Two years into her career as a water and sanitation specialist, Clarissa Brocklehurst headed to Togo on a CUSO project to get the overseas experience she was longing for.
“I always wanted to work in international development, but was stuck in the cycle of not having enough overseas experience to work overseas,” she says.
CUSO helped break that cycle. Back in Canada after two years in Togo, Brocklehurst joined Cowater International where her international experience led to work in Sri Lanka. She then joined WaterAid where she worked on programs in Bangladesh and New Delhi. She worked as a consultant for a few years before joining UNICEF as the Chief of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section. There, she served as the lead for all knowledge and exchange relating to water, sanitation and hygiene.
In 2011, Ms. Broklehurst returned to Canada where she is now one of Canada’s preeminent authorities on international water and sanitation global policy. Now a consultant, Brocklehurst works with Global Affairs Canada, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the United Nations.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of Carolina Water Institute and serves on the Board of WaterAid UK as well as various advisory groups and steering committees.
Clarissa Brocklehurst received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.