Peter Thum TedxTalk

Peter Thum TedxTalk


In this video, we view Peter Thum's full TedxTalk, as he shares he is the founder of Fonderie 47, a company transforming perspectives and saving lives in Africa by disarming conflict zones and remaking AK47s it destroys into jewelry, watches and accessories. To date, Fonderie 47 has destroyed over 3,000 guns in DR Congo. As the founder and president of Ethos Water, Peter turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that changed an industry, generated millions of dollars, and improved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. Ethos Water was acquired by Starbucks in 2005. Peter led Ethos as an executive at Starbucks and a Director of the Starbucks Foundation. Peter serves as a board member at USA for UNHCR, the Fund For Global Human Rights, the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and Impossible to Possible Ultra Athletic Adventures.

Peter Thum is a recognized entrepreneur, business executive and humanitarian.  He has founded and led three social enterprise companies: Ethos Water, Liberty United and Fonderie 47; as well as three not for profit organizations to address some of the world’s toughest problems by building for-profit businesses and brands.

Entrepreneur, CEO of Liberty United, Founder of Ethos Water, and Humanitarian

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Peter Thum is a recognized pioneer in social enterprise. He founded and was President of Ethos Water through its acquisition by Starbucks. To date, Ethos Water has granted $13.8 million to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to over half a million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.