Gary White is chief executive officer and co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, and these innovations now serve as a model in the sector.
Since 1994, White has led Water.org 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 organization’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs.
In 2011 he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2012 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.