Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People, a global nonprofit working with four million people 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.
Eleanor is experienced in leading multi-cultural, global teams in delivering large (and small) infrastructure programs. Her technical area of expertise is design of water and wastewater treatment plants. She has worked across all disciplines in the water sector including municipal, industrial, and water resources in planning, design, construction management, and program management.
Eleanor and Water For People were named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. Eleanor did a TEDx talk on Why Water Is A Women’s Issue. She won the Denver Outstanding Women in Business Award in Architecture, Engineering and Construction and was inducted into the Academy for Distinguished Alumni at the University of California at Berkeley. Eleanor is on the Advisory Board at the University of Colorado Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities and is a Water Environment Federation Fellow. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion, women and girls, and STEM education. 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 Education programs at London Business School and Northwestern University, lived and worked in many different countries, is a registered professional civil engineer and board certified environmental engineer, and speaks four languages.