Richard Fuller

Founder and President, Pure Earth

Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation. In 1999, he founded Pure Earth, a non-profit solving pollution problems in developing countries. He is also the President of Great Forest, a leading sustainability consultancy.

In 2012, Mr. Fuller convened the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), to scale up the response to the growing crises posed by toxic pollution. GAHP provides low-and middle-income countries with the tools to tackle toxic pollution and alleviate its impacts on human health.  GAHP’s 50 members include environment and health ministries from 20 countries, several multi- and bilateral agencies, NGOs and academic institutions committed to collaborating to solve pollution problems.

The Lancet Commission on Pollution + Health, co-chaired by Richard Fuller and Dr. Phil Landrigan of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will publish a landmark report in the fall of 2017 revealing pollution’s severe and underreported contribution to the Global Burden of Disease, along with the economic impacts.  Highlighting affordable solutions, the Commission aims to increase attention and investment toward pollution control in the international development agenda.

In 2015, Fuller published “The Brown Agenda: My Mission To Clean Up The World’s Most Life-Threatening Pollution”. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Melbourne University in Australia and currently resides outside of New York City.

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  • Jul 13 2017
    Blog Post How to Halve Death and Disability from Pollution This past May, senior representatives from 19 international agencies gathered for a groundbreaking meeting hosted by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. These forward-thinking changemakers came together to brainstorm how to accomplish an ambitious but definitively achievable goal: to halve death and disability from all […] Richard Fuller