Jon Kaufman, CEO, Global Water First

Jon Kaufman, CEO, Global Water First

  • Jon Kaufman is the Chief executive Officer of Global Water First.

 

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Overview

Water, as we all know, is a global challenge, especially access to the poor. With several domestic and international NGOs and companies, along with government partnerships, involved in tackling the issues, each venture brings a new perspective.

Today, we discuss the possible solutions for tackling the water challenge with Jon Kaufman, CEO of Global Water First.

[00:50] – About Jon Kaufman

  • Jon Kaufman is the Chief executive Officer of Global Water First.
  • He is an author of a book titled, “Long Walk on a Dry Road”.
  • He owned a marketing company in Silicon Valley for around 40 years.

[04:00] – Tell me about Global Water First and what was your motivation to start it.

  • Started a project in rotary called H2 open doors, in an attempt to disrupt how water is provisioned for the poor.
  • We would raise money through rotary to do projects and install 6 to 7 installations a year over the last 13 years in around 15 countries.
  • I settled upon a membrane technology, that takes the bacteria and viruses out in a system out of the water, as opposed to just killing it and leaving UV or chemical treatment.
  • We set Global Water First as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation. It has an equal measure of shareholder return and public benefit.

[11:25] – What in your opinion is the reason for the serious challenges to water?

  • It is the age-old infrastructure that needs to be blamed.
  • The reason for optimism is the high-level thinking about it.
  • For instance, bridging the communities prone to flooding with the communities prone to drought.

RESOURCES:

You can connect with Jon Kauffman – LinkedIn

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  • Jon Kaufman is the Chief executive Officer of Global Water First.
  • He is an author of a book titled, “Long Walk on a Dry Road”.
  • He owned a marketing company in Silicon Valley for around 40 years.

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