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Matt Damon

Co-founder of Water.org

Academy Award winner Matt Damon is an actor, screenwriter, producer and humanitarian, who has garnered international acclaim for his work both on- and off-screen. Inspired during international travel with his family throughout Mexico and Guatemala as a youth, Damon has long been devoted to environmental and social issues including climate change science, early childhood education, fighting hunger in America, and ending extreme poverty and mass atrocities. Learning about the immense challenges of accessing safe water and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Matt was inspired to create the H20 Africa Foundation. In 2009 Matt teamed up with Gary White to merge their organizations and launch Water.org. For his work as co-founder of Water.org, Damon, along with fellow Water.org co-founder Gary, was recognized as one of one of the TIME 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and received the Environmental Media Award from The Environmental Media Association in 2013. Matt was named the Crystal Award winner by the World Economic Forum in 2014.