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100 Water Heroes: Karin Ekberg

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Global Sustainability Expert, Managing Director and Sustainability Executive

Karin is the Managing Director and Sustainability Executive of Leadership and Sustainability, a company that “delivers a broad and deep spectrum of Consulting, Empowerment, Sustainable Business Models and Software & Tools in the sustainability area.” Karin has extensive experience in sustainability management, and has worked with a number of leading brands, NGOs and governmental agencies.

Karin also co-led the development of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a trade organisation that connects the industry and works towards reducing the environmental and social impact of clothing and footwear products. Karin was also integral in the formation of ZDHC, a group striving for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear industries.

Karin’s passion for a sustainable future extends to her belief in the #RunningDry movement, and she has been an active supporter of the campaign since the beginning. From the first call for help, Karin has contributed km’s to the tally every single day, and has spread the movement’s message wherever possible. She has a running total of 83,4km donated to #RunningDry!

Karin is one of our #100WaterHeroes for creating a more sustainable future and for contributing km’s to every single #RunningDry tally.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/karinekbergleadership

Twitter: KarinEkberg10

100 Water Heroes: Saran Kaba Jones

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Founder and CEO of FACE Africa

Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, “a community development organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.” With particular focus on assisting those in rural Liberia, FACE Africa has raised over $500,000 for WASH initiatives, benefitting more than 25,000 Liberian people.

In their role as a community development organization, FACE Africa seeks to raise awareness surrounding WASH issues, “through advocacy, grassroots awareness campaigns, policy development and community engagement.”

Prior to her work with FACE Africa, Saran worked on the Singapore Economic Development Board and Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Saran is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and, in 2016, was named in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leader. Saran has also been noted by Guardian UK as one of Africa's 25 Top Women Achievers, and her water-related work with FACE Africa has garnered widespread international media attention.

Saran is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with FACE Africa, and her commitment to bettering the standards of water, sanitation and hygiene in sub-Saharan Africa.

Saran Twitter: @sarankjones

FACE Africa Twitter: @faceafrica

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sarankjones

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