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Abundant Water is made up of people from all walks of life working together, in the remote villages of Laos and across borders, to manufacture, refine and disseminate our innovative clay pot water filter.
Our board of ten in Canberra is a group of highly skilled volunteers who make our work on the ground possible by providing organisational, management, financial and governance oversight.
Meet the team…
The Board of Directors for Abundant Water.
CEO Sunny Forsyth
Sunny started Abundant Water in 2008. He has spent the years since, on the ground in faraway Laos, doing Abundant Water’s development work, refining our filter and growing the organisation.
He is continually inspired by the human spirit’s capacity for practical creativity and to link across the World in order to overcome global obstacles.
Chairperson, Stuart Forsyth
Stuart is committed to family and community, both local and global. He is inspired by ordinary people working together to create something that transcends themselves. He trained in Zen Buddhism and Eastern medicine, works in Health Care and Conceptual Art and has extensive experience in community organisations.
He helped found Abundant Water in 2008 and is dedicated to developing a culture of innovation and enterprise that will spread our clay-pottery water filter across the world.
Secretary, Jenny Dunstan
Jenny is an experienced lawyer with over thirty years experience working in Canberra, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Brisbane. She specialised in contracts, government procurement, knowledge management and governance; but also has experience in developing legislation and managing litigation. Recently retired, she now is involved in volunteering with a number of not-for-profit organisations. Jenny also recently became a referee for swimming so find her walking the deck at many local swimming carnivals.
Treasurer, Neha Pathak
Neha is an experienced chartered accountant with professional services, commercial and public sector experience in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra. Neha currently works for one of the big four accounting firms providing project finance support to government agencies. Being born and raised in India, Neha saw how difficult life can be for a lot of people in this world. Realising how lucky we are to live in Australia, she is passionate about giving back to the global community to help the less fortunate.
Director of Business Partnerships, Michael Goodyer
Michael served as an army officer for over 30 years in a variety of diverse locations overseas including SE Asia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. As an environmental scientist he has also worked in product stewardship and is currently an advisor on environmental compliance in the military and government sector. Michael has seen how difficult it can be for communities to have access to safe, clean drinking water and is committed to the Abundant Water approach of capacity building and empowering local people.
Senior Advisor to the CEO and Board on Field Work, Tristan Skinner
Tristan initially studied freshwater science and has since worked on catchment management, aquatic ecosystems and GIS projects, and currently with the Murray Darling Basin Authority in Canberra. Tristan's understanding of water and sanitation in international aid grows from living in the Mekong region for 4 years where he worked in Lao PDR and Vietnam on World Bank water and sanitation projects, World Wildlife Fund climate change adaptation projects, and in water resource management with the Mekong River Commission. Tristan has chosen to use his skill to develop Abundant Water’s programs because he believes in the organisation’s community base approach and working with Lao people on their sustainable solutions.
Director of Volunteering Jennah Robichaud
Jennah leads the Volunteering Directorate to bring the best people to Abundant Water, and the best experience to the Abundant Water team. Jennah works in the field of global learning and is passionate about providing young people with transformative learning opportunities through intercultural experiences. After coming to Australia to work for the Canadian government she’s made Canberra her home. She now works at ANU assisting students to undertake overseas programs, primarily in Asia. Jennah was drawn to Abundant Water’s focus on reflective action, and it’s mission to bring local and international knowledge together for the benefit of all.
Assistant Director of Volunteering, Mehak Vohra
Mehak is a qualified medical scientist with a background in public health. Her experience lies in the areas of research, communication and governance arrangements in the not-for-profit and public sector. She is committed to empowering communities through better health initiatives and enabling young people to participate in work experience opportunities in developing countries. Mehak currently works in the Australian Government Department of Employment developing policy initiatives to assist unemployed young people.
Co-Director of Communications, Sophie Gulliver
Sophie is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) with majors in political science, development studies and Spanish. She brings to the Abundant Water team experience in the international development sector through her role in the International Programs Department at CARE Australia and experience in communications and event management gained through previous roles interning at the Public Information Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra. Sophie is excited to be involved in a small, local "grassroots" NGO that believes in sustainable, demand-driven solutions.
Co-Director of Communications, Alex Catalan Flores
Alex is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Bachelor Laws/Economics. He brings a wealth of experience to the Abundant Water Communications team through his previous role as Editor-In-Chief of ANU Student Media.