October 2020

Rachel Peletz

Rachel leads Aquaya’s research portfolio and supervises the Research and Programs team. She has 15 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector, collaborating with partners from over 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. With over 30 peer-reviewed publications, she brings an interdisciplinary research approach that combines engineering, public health, nutrition, microbiology, and economics. Rachel currently oversees research on innovative solutions for water safety management in Ghana and Uganda, sanitation economics in Kenya, and pro-poor targeted program interventions in Ghana. Rachel joined Aquaya in 2012 and led the team in Kenya for five years before returning to the USA.

Prior to joining Aquaya, Rachel was a Research Fellow and doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an International Technical Advisor for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) in Canada. Rachel’s doctoral research included a randomized, controlled trial of a safe water intervention to evaluate health impacts on young children born to HIV-positive mothers in Zambia.

Rachel has a PhD from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a MSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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