MA Industrial Design Engineering, Royal College of Art
Virginia has worked in design, engineering, management, entrepreneurship, fundraising and journalism. After studying literature and engineering at Stanford University, and covering design for publications including The New York Times and Metropolis, she began to value the social importance of products and systems we live with, and to recognize certain everyday realities, such as the flush toilet, as wasteful. She founded Loowatt Ltd. after developing the toilet and system concept during her masters’ degree in 2008.
A natural linguist who has passions for art and design, Polly is also a chartered accountant who has led international finance teams in the commercial sector, accumulating technical skills, professional judgment and commercial awareness. She worked in the health sector from 2008 and has also advised on financial strategy, business planning and operational issues, including the provision of in-house financial expertise to HM Treasury on investment appraisal.
MA Innovation Design Engineering, Royal College of Art
Chris is an Industrial Design engineer with extensive experience in the commercial sector, designing products and interfaces for companies including Unilever and QinetiQ. At Loowatt, Chris’s focus is on design and user experience for every aspect of the waste-to-energy system. A skilled analytical thinker, Chris applies design research and methodology to understand complex scenarios and user interactions that apply to both the individual and system levels of Loowatt’s products.
MEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London
Iain is a mechanical engineer who, after graduating from Imperial College, has spent several years building anaerobic digesters for Loowatt. Iain was responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of Loowatt’s pilot system, currently in operation in Madagascar, and developing a test facility for Loowatt at Imperial College London that hosts lab-scale tests in treatment of organic waste. Iain exercises his passion for Engineering and Design by inventing mechanisms such as catapults and robotic snakes, and building his own house.
MA Industrial Design, University of the Arts London
Fernanda is an Industrial Designer with extensive experience in packaging design. She developed structural packaging for various brands including McDonalds and Pret a Manger before completing a Masters degree at Central St. Martins College. Her final degree project, a household anaerobic digester, questioned users’ relationship with packaging waste and product lifecycles. Fernanda has extensive experience in both anaerobic digestion and biodegradable materials.
MA Politics and Economics, The University of Edinburgh
Zannah is a Project Coordinator with strong analytical and communication skills. She has previously worked as an economist, assistant editor and report writer in the private and public sectors, most recently for the New Zealand Parliament. Zannah is an experienced project coordinator and has worked for startups in diverse fields including mobile digital applications and sanitation development. At Loowatt, Zannah performs a broad range of tasks including developing project management strategies, project coordination, budget forecasting and monitoring.
Associate Certificate of Graphic Design, British Columbia Institute of Technology
BFA Visual Arts, University of British Columbia
Kaitlin is an artist and graphic designer with a passion for contemporary art and design. She is the owner and curator of K Zhang Gallery, an online contemporary gallery showcasing international artists. During her studies in Vancouver, Canada, she designed and helped curate two exhibitions at the UBC Museum of Anthropology and Seattle Art Museum. Kaitlin contributes to the visual communication at Loowatt and enjoys spreading fun facts about the toilet on social media.
Engineering degree, Polytech Montpellier
MSc Water Management, Cranfield University
Armel is a researcher of the cultural, financial, and technical aspects of water and sanitation projects in developing countries. For his MSc thesis, Armel mapped the socio-economic landscape of the urban slum FAMMI in Antananarivo to assess the feasibility of a full-scale implementation of Loowatt’s sanitation business model. This later manifested to be Loowatt’s pilot system. At Loowatt, he continues to work on the implementation and coordination of future projects in Madagascar.
MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College London
Claire has worked as an analytical chemist, a computer software writer, a water/wastewater researcher, and as the convenor of the Water Management Option of the Imperial College MSc in Environmental Technology. She has abundant curiosity, an eye for the big picture and a lifelong interest in all things sewage-related.
BA Political Science and French, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Before joining Loowatt to manage the pilot system in Antananarivo, Jackson spent two years at the Peace Corps in Madagascar as a Small Business Development Agent. His duties included training people in the local community in business and financial management. Jackson has a deep understanding of Malagasy language and culture, a strong belief in environmental preservation, and a passion for entrepreneurial projects.
Master of Economics, University of Antananarivo
Anselme manages Loowatt SARL operations, including growth strategies, stakeholder relationships, and supply chains. Anselme’s master’s degree work centered on microfinance and its potential to create new livelihoods in Madagascar. Before joining Loowatt, he spent three years with the American Government through Peace Corps Madagascar training volunteers in small enterprise development, health care, education and environment.
Master in Management and Marketing, University of Antananarivo
Tolotra began working with the Loowatt team in 2012 as a translator. His keen interest in Loowatt’s system pushed him to become more deeply involved, and he now coordinates work at the Energy Unit and Compost sites. Tolotra has experience in market research and benchmarking, and is applying these skills to broaden the reach of Loowatt, which he believes can help to solve sanitation problems and revolutionize toilets in Madagascar.
Our mission is to build odorless toilets with a high usability standard, in systems that maximize the value generated from human waste. We have teams working in the UK and in Madagascar.