Gary White

Speaker - CEO & Co-Founder


Quick Bio

Gary White is chief executive officer and co-founder of, a nonprofit organi zation dedi cated to empower ing people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation, ( is the resulting organi zation of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners International, co-founded by White in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-found ed by actor Matt Damon ). Gary ’s entrepreneurial vision h as driven innovations in the way water and sa nit ation proj ects are deliv ered and financed, and these innovations now serve as a model in the sector. At this point in time has served over 3 million people. Since 1994, White has led through more than twenty years of sustained growth, while positioning the organization as an innovative leader in the global water supply and sanitation space. He developed the organi zation’s Water Credit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. In 2010, Gary was named the Kansas Ci ty Global Citizen of the Year by the mayor of Kans as Ci ty, MO. In 2011 he was named to the TIME 100 list of the wo rld’s most influential people. Also in 2011 he was named one of 28 Alumni of Distinction among a pool of more than 50,000 living graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Gary received the World Social Impact Award from the World Policy Institute as well as being named one of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of 2012. In addition to being elected as nominee for the 2015 Global Citizen Award, Gary received the Henry W. Bloch School of Management 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Gary is currently a leading member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water. White’s educational cre dentials include three degree s in Civil and Environment al Engineering from the University of NC- Chapel Hill and the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology).

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