- Suominen, Arto

Doctoral Researcher
tel. +358 45 143 6765
private email: arto.suominen (at)


Sustainable rural water supply and sanitation


MSc (Civil Engineering), Tampere University of Technology, 1979


2024 – Doctoral Researcher in the University of Tampere, CADWES team
2022 – Low-Income Expert in the HSY and Bahir Dar Water Utility: Improving Water Services Through EU-funded Partnership Project
2021 – Advsor in the WaterFinns led Rural Innovative WASH Project in Southern Region of Ethiopia
2011 – 2022 Chief Technical Advisor in the Government of Finland funded Community-Led Accelerated WASH Project in Ethiopia, Ramboll Oy and Niras Ltd
2008 – 2011 Chief Technical Advisor in Government of Finland financed Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal, Ramboll Oy
2007 – 2008 Regional Director of Ramboll-Finnconsult Oy in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
1999 – 2007 Management Advisor and Team Leader in Government of Finland financed Rural Water Supply and Environmental Program in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Ramboll-Finnconsult Oy
1998 – 1999 Director at Finnconsult Oy in Espoo, Finland
1997 – 1998 Team Leader in Government of Finland financed Community Water Supply Management Program in Namibia, Finnconsult Oy
1994 – 1997 Director at Finnconsult Oy in Espoo, Finland
1992 – 1994 Project coordinator in the Government of Finland financed Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program in Northern Namibia Ongwediva, Namibia, Finnconsult Oy
1989 – 1992 Project Manager in the Government of Finland financed Hanoi Water Supply Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, YIT
1986 – 1989 Project Manager in the Government of Finland Financed Western Kenya Water Supply Program in Kagamega, Kenya, YIT
1983 – 1986 Manager in the commercial construction project to build ten nuclear air-raid-shelters in Baghdad, Iraq, Vesto Oy
1980 – 1983 Site and Office Engineer in the construction of several rock excavation and underground contracts in Finland, Vesto Oy


Behailu B., Suominen A, Katko T, Mattila H and Yayehyirad G, 2016, Comparison of community managed projects and conventional approaches in rural water supply of Ethiopia,

Behailu B. M., Suominen A., Katko, T. S. 2015, ”Evolution of Community Managed Water, Supply Projects (CMP) from 1994 to the 2010s in Ethiopia”, Public Works Management and Policy. 20(4), 379-400, 2015.

Suominen A. & Rautiainen O. 2015, Effective and sustainable WASH services: a case study of Community Managed Project (CMP) approach in Ethiopia, 38th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough University, UK,

Girma A and Suominen A, August 2013, Sector collaboration: a case study from Ethiopia,

Suominen A, 2007, Community Development Fund Disbursement Process, RWSEP Newsletter No 2.

Suominen A, 2007, Development of Community Financing and Its Implementation Experience in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Ethiopia, Paper presented in the IWHA 2007 conference, Tampere, Finland, 13-17 June 2007.

Suominen A, Kebede M, and Juvonen A, 2004, Gender Balance in Planning and Implementing Water Resources Development, Ethiopian National Water Forum, Addis Ababa October 2004,

Suominen, A. and Urgessa, M., 2004. Community development fund approach in RWS financing. People-centred approaches to water and environmental sanitation: Proceedings of the 30th WEDC International Conference, Vientiane, Laos, 25-29 October 2004, pp. 315-318.

Suominen A, 2004, Rural Water Supply Construction Using Community Financing in Ethiopia, Development News in Finnish, August 2004.

Suominen A, 2004, Why Many Development Projects are not Sustainable in the Long Run? Is the Rural Water Supply and Environmental Programme in Ethiopia an Exception? Development News in Finnish, July 2004.