Founding Story

In 2009 at MIT, David Auerbach, Lindsay Stradley, and Ani Vallabhaneni were tasked with developing a solution to a poverty challenge facing 1 billion people or more around the world. They developed a full value chain approach to addressing the sanitation crisis, offering a sustainable solution for urban slums. With that project, Sanergy was born. After graduating from MIT in 2011, David, Lindsay, and Ani moved to Nairobi to launch their business. On November 19, 2011 – World Toilet Day – Sanergy opened the first Fresh Life Toilet in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum.

Today, we now have over 250 employees, 60% of whom live in the communities we serve. Our teammates come from three continents and nine countries.


David Auerbach
Lindsay Stradley
Ani Vallabhaneni

Senior Leadership

Sanj Sanampudi
Chief Financial Officer
Robin Farnworth
Michael Lwoyelo
Sanergy Operations
Alex Manyasi
Government Relations
Joseph Githinji
Fresh Life Customer Support
Alexei Bezborodov
End-Product Sales
Susan Nyawira
Patrick Lang'at
Sales and Credit Manager
Eric Machango
Fresh Life Operations
Laura Kimani
End-Product Operations and R&D
Tim Egan
New Technology Commercialization
Ruthie Rosenberg
Future Initiatives
Carolyne Musyoka
James Nguyo
Supply Chain Services