About Planet Water
Planet Water is a US-based, non-profit international development organization focused on bringing clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and education programs on water-health & hygiene. Our projects are focused on schools, children, and rural communities who lack access to clean, safe water.
Our Vision & Mission
Planet Water holds a VISION of a world where people no longer die simply because they lack access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation facilities.
As our MISSION, we strive to alleviate waterbourne disease, illness, and death through providing access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in the world's most disadvantaged communities.
Our work is targeted toward schools and rural villages with sustainable solutions combined with educational programs on hygiene practices.
In support of the UN Millenium Development Goal, the Planet Water Foundation targets helping 5 MILLION PEOPLE gain access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation by year 2020.
Mark Steele - Founder and Chief Executive Before recently relocating back to the United States, Mark resided in the Asia-Pacific region for 16 years where he worked to establish the operational footprint and regional business for two global companies - most recently as Chief Operating Officer, Tele Atlas Asia-Pacific - the digital mapping subsidiary of leading navigation systems provider TomTom, and prior to that as President, ITT China - a global leader in water and wastewater products and services. During his time in Asia, Mark also led ITT's emergency response efforts in Sri Lanka in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and as Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Mark holds a degree in International Studies (Business) and Japanese from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA) during which time he also studied at Shizuoka University in Japan.
Nick Hill - Executive Chairman Nick is a native of the UK and has resided in the United States for the last 8 years where he most recently was President of ITT Corporation's Motion and Flow Group and Senior Vice President of ITT Corp. Prior to this, Nick headed up a number of businesses within ITT where he first became aware of the crisis around water quality and it's affect on underdeveloped countries. Nick was the initiator for ITT's successful philanthropy program Watermark which has pledged millions of dollars to support NPO's in their struggle to bring clean water to those most in need. Nick also headed ITT's Emergency Relief Program designed to respond quickly to natural disasters where ITT's equipment and expertise can rapidly bring much needed help to the affected areas. Nick is a graduate of the Farnborough Institute of Technology.
Kristen Steele - Director, Education Education has been a big part of Kristen's life for the past 16 years. With a degree in Education from Creighton University, her career path has led to teaching elementary school, developing corporate training programs, and then operating her own company while residing in Scottsdale, Arizona. Taking a dive into Planet Water as our Director of Education was a natural move. Her passion for education has enabled her to develop and implement our Water-Health & Hygiene Education Program into elementary schools in rural villages across nine countries in the developing world.
Lindsay Muirhead, Manager, Finance & Administration Lindsay joined Planet Water in December, 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 2005. After graduation, Lindsay joined Frankel Zacharia, an Omaha-based CPA firm, where she gained experience in auditing and tax accounting. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2008 and in June 2010 joined Schwarz and Associates where she continued her work in audit and tax with an additional focus on small business consulting. In June 2011, Lindsay joined Election Systems & Software where she focused on financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, and cash management.
Rahul Gupta - Advisor, Information Technology Rahul built his first website in 1995 and hasn't looked back. Rahul is president of Big Wheel Brigade, a software consultancy and product development shop. He is eager to bring his skills and experience to bear with Planet Water.
Penghorn Chheang - Program Manager, Mekong Region Penghorn, a Cambodia native, joined Planet Water in May of 2010 and currently manages our regional operations in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Penghorn's love for water work has driven his engagement in the water development sector for more than five years prior to joining Planet Water. Penghorn has effectively managed projects for international development organizations and local NGO's - all in effort to improve the health of women and children in need by providing access to clean, safe, water and improved sanitation facilities. Penghorn holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
Ishak Kasum - Program Manager, Indonesia Currently residing in Lombok, Indonesia, Ishak has been working with Planet Water since July of 2009, where he led the deployment of a number of clean water projects in Lombok, Indonesia. Ishak has a long career in working with disadvantaged children in impoverished communities. In July, 2008, Ishak founded Yayasan Kasih Sayang - a Lombok-based, non-profit organization focused on providing housing and care for handicapped children. He has also initiated a number of programs to provide assistance to blind children. Ishak was instrumental in Planet Water's emergency response efforts in the wake of the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi, where clean water systems were deployed to restore clean water access to the survivors.
Neeraj Sharma, Program Manager, India Neeraj joined Planet Water in September, 2011. Neeraj has an accomplished career in development management with experience working in development domains addressing issues related to education, livelihood, disability, children, youth, and women in South Asian countries in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Planet Water, Neeraj worked as Manager, South Asia Region for the UK based charity - Leonard Cheshire Disability based at Bangalore, where he initiated path breaking initiatives such as the establishment of Disability Livelihood Resource Centers and leading education programmes in the region. Neeraj completed an MBA in Business Economics at Jiwaji University Gwalior and received a Post Graduate Diploma in NGO Management from the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India in Ahmedabad.
Dario Operario, Program Manager, Philippines Dario joined Planet Water in November, 2012. As an Engineer, Dario has over 14 years of experience in construction and construction management with extensive experience in the development and supervision of government and non-government building projects in the Philippines. In support of his career achievement, Dario has received several awards for outstanding performance in these areas. In addition to being an advocate for helping those in need as a Lay Minister, Dario also holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Samar State University in the Philippines.
Carolina Bravo - Manager, Partnership Development Carolina started with Planet Water in March 2014 where she is able to bring together her experiences and interests in community development and health. Carolina comes to Planet Water with past experience in non-profit development and public health programming working previously with projects focused on cancer education, community nutrition, and environmental health. Carolina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences and Spanish from the University of Connecticut and more recently completed her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University focusing on Health Promotion.
Alex Bejarano - Manager, Programs and Resource Development, Latin America Alex has been with Planet Water since August of 2014. Raised in the U.S. to his Colombian parents and having moved at a young age to Costa Rica, he brings to the organization a knowledge of the Latin-American culture to better accomplish our objectives in this region of the world. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica which eventually led him to find his occupation in Real Estate. Having worked in this field the vast majority of his career, he found the opportunity to be involved professionally in charity to be more in line with his true vocation of fulfilling his desire to serve and help others full time. This is a passion he currently pursues as Associate Pastor of his local church and his eagerness to contribute to Planet Water’s goal of abolishing the need for clean drinking water has now too become one of his passions.
Mark Cain - Advisor, Brand Strategy and Marketing Mark is a respected and multi-award-winning brand-positioning strategist for consumer and B2B brands. Mark has served a variety of leading brands including: Audi of North America, Infiniti of America, Abercrombie & Kent, American Express, Citibank, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, Mark is a speaker and moderator on marketing and brand topics and has been featured or quoted in numerous publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The Robb Report, The London Observer, Golfing Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine, among others. Mark is a University of Kansas alumnus of the William Allen White School of Journalism.
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