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Dan Bena is a multi-award-winning executive who most recently served as Corporate Water Steward and led the Sustainable Development agenda for PepsiCo's Global Operations, using the power of the private sector as a force for good to help both business and society flourish.
He is Founder and CEO of Dan Bena, LLC, a passion-fueled consultancy, Senior Consultant for Antea Group, Senior Advisor to Safe Water Network and is on the Board of the United Nations Association Westchester Chapter. He serves or has served on the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of World Bank's 2030 Water Resources Group; Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate; the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum; the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists; and Board of the Washington-based US Water Alliance.
He serves on the Board of the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit using media and the arts to ignite agents of positive social change. Their signature program, called Rock Your World, engages middle and high school students in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides them the tools with which to become creative activists. Bena also serves on the Advisory Board of Artistic Circles, which produced the documentary, Water Pressures. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Leader publications group, the new Elsevier journal, Water Security, and the novel social media video interview platform, WaterLoop.
Bena was selected as a mentor for the ThreeDotDash.org program of the We Are Family Foundation; a judge for the University of Notre Dame Corporate Adaptation Prize; and as an advisor to the social enterprise start-up, Keela. He delivered the keynote address at the Royal Gala in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Princess Madeleine and Prince Daniel of Sweden, and has spoken at over 100 venues which span the business, government, academic, and non-profit worlds.
He represented PepsiCo at the Our Food, Our Future Summit, in Dublin, Ireland, attended by the Prime Minister of Ireland and the Minister of Agriculture. He was one of only four people invited to provide testimony to the US Senate Water and Power Subcommittee, and keynoted the United Nations Youth Assembly to over 1,000 youth delegates from over 100 countries.
Bena was honored to receive the Light Up the Night Award from the Julia B. Andrus Foundation for youth advocacy and engagement, which resulted in October 24th being proclaimed "Dan Bena Day" in New York State. He was recently honored as a “Global Goals Local Leader” by the UN Association for his role in the partnerships which have provided over 55 million people with access to safe water (end 2020), thereby helping to advance the SDGs.
Dan was invited by the President of the UN General Assembly to participate in a high-level panel on partnerships to advance the post-2015 Development agenda, and was named an Honorary Professor by Glasgow Caledonian University, and a Trustee of its New York College, which houses the Center for Social Impact.
Keynote speaker, social media influencer, and, above all, wife-, family-, and animal- lover. His philosophy is to involve the 7H Ladder for Purpose-based Leadership in as much as possible in everything you do: Head (intellect & imagination), Heart (empathy and compassion), Hands (doing the work), Hunger (driving passion), Humility (modest self-importance), Humanity (social conscience), and Harmony (respectful collaboration). Learn more about the 7H Ladder here.