James A. Smith is the Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia since 1992 and has also worked as a research hydrologist for seven years with the U.S. Geological Survey. For the past 10 years, his research, service, and teaching activities have focused on technologies to improve developing-world water quality. He has conducted extensive research on metal-ceramic point-of-use water treatment technologies in both the laboratory and field (Guatemala, South Africa) settings. In partnership with Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, he founded PureMadi in 2011, and he has actively been involved with the development and testing of ceramic technologies in households in Limpopo Province, S. Africa since 2008.
Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH is the Director the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Dillingham’s faculty positions are in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Dillingham has led the development of global health training across UVa’s campus as the director of the UVa Framework Program in Global Health which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health.
Pamela B. Kelly has been a corporate finance attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP. for the past 27 years. She has a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University Of California Los Angeles School Of Law. She was an adjunct professor of law at the UCLA School of Law for 10 years. At Latham & Watkins, she practiced in the areas of corporate finance, negotiated acquisition, and emerging company and public company representation. Her corporate finance expertise included: public and private debt offerings, equity offerings, representation of issuers, institutional investors and investment banks. Pamela is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Echo Horizon School. She and her husband Peter first visited South Africa in 1996 and fell in love with the people and the country. In 2006, they took the first step toward making a positive difference in this place they had grown to love. Pamela and Peter made gifts to the University of Virginia to endow an interdisciplinary project in Limpopo Province, South Africa, eventually leading to the formation of PureMadi.