100 Water Heroes: John Oldfield


Principal at Global Water 2020

John Oldfield serves as Principal of Global Water 2020, “a two-year advocacy and facilitation initiative designed to accelerate progress toward water access and security for all people in developing countries.” The Global Water 2020 initiative focuses on transforming local and international responses to a core number of global water issues that have been historically under-funded and under-represented.

John joined the Global Water 2020 team in 2017, following two decades of extensive experience in both non-profit and private sectors. Immediately prior to his involvement with Global Water 2020, John was the CEO of Water 2017, a year-long initiative that sought to urge President Trump, the White House and the 115th Congress to “elevate and integrate global water security across the U.S. foreign policy and national security architecture, and to position this issue as a leadership opportunity for the United States across the globe.”

John was also the CEO of WASH Advocates, an organisation that focused its efforts on raising awareness surrounding international WASH issues, and implementing solutions where possible. John’s impressive career in the water sector also includes his past leadership of Water Advocates, a United States-based group committed to furthering global access to clean, affordable water and sanitation services.

John is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his vast experience in the water sector and for his commitment to ensuring global access to safe, affordable water.

Twitter: @JohnforWater

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/johnoldfield