100 Water Heroes: Arturo Vittori


Founder and President of Warka Water

Arturo Vittori is the Founder and President of Warka Water, an NPO that “focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions.” Arturo is an internationally celebrated artist, architect and designer whose projects have provided beautifully innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.

When asked what prompted the launch of Warka Water, Arturo stated:

"The idea of the project came out from visiting a small village called Dorze in Ethiopia and seeing women and children walking for kilometres and kilometres every day to bring some water home"

Arturo and his team realised that, in order for rural Ethiopians to access water, women and children had to walk for miles, only to reach shallow, contaminated ponds. This new awareness ultimately led to Arturo designing vertical water towers that collect potable water from the air, providing rural populations with an alternative, safe water source.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for founding Warka Water and using his skillset to create an alternative solution to lack of water access in rural African communities.

Twitter: @ArturoVittori


100 Water Heroes: Mokena Makeka

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Founder and Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab

Mokena Makeka is the Founder and Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab, an “interdisciplinary design practice led by architecture and urban design as a filter and tool for design manifestation.” Mokena’s ethos lies in his belief that design has the power to better people’s lives, especially when done sustainably.

Mokena is an internationally renowned, award-winning architect whose fusion of innovation and sustainability have put him on the map. Mokena’s professional achievements are extensive and include being an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is also a member of the African Leadership Network and a Aliko Dangote Fellow.

Mokena’s passion for sustainable design has been consistently communicated throughout his career. He has spoken at a range of conferences and gatherings including the Green Building conference and the Seminar of Social Innovation and Sustainability (Brasil). Mokena has contributed key writings to the Sustainable Waters Handbook, and published a piece entitled Counter Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in Cape Town

Mokena is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the design sector, and for recognising the importance of sustainable design.

Twitter: @MokenaMakeka