Gary White is the CEO and Co-Founder of Water.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners International, co-founded by White in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon).
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. At this point in time, Water.org has served over 3 million people. 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 sector.
He developed the organization’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. In 2010, Gary was named the Kansas City Global Citizen of the Year by the mayor of Kansas City, MO.
In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 List of The World’s Most Influential People. In that same year, he was also named as 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.
Gary is currently a leading member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water. White’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of NC-Chapel Hill and the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology).