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Susan Murcott

Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Susan Murcott is an entrepreneur, innovator, humanitarian and senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 she co-founded and helped establish, Pure Home Water, a social enterprise that provides employment for low-income farmers impacted by climate change and safe drinking water for communities dependent on surface waters in Northern Ghana. Since 2002, she has been the principal investigator of a team, in partnership with the Environment and Public Health Organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) in Alberta, Canada, that invented and widely disseminated the prize-winning Kanchan Arsenic Filter. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, she has been an advisor to a MIT-funded emergency relief drinking water testing program. In 2014-2015, she led the water filter evaluation of the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE), a 5-year USAID-funded project, to evaluate technologies for the poor. In 2016 she joined a Cambridge-based start-up, Planetary Emissions Management, which measures biogenic and fossil carbon flux and translates those measurements both into tradable financial products.