Conference Staff

Felix Dodds

Felix Dodds

Co-director
Felix is an Associate Fellow of the Tellus Institute and was for twenty years Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. In 2011 he chaired the UN Conference ‘Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens’ and was a member of the International Advisory Board for the Bonn Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus Conference – Solutions for the Green Economy (2011). He is author or editor of nine books the latest ‘Only One Earth – the Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development (2012) he wrote with Michael Strauss and Maurice Strong. For more commentary on sustainable development and the Nexus conference, visit Felix’s blog.

Jamie Bartram

Dr. Jamie Bartram

Co-director
My research interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. They include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on system sustainability; health system activities on water and sanitation; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing.

Urooj Amjad

Urooj Amjad

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Urooj Amjad is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Water Institute-UNC-Chapel Hill. As a Research Fellow at the UNC-Global Research Institute, she will analyze how to balance equity and efficiency in the water-biofuel relationship. Urooj’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing from political science, policy analysis, institutional and organizational theory, and regulatory governance.

Before UNC, Urooj served as an independent consultant to the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, Spain, held positions at the London School of Economics, and Building Partnerships for Development-London. Her formal training was through a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, a M.U.R.P in Environmental Planning and International Development at Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Political Science-Foreign Service at Ohio University.

Enelda Butler

Enelda Butler

Communications Support
Enelda is the Communications Support Associate at The Water Institute, where she is responsible for communications and conference activities. She recently completed an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, and also has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama.

Christopher Cline

Christopher Cline

Web and IT Support
Chris is a candidate for a master’s degree in information science from UNC’s School of Information and Library Science. He specializes in database development and web technologies. He has an undergraduate degree in ancient and medieval history from the University of North Carolina and worked as an archaeologist before enrolling in graduate school.

Marissa Streyle

Marissa Streyle

Networking and Partnership Manager
Marissa is the Networking and Partnership Manager for The Water Institute. In this role she oversees Water Institute conferences and events, and she works closely with its partners and collaborators to ensure that we are forwarding research and knowledge in the water sector. Marissa has over ten years of experience in international development policy working with NGOs as well as the U.S. Department of State, Office of Development Finance and the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Department of Policy and Evaluation. Marissa holds a Master’s of Public Management degree from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University.

Katie Donohue

Katie Donohue

Public Relations and Partnerships Coordinator
Katie develops partnerships between The Water Institute and researchers, foundations, corporations and alumni, and promotes work coming out of the Institute. She brings practical global health project management and communications experience. Katie has a Master’s of Public Health and Global Health certificate from UNC, and a BA from the University of Mary Washington.

Amelia Hulbert

Amelia Hulbert

Intern
Amelia Hulbert is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill from Wilmington, North Carolina. In May 2014, she will graduate with a BSPH in Environmental Health Science from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Spanish and Biology minor. Amelia is interested in global health, water and nutrition and is involved in the student organization, A Drink For Tomorrow. After graduation, Amelia hopes to travel and spend time working internationally.

Cate Parker

Cate Parker

Intern
Cate Parker graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2013 with a B.A. in Geography and Global Studies. At UNC, Cate served as co-president of A Drink For Tomorrow, a student nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the global water crisis. Currently, Cate directs agricultural microfinance, nutrition and environmental education programs for a community development nonprofit in Ecuador. Cate is interested in the intersection of public health and urban planning, specifically as the fields relate to water and food.

Frank Stillo

Frank Stillo

Intern
Frank Stillo is a MSPH candidate studying Water Sustainability and an Environmental Specialist in the Environmental Affairs office at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research centers on Health Impact Assessments at the Rogers-Eubanks Community from local landfill activities and Racial Disparities in Access to Public Water and Sewer Service in North Carolina. While attending school, he also works with the Environmental Affairs Department as a Compliance Officer for hazardous waste at UNC’s many research facilities and construction sites.

