Nav Sawhney is the founder of The Washing Machine Project. Nav was born and brought up in London but his family are from unpartitioned India. During the 1947 Indian Independence, Nav’s father and his family fled their home from what now is Pakistan with only the clothes on their backs. This has always been the foundations of why he wants to help people fleeing conflict.
Whether it’s building lifesaving cookstoves in rural India, being a trustee of an international development charity, Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK), building clean water systems for an orphanage in Namibia or volunteering my time at a local homeless shelter for migrants in London. He has always been passionate about helping others, with a particular interest in International Development.
With over five years of professional engineering experience at global technology companies such as Dyson and Jaguar Land Rover behind him, now is the perfect moment to combine his desire to help people combined with his Engineering skills.
Dario Canini - Engineering Manager
Having graduated in 2006 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Dario has worked in several engineering industries in different countries. After an initial work experience in an engineering consulting company, where Dario worked on numerous projects in EU and Non-EU countries, he decided to work in manufacturing to improve his technical skills and acquire a complete project lifecycle experience, from concept to production. Over the past fifteen years, Dario has worked in design production and new product development, with strong experience in the medical and personal care sectors and consumer products.
Dario decided to be an engineer because he dreamed, and is still dreaming, to use his engineering skills in order to help people and the environment. The Washing Machine Project, for him, does all of this.
David Pritchard - Senior Design Engineer
Having graduated in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) Product design and technology, David has progressed his career through a number of engineering industries including consumer products, automotive and Formula 1. Whilst working at Dyson, David and Nav made a formidable pairing in the separation systems research department, taking novel ideas into the prototyping phase for product development.
David is hoping to use his design, build and test skill set to contribute to the great cause the washing machine project is. Outside of work commitments, David is in the process of renovating a panel van into the campervan for post Covid-19 adventures!
Amrit Menon - Design Engineer
Amrit is a Mechanical Engineer from Heriot-Watt university, now focused on getting into the industry of entrepreneurship and social innovation. Hearing about The Washing Machine Project and several other similar organisations doing such important work, has inspired Amrit to use his skills and knowledge to help and give back to the community. Outside of the The Washing Machine Project, Amrit works with a small team to tackle the problem of period poverty among women in high-risk and poverty stricken regions. In his free time, he spends his time reading and studying the automotive industry as well as following Formula-1.
Emily Moss - PR and Communications Officer
"I was drawn to TWMP by the innovative idea at the heart of its mission — that of easing the struggle of completing a singular, everyday task in order to improve quality of life. The notion of giving people back their time is so simple and demonstrates respect for people and faith in what they could achieve.
I am loving working in such a collaborative environment and I look forward to seeing the difference TWMP will continue to make around the world.”
Fahmida Rafique - PR and Communications Officer
"I came across The Washing Machine Project through LinkedIn and was really inspired by the innovative and important work that was being done in giving accessibility to washing facilities in refugee camps.
I'm excited to continue my journey with TWMP and assist in helping the project further develop!"
Zoha Imran - PR and Communications Officer
"I’m a Bath Alumni with a Masters in International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability. I’m specialised in Research and Communications and a huge proponent of Women Empowerment. I wanted to join TWMP because I was greatly inspired by Nav’s story and how, through innovation, he came up with the idea of lessening the burden of hand washing.
At TWMP, I’ve met some incredibly inspiring team members and I hope to learn from everyone so that one day I too can start an impactful venture!”
Lydia Lampiri - PR and Communications Officer
"I've been working with TWMP since February, and I create the weekly "Let's Talk About" and "Throwback Thursday" segments. Originally, I come from Athens, Greece, but I am currently based in St Andrews, Scotland, studying for a Masters in International Development. I joined TWMP because of the complex challenges they tackle. I love being able to contribute to an organisation that improves individuals’ mental health, physical health, and overall well-being"
Damiano Sguotti - Operations and Finance Officer
"I'm enthusiastic about finding sustainable solutions in community and development projects. Having been involved with TWMP since November, I strongly believe that the Divya Washing Machine is a creative and credible technology calling attention to environmental and social concerns.
I’ve found a wonderful team full of good intentions and different skill sets, working harmoniously to reach important goals."
Jeanne Michalon - Design Team
“When TWMP popped up on my social media, it clicked. This is exactly why I am studying engineering: putting my technical knowledge to good use for the ones that are challenged by daily tasks. I have already learned so much from the team!
As part of my master's degree, I will do research and design an alternative model of a manual washing machine based on Rwandan laundry washing habits.”
Yaa Anyanful - Programme Officer
"The Washing Machine Project is committed to alleviating the burden of handwashing clothes globally, indicating an effort to help those who are in need. I therefore wanted to contribute to the organisation's mission. I will help to investigate the suitability of water-saving and low-cost manual washing machines for refugees in Uganda, as the organisation seeks to expand its positive, life-changing endeavour in more countries."
Zohra Bhimani - Legal Assistant
"During my degree I became really interested in learning about how law and policy can support projects that improve health outcomes on a global scale. The mission of The Washing Machine Project is really quite unique, and the work that this team does has had a significant impact on so many people around the world. I cannot wait to see what is in store for TWMP in the future."
Sean Dunnett - Programme Officer
"The Washing Machine Project's considerable impact for people in developing and humanitarian settings continues to inspire me. By designing and implementing off-the-grid washing machines, we help to save time, water and effort.
As Programme Officer during my master's placement, I'm excited to build relationships with global agencies and liaise with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) coordinators to understand their specific local priorities. It's been great collaborating within our diverse and multi-talented team to progress our mission."
Daniel Williams - Data Analytics Officer
"I have been a follower of TWMP for a number of years, and it's great to get the chance to use my skills to contribute to such a worthy cause. My aim will be useful data to provide insight into our design & engineering functions working on Divya ensuring that the end user's requirements are at the centre of our approach!"
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