September 2019

Hello!

In addition to marking our 9 years’ anniversary, we’ve been making a splash globally – presenting at World Water Week in Stockholm and starting the development of an innovative sanitation market assessment tool. We’ve also been building an exciting relationship with our new India country director!

World Water Week in Stockholm

World Water Week in Stockholm

We participated in our first World Water Week in Stockholm, where we presented our FSM Toolbox at the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA28). Throughout the week, we attended lectures and met our partners and fellow WASH enthusiasts. Our co-founder Deepa Karthykeyan even had the privilege of meeting the G. Asok Kumar, the mission director for Namami Gange. Namami Gange is the Government of India’s national mission to clean the river Ganges.

Alongside attending World Water Week, we conducted a digital lecture on ‘Global Tools for Non-Sewered Sanitation: Focus on FSM Toolbox’ in partnership with IHE Delft.

Project kick-off in London: Urban Sanitation Market Assessment Tool

Project kick-off in London: Urban Sanitation Market Assessment Tool

We visited London for the kick-off of our project to develop a sanitation market assessment tool. Supporting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tool seeks to help city authorities make better informed sanitation investments. It does this by demonstrating how equitable, safe and financially sustainable planned sanitation investments are.

Improving agricultural productivity in India: our findings

Improving agricultural productivity in India: our findings

We’ve been supporting 4 international development studies students’ capstone project on agricultural productivity in India. The John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) students travelled to Uttar Pradesh to conduct research the impact of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) on farmer livelihoods and agricultural productivity. Their video presentation, accompanying report and blog can be found here.

Joining the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Joining the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Our co-founder Deepa Karthykeyan has joined the technical advisory group of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Given that data is at the core of what we do, we’re excited to contribute towards the UN’s efforts in this space!

Interns complete 3 month program in our Chennai office

Interns complete 3 month program in our Chennai office

A group of interns completed our 3 month program in our Chennai office, where they supported our WASH and urban development practices and supported our business development unit. In the words of one intern, Adyasha Mohanty, “The work culture of Athena leans towards the exchange of ideas and constructive feedback.” Find out more about their experience here. Chloé Beaudet also wrote a thought piece on the role of women as decision makers in mitigating some of the effects of water scarcity in India.

Athena’s new India country director

Athena’s new India country director

We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Umakant Panwar as our India country director. Dr. Panwar is a former senior civil servant, IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer (1991) and previously served as principal secretary to the Government of Uttarakhand, where he headed the departments of health, tourism, power, and home. He has over 27 years’ experience in various capacities, ranging from district magistrate to commissioner and chairman of large public sector companies.

We’re also happy to announce a new advisor, Dr. Najib, has joined our team. Dr. Najib is an urban environment, waste, sanitation and water resources management specialist with over 10 years’ experience across Africa and Europe.

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