22 March 2021 – HANWASH (Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy), an organization dedicated to delivering safely-managed and sustainable water and sanitation for every household in Haiti, has hired Ryan Rowe, a Rotary International Peace Fellow as its first full-time Executive Director.

“After a careful selection process, the HANWASH Board of Directors hired Ryan based on his extensive experience and demonstrated ability to manage complex projects focused on sustainable social impact,” Barry Rassin, Past Rotary International President and current Chair of the HANWASH Board of Directors said. “I’m certain that his leadership and vision will assist us with the scalability needed to make this dream a reality.”

Rowe’s hiring comes as HANWASH implements a strategic growth and learning plan for the scalability of its initial pilot project in Cavaillon, a commune in the southern part of Haiti. HANWASH will inaugurate its first wells and implement metered districts in that area in the coming month.

“All of us at HANWASH see an opportunity to bring potable water and good sanitation to the entire country of Haiti,” said Dr. Robert Leger, a Past Rotary District Governor and Haiti Liaison to the HANWASH team. “I’m really excited about this next step for HANWASH and I can’t wait to see where we go with Ryan leading the team.”

Rowe joins HANWASH with a wealth of prior professional experiences in business and the nonprofit sectors, including advising the Governments of Haiti and Malawi on policies for safe drinking-water, directing a non-profit in the United Arab Emirates, leading the digital transformation of a philanthropic foundation, and establishing a US$630 million Middle East-focused infrastructure investment fund.