Remembering Piers Cross

April 5, 2017 | posted in: featured stories stories

We would like to extend our deepest condolences on the recent passing of our friend and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene advisor and Advisory Board Member, Piers Cross. Piers Cross died on March 29, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife Lynda and four children Gabriel, Xanthe, Grace, and Tyson.

Piers was an extraordinary man who made a genuine and lasting contribution to so many in his professional and personal life. He brought light, love, joy, and water into the lives of many. He was a true pioneer and spent his life committed and unwavering in his belief that water and sanitation was the right of all.

Throughout a long career in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector, Piers advised governments, supported civil society networks, was instrumental in the creation of the AfricaSan regional process, worked for leading sector organizations, including the World Bank, and explored opportunities to strengthen ties with the private sector. He embodied the spirit of Sanitation and Water for All, and helped establish the Sanitation and Water For All global partnership. He worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He was founding CEO of the Mvula Trust which, in the Mandela years (1990s), helped his country, South Africa, to rapidly scale up rural water and sanitation delivery.

He so readily shared his life, love, and passions with all he came in contact with. He viewed the world with wonder and compassion and as a place full of possibility. He was always convinced that hardships and challenges could be tackled and improved with practical, intelligent, compassionate, and rational approaches of working together, as well as communication, hard work, and above all, humor and joy.

There are so many around the world who will miss him. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Rest in peace,

Your ELMA Family