Senior Partner/ Executive Director/ Co-Founder
Andrew Youn started One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya with John Gachunga, and lives in western Kenya.
Senior Field Director, Kakamega District, Kenya
Daniel Okongo has a BS in horticulture from Egerton University. He previously served with the organization Farm Inputs Promotion Services. He started at One Acre Fund as a field officer, and rose quickly to become the senior field director for Kakamega District, Kenya.
Senior Partner/ Rwanda Country Director/ Co-Founder
Eric Pohlman joined One Acre Fund in 2007. He studied at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and the University of Cheik Anti Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Eric began his work in development in Mbale, Uganda, where he redesigned household biogas digesters for a Ugandan NGO. From 2004-2006, Eric served the Carameroonian village of Tourou as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he and his counterpart started a local NGO that continues work today in well-construction and water sanitation. Eric founded the One Acre Fund program in Rwanda.
Regional Field Director, Rwanda
Gaudence joined One Acre Fund in 2007 and was promoted the next season to field manager. She quickly earned the respect and trust of the field staff in Nyamasheke District, who looked to her for advice and mentorship. In early 2010, she was promoted to assistant field director, and in August 2010 she became the field director of Nyamasheke District. In 2011, Guadence became a senior field director, responsible for providing mentorship to field directors and strategic leadership. In 2012, she was promoted to Regional Field Director at One Acre Fund headquarters in Rwanda.
Jean Baptiste Kagabo
Regional Field Director, Rwanda
Jean Baptiste joined One Acre Fund in 2007 as an administrative assistant. By 2009, he was a field director in Nyamasheke District, where he reached 100% repayment and tripled the number of clients served. Jean Baptiste became a senior field director in 2010, and currently coordinates field operations in five districts in Rwanda as a regional field director.
Field Director, Huye District, Rwanda
Claver joined One Acre Fund in 2009 as a field officer, serving 168 farmers in Rusizi District. He was quickly promoted to field manager, then became assistant field director in Rusizi. In 2011, Claver became field director in Huye District, where he manages a team of four field managers and 23 field officers.
Senior Field Director, Chwele District, Kenya
Isaac Khaemba is a farmer who originally started in the One Acre Fund program. He was soon hired as a field officer, rose quickly to the rank of field manager, and now is senior field director for Chwele District, Kenya.
Jake joined One Acre Fund in 2010. Prior to One Acre Fund, he worked as a systems and finance associate for Nonprofit Finance Fund in New York. He graduated from University of Virginia, earning a BS in systems and information engineering, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.
General Partner/ Kenya Country Director
Nick Handler joined One Acre Fund in 2009. He earned his BS and MS from Stanford University in Geologic and Environmental Sciences. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, he worked for an environmental consulting firm.
Field Director, Rusizi District, Rwanda
Jean-Pierre is a farmer, recently honored by the mayor for being one of the best farmers in Rusizi District, Rwanda. Since joining One Acre Fund in June 2008, his district has consistently over-performed on all key performance indicators. He was recently married, and he and his wife Marie are excited to be part of the One Acre Fund family.
Field Director, Rutsiro District, Rwanda
Jonas joined One Acre Fund in 2009, and since then he has worked in the monitoring and evaluation department, the seed department, and in the field as a field officer and field manager. He helped launch Karongi District in early 2010, and in 2011, he moved to Burundi to help start One Acre Fund's operation there. In 2012, Jonas moved back to Rwanda to be the field director of Rutsiro District.
Field Director, LWH sites, Rwanda
Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Joseph Bunozande spent ten years as a primary school teacher. He began working at One Acre Fund in 2008 and quickly became a field manager in Nyamasheke district. By 2011 he was an assistant field director in Nyanza, and was soon promoted to field director. He is responsible now for coordinating One Acre Fund's field operations at all LWH sites in Rwanda, including Nyanza, Karongi, and Kayonza.
Field Director, Rwanda
Josephine Mukamurenzi began working with One Acre Fund as a group leader in Nyamasheke District. In July 2010, she was hired as a field officer. After three seasons, Josephine was promoted to field manager and was soon relocated to One Acre Fund headquarters in Karongi. Josephine now serves as a field director and head trainer. Before joining One Acre Fund, Josephine was a teacher.
