100 Water Heroes: Mike Mallozzi

Photo: Kelvin Trautman

Photo: Kelvin Trautman

President of Borderlands Brewing Company

Mike Mallozzi is a PhD microbiologist and the President of Borderlands Brewing, a company that produces beer in the most sustainable manner possible. One of the many ways in which they seek to further the sustainability of their business is through the use of solar power purchased through the Tucson Electric Power programme. While they cannot yet afford to have their own solar panels, making use of locally generated sustainable power is definitely a step in the right direction.

Mike is a council member of the Conserve2Enhance water conservation group, an organisation that is committed to helping people and businesses to reduce their water footprints, and to improving the health and flow of local water bodies. Borderlands is also a participant in this group, and they undergo thorough water audits that help them to identify areas in which they can further reduce their water usage.

Borderlands also recognises the importance of buying locally, and has steadily been working towards sourcing local ingredients. Mike is dedicated to sustainable development, and this commitment is evident throughout Borderlands’ practices. Speaking on the importance of sustainability in business, Mike stated:

"Generally speaking, as people in business, we need to be more focused on finding the sweet spot where we can look after the planet, people, and profit. Too often we chose to leave out the planet in this equation. If we continue to do business like this soon we won’t have the planet to even include this equation. And to customers, I say vote with your dollars. Support those businesses that look to make a profit without exhausting our resources unsustainably."

Mike is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his dedication to sustainable development, and for leading Borderlands Brewery as they seek to produce the most sustainable beer possible.

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Arturo Condo


President of Earth University

Dr. Arturo Condo is the President of Earth University, an institution that works predominantly with students from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to “contribute to sustainable development of their home communities while constructing a prosperous and just global society.”

In addition to leading this sustainability-focused university, Arturo has had a successful career in Business and Leadership. He has a PhD in Business Administration from Harvard University, as well an an MBA from INCAE. Arturo also served as President of INCAE Business School for 9 years, and has committed over 24 years of his career to teaching and researching the fields of strategy, competitiveness, and sustainable development.

Arturo was also the prior Dean of Innovation and Development and Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS). He has had great success in promoting sustainable development in rural communities of Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras and Ecuador, collaborating with both private and public sectors to further this cause.

Testament to his positive impact, Arturo was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. As part of this role, Arturo co-founded the YGL Business Oath and continued on to become a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Global Business Oath Project. Both of these projects seek to positively transform the ethical behaviour of business leaders throughout the world.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his impactful leadership of Earth University, and for his contributions to sustainable development throughout the world.


Twitter: @EARTH_Uni

100 Water Heroes: Eileen Fisher



Eileen Fisher is the founder of EILEEN FISHER INC, a highly successful clothing brand that puts human rights and sustainability at the forefront of their work.

Currently, 70% of the cotton used in their production is organically sourced and, as a way to cut down on fabric and fiber waste, the company has developed a recycling programme. Customers can take their ‘gently used’ clothing back to the store and are gifted a $5 coupon for each returned item. The garments are dry cleaned and resold, with all revenue put towards funding leadership programmes and business grants for women. This system has collected and sorted over 1 million pieces of clothing.

As part of their move towards complete sustainability, the company has launched Vision2020, an overview of their goal to reach 100% sustainability by 2020. This includes a pledge to use only the most sustainable, organic fibers, as well as wool that comes from ethically raised sheep. They are also funding alternative energy sources, and reducing their reliance on air shipping. By 2020, they aim to be not only climate neutral, but climate positive.

Speaking on the role her company has to play in changing the world, Eileen states:

I feel there's a role for EILEEN FISHER to play in this shift by sharing the collaboration skills we practice and helping to create the kind of change that wouldn't be possible if each of us acted alone. When I give talks, I often say that business can, indeed, change the world. EILEEN FISHER has done a lot by committing to organic and sustainable fibers, manufacturing clothing in the USA and recycling our clothes with EILEEN FISHER Renew. There's much more to do. And I believe we can do it. I believe we can make a difference. Business can be a movement.

Eileen is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading a clothing company that has put human rights and sustainability at the forefront of their work, showing us that businesses can make a difference.

100 Water Heroes: Eric Meliton


Project Manager at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Eric Meliton is Project Manager of the water stewardship team at Partners in Project Green, a Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) initiative. The Partners in Project Green programme “delivers initiatives that helps businesses reduce resource use and costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost effective manner.” Under Eric’s leadership, Partners in Project Green assist businesses and local governments in forging collaborative industry partnerships that facilitate the implementation of sustainable water initiatives.

Eric is also a Lecturer of Advanced Sustainability Management at the University of Mississauga, where he takes charge of teaching the water module. This module provides students with an overview of the water and wastewater industries in North America.

