Clarissa Brocklehurst

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Clarissa Brocklehurst is an affiliated faculty member of the Water Institute at UNC.  Clarissa started her career working on the water and sanitation needs of indigenous communities in Canada and the US.  She managed water and sanitation projects in Togo and Sri Lanka before becoming the Country Representative for WaterAid in Bangladesh, and a Regional Urban Specialist for the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in South Asia. Between 2007 and 2011 she was the Chief of UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section, overseeing UNICEF’s water and sanitation programming in 100 countries and playing a role in development of strategy and advocacy for the global water supply and sanitation sector. Clarissa is a member of the Board of Trustees of WaterAid UK and the Strategic Advisory Group of the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program that tracks global progress on water and sanitation. She is a Senior Advisor to the global Sanitation and Water for All partnership, and works in a consulting capacity with several sector agencies.


  • MASc, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 1985
  • BASc, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 1983