Field Director, Kakamega District, Kenya
Martin Lusuli studied botany and zoology at Egerton University. Before joining One Acre Fund, Martin was a farmer and secondary school teacher. He began working at One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer. After 1 ½ years, he became a field manager, then an assistant field director. He is currently serving as field director in Kakamega District.
General Partner/ Burundi Country Director
Margaret Vernon graduated cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she was a managing editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and setter for the women's volleyball team. She served in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps from 2005 to 2007, working in public health, water and sanitation, and microfinance. Margaret joined One Acre Fund in 2008, and founded our program in Burundi.
Marie Therese Uwingabiye
Field Director, Nyamasheke District, Rwanda
Marie Therese Uwingabiye was a primary school teacher for several years before joining One Acre Fund as a field officer in Gako District in 2008. After one year, she was promoted to field manager. In 2011, she assumed the field director role in Nyamasheke District, the largest One Acre Fund district in Rwanda.
General Partner/ Kenya
Matt joined One Acre Fund in 2009. He oversees operations in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Before joining One Acre Fund, Matt worked as a project coordinator for rebuilding and relief programs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Matt graduated from Colby College magna cum laude and received a MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics.
Field Director, Teso District, Kenya
Meshak Moco holds a diploma in general agriculture. Prior to One Acre Fund, Meshak worked in the Ministry of Agriculture as a crops officer in Nairobi. He joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a farmer in Chwele District. In June 2008, he was hired as a field officer, and two months later he was promoted to field manager. Within three months, Meshak was promoted to assistant field director. He is now the field director in Teso District.
Field Director, Webuye District, Kenya
Patrick Keya was trained as a general agriculture student at Sangalo Institute of Technology. He previously served with the organization Farm Inputs Promotion Services. He started at One Acre Fund as a pest and disease manager, and now is the field director for Webuye District, in Kenya.
Senior Field Director, Rachuonyo District, Kenya
Alexander Opana started working at One Acre Fund in 2009 as the first field officer in Nyanza province in Kenya. After seven months he was promoted to assistant field director, later becoming the field director in early 2010. In July of 2013, Alexander was promoted to the position of senior field director. He holds a diploma in Legal Studies from Kenafric School of Business Studies.
Senior Field Director, Gucha District, Kenya
Alfred joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Kakamega. In 2009, he was promoted to field manager, later becoming a senior field manager. Three years later, he was promoted to assistant field director in Gucha District. He quickly rose to become the field director in late 2012, and then was promoted to be a senior field director in 2013. Alfred holds a diploma in General Agriculture from Bukura Agricultural Training College.
Bernard Otieno Otech
Field Director, Kisii District, Kenya
Bernard started working with One Acre Fund as a farmer and a group leader in January 2009. In February 2010, he became a monitoring and evaluation officer in charge of expansion in the Nyanza province. One year later, he was promoted to field manager for our Kisii district, a position he served until September 2012, when he became a senior field manager. In August 2013, he was then promoted to the position of field director of Kisii.
Field Director, Lugari District, Kenya
Pauline Wanjala joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a farmer, and quickly became a field officer in Webuye District. She was promoted to field manager within seven months. Pauline is now serving farmers as a field director in Lugari District. One Acre Fund helped Pauline develop her skills through frequent feedback and close mentorship.
Field Director, Butere District, Kenya
Protus Wanguche Wangatia holds a diploma in general agriculture. Prior to One Acre Fund, he worked as a service provider in the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Program. Protus joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Webuye District. He was promoted to field manager, where he served for six months before being promoted to field director. He is currently serving One Acre Fund farmers in Butere District.
Field Director, Bungoma District, Kenya
Phoebe Siketi joined One Acre Fund as a field officer in 2008, after enrolling as a farmer in 2007. She was promoted to field manager just four months later. In 2011, Phoebe became the field director of Bungoma District. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Phoebe farmed her two acres of land, and was a peer educator on HIV/AIDS awareness.
