About
Us

We're changing the status quo

We know that change takes time and long-term commitment is crucial.

We know that people don't want handouts. They want service and reliability.

We know that when people have their basic needs met, they can do incredible things.

Read more about our unique approach
A Water Compass staff member with a clipboard in front of a water point, providing basic maintenance

We also know a whole lot about water.

A female Water Compass staff member surveying a woman in the community about her community's water needs

Meet our Team

Gerald Tumwine
Project Manager

Gerald has a wealth of experience coordinating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) operations across Uganda. He has considerable knowledge of project design and various social marketing approaches to engage individuals, communities, and local leaders effectively. He has spent several years providing technical support to community-based WASH structures, enabling them to build self-sustaining enterprises. His focus on sustainability is a key part of his role at Water Compass - to ensure our programs have a lasting impact.

Florence Samanya
Finance Manager

Florence has over 12 years’ experience of financial stewardship in the private sector and with non-profit organizations. Although her position is not field-based, Florence enjoys working with Water Compass because of our focus on community development and improving access to water and sanitation. Florence ensures by having proper controls in place Water Compass’ work is effective, transparent and serves our partner communities sustainably. Florence has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Humphrey Katamba
Solar-Powered Water Systems Engineer

Humphrey is a specialist when it comes to solar-powered water supply systems. He has extensive experience with the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of solar water supply and irrigation systems. A dedicated WASH professional, he leads Water Compass’ effort to sustainably and efficiently provide clean water to rural communities in Uganda. Humphrey holds a BSc in Water Resources Engineering from Busitema University and a Certificate in WASH in Emergency Situations from Makerere University School of Public Health.

Wilberforce Kagwa
Technical Supervisor

Kagwa has worked on water and sanitation programs in Uganda for over 20 years. He has infinite knowledge of the design and construction of water and sanitation infrastructure such as shallow wells, protected springs, boreholes, piped water schemes and latrines. He oversees the construction and maintenance of Water Compass’ solar-powered water systems. He also happens to be a skilled carpenter. In his career Kagwa has helped tens-of-thousands of his fellow Ugandans to gain access to clean water and improved sanitation and proudly continues to do so.

Richard Mugisha
Senior Community Development Officer

Richard has worked across Uganda on water, sanitation and hygiene programs in both urban and rural settings. Prior to joining Water Compass, he spent 6 years working as a Health Assistant with Kampala City Council and then as the Assistant Water Officer in Kyenjonjo District Local Government where was integral to the project which saw Nyabuharwa sub-county be declared the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) sub-county in Uganda by UNICEF. Richard holds a Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences.

Irene Namaganda
Senior Community Development Officer

Irene has a passion for social work and interacting with communities. She has spent over 7 years working on various WASH projects. She has supported thousands of individuals and families in the informal settlements of Kampala to gain access to improved sanitation. As a consultant with Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Cooperation she helped underserved urban households gain access to clean water through the installation of pre-paid water meters. She has also worked closely with Uganda’s prison community, conducting health promotion campaigns on disease prevention.

Fatuma Nakigozi
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Fatuma is a natural when it comes to working with communities. In her previous roles before joining Water Compass, she focused on sanitation and hygiene promotion in eastern Uganda as well as community mobilization and education with Gomba District Local Government. She also has substantial experience conducting assessments and project evaluations. Fatuma joined Water Compass as a volunteer, but was quickly brought on board as a full time staff member. Fatuma holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Kyambogo University.

Joseph Ssenkumba
Market Based Sanitation Officer

Joseph is an accomplished public health specialist with over 7 years’ experience planning, implementing and coordinating community-based health care activities. He has focused much of his career on behavior change communication, helping households and communities improve and instill healthy practices in their daily lives. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health, a BA in Community Health and a Certificate in Social Behavior Change Communication from Ohio University. Joseph has a personal career goal of improving the quality of life among vulnerable groups through community-based interventions.

Ken Rogers Mutube
WASH in Schools Officer

Ken Rogers is a dedicated development professional with over 7 years’ experience working on youth-focused projects in Uganda. He has specialized in child protection and creating safe spaces for at-risk adolescent girls to receive counselling and gain vocational skills. Ken joined Water Compass as a WASH in Schools Officer to help instill strong hygiene and sanitation behaviors in the next generation. Ken Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, and is currently pursuing a post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management.

