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Samir Lakhani
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Samir Lakhani
FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Samir Lakhani is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries. Before founding Eco-Soap Bank in 2014, Samir was deeply involved in aquaculture and nutrition projects in northern Cambodian villages. He has also developed solar lighting solution projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Through his six years of nonprofit work in the areas of nutrition, water accessibility, and sanitation/hygiene, he has witnessed firsthand how delivering key products like soap transform the health and well-being of impoverished communities.


Samir received a CNN Heroes Award for Eco-Soap Bank in 2017 and a Unilever Young Entrepreneurs award in 2018. He also recently gave a TEDx Talk.


He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Frank Fusco
DIGITAL DIRECTOR

Frank Fusco has served as the digital director for Eco-Soap Bank since 2015. He has worked extensively as a digital consultant in strategic planning, program research, grantwriting, communications, web design, digital and print media, and software development. He's constantly on the lookout for ways that technological innovation can help solve human problems.

Frank Fusco
©Frank Fusco 2019
Lilian Miller
Lilian Miller
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
CO-CHAIR, SOAP PRESS CIRCLE

Lilian has over ten years experience serving in a variety of senior fund development positions in health, education, arts, and international cooperation. She brings expertise in a broad range of functional areas, including strategic and operational planning, donor communications, and governance.


Lilian earned an MPA in nonprofit management and policy from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International.

Brittany Colatrella
MARKETING MANAGER

Treasuring health and happiness as our most precious commodities, Brittany is passionate about marketing innovations that make life better.


She’s enjoyed being part of teams advancing education, nutrition and sleep health. An ever growing commitment to global citizenship makes her especially excited to now be focused on improving everyday hygiene for communities around the world.


When she's not busy helping more people enjoy feel good clean, you’ll probably find Brittany at a farmer’s market or exploring the extra in the ordinary.


Some of her current obsessions are honey, yogurt, ancient remedies and bad puns—and soap, of course.

Brittany Colatrella
Markus Petersson
Markus Petersson
DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Markus's research focus is the Cambodian development process, with special attention to the sociohistorical and political context surrounding developmental issues—particularly through the prism of the societal articulations engendered in the intersection between cultural imaginaries and political realities. More recently, he has focused on how development efforts can be best facilitated through pre-existing societal frameworks.


Markus holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from Lund University, Sweden, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Development Studies.

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