Young Barbadian Scientist @UNLEASH 2018 in Singapore

Submitted by Dr. Shima L. Holder, Age: 27 years old

Academic Background:

  • Bachelors of Science (BSc): UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (2009-2013) –  Chemistry
  • Master of Science (MSc): University of Surrey, United Kingdom (2013-2014) – Civil and Environmental Engineering (specialization in Water and Environmental Engineering),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Da-Yeh University, Taiwan, Republic of China (2014- 2017) – Water and Environmental Engineering (Fuel Cell Technolog01_UNLEASH 2018_certificate_globalscalabilitypotential UNLEASH 2018_certificate_water_goldy)
Occupation: Postdoctoral Researcher/Chemical Engineer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (July 2017-present)
UNLEASH 2018, Singapore : ​’SaniHive’ prototype designed by Savvy Sanitation Solutions​

UNLEASHED closing ceremony

I recently took part in UNLEASH that was held in Singapore from 30th May – 6th June 2018. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab ​ sponsored by UNDP, Deloitte, Dalberg, Carlsberg Foundation and DBS (to name a few)​ that convenes 1000 top young minds chosen from over 1​08 countries around the world to collaborate on ideas and solutions that can help achieve the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) for food, water, health, education, energy, urban sustain-ability and responsible supply chains.
As the sole female and one of the youngest persons,​our multinational team of 5 also included innovators/engineers from Colombia, Singapore, South Africa and Uruguay. We tackled SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation​ and pitched our solution and business plan to potential funders at a marketplace and then to an audience of approximately 1200 people where we were evaluated by leading experts and company partners. Our team’s solution ​beat 995 other contestants and 169 other solutions ​to clinch​ both ​​the Gold Award and the Global Scalability Potential Award –​(see appended file)​.

SaniHive prototype

​Our solution is an Integrated Modular Sanitation system that combines the collection and treatment of wastes onsite by Our SaniHive prototype (see attachment), inspired by the honeycomb structure of bees that maximizes space in limited land availability, was conceptualized, critiqued by experts​ ​and refined during a gruelling four-day innovation process converting urine and faeces into fertiliser and compost respectively. 

​The uniqueness  in our solution is that​ ​the toilet hub is not connected to a conventional sewage network, needs no electricity and can be scaled up or customized according to the community’s needs and natural design. Furthermore, profits can be made from the waste recycling (as this system separates the urine and faeces within the toilet while using no water). We ​ also​ hope that this innovation would ​empower the communities by ​creat​ing ​employment, as local people c​an transport the waste to mini treatment plants where high-end products could be created; phosphorous recovery from urine for fertiliser is one example of this.

Final presentation at UNLEASHED

The Future for Savvy Sanitation Solutions Urban slum communities need sustainable sanitation that meets the needs of high population density, because the current temporary portable toilets are largely inaccessible due to space constraints; many people often share a few toilets, leading to poor sanitary conditions. With projections of there being close to one billion urban slum dwellers worldwide by 2030, sanitation innovations such as ours will play a big part in ensuring clean water and sanitation and in creating sustainable cities and healthy citizens. 

To start, we will focus on the urban slum Kylethisha in South Africa and we can use this slum as a case study for implement​ation​​ in other ​developing countries based on their specific needs and limitations; our solution is not limited to urban slums, but can also be valuable in water​-​scarce communities/areas, or  in richer suburbs, where you create an integrated, decentralised system with a mini treatment plant in the neighbourhood.​ ​

Team working at 12AM to completed businessplan and technology

As the co-founders of Savvy Sanitation Solutions, our team is excited ​about pursu​ing ​th​e​ SaniHive innovation, and are currently meeting with funders and investors to help commercialise this technology.

