03 Dec 2011

Peter Thum – Guns to Jewelry – TEDxSMU 2011

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Peter Thum is the founder of Fonderie 47, a company transforming perspectives and saving lives in Africa by disarming conflict zones and remaking AK47s it destroys into jewelry, watches and accessories. To date, Fonderie 47 has destroyed over 3,000 guns in DR Congo.

As the founder and president of Ethos™ Water, Peter turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that changed an industry, generated millions of dollars, and improved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. Ethos™ Water was acquired by Starbucks in 2005. Peter led Ethos as an executive at Starbucks and a Director of the Starbucks Foundation.

Peter serves as a board member at USA for UNHCR, the Fund For Global Human Rights, the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and Impossible to Possible Ultra Athletic Adventures.

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