Rebecca Namuyanja
WASH in Schools Officer

Rebecca has considerable experience working with communities and children. Prior to joining Water Compass, she served as a social worker with an organization focused on assisting women with disabilities and improving the standard of living for people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. Rebecca joined Water Compass as a WASH in Schools Officer because she’s very passionate about supporting children to grow up strong and seeing healthy behaviors in her community. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in Uganda.

Agnes Nannyondo
Sanitation Sales Catalyst

Agnes has outstanding experience when it comes to working with communities. Before joining Water Compass, she focused on improving peoples’ standards of living with the promotion of affordable solar products across Uganda. This involved community sensitization, mobilization and education in relation to the benefits of using solar. Being a sales related process, she brought her skills and experience to Water Compass in order to promote a market-based sanitation approach in communities we partner with. Agnes holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Makerere University.

Ruth Ndibalekera
Sanitation Sales Catalyst

Ruth is a devoted change agent and has over ten years of experience working with communities in Uganda. With her background in accounting, she has focused on improving people’s livelihoods. This has involved training communities in group dynamics, Farming as a Business (FAAB), Village Saving and Loans Association (VSLA) management, Income Generating Activities (IGA) and Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Ruth joined Water Compass to use her skills, knowledge and experience to help improve sanitation and hygiene standards in the communities we serve.

Ivan Busuulwa
Sanitation Sales Catalyst

Ivan is a proud humanitarian and advocate for change who is passionate about building the capacity of individuals and communities in Uganda. Before coming on board with Water Compass as a Sanitation Sales Catalyst, he worked in the private sector and was responsible for promoting financial programs that focused on enhancing household health and financial resilience throughout of Uganda. He now applies this experience to help improve sanitation service provision in our partner communities. Ivan holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Kyambogo University.

John Bosco Lukudu
Market-Based Sanitation Officer

John Bosco is dedicated to working with communities and has years of experience implementing projects across Uganda. His professional focus has been on changing behaviour in relation to sanitation and hygiene practices in communities and schools as a means of improving health standards. He also an adept marketer, working with businesses and households to expand sanitation access. John Bosco joined Water Compass to build on his considerable experience and to continue to aid communities. John Bosco holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Muteesa I Royal University in Uganda.

Francis Kasumba
Sanitation Sales Catalyst

Francis has a passion to improve the wellbeing and welfare of the communities in Uganda. With a bachelor’s degree in Social Development and Counselling, he has spent over five years focused on community mobilization, health promotion and behaviour change. His diverse experience ranges from guidance counselling for at-risk youth to implementing water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Francis brings his expertise to Water Compass and our partner communities to improve the standard of sanitation and hygiene to create healthier and happier households.

Sylivia Nganjani
Finance Officer

Sylivia is always looking on the bright side of life and ready to laugh at any moment. She joined Water Compass after spending close to a decade working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Uganda. She brings her unique experience and financial management skills to help Water Compass implement our programs efficiently and to support communities to grow and prosper. Sylivia holds a Diploma in Business Administration and Management from Multitech Business School and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration-Accounting at Uganda Christian University.

Ned Morgan
Executive Director

Ned has spent over a decade leading water, sanitation and hygiene projects and disease prevention programs across the world. He’s worked on long term development initiatives as well as emergency response programs in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He received his master’s degree in Water and Environmental Management from the Water, Engineering and Development Center at Loughborough University in the UK. Based on his experience, Ned started Water Compass with the intention to improve how water, sanitation and hygiene programs are planned, implemented and managed to ensure they have a lasting impact.

        Water Compass has relieved our burden!  As a community, we used to struggle to maintain one handpump, but Water Compass, they have saved us. They manage the new solar water system without any problem. They are like our family and take care of us.

Salongo Kikambi, Vice Chairperson of Mbirizi village
Clean water pouring from a pipe into a small pool of water on the ground

Meet our Board

Our Uganda Board

Judith Tindyebwa
Uganda Board Member

Judith is a social worker who has dedicated most of her career to improve the welfare of vulnerable children in Uganda. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Makerere University in Uganda and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Judith has considerable experience in designing, managing, and evaluating complex development projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS care and treatment and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health including Menstrual Health Management. In her free time, Judith loves to read, take nature walks, exercise and watch comedies.