International Media Coverage
​As an example, here are three articles we are featured in:​
3. Singapore: (specific mention of our team’s solution is made by Asia P3 Hub’s Senior WASH and Partnership Advisor, Phearak Svay, who served as a judge at 2018 UNLEASH)
Also, I have attached:
​1) ​a feature video done by The Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) which includes our team’s solution (SaniHive) ​ and 2) some group photos of us the co-founders ​, and 3) supporting photo files.​


  • You are welcome Kammie, congratulations again.

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  • Another very creative, innovative, extremely beautiful and recent invention that will soon hit the Caribbean.


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr. Kammie Holder.

    You said and I quote “…The knowledge Economy is the only thing that can save our country through smart partnerships…”

    I genuinely wonder how many people, having read your comment, recognize its import, nay even its critical relationship with keeping Barbados afloat and then getting it moving.

    Can any one of you bloggers provide a timeline for gestation to realization and the revenue generation for any Knowledge Economy product?

    Then, having done such, could someone plot a timeline for the implosion of the Barbadian dollar?

    Now given the optimal intersection of these two lines and the potential impact of the former on the latter, would you tell me Mr. HOLDER why we are spinning tot in mud?

    Could it be that this lot don’t know what to do?




  • It would be useful for Kammie to share the environment his niece was brought up that obviously influenced her orientation and career choices.


  • Bernard Codrington

    @ PUDRYR at 12:33 PM

    Look uh we crosses though. Piece, whose Mathematical Economics textbook you just learn by rote and come on BU showing off? You have the precursive code so kerfuffle that it made you spin “tot” in mud.
    I know that you know that the timeline from gestation to fruition is indeterminate. And that the variables are so numerous that it would take a computer the size of the treasury building to work it out before the next election.

    Pray tell me why are you so eager for the Barbados Dollar to implode? Are you a consultant from over- and -away? You like you want to buy up all the land in Barbados after the implosion. I am going to stop watching Mia and keep a sharp eye on you. Wuh loss!!!


  • ” Thirty-one students from The University of the West Indies (UWI) are expected to leave for China this September to continue their studies in software engineering with a focus on mobile application technologies for both Android and iOS, thanks to a specialised four-year degree programme being offered by UWI and its strategic partner, the Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST).”


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr. Bernard Codrington

    Heheheheh. De ole man does try to sound intelligent when I talking by including tings like Bell Curves and Keynesian economics but you dun know de ole man cant read. Heheheheh

    What I do know though is that the willingness of the IMF to facilitate a loan to the Mia led administration is not going to be infinite in its application.

    The thing is that all the blowing of air up the pooch of Van Selm and Lagarde is terminal in its nature and has to stop

    We need some serious punches as it relates to government deploying serious programmes to rebuild this country and not smoke and mirrors.

    Look it is evident that they have been using Barbados Underground to test their programmes AND GET IDEAS AND TO FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE KNOW AND WHAT WE FEEL.

    But here is a thing that Lagarde and the rest of her team woyld be appalled to learn.


    HE ENT ONLY AN INGRUNT MAN cause he ent see dat de CPC change a fine from $500,000 t0 $10,000

    BUT HE IS A SCORNFUL MAN cause he can’t by a can of Lysol and clean the toilet bowl cover before he put down he pooch pun de seat causing he botsie is special and he shit don’t stink!

    AND HE IS A NASTY MAN EFFING he got to bathe when he get work. You mean he ent got a shower at he house!!

    Now tell me this.

    How is it that in these times of AUSTERITY MEASURES AND DEFAULTING ON SOVEREIGN DEBT can this government be leading by such an abominable example?

    De grandson mekking up a few Stoopid Cartoons bout the effing wastage

    But Mia suck pooch specialists will tell you and me that this is her honeymoon period so we have to keep quiet bout these sorts of things.


    She has to be watching EVERY ONE OF THEM 26 MINISTER EFFERS



  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Hants

    31 t

    That is superb news.

    Now to having that parlay into some FX generation


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Your assistance please with an item about the toilet that the Attorney General Marshall *** built .

