Our Team Members

The SHF team consists of experts from varied backgrounds, finance and the private sector, WASH, academia, UN and civil society. Based out of Geneva, Nairobi, Phnom Penh and Brussels, the team's diverse life and work experiences ensure our work is grounded in respect and integrity, innovation and efficiency and collaboration and accountability.  

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Aline Sylvie Pawele

Country Fund Portfolio Manager

Aline works with the SHF Country Fund Portfolio team to advise and guide our financing strategy across our activities and projects in country. 

Aline joins the SHF with nearly two decades of experience in global health and international development, having worked in various organizations including the Global Fund, German Development Cooperation, WHO, UNAIDS, USAID, UN Women, UNFPA, and Oxfam GB. She has worked and led on supporting programs and policy implementation at local, national, and global levels.  


Originally from Rwanda and Togo, Aline holds a Master of Science in Project Management and speaks multiple languages including Kinyarwanda, English, French, and recently Kiswahili. She is excited to be a part of the SHF, an organisation where disruptive leadership is practiced, and boldness displayed, and hopes to contribute to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment, and future for all.
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Anna Konate

Senior Manager, Operations

As the Operation Senior Manager, Anna is in charge of driving a cost-effective business model for the SHF alongside shaping a ‘value for money’ culture. 

Her areas of expertise include extensive experience in local economic development, working with international development institutions and programme management, and the ability to improve relationships with stakeholders and the socio-economic development of host communities with specific reference to African countries.

Anna strongly believes that women and young girls are essential stakeholders for the eradication of poverty, promotion of goodness, values and human rights at large and is eager to contribute to the important work SHF is doing to improve access to sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health and hygiene.

Anna Konaté holds an Msc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship from London School of Economics-LSE after a Master’s degree from HEC Rabat. 

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Anton Jantunen

Country Fund Portfolio Specialist

Anton's role within the SHF Country Fund Portfolio team is to source, structure, execute and manage SHF's investments and projects locally in the target geographies.

Prior to joining SHF, Anton worked for a decade in the private sector in Europe and Africa. His most recent role was the Chief Financial Officer of Kasha - an African technology company focusing on women’s health. Prior to Kasha, he worked as an equity investor executing investments in early and growth stage companies, and corporate finance advisor, advising entrepreneurs and corporates with fundraisings, acquisitions and divestments.

Anton holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration (finance major) from Aalto University School of Business. He firmly believes that the status quo of access to safely-managed sanitation is on an alarming level, heavily impacting gender equality as it is related to menstrual health and hygiene, and is determined to address these challenges with new innovative methods and solutions that are supported by the SHF.

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Elke Johanna de Buhr

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation

Since completing her PhD with a study of orphans and vulnerable children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Elke has served as a faculty member for universities on three continents, and worked on research, monitoring and evaluation in many countries and contexts, including on human development (UNDP – worldwide), emergency response/disaster relief (UNOCHA – Asia and Africa), HIV/AIDS (CDC – Ethiopia and Rwanda), child protection (UNICEF – DRC), child and forced labor (US Department of Labor, the World Bank, Fairtrade International, Walk Free Foundation – worldwide), and rural development and agriculture (USDOL, Fairtrade – Africa and South & Central America). 

Elke joined UNOPS in 2019, where she led planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. In July 2021, Elke became the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund’s first Head of Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Jacob Said

Governance Officer

Jacob has been serving the UN across the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields for over a decade, including UNDP, UNRWA and the UN Secretariat through its Special Political Mission in Guinea-Bissau.

Working closely with our Board, Jacob ensures that the SHF governance frameworks are robust, fully functional, and contributing towards the achievement of SHF’s mission, in compliance with our corporate policies.

As a Chevening scholar, Jacob holds a MSc in International Development from The University of Edinburgh. 

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James Wicken

Head, Country Fund Portfolio

James has worked on sanitation, hygiene and water issues in Asia, Pacific and Africa for twenty years, ranging from local implementation to national and global policy perspectives.

At SHF, James heads the Country Portfolio team leading our work on supporting countries to identify and scale up local, viable and sustainable sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health solutions through partnerships and innovative financing approaches. 

James believes sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to health, dignity and ending poverty and is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to bring about a step change in investments to address these issues at greater scale and with a faster pace so that this preventable crisis ends.

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LaToya Coute

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

As the Special Assistant to the Executive Director (and also supporting the Deputy Executive Director), LaToya supports all resource mobilization, donor, partnership and stakeholder work of the SHF. She also has oversight of both Director's calendars, ensuring proper coordination on all plans with relevant stakeholders. 

A driven and passionate professional with over 24 years of professional experience managing general administration, training, human resource (HR), logistics, travel, IT, information management, operations and budgeting in international organizations and the private sector, LaToya is proactive, solution-oriented and a strategic thinker, who is always ready for a new challenge.

Her passion is to support all causes that elevate the status of those left behind, particularly women and girls, in developing countries. 

LaToya holds a Msc in Business Management and Leadership from the City University of New York.  

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Ludivine Le Moigne

Administrative Assistant

Ludivine joined the SHF team in January 2022 to support on the ED and DED office on administrative issues. 

With an educational background in travel management, Ludivine has been working for more than 20 years in the private and international sector. She joined UNOPS in July 2019 as a Travel Manager, and worked in collaboration with multiple organisations.

Before joining UNOPS, Ludivine worked for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry and OECD's travel agencies in Paris. 

Originally from France, Ludivine arrived in Geneva in 2009, and began her journey as a supervisor of the travel agencies for UNOG, WIPO, UNHCR, WMO and UNICEF for more than 10 years.

Ludivine speaks French and English. She loves art, dance and music, but really found her peace as a mother. As she brings up her daughter, she is keen to do her part in supporting the world's most vulnerable, especially women and girls, gain access to life-changing services and opportunities. 


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