Kyle Villemain

Kyle Villemain

Intern
Kyle Villemain is a junior Peace War & Defense and History major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kyle is currently co-president of A Drink For Tomorrow, a student organization dedicated to fostering discussion around water issues and fundraising for community-led water and sanitation projects in Latin America. With interests ranging from domestic politics and international relations to sustainable development and public health, he hopes to pursue a thesis exploring the security implications of transboundary water resource management. Kyle speaks Spanish and is currently studying Arabic.

David Gorelick

David Gorelick

Intern
David Gorelick is a junior Environmental Science and Mathematics major at UNC Chapel Hill. He currently holds a research assistant position in the UNC Water Institute investigating the ties between race and water and sewer access in North Carolina. David has previously conducted research on water quality of drinking water systems while studying in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. His interests include international water resource management as well as the nexus between water and energy production. David also serves as Business Manager and Section Leader of the UNC Tarpeggios A Cappella Group and Treasurer of the UNC Study Abroad Peer Advisors.

Corinne Goudreault

Corinne Goudreault

Intern
Corinne Goudreault is a junior Anthropology and English major with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She will graduate in May 2015 and plans on continuing education in Food Systems. Corinne has studied transition towns and sustainability in Europe and is interested in urban food deserts. Within Chapel Hill, she works extensively with the homeless population and hopes in the future to continue to study the intersection of poverty and resource access in both the US and Latin America, focusing on development initiatives and policy.

Caroline Cope

Caroline Cope

Intern
Caroline Cope is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Global Studies and Art History with a French minor. She is working with the Urban Challenges plenary for the Nexus 2014 conference. At UNC, she is an active member of A Drink for Tomorrow, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness for the global water crisis and funds for international water and sanitation projects. Caroline is interested in international relations, sustainability and development, and engaging the arts with communities.

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Intern
Matthew Ryan is a senior double majoring in Biology and Geography with a minor in Chemistry. He is president of Student United Way of UNC-Chapel Hill, a volunteer organization, and is also co-chair of the Carolina Covenant-Achieve Pre-Health Society. Since 2010, he has served as a research assistant in the Surgical Oncology department at UNC Hospitals. He has also conducted independent research on environmentally-friendly cities and takes a strong interest in sustainable development solutions.

Frances Chung

Frances Chung

Intern
Frances Chung is a junior from Chapel Hill, NC, who is pursuing a B.A. in Global Studies, as well as a double minor in French and Art History. She has spent several months studying multilateral diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. The experience has sparked her interest to further study the effects of international relations, economics and urban planning on resource quality and availability of populations in developing cities.

Holly Beilin

Holly Beilin

Intern
Holly Beilin is a senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Sustainability. She writes a column about the intersection between the environment and human health for her university newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, and also works at the UNC Chapel Hill Renaissance Computing Institute. Last spring she participated in a Burch Field Research Seminar in Washington D.C., and while there she interned for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Holly is particularly interested in corporate sustainability and “greening” business. She loves to hike, run, and play with puppies.

Anna Ballasiotes

Anna Ballasiotes

Intern
Anna Ballasiotes is a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina, majoring in Environmental Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is applying to the Gillings School of Global Public Health to pursue a BSPH in Environmental Health Sciences. Anna currently serves on the board for UNC’s J Street U, the student-organizing branch of the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Through J Street, she plans to explore how water resources and border conflicts interrelate, specifically in the Middle East. She also enjoys graphic and web design.

Michelle Graziosi

Michelle Graziosi

Intern
Michelle Graziosi is an Environmental Health Science major at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She has always been passionate about protecting the environment and its natural resources, and has a habit of encouraging others to make environmentally conscious decisions. After working on a sustainable water project in Peru this past summer, Michelle has developed a strong interest in water and sanitation and sustainable development.

Chelsea Phipps

Chelsea Phipps

Intern
Chelsea Phipps is a global studies and political science major from Sylva, NC who will be graduating from UNC-Chapel HIll with honors in May 2013. A research assistant with the Water Institute, she is working on a systematic literature review on water project sustainability, in addition to exploring this topic in Delhi, India for her honors thesis. She has worked with Foundation for Sustainable Development in Masaka, Uganda, with International Development Enterprises in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and as a legal reporter with the Wall Street Journal in New York City.