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Eleanor Allen

CEO, Water For People


Eleanor Allen has dedicated her career to improving global water and sanitation for people around the world. She believes that social progress can be accelerated through innovative, collaborative partnerships and social entrepreneurship. Currently Eleanor is the CEO of Water For People. Water For People is a global nonprofit working in nine countries in Africa, Latin America, and India. It is recognized as an innovative leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector through its innovative approach to development, which brings together local entrepreneurs, technology, governments and communities to create lasting systems and sustainable services through its impact model, Everyone Forever.
Prior to Water For People Eleanor was the Global Director of Water at Arcadis. Prior to Arcadis she was the Latin America Director of Water at CH2M. Ms. Allen also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is experienced in leading multi-cultural, global teams in delivering infrastructure programs and helping develop institutions to keep the infrastructure working. In 2016 Eleanor won the Denver Outstanding Women in Business award in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. She is distinguished alum at the University of California at Berkeley Academy for Civil and Environmental Engineering and is on the advisory board at the University of Colorado Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities. Eleanor received her M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cal and her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. She also completed Executive Programs at London Business School and Northwestern University, lived and worked in many different countries, and speaks four languages.

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