2018 | U R IN: The Squad

U R IN_Logo_600x600px
U R IN: Tanzanitation is a multidisciplinary research team investigating sustainable sanitation networks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as part of the Sustainable Global Technologies Program at Aalto University, Finland.
The Squad consists of members from Finland, South Korea, Brazil and Japan and we are Aino, Anni, Luisa, Nanami, Nayoung & Saara. In addition, we are featured by two mentors, Zita Floret from France, who is one of the persons behind the original project, and Venla Niva, a doctoral student from Aalto University, who took part in the project team in 2017 and is currently focusing on similar questions in her research study.

Aino Piirtola (Finland)


Aino is the young woman behind the words. She is an Aalto Biz student with a more technological and mathematical background, who has been working with marketing and communications and focuses now on sustainability, social development and entrepreneurship. In this team, she will be working with texts, words and messages, while figuring out solutions to the problems to solve with the rest of the team. On her freetime, she consumes culture and food, as well as enjoys good reads and great conversations. During the past few years, she has also found a little boardgamegeek from inside.

Anni Juvakoski (Finland)


Anni is our Outreach Director, which means that she’s the one contacting all our partners, including you! Anni is currently doing her master’s in water and environmental engineering after getting passionate about the field during her exchange semester in Vienna. Due to her background in microbiology, she’s especially interested in investigating everything related to sanitation, infectious diseases and poop – of course. She loves travelling, flea markets, cooking and watching tons of reality TV. So in case you missed last week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race or Temptation Island, you know who to contact to dish out all the dirt.

Luisa Jannuzzi (Brazil)


Luisa is the latin soul and general manager of the team, originally from under the Brazilian sun (who leaves the heat for the long, gray and dark winter of ours?). At Aalto, she studies creative sustainability, design as her focus area. In life, she’s passionate about solving complex problems related to sustainability and interlinkages between cultures. In our team – in addition to solving one complex sanitation problem – she’s coaching us to find solutions to it by using different design tools. On her freetime, she binge watches Netflix while eating anything delicious she loves to cook, and a bit of yoga.

Nanami Sakai (Japan)

NanamiNanami is an engineer student from Japan, enjoying her exchange year at Aalto University. She’s doing her master’s in water and environmental engineering, although her background lays in civil engineering, meteorology and hydrology to be precise. In life, Nanami is interested in human-environment interaction and she’s eager to find out how can both survive in the future. On her freetime she goes out with her camera, and that is something she’ll be doing in our team as well – focusing on the visual documentation and taking a good care of our Instagram. While still at home, one of her Japanese friends gave her the nickname “Angie” that she’s sometimes called here in Finland as well. In addition, she’s a kick-ass karaoke singer and most definitely in the right place in exchange for singing some!

Nayoung Lee (South Korea)

NayoungNayoung comes from South Korea and studies International Design Business Management at Aalto. She’s a true graphic design wizard with experience in branding and visual identities. Within this project, you’ll be seeing a lot of her work to be published under our name. For example, the look of this blog is created by her. In life, Nayoung is interested in ordinary people and their lives, and says that life stories from those people inspire her. In addition to loving good food and documentaries, she enjoys studying memes and funny TV shows to learn the best of the best jokes.

Saara Haapasaari (Finland)

SaaraSaara is our No. 1 woman in need, as she’s taking care of all the administrative what-so-ever within our team. Currently, she’s doing her master degree in creative sustainability at Aalto, although her background is in industrial management. In life, she’s passionate about finding ways to empower women and about helping people in need. She’s also one kind of an adventurer, as she’s searching for lifelong learning opportunities in challenging environments. As not-a-barefoot citizen of Helsinki, she likes to explore the surroundings and the culinary (read: sweet) food scene of the city, admitting that she might be a little addicted to sugar.

Venla Niva (Finland)


Venla is one of our two mentors, who has been working on this project in 2017. She has graduated from Aalto University, and is currently focusing on her research as a doctoral student.

Zita Floret (France)


Zita is our other mentor and one of the persons behind the initial project. She is a young architect and graduate from Aalto University. Her focus is to explore participatory ways of doing architecture through more open and inclusive processes of planning and creation, and thus foster a constructive dialogue between the architect, the citizen and other stakeholders within urban settings. She has been able to apply and experience those principles for the past 4 years, first through her master’s thesis work “Architecture meets Sanitation”, and now through mentorship at the Aalto SGT course.