The Center for International Studies presents The Ninth Annual Paul Garcia Lecture
"Water for the World: The Power of the Poor, Market Forces, and Sustainability"
A Conversation with Gary White, CEO & Co-Founder of Water.org, a global water NGO co-founded by actor Matt Damon
Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, The College for Public Health and Social Justice, and the Center for Sustainability
Tuesday, March 24th
Center for Global Citizenship C.S. Huh Auditorium
Reception to Follow
Prior to the lecture, the Center for International Studies will present the annual Grueber Awards for campus globalization.
This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
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. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by White in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). White'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.
White has led Water.org during a period of rapid expansion, growing revenue by an average annual rate of 50 percent since 1994 and positioning Water.org 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. White is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Diageo on responses to the global water crisis. White is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
In 2002 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by the School of Public Health at the University of NC-Chapel Hill. In 2003, he was named a fellow of the British American Project. In 2008, he was inducted into the Philanthropy World Hall of Fame. In March 2009, WaterPartners received the Skoll Foundation's Award for Social Entrepreneurship and White was inducted into the community of Skoll Social Entrepreneurs. In October 2009, White received the ONEXONE Difference Award for his work over the past two decades in addressing the global water crisis. In 2009, he was named an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2010, he 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. 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. In 2012 White 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. Most recently Gary was invited to join 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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
The Paul Garcia Lecture was established in 2007 in honor of the founder of the International Studies program, Paul Garcia, Ph.D. The Conversation with Gary White will be preceded by the presentation of the Center for International Studies' 2015 Grueber Awards, recognizing faculty, staff, and student leaders for their collaborative efforts towards campus internationalization and global citizenship.
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