Cynthia Koenig
Wello Water

Cynthia is a social entrepreneur whose career focuses on incubating mission-based businesses designed to alleviate poverty in the developing world. She spent the last decade living and working throughout Central America, Southern Africa, South and Southeast Asia, where she became intimately familiar with the challenges associated with the lack of access to clean water. Shelaunched Wello with a bold vision – to effectively deliver clean water to a thirsty world. By reframing the water crisis as an opportunity, Wello reinvented the wheel, and developed an innovative business model that empowers individuals to use the WaterWheel as an income-generating tool to lift their families out of poverty.

Cynthia holds a BA in anthropology from Trinity College and dual MBA/MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her work has been recognized by President Clinton and highlighted in the New York Times, the Huffington Post and on ABC News. She is a 2008 StartingBloc Global Fellow, a 2011 Erb Institute Fellow, and 2011 Unreasonable Institute and Dasra Social Impact Fellow.

Articles by Cynthia Koenig

  • Cynthia Koenig

    Unconvention 2011 Hones in on Landing Top Socent Talent

    Villgro’s Unconvention is billed as the ONLY conference in India focused on social entrepreneurs, while addressing the overlap between innovation AND social entrepreneurship. With just a few days before the third Unconvention kicks off in Chennai, I spoke with Sucharita Kamath, head of Villgro’s Innovation Ecosystem, on what to expect.

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