David Katz

  • Globally Renowned Social Entrepreneur
  • Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank


An Ocean Steward by purpose, David is the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank - an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. His spark has enlivened an opportunity for the world to collect and exchange plastic as a currency. Today, his social enterprise is a global network of over 500 collection communities with more than 30,000 members that are transcending poverty by saving the ocean from plastic. David’s leadership has helped guide global partners like SC Johnson, Henkel, CooperVision, IBM, and more to stop billions of plastic bottles before they enter the ocean.

David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, recipient of the Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.

His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been featured in hundreds of international news and investigative articles, including Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic. David can be found at TED.com, is featured in award-winning documentaries, and starred in an international reality television show.

 

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An Ocean Steward by purpose, David is the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank - an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. His spark has enlivened an opportunity for the world to collect and exchange plastic as a currency. Today, his social enterprise is a global network of over 500 collection communities with more than 30,000 members that are transcending poverty by saving the ocean from plastic. David’s leadership has helped guide global partners like SC Johnson, Henkel, CooperVision, IBM, and more to stop billions of plastic bottles before they enter the ocean.

David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, recipient of the Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.

His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been featured in hundreds of international news and investigative articles, including Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic. David can be found at TED.com, is featured in award-winning documentaries, and starred in an international reality television show.