David Auerbach

Co-Founder, Sanergy

Focus Area: Sanitation and Health

David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, a social enterprise dedicated to building healthy, prosperous communities in urban informal settlements by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible for everyone, forever. Previously, David co-ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a nonprofit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6. He taught in central China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. He began his career researching foreign policy at the Center for American Progress. David is an Ashoka, Echoing Green, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University.

Sanergy is a social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements. Sanergy uses a systems-based approach to tackle the sanitation challenge by building high-quality, low-cost sanitation facilities, which are franchised to community members to run as small businesses. Sanergy collects the waste from each toilet and converts it into valuable by-products, such as organic fertilizer sold to Kenyan farmers.

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