Project Description

Fermín Reygadas
La Paz, Baja California Sur- México
Fundación Cántaro Azul

Fermin is CEO and Co-founder of Cántaro Azul, an organization that develops and scales safe water solutions in rural and peri-urban communities. Fermin studied physics at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and obtained a doctoral degree from Berkeley University, in the Energy and Resources Group.

During his studies, Fermin led the development of the first system of water disinfection with ultraviolet light designed for rural households, and conducted a comprehensive assessment of its impact in the field. Since 2004, Fermin has worked as a researcher and social entrepreneur in multiple water projects in Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Sri Lanka. Fermin has extensive experience in water treatment, sanitation, hygiene, renewable energy, eco-techniques, user-centered design, assessment methods, project management, entrepreneurship and international development.

Fermin has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, evaluating the impact of greenhouse gases emissions. Fermin is Chairman of the Committee for Habitat, Environment and Sustainability at the Collaboration Mechanism between Civil Society Organizations and the Federal Government of Mexico. His work has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency of the US, the Big Ideas at Berkeley contest, the 6th World Water Forum, and the UBS Visionaries Award for Social Entrepreneurs (finalist).

Fermin is an Ashoka Fellow, at the Making More Health (Boehringer Ingelheim) global initiative, and a member of the Public Entrepreneurs Society at the ITESM (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education).

Project: Fundación Cántaro Azul