    There is a downside to that realtime monitoring of text as a blogger types on this system especially when ***

    The fact is that what I type looks like if I getting illiterate in my old age so…


  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “But here is a thing that Lagarde and the rest of her team woyld be appalled to learn.


    That is a joke right?


  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “One of the very best Unis in Canada is Waterloo U which has many areas of study where working is part of learning especially in ENG, IT etc.”

    One of my daughters benefitted significantly, lifetime benefits in networking etc from that Co-op program at University of Waterloo, it cannot be matched, a fast track program to a lifetime of success, I would recomment it for anyone so inclined, it is a win win.

    Bajan students with such interests and because of their stagnating environment, should consider such programs if the funds are available. ..these programs are instand door openers….worldwide wide.


  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Then again, expect nothing but tricks and subterfuge from the Mia government unless they remove those slave laws from the very structures of governance and the constitution that Beckles and the professor dude finally exposed…

    …unless that is done the electorate will get only deceit, lies and coverups from a government who has practiced such against their own people as a political party for 60 years…, until the electorate also dismantles and disbands the BLP in 5 years time as they did the other half of the deceitful DLP duopoly.

    They will deserve to be surgically removed from the political landscape also.

    Pacha must be smiling.


  • BU David, Shima, is the best person to respond as she is reading thread,.

    @Piece, I have proposed that parochial think tanks replace Constituency Councils and that a R & D levy be added to fast food or be extracted from tourist especially Crusie Passengers to fund Village Mini Silicon Valleys type smart areas to encourage kids from early to think strategically in National Critical Analysis/ Problem Solving.


  • Critical Thinking is suppressed in our old antiquated educational system where teaching curriculum and methodologies are stuck in the dinosaur era.


  • Here is her facebook page


  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Congrats Kammie..may your niece go further and further.


  • piece uh de rock yeah right from Hero To Zero heheheheheh

    @ well Well and Consequences

    I am reliably informed that the construction of a bathroom and toilet actually displaced staff (a staff member)

    I am trying to get a picture but with these things you know how people are touchy that if they are seen taking a picture and den de ole man publishes it well whaplax…

    Here is the thing though…my feeling is that all these things have happened, are happening and will continue to happen ONLY IF WE LET THEM!

    I ent nobody special but I have committed myself to One Author and FOR THE MOST PART He prevails on your humble servant to think good thoughts (heheheheheh) and to say good things (heheheheheh) and do THAT WHICH IS RIGHT

    My way is not the sweet talking way that many here have grown accustomed to over the years

    I is not David Come Sing a Song .

    Nor is i Eric Fly.

    And to tell you the truth I may just be fooling myself about my mission and purpose in life (what is left of it) but you know what WHILE IT IS OBVIOUS THAT DEM HATES DE OLE MAN of one thing that you and I can be sure dem got a healthy respect for muh.

    And dem know that the things that I say are 90 percent true.

    I got to hold back pun de 10% becausing it will expose a feller or two but that is understandable.

    If it is bout de ole man NOT A FELLER DOES COME OUT TO SAY “He lying” but what dem would do is loss way (or lost way) de ole man files.

    Dale Skinny Teets know whu I talking bout so I hope that when Ellis Talking to Mia that he will ask her “what is her definition of Integrity?”

    And if that means that a different rule for the Medes & Mugabes and another for the Persians.

    I really dont expect Ellis to ask any real real questions though (and the Honourable Blogmaster will concur) cause Ellis is a suck pooch specialist, so he going just be nice with the PM


  • @ the Honourable Blogmaster, your assistance please with an item about this AG bathroom/toilet


  • Piece…we all know Kellman is not the brightest bulb, but he actually said something, unwittingly of course, that is very instructive, I always wondered why these wicked politicians and ministers feel that once elected they were given some kinda license to do as they like and not what is in the best interest of the majority population, the black people like themselves who pay their salaries, these clowns all believe that once elected, by the people, paid a salary by the people, that according to Kellman..and I quote.:

    “They are the Government and they are therefore free to do as they see fit,” he added.”

