Ilan was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico, and has lived in Mexico, Israel, Toronto, D.C., and Miami. Growing up Jewish in Mexico significantly influenced his values. Mexico welcomed his great-grandparents who escaped pogroms and war in Europe, and his grandfather who survived WWII. This instilled in Ilan a sense of responsibility and community. Inspired by the concepts of tikkun olam and tzedaka, and aware that he has lived a great life because others helped his family at a time of need, Ilan is driven to help improve life for others and minimize suffering; from joining an ecology club in first grade, to joining and leading a youth group as a teenager, to dedicating his academic and professional life to improving access to basic water services, he constantly strives to create common good. Ilan is passionate about water and education. He spent five years working with the World Bank to support water utility reform and water sector reform in various countries in order to ensure universal access to basic water services. Ilan has supported and led several education organizations on a volunteer basis. For seven years he held a leadership position at Tnuat Noar Dor Jadash, and more recently he supported the NGO Sports 4 Sharing that carries out school programs in Washington, D.C. Ilan is currently a board member of the Pamoja Library Foundation, which opened the first community library in Tigania West, Kenya, in 2018.