Lyne Naluwaga
Uganda Board Member

Lyne brings her diverse experience to her position as a board member with Water Compass. She has a background in early childhood development and psychology and has spent over 15 years supporting clients and vulnerable communities in Uganda, both professionally and on a voluntary basis. In recent years, Lyne has shifted her focus towards technology, helping to engage and expand the market for solar products in rural communities and now serves as a Community Support Officer with a Dutch/Ugandan tech start-up. She is currently completing a bachelor’s in Computer Science.

Irene Nakiyemba
Uganda Board Member

Irene is a public health specialist whose greatest passion is to bring hope and optimism to people who face day-to-day challenges in their communities. In her career, Irene has focused on working with women, children and families across Uganda to find simple and applicable solutions to improve their health and livelihoods. Irene has spent years promoting community health through various water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects and, as a board member, advises Water Compass on how to make the greatest impact through our programs. She is currently pursuing her degree in public health.

Florence Samanya
Uganda Board Member

Florence has over 12 years’ experience of financial stewardship in the private sector and with non-profit organizations. Florence enjoys serving on Water Compass’ board of directors because of our focus on community development and improving access to clean water and sanitation. Florence ensures by having proper controls in place Water Compass’ work is effective, transparent and serves our partner communities sustainably. Florence has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Our U.S. Board

Matt Streisfeld
US Board Member

Matt is a Partner at Oak HC/FT focusing on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities exclusively in financial services technology. Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Matt was a Vice President with LLR Partners, a middle-market growth equity firm, where he focused on investments in financial services technology companies. Matt was previously a Senior Associate at Lightyear Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market financial services companies. Matt was also an Associate in the insurance investment banking group of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

Isha Nirola
US Board Member

Isha is currently a doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health. Before joining Harvard, she was the Community Health Director at Possible Health, where she led the Community Health strategy and oversaw operations at two key levels of Possible’s hub-and-spoke healthcare model – clinics and community health workers. Isha also worked as a Senior Technical Advisor for the Carter Center in South Sudan, where she managed parts of their Guinea Worm eradication program. Prior to her work in South Sudan, Isha contributed to a number of fact-finding missions for the Human Rights Law Network’s Reproductive Rights Unit; served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati as a Health and Community Development worker; and worked as a Health Advocate in Baltimore City.

Iain Cox
US Board Member

Iain is the Political Consellor at the British Embassy in The Philippines. He has previously served as Deputy Head of Mission in Mongolia and as Second Secretary Political in Ethiopia. Prior to joining the Foreign Office he was a regional manager for a water and sanitation charity in Uganda. Iain has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and an MA in Modern History from Somerville College, Oxford.

Bronwyn Nichol
US Board Member

Bronwyn is the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Africa Regional Office. She is responsible for providing strategic, technical, and managerial leadership for epidemic and pandemic preparedness programming, as well proving technical support to emergency health response. Prior to joining IFRC, Bronwyn managed health response and research in DR Congo and as part of the West Africa Ebola Response in Sierra Leone with International Relief Committee. Other previous work experience includes health promotion in Jordan with Syrian refugees, sexual and reproductive health programming in Cambodia, Guinea Worn eradication in Chad, public health research in DRC, and HIV/AIDS programming in Cameroon.

Tim Martin
US Board Member

Tim is a Vice President with the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) advising the firm's national clients on their life science real estate portfolios. Prior to working for JLL, Tim held similar roles with Colliers International and Spaulding & Slye, in addition to working for BioMed Realty Trust. In addition to his work with Water Compass, he is also serves as the chairman of the building committee for the historic Trinity Church in Boston.

Nick Guillemette
US Board Member

Nick has spent the majority of his professional career connecting patients and families with Boston area hospitals through online marketing campaigns. Nick is currently a Digital Marketing Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital, the top ranked pediatric hospital in the United States. Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Nick was the Director of Paid Search Advertising at Charles River Interactive, where he and his team provided digital marketing services to the healthcare, higher education and non-profit sectors. Nick was previously a Strategy Analyst and Account Supervisor at Gupta Media, a full-service digital advertising agency focused on creating and executing strategic, data-driven marketing and advertising campaigns for the world’s largest music and entertainment brands.

Ned Morgan
Executive Director

Ned has spent over a decade leading water, sanitation and hygiene projects and disease prevention programs across the world. He’s worked on long term development initiatives as well as emergency response programs in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He received his master’s degree in Water and Environmental Management from the Water, Engineering and Development Center at Loughborough University in the UK. Based on his experience, Ned started Water Compass with the intention to improve how water, sanitation and hygiene programs are planned, implemented and managed to ensure they have a lasting impact.

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