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WaterAid CEO Prabasi named a 'Woman of Influence'

Sarina Prabasi has been honored by the New York Business Journal.
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Jan 19, 2016

WaterAid is proud to announce that Sarina Prabasi, Chief Executive of WaterAid America and co-founder of Buunni Coffee, has been named a 2016 ‘Woman of Influence’ by the New York Business Journal.

The award is part of the American City Business Journals’ national effort to celebrate those who put a premium on mentoring and supporting the next generation of women leaders.

Prabasi was appointed Chief Executive of WaterAid America in May 2014. Over the course of the last year, the organization worked with local partners to reach two million people with clean water, three million people with toilets and sanitation, and over eight million people with hygiene education. Under Sarina’s leadership, WaterAid has been recognized by GuideStar’sPhilanthropedia as the number one ranked international water and sanitation nonprofit.

In addition to her work at WaterAid, Prabasi and her husband Elias Gurmu co-founded Buunni Coffee in 2011, and opened Café Buunni in 2012, NYC’s first Ethiopian coffee shop, located in Washington Heights. The growing company blends Prabasi’s strong social sector experience with Gurmu’s entrepreneurial track record and is launching its second New York City location this year.

Prabasi was also recently named by both Fortune and Food & Wine magazines as one of the ‘Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink’. She was recognized, in part, because of her reputation as a trailblazer and mentor for women interested in pursuing top leadership positions while also balancing busy family lives. A proud mother of two young girls, Sarina has been praised for providing exceptional support and encouragement to the nearly 25% of WaterAid staff in the US who similarly have young children at home.

“Sarina’s excellence in the nonprofit sphere is matched only by her unparalleled understanding of how businesses and nonprofits can form a powerful force for good in New York City—and far beyond,” said Dan Singer, North America President for EMU Australia.

“EMU is proud to have teamed up with WaterAid to achieve a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water, toilets and hygiene, and we congratulate Sarina on being recognized among so many other influential New York leaders.”

This year’s award winners will be honored at a luncheon at the Harvard Club in New York City on January 20, 2016.