This session is an interview with Scott Harrison, founder of chartiy: water.
Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 785 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In 13 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised $450 million and funded 51,400 water projects in 28 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 11 million people with clean, safe drinking water. Scott has been recognized on Fortune magazine’s list of 40 Under 40, Forbes’ Impact 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, where he earned the #10 spot. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and author of the New York Times Bestselling book Thirst. Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria, son Jackson and daughter Emma.