Full Name
Job Title
Global Water Challenge
Speaker Bio
Monica Ellis serves as CEO of Global Water Challenge (GWC), an action-oriented coalition of corporations, NGOs, and other organizations committed to achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation. She is also the CEO of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that advances sustainability through public-private partnerships. A sustainable development leader, Monica has worked throughout the world on a range of natural resource and economic development issues, focusing particularly on clean water, climate, technology, health, and economic empowerment issues. She specializes in developing high-impact partnerships with leading companies, government agencies, civil society, and philanthropists that result in resilient communities.

Monica specializes in helping the private sector address water risk through the development of collective action partnerships. Her expertise has supported a number of corporate clients, including The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, Cargill, Starbucks, General Motors,
among others, formulate leading approaches to address water risk. Under Monica’s leadership, GETF and GWC have mobilized over $400 million in investment for clean water access and community development efforts that today benefit over 14 million people in Africa, Central and
Latin America, and India.

Monica is a member/advisor to several boards, including GETF, DigDeep, Water For People, the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Advisory Board, U.S. Water Partnership, the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, Ohio State University’s Global Water Institute and Ketos. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and a proud recipient of American University’s William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership.