About SkyJuice Foundation
SkyJuice™ Foundation Inc is a not-for-profit Australian organisation based in Sydney. It was incorporated in 2005.
We supply sustainable water treatment systems for humanitarian projects and emergency and disaster relief. SkyJuice utilises the world best, low pressure, “passive” membrane technology to produce safe, sustainable potable water supplies that are affordable and appropriate to communities in developing countries.
Our Vision is ‘Safe Water For Every Child’. We have real solutions to make that achievable!
We work with an alliance of partners in the public, private and community sectors to deliver projects that provide water treatment solutions to communities and social entities. We have a variety of working partnerships with NGO groups such as Oxfam, Rotary, Disaster Aid Australia, Siemens Stiftung, World Vision, Red Cross, UNICEF and many others.
Reducing the ill health and disease of children through improved water and sanitation frees the time of the adults who care for them, particularly women, for more productive activities. Most importantly, it also keeps children themselves from missing school.
Less illness means that adults miss fewer days of work with positive impacts on overall income and livelihood security. Access to water near the home saves time for women and girls. This is time that can be spent on productive activities and education which lay the groundwork for economic growth. We must acknowledge that safe water is a key building block for equitable global prosperity.
SkyJuice™ Foundation is led by a core leadership team and managed by elected members responsible for ensuring that the Foundation adheres to the rules and objectives as set out in the Articles of Association. The Foundation has an Advisory Panel that offers guidance & strategic advice from a voluntary panel of emanate professionals. Our members’ diverse range of skills and expertise ensure that the Foundation is fiscally and socially responsible whilst staying true to the goal of providing safe water for every child.
FOUNDER and CEO – Rhett Butler, AM
Rhett is the founder and CEO of the SkyJuice Foundation. He is a professional mechanical engineer, as well as an active social entrepreneur and public speaker on water issues. Rhett has over 30 years of senior management and strategy experience in the global water industry as well as significant exposure in manufacturing, small business and industrial development. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has masters degree qualifications in Engineering, Business Administration and Science. He has mentored groups on entrepreneurship, business development and small business start-ups.
Rhett is a leading authority on membrane filtration technologies and a passionate advocate for the urgent social empowerment of woman through enterprise creation. He promotes “disruptive” affordable technical solutions to meet the various SDG goals, inclusive of the challenges for water and sanitation. He has been a pioneer and recognised innovator in cost low water solutions for developing countries since 1996.
Dr David Garman
David is a leading figure in global water research and innovation. David was the President of the International Water Association (IWA) for two terms from 2000 until 2012. Recently, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Water Technology Research and Development, and was Founding Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
His research and interests cover all aspects of new technology, water resource management from research and planning to large-scale operations, with a strong emphasis on commercial operations and corporate governance. The opportunity for technology and innovation to dramatically impact lives has been a passion of David’s and his career path is a testament to this ethos.
David is a passionate advocate of global safe water solutions has an extensive background in the NGO and business sector. He has been an active Rotarian for over 30 years, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow awards and was a past President of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills. He is chairman of the BEVMARK business group with extensive activities in retails, wholesaling and distribution. (Australian Retailer of the Year 2009-10).
David has extensive strategic experience with disaster response planning and collaborative community outcomes in Australian and overseas. He was the founding chairman of DisasterAid Australia and DisasterAid International as well as the former Chairman of ShelterBox Australia. He has co-ordinated and delivered multiple ROTARY global grants for safe water waters in Colombia, Philippines, India and Bhutan. He is Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David is well known and regarded for delivering real “ partnered” outcomes across multiple community organisations.
Anna is the principal of ITKN Management, an “impact creation” company for the not-for-profit sector. She has over 15 years of experience in communications and public relations. Her specific focus is on partnership management, community engagement and branding through organisational communications and digital platforms. Anna has over 10 years of writing under her belt and writes regularly for corporate clients as well as publications.
She has sat in boards and advisory committees for both environmental, tourism and art organisations in Australia and Europe and brings her international experience and expertise to SkyJuice Foundation.
Her present strategic role is to bring “on board” the individual stories & experiences of our partners, users and associates. A key objective is to distribute the shared experiences and learning to the broader safe water community.
Danny has been a member of the Mosman Rotary Club on Sydney’s north shore – “the only Rotary Club that meets in a zoo,” according to Danny, for over 25 years. In that time, he has had many different roles. This has included club president, district governor (overseeing 68 clubs and 2,300 Rotarians) as well as a Rotary Foundation chair.
Danny is the Rotary International Special Representative for Vietnam, due to his long experience of running NGO projects in the country. He also has extensive experience in Myanmar and has been instrumental in creating and organising several key initiatives with Rotary and partner organisations.
Danny’s extensive networks and on-ground experience aids SkyJuice to identify suitable safe water partners and projects.
Ian is a renowned international authority in water technologies and water reuse. He is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters Degree in Public Health Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.
He was, until March 2003, CH2M HILL’s Technology Director for South East Asia and Australia and has more than 30 years of experience in advanced wastewater and reuse projects in Southern Africa, South East Asia and Australia. He has published widely on the application of advanced reuse systems and is a renowned pioneering advocate for the sensible and pragmatic utilisation of wastewater sources. Ian brings a unique passion for the “harvesting of water” on direct and indirect potable reuse applications to SkyJuice.
The objectives of the SkyJuice™ Foundation Inc are:
- To assist, provide, consult and supply potable water solutions to developing communities, countries and donor organisations with a view to the immediate and medium-term requirements of those individuals, communities and organisations
- To support, assist, train and advise organisations with technical, social and other aspects for sustainable clean, safe potable water solutions
- Foster and develop programmes to ensure the children of any country or community can have access to affordable potable water based on equitable and sustainable practices
- Work with stakeholders (donor individuals/organisations, aid organisations, government, individuals, community groups) with a view to promote, establish and deliver direct and indirect potable water solutions or outcomes
- Lobby government, non-government, individuals and other relevant groups to take necessary means to provide safe, pure and affordable potable water to every child and community
- To work within a pro-active and mutual framework with all stakeholders to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes can be achieved in a co-operative pragmatic and economical manner
- To promote and organise sustainable water solutions associated with target countries and communities that include potable water, effluent reuse and overall water management
- Raise income through donations, gifts and direct revenue generation activities to support all of the above-mentioned activities
- To apply the assets and income of the Foundation solely for the above-mentioned objectives and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members except as a bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses paid on behalf of the Foundation.
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