Gary White is the CEO and co-founder of Water.org and WaterEquity, nonprofit organisations dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. White also developed and now leads WaterEquity, the first-ever impact investment manager dedicated to ending the global water crisis in our lifetime, with an exclusive focus on raising and deploying capital to water and sanitation businesses that serve the poor.
White is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counselling organisations such as the Skoll Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, IKEA Foundation, among others on responses to the global water crisis. He is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
White was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water. In 2017 White received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
White’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.