Prior to his water and environment-focused career, Eric obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Western University.

Eric is one of our #100WaterHeroes for encouraging and facilitating Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable initiatives in businesses and local governments throughout Canada.

Twitter: @EricMeliton

100 Water Heroes: Kiana Alavi


Engagement Officer (End Water Poverty) at WaterAid

Kiana Alavi is a blogger, photographer, campaigner, humanitarian and activist. She currently works as the Engagement Officer for Wateraid’s End Water Poverty (EWP) initiative. Launched in 2007, EWP is a “global civil society coalition, campaigning to end the water and sanitation crisis.” The movement now reaches over 150 members in more than 90 countries throughout the world. In collaboration with members from a range of backgrounds, from large NGOs to community organisations, they work towards achieving universal access to WASH.

Prior to her work with Wateraid, Kiana worked as the Global Campaign Officer for Save the Children International, on their Every Last Child Campaign. Save the Children International is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. Kiana led the organisation’s Every Last Child Campaign in their goal to “ensure that 15 million of the world's excluded children have access to life-saving healthcare and quality education.”

Co-Authored by Anjani Kapoor, Kiana recently wrote a piece entitled Accountability is the Key to Unlocking the Human Rights to WASH in which she poignantly states:

Judging by the progress levels on reaching SDG 6, many governments are treating these global goals as non-binding and ambitious commitments; but they are in fact achievable, but only if we act now. Stakeholders must stop waiting to take action tomorrow or in the near future and make the necessary changes today. The thought of being asked to not use a toilet to relieve ourselves or to not drink any water until the near future is unthinkable. So why not apply the same principle to our efforts in achieving Goal 6?

Kiana is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her impactful human rights work and for her commitment to ensuring access sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene for ALL.

Twitter: @Kianavi


100 Water Heroes: Abigail & Jamie Forsyth


Founders of KeepCup

Today’s #100WaterHeroes are siblings Abigail and Jamie Forsyth, founders of KeepCup, “the world’s first barista-standard reusable cup.” After launching a Melbourne-based cafe chain in 1998, Abigail and Jamie were shocked to see how much unnecessary waste was produced by disposable packaging. As a solution, they created KeepCup, and now have bases in London and Los Angeles,.

As Managing Director of KeepCup, Abigail has led the company to great heights and furthered the use of reusable coffee cups throughout the world, with their product being sold in over 65 countries. She has also launched Reuse HQ, a section of the KeepCup website that allows users to figure out their personal environmental impact.


In addition to being COO of KeepCup, Jamie is also the Founder and CEO of two other sustainability-focused businesses, Beetbox and Returnr. Beetbox is a lunchbox company that “challeng[es] the inevitability of a poor eating experience when bringing lunch from home or taking away from a café or salad bar.” Offering the world’s first portable glass lunch bowl, Beetbox encourages reusable containers that minimise single-use plastic and packaging waste. Jamie’s other venture is Returnr, an environmental initiative that “aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions,” and works with cafes to reduce waste.

Abigail and Jamie are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their strong advocacy for a post-disposable world through manufacturing sustainable, appealing products.

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KeepCup Twitter: @KeepCup

100 Water Heroes: Jessica Long


Managing Director - Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture

Jessica Long is the Managing Director of Strategy and Sustainability at Accenture, where she started as a Strategist in 2001. With over 18 years of experience, Jessica now leads Sustainability and Trust throughout North America.

Together with her team, Jessica works on a range of strategic services throughout the sustainability field. This includes “ethical and inclusive supply chains, intelligent cities strategy, efficient and alternative energy solutions, innovative business models and partnerships, green technology and analytics, and circular economy.”

Jessica was also on the leadership team of Accenture Development Partnerships, a not-for-profit branch of Accenture that gives business and technology services to the global development sector. Jessica serves on the boards of Raise DC, The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Forum and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

In 2014, Jessica was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She and her team at Accenture have been a great support of the #RunningDry movement, and have collectively contributed 18.4km to the tally!

Jessica is one of our #100WaterHeroes for doing meaningful work in the fields of strategy and sustainability, and for her active support of #RunningDry


Twitter: @jessicalongdev 

100 Water Heroes: Karin Ekberg


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.


Twitter: KarinEkberg10

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi


Chief Executive Officer at Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora

Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi is an Indian Public Health expert, Disability Specialist and Social Entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO and board member of Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), an NPO that aids those disadvantaged by leprosy. Under Sheetal’s leadership, MSS has helped over 2.7 million marginalised Indian people.