    So that mindset that ministers have that when they are elected that they are free to do as they see fit, which in the bajan vernacular means…as they feel like….must be changed to that they are not free, but must do what benefits the people who pay their salaries, the majority population who are THEIR EMPLOYERS.

    Marshall seems to not have a toilet and bath at his house, if he actually believes he has the right to waste taxpayer’s money in that manner…this is quite believable as he already started seesawing from the list of promises made to the electorate, I don’t expect very much from him except that he must be watched very carefully as well.


  • pieceuhderockyeahright from Hero to ZERO heheheheheheh

    @ Mr. Kammie Holder

    You said and I quote “…, I (you) have proposed that parochial think tanks replace Constituency Councils and that a R & D levy be added to fast food or be extracted from tourist especially Crusie Passengers to fund Village Mini Silicon Valleys type smart areas…”

    Let me expand on that if i may.

    It is impossible for the GoB to fund these think tanks in multiple venues as you are suggesting

    Notwithstanding the AG funding the expansion of his office to include a bath and toilet.

    So here is what the ole man would have proposed as a workaround to such a logistical and financial challenge

    This is a building that is located in Bridgetown dat de grandson send me

    It is next to de FCIB Bank pun Broad street and he know bout dat place causing heheheheheh

    You would be more familiar with its front

    The building would house a centralized Innovation Centre and would be the single hub where we would “…encourage kids from early to think strategically in National Critical Analysis/ Problem Solving…” environment

    It is apparently a building that is now or was previously being paid for by the Ministry that Lil Caesar Stephen Lashley was commandering. As well as it benefited from $1 million dollars from the World Bank through the HIV Aids Commission. So it is “known” to the GoB and everything that de granson says can be confirmed.

    De ole man could give you a schedule for any and all such activities of which you speak but that would mean that any personal deals with leasors WOULD HAVE TO BE ENDED IF THAT SITE is chosen but all a body would have to do is tek a bus from anywhere in Barbados to Bridgetown and you would be at the Innovation Hub.

    Looka dere is sooo much to be done and so many resources to do it with

    Let de ole man show you a few

    “…The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility is exploring avenues for supporting Jamaica’s Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) Phase II. The IGNITE Programme is managed by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and was designed through support from the Inter-American Development Bank to support the creation and growth of new firms in productive sectors.

    Selective business service intermediaries (BSIs) work with competitively selected innovative entrepreneurs in accessing grant funds and training to develop and commercialize their products. The first phase of the IGNITE program provided bank provided funding of between JMD$1 million and JMD$4 million to 27 entrepreneurs under IGNITE’s 18-month pilot.

    The program reports that during the first 12 months of IGNITE’s pilot, 215 full time jobs were created; $225 million in investments were generated; and entities realized approximately $109 million in revenues from the domestic market and exports…”

    Kammie de ole man tired fighting these vagabonds and ingrunt swine.


    I tried the link that you provided for you niece but it said that the page was not available (and even though it is a Facebook page, (I do not use Facebook) I would still make an outreach to her with a few suggestions etc)

    What is will share is ONLY for her and not for the vagabonds and pretenders that abound here on BU, trolling for resources/ideas.

    In particular, as it relates to the stage that you said that she seems to be at with her team, I will convey information regarding SERIOUS EU funding that exists, UNLIKE the vapourware IT Portal pretentions that the Caribbean Export recently launched heheheheheheh.

    But with regard to the CE portal, peeple going soon see whu dat is all about (as the stroking of the region’s COLLECTIVE dickeys continues. The Delegation Head at the EU is a new man so he going get brek in soon AND WILL SOON FEEL HOW ALL THE BLOWING OF AIR UP HIS POOCH IS JUST HOT AIR not even cold air)


  • @ Well Well and Consequences

    All of them WILL BE WATCHED because Bajan VOTERS IS NOT FOOLISH NO MORE and Mia dun know that IN A HEARTBEAT all of this MP1 sweet rid can change


  • @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with a response to Mr. Kammie Holder thank you


  • To add to this comment.

