About Us

Joseph Atnafu, Waste Management
Background: Joseph has previously developed production line testing and improvements for the Bayer Group. He came to MIT apply engineering skills to help those in low-income situations. He loves to travel and has lived and worked in China.

Miriam Atuya, Sales
Background: Miriam, a native of Nairobi, has previously worked in the informal settlements in South Africa, tutoring children aged 6-11 at Relifwe during her two years at the African Leadership Academy. She has also interned at the Cradle the Children’s foundation, designing their annual children’s conference.

David Auerbach, Sales
Background: David worked at Ignia Fund in Mexico and ran Partnerships, Policy, and Outreach at Endeavor. He was the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6, and taught in China for two years.

Nathan Cooke, Product Development
Background: Nathan works as a Designer at the MIT D-Lab, a program that fosters the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions for low-income communities, and is an organizer of the annual International Development Design Summit. He has contributed to the development of several products for improving sustainability at companies like Autodesk and Frog Design.

Emily Durfee, Consumer Marketing
Background: At Georgetown, Emily majored in Culture and Politics, focusing on International Development and Gender in Africa.  She has interned with African development organizations including ThinkImpact and USAID, in Washington DC and Accra, Ghana where she studied abroad.

Caroline Gertsch, Operations & Human Resources
Background: Caroline worked at African Health and Community Programme, a Nairobi slum-based NGO, where she was responsible for the entrepreneurship and the women economic empowerment programme. Before that she was European Graduate Programme Manager at Swiss Re. She held several leadership positions within AIESEC, a platform for youth leadership development.

Laura Kraft, Waste Management
Background: Laura has spent two years in Kenya managing sanitation and waste reuse programs for GTZ and the Resource-Oriented Sanitation concepts for peri-urban areas in Africa (ROSA) project. As a graduate student, she completed her thesis on “Characterisation of Greywater from peri-urban areas in Nakuru, Kenya” and implemented a community-based environmental conservation and development program in Kakamega, Kenya.

Sarah Moore, Manufacturing
Background: Sarah’s career has spanned across both manufacturing and design.  Most recently, Sarah has worked as building consulting engineering in the construction industry, designing low-energy mechanical systems and performing whole building energy analysis.  She is licensed as a Professional Engineer under the State of Washington, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and an ASHRAE-certified Building Energy Modeling Professional.

Anthony Mutuku, Sales
Background: Anthony is a professional counselor and trainer of trainers in peer education, training young people how to disseminate HIV information in the Mukuru community. In his community work, he focuses on sanitaiton, HIV, the environment, and nurturing young talent in order to ensure that youth become a resource in the community for sustainable community development.

Vincent Mutuku, Sales
Background: Vincent, a native of the Mukuru Kwa Njenga area where Sanergy is launching its pilot, has worked as a mapper with Map Kibera Trust and as a community asset mobilizer and peer educator with Emory University and HIV FREE Generation. His goal is to see that everything he does constitutes a positive change of the society at large.

Boniface Ndithia, Sales
Background: Born in Kanjando in Kenya’s Eastern Province, Bonny moved to the Mukuru area of Nairobi at age six. As a teenager, he started an initiative through the Makadara Health Center to supply condoms to local pubs. After getting his fist experience with community improvement projects, Bonny joined U-Tena Performing Arts Group and quickly became an expert in drumming, acting, puppetry, and building puppets – and often shares his skills through workshops at local school and other youth arts and entrepreneurship training.

Dennis Ochieng, Operations
Background: Dennis started his career as one of the pioneer students of Moi University’s School of Public Health. Prior to joining Sanergy, Dennis worked in South Sudan for 5 years in the field of Primary Health Care but with special interest and focus on health system strengthening, performance based financing and monitoring and evaluation. Previously, Dennis had worked at the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (TICH, currently the Great Lakes University of Kisumu) as a lecturer in the department of knowledge management and communication, where he honed his skills of working with communities, performance monitoring and evaluation.

Charles Ojiambo, Manufacturing
Background: Charles, a native of the Kenyan border town of Busia, has worked previously as a construction site engineer with Kent East Africa. While at university, he designed the Nyahururu sewage treatment plant with APEC Consortium. Coming from a family of 11 from the small border town of Busia, he is no stranger to hard work, and says he is excited to apply his learnings to this important work.

Lindsay Stradley, Operations & Consumer Marketing
Background: Lindsay worked at Bridge International Academies, a network of low-cost schools in the Nairobi slums, and at Google as a Sales & Operations manager. She co-founded a charter school in post-Katrina New Orleans and taught as a Teach For America Corps Member.

Gaurav Tiwari, Sales
Gaurav, a native of India, is the recipient of the Hernando de Soto fellowship and is currently based at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work is focused on land rights, development economics and international law. He was an economics analayst at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.

Ani Vallabhaneni, Engineering
Background: Ani turned around a chain of dialysis clinics for low-income patients in the Philippines. With a background in technology and operations, he has built startups in India and the US.

 Joel Veenstra, Manufacturing
Background: Joel lived in Tanzania and Kenya for six years and is proficient in Kiswahili. He has worked in home construction, including concrete foundations and timber framing. After training in ferrocement construction techniques in Nicaragua, Joel spent last summer in Kenya developing Sanergy’s first toilet model. More recently, he participated in MIT’s D-Lab in Cambodia working on with sanitation issues.

Moses Wahor, Consumer Marketing
Background: Moses, originally from Mukuru Kwa Reuben, is a GIS mapper and a trainer. He has mapped the Mukuru Kwa Ruben, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, and Viwandani slums, and more recently trained others in his community on behalf of MapKibera and completed mapping for JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, specifically on water and sanitation. He is a specialist in community mobilization, awareness and sensitization, and he has applied his photography and videography skills to work for the Emory University Interfaith Health Program.

Naomi Wangari, Sales
Background: Naomi moved to Mukuru as an infant and, throughout her life, has dedicated herself to community building and improvement. In particular, she has been a leader of MISPATH, a local youth group focused on theater, dancing, and acrobatics. She has since used her performance skills as a marketer with Beiersdorf, selling their Nivea product line, and is thrilled to merge her skills and passion in her work identifying and selling to Sanergy’s future franchisees.