Operation Water Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization under federal tax guidelines. Operation Water is committed to provide the less fortunate with the most basic human right of access to clean water and sanitation. Drawing on their experience as finance, infrastructure, and business development professionals, Operation Water develops critical water infrastructure projects across the developing world where people are facing acute water crises.
ROCKBlue provides technical guidance and support to Operation Water. ROCKBlue also serves as an advisor to the local engineering companies that are mandated by Operation Water to conduct feasibility studies, supervise construction of water infrastructure, and operate and maintain those facilities.
CARBON Group Global (“CARBON”) and Operation Water have collaborated to launch the Operation Water Challenge – a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds for Operation Water. The two organizations are also collaborating to develop a model village concept that will be employed to alleviate rural poverty across the developing world.
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Ryan Phillips-Page is Founder and CEO of Operation Water
Ryan Phillips-Page is the Founder and CEO of Operation Water. He is also a Board Member of Even Ground, a non-profit that funds community-based programs serving disadvantaged youth in South Africa, and an Advisor to Latin American Leadership Academy, which promotes sustainable economic development and strengthens democratic governance in Latin America by developing and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.
Prior to founding Operation Water, Ryan was the Founder and CEO of RPP Capital Projects and Finance (Pty) Ltd, a business development consultancy that sources and structures financing solutions for power and water infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this capacity, he has travelled extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa to meet with Presidents, Ministers, Governors, Director Generals of utilities, and African businessmen to discuss the strategic infrastructure priorities of many African nations.
Previously, Ryan served as Director of Facilities and Operations at African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was African Leadership Foundation’s first staff member and assisted the Founders with networking and fundraising. Prior to moving to South Africa to help launch African Leadership Academy, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Sales at IntellectSpace Corporation, a Seattle-based technology company that serves investment banks, hedge funds, foundations, and law firms.
Ryan started his career in New York City as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He graduated with honors from Boston College’s Undergraduate Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Finance.
Yogesh Mago, Senior Partner, Ospraie Ag Science LLC and Founder, Operation Water
Yogesh Mago is Founder and President of Operation Water. He is also a Senior Partner at the venture capital firm, Ospraie Ag Science LLC. Yogesh serves on the Board of Directors of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company which discovers, develops, and promotes sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions. In addition, he is on the Advisory Board of Girl Rising, the nonprofit organization behind the worldwide social action campaign for girls' education and empowerment.
Previously, Yogesh was a Senior Investment Analyst at hedge funds, Ospraie Management LLC and Merchants' Gate Capital LP. In those roles, he sourced and oversaw portfolio investments across five continents in a variety of industries, including agriculture, travel, consumer, transportation, industrials, and real estate. He has over 15 years of experience in fundamental, public and private equity investing globally.
Yogesh began his career as an investment banker at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from the NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College, with concentrations in finance and international business.
Johan Oelofse, Head of Project Finance and Founder of Operation Water
Johan Oelofse is Head of Project Finance and Founder of Operation Water, and Managing Director and Founder of Capital Lite Finance (Pty) Limited - a company that advises and arranges finance for infrastructure projects across the African continent.
Johan specializes in innovative structuring techniques, which is often required to mitigate risks to secure finance for projects in Africa. Representative completed projects include a bulk water treatment plant in Sudan, water and sanitation projects in Seychelles, and rural electrification projects in Ghana. The financing structure he created for the bulk water treatment plant in Sudan won Euromoney’s Trade Finance Deal of the Year award in 2008 and is the structure used by Operation Water.
Johan has over 30 years of experience in assessing and executing infrastructure projects on the African continent. He has worked for ABSA Bank, Nedbank Africa, Nedcor Investment Bank, and Societe Generale in South Africa as well as Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation of Africa Limited where he was responsible for their projects division.