David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, a pioneering social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya which builds healthy, prosperous communities in Africa’s informal settlements by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible for everyone, forever. Sanergy’s systems-based approach empowers the local community to own and operate Fresh Life Toilets, which are low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities. Sanergy provides business and operational support to ensure its operators thrive. Sanergy collects and recycles the waste into organic fertilizer, which is sold to Kenyan farmers to address the region’s food security challenges. In just 2 years, Sanergy has launched 340 Fresh Life facilities run by a network of 175 operators who serve 13,000 residents with hygienic sanitation daily. Sanergy also employs 150 teammates – 93% Kenyan and 60% under 25 – in a region that faces 40% unemployment.
Previously, Auerbach ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a nonprofit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the deputy chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative from 2005 to 2006 where he helped to build over 50 impact-focused partnerships. Previously, Auerbach taught in central China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow.
Auerbach is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.