Gemma Bulos

Gemma Bulos

Gemma Bulos

Biography

Gemma Bulos is a Filipino-American former musician and pre-school teacher. Like so many, Gemma Bulos’ life changed on 9/11. That day, Gemma didn’t take her regular morning train to in the World Trade Center, by chance averting being caught up in the tragedy that unfolded that day. She responded by devoting her life to a cause she believed would promote peace and equality among people – access to safe water. While introducing new alternative water treatment technologies and studying water stewardship in the Philippines, she met Kevin Lee, a former US Peace Corps volunteer raised in New Zealand with a background in mechanical engineering. Based on the concept that it takes a single drop of water to start a wave, they joined together in order to realize the power of community participation in building healthy communities. Gemma has since transitioned as the Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI) focusing her work in Africa to integrate the learnings from ASDSW by working with women to have a deeper role in community water and sanitation decisions. She was awarded the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in partnership with Schwab Foundation for Phillippines in 2009.

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2010
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship - Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2007
Echoing Green Fellowship
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