Roger Short has over 30 years of experience in conflict resolution, social inclusion, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development. He has been an associate of the United Nations System Staff College on the Rights Based Approach to achieve the MDGs; Secretary General of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations; and Chief Internationalisation expert for the Danish Technological Institute in Denmark. As TA to the Department of Water, in South Africa supported by DANIDA, during the period 2000 – 2010,  he used the CHC to augment  the IWRM programme.


Dr. Aaron Tanner, Regional Representative West Africa

Dr. Aaron Tanner has  PhD from Cranfield University (UK)  with research focused on promoting organisational development plan to encourage water utilities to increase sustainability performance. His practical experience over 9 years includes latrine design and construction, household water treatment and water quality testing, faecal sludge and solid waste management, bio-sand filter production, as well as training in Community Health Clubs and hygiene promotion,  water safety planning, behaviour change,  and environmental sanitation.

Experience in Africa includes Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, and in Asia in Bangladesh, Cambodia,  India, Lao and Nepal as well as introducing CHCs into Papua New Guinea. He has recently joined Africa AHEAD as an Associate, charged with developing partnerships in West Africa and other countries in Asia where he has worked.


Zachery Bigirimana, Regional Represenative Africa AHEAD - Rwanda

Zachary Bigirimana, Regional Representative East Africa

Zachary Bigirimana has a Masters of Public Health, focusing on Management of Health Services, Rural Social Development and Human Resources. He has a rich experience in research and consultancy related to project development and management, behavior change approaches, management of community based initiatives. Other areas of expertise are institutional capacity-building including training needs assessment, developing of both strategic and operational plans. He has worked as   as a Country Representative for African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Rwanda for three years, a Technical Advisor (WSP-World Bank) to the Environmental Health Division of Ministry of Health, Uganda and Rwanda, and is a National Trainer at Health Manpower Development Centre, Uganda. Together with Anthony Waterkeyn and Joseph Katabarwa he designed the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme in Rwanda.                                                   Languages: English, Kinyarwanda, Rukiga, Luganda