Sonal Gaurishanker | Portfolio Manager, South Asia


Sonal Gaurishanker

As Portfolio Manager for South Asia, Sonal works in close co-ordination with Water.org's India office to manage Water Credit initiatives in India. Her role involves monitoring and ensuring quality of existing programs and supporting the development and design of new programs and initiatives.

Sonal brings five years of experience in the water supply and sanitation sector in India, working to collaborate with government agencies, donors, NGOs and local communities on issues of service delivery and management. Prior to joining Water.org, Sonal worked with Water and Sanitation Program in India as an institutional capacity building consultant supporting the Government of India's Water Security Pilots. Prior to that, she worked as a portfolio analyst with the World Bank where she monitored the World Bank's India lending portfolio and operations. She started her journey in international development as a researcher, consulting on ADB, GIZ, DfID and IGC projects where she managed field and policy research.

Commitment to Water.org

"I am very excited to be working for Water.org which is pioneering innovative market based methods to address a rapidly growing global water crisis. I believe that demand-driven solutions like Water Credit can have a transformational impact in the global WSS sector. They assist communities who do not have easy recourse to traditional finance and housing markets to find sustainable solutions to improve their water and sanitation needs. More importantly, with a foundation in community participation and ownership, they enable people to take charge and choose their own WASH solutions and services specific to their family’s needs, thereby resulting in significant socio-economic empowerment."

Education

MSc. Environment and International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Bachelor's in Economics, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India

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