“Water changes everything. It lays the foundation for health, education and economic prosperity. That is social progress.”

– Eleanor Allen, Water For People CEO


Eleanor Allen is a compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe. She is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs and thrive.



    World Water Week

    Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Annual Conference | Sept 25-27

    Water Environment Federations’ Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) | Sept 30-Oct 4 2017

    The International Water Association (IWA) Sustainable solutions for emerging economies | Nov 13-16 2017


    American Water Works Association (AWWA) ACE17

    Schwab Foundation Solutions Summit

    Water Environment Federation (WEF) Residuals & Biosolids Conference

    IDB International Women’s Day

    American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists

    World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

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Eleanor Allen is fiercely passionate about improving the state of the world with respect to water and sanitation. She has dedicated her career to this goal, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, then as a consulting engineer (at CH2M and Arcadis), and now as the CEO of Water For People. As a professional civil engineer, Eleanor has lived and worked all over the world. As a business executive with extensive experience in water, she has led large global and regional operations in consulting, project management, program management, business development, and engineering.

Eleanor believes societal change can be accelerated through social entrepreneurship and the efforts of organizations like Water For People, a global nonprofit working with four million people in nine countries in Africa, Latin America, and India. As CEO, Eleanor is dedicated to solving the global water and sanitation crisis by bringing reliable and lasting access to water and sanitation in Latin America, Africa and India through Water For People’s Everyone Forever model.


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