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Founder of Innovative Toilet System for Developing Countries Shares Expertise on Campus
A packed room full of students, staff and faculty recently came together to hear from Bentley’s newest partner in learning, Kweku Anno. As a Ghanaian engineer, inventor, social entrepreneur, and global health and sustainability champion, Anno discussed his efforts to improve public health through his company, BioFil.
With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lacking the basic necessity of a toilet, considerable disease transmission and increased childhood mortality rates are the result. In fact many children must face the decision to pursue an education based on the availability of sanitary toilets. Anno has developed an innovative system that provides a basic, clean, and sustainable sanitation facility at an affordable cost for families and communities in Ghana. His system, BioFil, can dramatically improve the quality of life for people in regions that don’t have the infrastructure to support standard toilets and wastewater treatment systems.
This summer, Bentley students will work in Ghana as interns to learn about persistent global health issues and assist Anno in continuing to build his business. “We are not going to Ghana to solve their problems, we are going Ghana to learn about what they do to solve their own problems,” said Diane Kellogg, director of the Ghana Project and professor of Management. The students will work with Anno to grow his pioneering technology and promote it to the worldwide market.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.
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