Dajana Disha: Wastewater Woman of the Future

Dajana Disha

Dajana Disha is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar who has completed her bachelor’s in environmental engineering and master of science in water treatment from the Polytechnic University of Tirana, and is now currently pursuing a master of science in sustainable and innovative natural resource management abroad.




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In 2017 while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, Dajana conducted a field survey where she observed the impacts of a flood and the effects it had on the inhabitants of a nearby town. From this, Dajana drew motivation to further pursue a career in the wastewater industry, as she knew it was her responsibility to help keep people and the natural environment she loved safe.

Dajana presenting to a classroom

In 2017 while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, Dajana conducted a field survey where she observed the impacts of a flood and the effects it had on the inhabitants of a nearby town. From this, Dajana drew motivation to further pursue a career in the wastewater industry, as she knew it was her responsibility to help keep people and the natural environment she loved safe.


“We don’t have the experience, but we have the energy, the eagerness to learn more every day.

Dajana insists that she and other women are able to stand out and be remembered despite their minority status in the wastewater sector. Dajana sees being able to stand out as a positive; however, she still feels the need to work twice as hard as a man to prove herself. During trainings in the water sector, Dajana has seen an increase in women, which she believes will bring open and inclusive problem solving strategies to new and developing issues and projects.

What advice do you have for women looking to enter into the wastewater sector?

“I would say one thing: Just do it. This is an opportunity to become valuable for your community. You will make people’s lives better, and at the same time you will protect the environment. It’s such an exciting career. And also, by the end of the day, you’ll feel proud about what you’re doing.”

Dajana working with children on water samples

Dajana working with children on water samples


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