development Goal Six (SDG6).
In this ROCKBlue Online Lecture Series (OLS) segment, our panel of experts discusses how to sustainably scale inclusive urban sanitation in developing countries.
General Manager – ROCKBlue
Chris Serjak has 20 years of experience in water and sanitation, infrastructure project management, sustainable international development and environmental consulting. Chris currently serves as South Africa Team Leader for the USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Finance project seeking to unlock funding for investment in the WASH sector to meet global targets for universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation. He previously led the $500M water and wastewater sector of USAID’s Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Program – the agency’s largest ever infrastructure project. Chris has also managed major infrastructure and environmental projects in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, and the United States. He began his career in South Africa where he worked on environmental assessments of mining projects in the Royal Bafokeng Nation in northern South Africa, the Maguga Dam in Swaziland, and various commercial projects throughout South Africa and Botswana. Chris has a MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a postgraduate diploma in Construction Management from the University of Washington, and a BS in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University.
The World Bank
Peter Hawkins is a member of the World Bank’s global urban sanitation team, with a focus on supporting projects in Africa. He worked on sanitation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 1976-1981, including the characterization of pit latrine contents and studies on pit emptying. In 1982 he moved to Mozambique as a volunteer, working on urban sanitation and drainage, and then worked for the next 23 years as a consultant, mostly in Africa, including long-term assignments managing sanitation projects in Tanzania (1984-1989) and Ghana (1997-2002), as well as working in the water and sanitation sector in various Latin American countries, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. He returned to Mozambique in 2007 where he headed the WSP team until 2016, before moving into his current global role.
Isabel Blackett is an independent consultant in Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (ISP). She previously served as a senior sanitation specialist with the World Bank’s Global Water Practice for 11 years. Prior to that, Isobel worked as a sanitation advisor with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in South Africa and the Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Company. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield and holds a MSc in Water and Waste Engineering for Developing Countries from Loughborough University, both in the UK.