Shilpa Alva<p>
In September 2014, Shilpa took a bold step by leaving her successful corporate career to dedicate all her energy towards her passion – Surge. She left her position as Manager in the Supply Chain Advisory practice at Ernst & Young in Chicago, USA and started to focus more heavily on building and sustaining the organization. Prior to Ernst & Young, she was the Global Logistics Manager at Ecolab in Minneapolis, USA.

In addition to her professional experience, Shilpa also has strong academic credentials; she has completed her MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and her BSc in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. <br><br>



About Surge’s Founding<p>
I’m often asked what it was that moved me about water. My motivation began when I was a child visiting extended family in India. Issues related to the water crisis were so prevalent that I saw children my age who didn’t have the luxury of playing; instead many were fetching water for their family’s survival. Even as a seven-year-old child, I knew this was not the way the world should be. Access to safe water is a critical aspect of daily life, and everyone should have it. Children should not bear the responsibility of a family’s survival.  I knew then that I wanted to make a difference, I just didn’t know how.
When I was twenty-one, I spent a few months on a volunteer assignment in Rajgarh, a remote Indian village. I was confronted with water and sanitation issues for the first time as an adult. In an effort to save the limited water we had access to, we could only shower once in four days, flush the toilet sparingly and often had to wash our clothes in a murky river. We were among the fortunate ones who had some access to this precious resource; many of our friends in the village didn’t share in this luxury. It was through this firsthand experience that I realized it was now my responsibility to make a difference. The founding of Surge in 2008 was in response to this life-long calling: It was my way of making a lasting impact. We were going to change people’s lives by providing them with access to safe water and sanitation!
As Surge started to form, a few friends — our first volunteers — united to launch the organization. Our first event was Think Water, a water-inspired gala held at the stunning Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event was a huge success, attended by more than 200 guests. It scored a full-page feature in the Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in the state. With this unexpected, overwhelming support we knew our mission resonated with our community and that we had the backing to continue with our vision. And so we did! We continued to organize frequent fundraisers and awareness events. Soon we started to transition from raising funds and awareness to partnering with local organizations in Cambodia, Dominican Republic and Haiti.  As we gained momentum we were able to grow our impact and educational efforts around the world.
Surge has grown to a global nonprofit organization registered in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. We bring life-sustaining water and sanitation to those most in need, while increasing awareness of the global crisis. 
Today, a global team of talented volunteers operates Surge; each has a personal story of being moved by water that brought them to our organization: they may have witnessed poverty, inequalities and injustices around the world, etc. We have come together because of our belief that every person has an equal right to access safe water and sanitation. As a team, we continue to be significantly affected by the severity of the water crisis and the struggles people face to access this basic necessity. However, we stay driven as we know that with just a little bit of help we can make a life changing difference. We are changing the world — one drop at a time!<p>

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