    Mia as you know is a multi millionaire. Her challenge will be keeping several of the less financially equipped in line. What is driving her appears to be legacy building to satisfy a roadmap plotted for her from childhood.Her haste to get things done will have to continue in this context.


  • Piece..that’s the old Nelson’s Arms, lots of history there


  • What roadmap? What plot? Every parent has a road map for their children. Silly, simplistic analyses only serve to confuse readers.


  • But aren’t these the same people who when they travel, happily or otherwise, use airplane toilets.

    Which are nasty, claustrophobic, wet, smelly places.

    But I guess such inconveniences don’t matter once the polititcos are flying high, as high as 35,000 feet.


  • @pieceuhderockyeahright July 14, 2018 5:02 AM “this is her honeymoon period so we have to keep quiet bout these sorts of things.”

    A honeymoon involves two people right? Well at least two people.

    in this case the elected and the electors.

    I don’t know how the elected can be enjoying honeymoon sweetness

    And me, one of the electors can’t feel no sort of sweetness yet.

    I hope that this is not some king on weird one-sided/one person honeymoon.

    i knew a man once who loved golf bad bad. He married and told his new wife “we going on a golf honeymoon”

    She found golf boring and had no interest in going to a golf resort for a honeymoon.

    So he went on the golf honeymoon by himself.


    Perhaps I should have put this in jokes corner.


  • And they lived happily after.

    THE END.


  • @ Simple Simon

    If de ole man is to interpret what you are saying about this man and his wife and him going to play with golf balls and her, the wife, having no balls, am de ole man to take this metaphysically or physically?


    Is it that you are saying that the bride/bridegroom sorry I am lost but I will get my bearings as i continue to write my normal ingrunce

    So you are saying that the bridegroom is playing golf with his golf balls but the bride which might be the voters/electors who have no balls, will leave the husband (cause after the marriage he is no longer a groom) to play with his balls that is to say his golf balls.

    While she will be balls-less or not playing with his balls that is to say his golf balls.

    Okay dennnn de ole man unnerstands your allegory and further promises you not to play with anything….

    De last time you was heah talking bout sheaths and leaving a bed with a *** and now you girl hmmmmmp you like you is a good hmmmmmmp

    I gone doah befo’ i get run off de site like dat feller who get run off from BFP the-rapist feller

    [[I got a question for you though before i leave.

    When those people at Madame Tussauds and dem other wax places make the lifelike figures do you think they are anatomocally correct? I mean do you think they be “packing”.

    I was inclined to check given what you was talking bout, WITH THE FEMALE STATUETTES OF COURSE but de ole man fraid dem catch de ole man and bring charges against he for indecently feeling up de royalty private parts.

    I going ask dat feller at we local place to check if his females got parts.

    NB I using square brackets so only you see did okay?]]


  • Piece…they will get exactly what they deserve, all of them, soon come, unfortuanely…so will the innocent who never asked for any of this, but they too will have to pay a price for trusting lying politicians and government ministers, hopefully they will now learn not to keep ANY government employed and sucking taxpayers for more than 5 years…change governments every 5 years..

    If the information you got about Marshall displacing an employee’s office to build a toilet and bath for himself on the people’s dime is accurate, that is all the evidence the electorate needs to remove the Mia government after 5 years.


  • Piece you can send me an email at


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr. Jammies Holder.

    It is going to come from an email that ammmm is sort of strange but it will be related to De ole man’s anonymice is

    I am not home right now and I have the information there.

    Will be back there tonight (I think) I ent driving and will send then


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Kammie not Jammies the predictive text thang please forgive


  • Inventing ways to show the beauty in everyone.


  • piece uh de rock yeah right

    @ Mr. Kammie Holder

    Is the email address you sent above correct?

    I think it may be missing a letter but please advise.


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