A nonprofit leader by day and a dance enthusiast by night, I am passionate about making a difference. As a French social and cultural entrepreneur who grew up in South Korea and China, I strive to bring game-changing ideas to life through strategic funding partnerships, creativity, and artistic efforts. My hope is to unleash transformational impact and help level the playing field for women, children, and men living in poverty.
In 2010, I joined Water.org CEO and co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon, and the remarkable team at this global non-profit, to build a $60 million portfolio of strategic funding partnerships to scale a microfinance model called WaterCredit. Today WaterCredit has helped more than 16 million people living in poverty to gain access to safe drinking water and sanitation. In 2017, we launched WaterEquity - an impact investment manager - to accelerate our impact and harness the power of global capital markets. WaterEquity invests in high-growth enterprises serving the water and sanitation needs of the poor.
Prior to Water.org and WaterEquity, I built strategic partnerships for the World Bank and entrepreneurial organizations such as the Global Give Back Circle and the Clinton Global Initiative, meeting women and vulnerable communities throughout Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. This includes producing a documentary film on the World Bank’s community development programs in Cambodia, along with overseeing an education project for street children and migrants in Thailand.
Throughout my journey and studies at the London School of Economics, my love of music and dance has never faded. Training in jazz funk and hip hop in France, South Korea, and the US has continued to fuel my creative and entrepreneurial spirit. Dance has a unique way of bringing people from different origins, cultures, religions, and nationalities together, creating a strong sense of community and empathy. The humility, courage, and creativity that transpires through one's journey with dance has inspired me to push past boundaries, problem-solve differently, and forge innovative partnerships that can unleash long-term social change. To learn more about my background, here is a link to my Linked In profile. Twitter: @Alix-Ines, Instagram: @alixineslebec.
Speaker on impact investing, strategic philanthropy, and the global water crisis at Harvard International Relations Week, 2017 Annual Young President Organization’s Conference, 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University, and 2015 & 2017 European Venture Philanthropy Association Conference.