Focus Area: Water and Sanitation
Minhaj Chowdhury is co-founder and CEO of Drinkwell, a social enterprise eradicating the water crisis in India and Bangladesh. As a Fulbright Fellow in Bangladesh, Minhaj researched willingness to pay for water with BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. His work has been recognized by the U.S. State Department, the Indian Department of Science and Technology, and the Bangladesh Health Secretary. Minhaj is an Echoing Green Fellow and was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” promising social entrepreneurs. He holds a BA in public health from Johns Hopkins University.
Drinkwell blends patented filtration technologies with a franchise business model to address the water crisis in India and Bangladesh, which impacts more than 48 million people. Drinkwell's technology recovers 40% more water, requires 16x less electricity, and reduces waste by six orders of magnitude, compared to the current best practice in water filtration.