One of Sheetal’s projects involves transforming Anandwan into a sustainable smart village by making it smarter, technologically efficient, economically prosperous and environmentally sensitive. In 2016, Sheetal was named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of their Young Global Leaders, and continued on to be chosen as a member of the WEF Expert Network on Humanitarian Response.

Sheetal is also a fellow of World Innovation Organisation, a joint initiative by the World Summit on Innovation and the United Nations (UN). Sheetal also serves as an advisor to the UN’s i4P (Innovations for Peace).

Sheetal has been a consistent supporter of #RunningDry, and has supported its growth from the outset. She has not only shared the movement’s message, but has contributed an impressive 30km to the tally!

Sheetal is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her impactful career and for being a strong supporter of the #RunningDry movement.


Twitter: AmteSheetal


100 Water Heroes: Lindsey Aldaco-Manner


President at World Youth Parliament for Water

Lindsey Aldaco-Manner is the President of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), a youth network that advocates for safe, clean water throughout the world. Stretching across 80 countries, WYPW comprises of dynamic young people seeking change in the water sector. Their work ranges from active engagement with local communities to advocating for youth involvement in the water sector at the United Nations General Assembly.

As President, Lindsey leads the WYPW in their goal to activate youth participation in the decision-making processes of water industries around the world. In addition to her work with WYPW, Lindsey is also a Research Assistant for the Dean of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beruit, where she explores water governance in Lebanon, and Water-Energy-Food Nexus governance in the Middle East.

Throughout these various facets of her career, Lindsey has exhibited a passion for inspiring change in the water industry, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for sustainable, community-based water management. Lindsey has also been a key supporter of the #RunningDry, and has contributed a hefty 59km to the movement. With her expertise on the water sector, Lindsey meaningfully spotlights #RunningDry and its message.

Lindsey is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her dedication to solving global water issues, and for being a key member of the #RunningDry movement.


Twitter: @LindseyAManner 

100 Water Heroes: Hilde-Gunn Vestad


Director Compliance & Sustainability at Lidl Hong Kong Limited

Hilde-Gunn Vestad is the Director of Compliance and Sustainability at Lidl Hong Kong Limited. Originating from Norway, Hilde moved to the Asia Pacific, and has lived and worked there since. Hilde has led a career of impact, and has been involved in a range of sustainability programmes in the fast fashion, sporting goods and retail industries.

In 2003, prior to her work with Lidl, Hilde joined the adidas Group, where she audited a wide range of suppliers throughout Asia Pacific. Hilde has long since been an advocate for workers’ rights, migrant workers’ rights, human rights and women’s rights. Her involvement in this sphere led to her serving on the board the Mekong Club, a group that fights modern day slavery. Hilde is also on the board of amfori, a “global business association for open and sustainable trade.”

In addition to her impactful work in the Compliance and Sustainability field, Hilde has been an avid supporter of #RunningDry since its inception. She has passionately highlighted the movement and its purpose every day, on every platform. Hilde has contributed a massive 71km to #RunningDry, ensuring the movement grows and awareness surrounding the global water crisis spreads.

Hilde is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her impactful work in Compliance and Sustainability, and for her tenacious support of the #RunningDry movement.


Twitter: @HildeVestad 

100 Water Heroes: Christine Colvin


Freshwater Senior Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

Christine Colvin works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as Freshwater Senior Manager for South Africa. Christine leads WWF-SA as they seek to provide water security throughout the region.

Christine has worked at WWF for over seven years and, in that time, has launched a number of successful initiatives that include Water Source Areas and Water Stewardship programmes, as well as the Journey of Water Campaign aimed at connecting people to where their water comes from.

Prior to working with WWF, Christine spent sixteen years as a Hydrosciences Group Leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, where she lead a group of water experts in “building the science and evidence base for sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa.”

Christine has also been a prominent voice during Cape Town’s recent drought and, when speaking on the future of South Africa’s water situation, said:

“We encourage you to immerse yourself in each potential reality before considering how you might prepare, and most critically, what you could do differently today.”

Christine is one of our #100WaterHeroes for passionately advocating for a water secure future, and for leading initiatives that can bring South Africa closer to that goal.


Twitter: @ColvinH2O 

100 Water Heroes: Giulio Boccaletti

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Chief Strategy Officer at The Nature Conservancy

Giulio Boccaletti is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a charitable environmental organisation that seeks to "conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends." Giulio’s role at TNC includes developing their strategy and incorporating economic and scientific facets to their conservation work.

Giulio believes that finding a solution to the global water crisis “will determine the future sustainability of the world economy and the health of the people and places that depend on this vital natural resource.” Prior to working with TNC, Giulio was a partner at Mckinsey and Company where he launched their Global Water Resource initiative and was heavily involved in their Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice.

