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Ruth M. Cross

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2022


Kiribati Order of Merit





Ruth M. Cross is the founder of the Tungaru Climate Alliance. She has created community programs and projects to address challenges in Tarawa relating to sanitation, the environment, health care, education, and business. The President of Kiribati recently awarded Ruth the Kiribati Order of Merit for her aid efforts and programs totaling more than $2 million to date. She is committed to creating positive change in Kiribati through meaningful collaborations and a “better together” approach, and she is particularly passionate about access to safe water and sanitation.