Giulio’s career has also includes a number of publications surrounding issues of water security, resource economics and infrastructure finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bologna, as well as a Master’s and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University.

Giulio has also been recognised as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water of the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as a member of its Global Futures Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security. In 2014, WEF named Giulio as a Young Global Leader.

Giulio is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with The Nature Conservancy, and for using his expertise to foster and develop a sustainable future.

Twitter: @G_Boccaletti 


100 Water Heroes: Søren Hvilshøj


Global Market Director of Water at Ramboll Group

Søren Hvilshøj is the Global Market Director of Water for Ramboll Group, a consulting engineering firm. With his vast experience in water and environment sectors, Søren has helped the firm implement effective water management systems that “consider the technological choices and economic balance in protecting water quantity and water quality.”

Under Søren’s leadership, Ramboll have been integral in the development of cloudburst mitigation plans in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. They have also focused on creating more “green and blue spaces,” in the forms of planted areas and streams that work to naturally retain rainwater. Part of this, and the cloudburst mitigation plan, involves “establishing cloudburst roads that quickly and efficiently channel the water out of the city while taking into account traffic flow and urban quality of life.”

Søren’s widespread experience in the water industry includes being on the Executive Board of the Danish Association of Water Supplies, a Committee Member of the Foundation for Development of Technology in the Danish Water Sector and a Board Member in a Danish water supply company. He also lectures at a number of international universities on issues surrounding water management.

Søren is one of our #100WaterHeroes for working with Ramboll Group to design sustainable, effective water management systems that are aligned with local needs.


Twitter: s_hvilshoej

100 Water Heroes: Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy


Executive Director at International Water Association

Professor Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy is the Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA) where they have established the largest networks of water experts “working towards a water wise world.”

Kala is an established voice in the water management sector, and has worked studiously to implement clean water and sanitation projects throughout the world. In collaboration with UNESCO and the EU, Kala has been involved in a range of successful WASH initiatives and raised awareness surrounding the global water crisis.

In addition to his work with UNESCO and the EU, Kala is also closely affiliated with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, GWP and SIWI. Kala also serves on several international scientific committees and is currently on the Stockholm’s World Water Week’s Scientific Program Committee (WWW-SPC) and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee (GWP-TEC).

Prior to leading IWA, Kala was the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Deputy Director General for Research. He was also the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, as well as a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida. Kala’s extensive experience also includes being Professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE.

Kala is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with the International Water Association, and for his commitment to sustainability transforming urban water management systems.


100 Water Heroes: Alex Mung


Director, Head of Water Initiative at World Economic Forum

Alex Munn is the Head of Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he raises awareness of the global water crisis and encourages public-private cooperation in this sphere.

WEF is a renowned non-profit organisation that “engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

Prior to joining WEF as a Project Manager in 2008, Alex worked as an Environmental Engineer for Alcan, an environmentally conscious aluminium company in Canada. Alex career in sustainable development began at Queen’s University, where he obtained a degree in Civil Environmental Engineering.

Alex is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiatives, and for his dedication to sustainable development.


100 Water Heroes: Hermella Wondimu


Founder and President of Drop of Water

Hermella Wondimu is the President of Drop of Water, an NGO that she co-founded as a university student. Drop of Water seeks to provide clean, safe water to people in rural communities of Ethiopia and, while this is a monumental task, has helped thousands of people throughout the country.

Hermella obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering from Mekele University and, during her time there, learnt about Ethiopia’s water crisis and its impact on women and children. This knowledge shaped her career path and prompted her dedicated to providing clean water to those in need. One of her projects with Drop of Water involved the construction of 5 water wells in Northern Ethiopia, ultimately providing safe water to over 6000 people. In 2014, a further 20 water wells were built.

Through her dedication to providing clean drinking water and WASH initiatives, Hermella is actively working towards a sustainable future for Ethiopia. This makes her one of our #100WaterHeroes.

Twitter: @hermellawondimu


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: Tewolde Egziabher

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Leader of Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency

Tewolde Egziabher is an Ethiopian Environmentalist and Biologist who leads Ethiopia’s Environmental Protection Agency. In 2006, Tewolde was named as one of the UN’s Champions of the Earth, a prestigious environmental award. He has also won the Right Livelihood Award in 2000 "for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources."

Prior to his work with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency, Tewolde was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Addis Ababa. He continued on to serve as President of Aswara University for 8 years. Following his career in academia, Tewolde became Director of the Ethiopian Conservation Strategy Secretariat.

Tewolde is a respected Environmentalist and Scientist who has used his platform to advance environmental sustainability in Ethiopia. This makes him one of our #100WaterHeroes.

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