Field Director, Muramvya District, Burundi
Desire Niyongabo began working with One Acre Fund in 2011 as a field officer. He started by working with 110 farmers. The following season, he worked with 279 farmers. In 2011, he was promoted to being a field manager, and then in 2013, he became the field director of Muramvya, where our Burundi operations are based.
Field Director, Bugendana District, Burundi
Eric Yamuemye is the field director of Bugendana in Burundi. He joined in 2011 as a field officer, managing 190 farmers. In July 2012, Eric moved to the position of field manager, and then in July 2013, he was promoted to assistant field director. Since October 2013, Eric is now serving as the field director of Bugendana.
Field Director, Mbuye District, Burundi
Fides Nizigama began working with One Acre Fund in 2011 as a field officer with 100 farmers. In 2011, she was promoted to field manager. She climbed quickly up the ranks, becoming an assistant field director in 2012 and then a field director in July of 2013.
Field Director, Butegama District, Burundi
Georges Niragire joined One Ace Fund in 2011 as a field officer. He began working with 106 farmers and was later promoted to the position of field manager. In recognition of his hard work in founding the Burundi field team, Georges was promoted to field director of Butegama, where he oversees four field managers and 21 field officers, in October of 2013.
Anne Adhiambo Midigo
Field Director, Homabay District, Kenya
Anne started working with One Acre Fund as a field officer in our Chwele district in October 2008. She later relocated to the Nyanza province in July 2009 and worked as a field officer there. She was promoted to the position of field manager in June 2011, and one year later she joined a new district; Kisii, where she was promoted to be the senior field manager. In July 2013, Anne became the new field director of our Homabay district.
Field Director, Nyamira and Green Shamba, Kenya
Fred joined One Acre Fund in August of 2011 as a trial manager in charge of nurseries and field trials. Early in 2013 he was promoted to become the trials director at our base in Nyanza. In September 2013, he became the field director of Nyamira and Green Shamba, which is one of our trials districts.
Susan Anyango Omollo
Field Director, Rachuonyo, Kenya
Susan joined One Acre Fund in February 2010 as a demo plot agent. In June of the same year, she became a field officer and managed two sites with a total of 316 farmers. In 2011, she was promoted to the role of field manager, where she served until June 2012, when she became a senior field manager. Six months later, Susan was promoted to assistant field director of Rachuonyo district. She quickly rose to become the Field Director of Rachuonyo in September 2013.
CEO, Champions Oncology
Joel Ackerman joined the board of One Acre Fund in 2008, and became Board Chairman in 2009. Before becoming the CEO of Champions Oncology, Ackerman was a partner at Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. Joel spent more than 15 years at Warburg Pincus, most recently as the head of the healthcare services group and a member of the executive management committee. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Joel spent three years working at Mercer Management Consulting. He currently sits on the board of directors of Coventry Health Care Inc. and Kindred Healthcare Inc., both publicly traded healthcare service companies. He graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Columbia University with a BA in physics. He also received an MA in physics from Harvard University.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Managing Director, One Acre Fund USA
On the board since the organization's founding in 2006, Matt Forti was One Acre Fund's first Board Chairman. Matt has served on several nonprofit boards and prior to joining One Acre Fund's staff in 2013, was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan group. Matt received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa from Northwestern University with a BA in economics and sociology.
President & CEO, Population Services International
Joining One Acre Fund's board in 2012, Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a non-profit that promotes products, services and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives. Based in Washington DC, PSI operates in more than 60 countries and is the world's largest social marketing firm. Prior to joining PSI, Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years. He served as US ambassador to the Republic of Togo, executive secretary of the Department of State, and deputy chief of mission (senior career diplomat) at the American Embassy in Paris. Hofmann is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National Defense University. He is a director of the US Global Leadership Coalition, a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a member of the External Board of Advisors of Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Deputy Head, CGIAR
Tony Kalm joined the One Acre Fund board in 2013. Tony is deputy head of CGIAR, a global research partnership that advances agricultural science and technology to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and ensure the sustainable management of natural resources. Tony was the inaugural leader of One Acre Fund USA, helping to grow the organization from $3M to $18M in budget over three years. Tony Kalm graduated from Cornell University and received his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka, and worked in the HIV/AIDS program of the Medical Research Council of South Africa. He has managed fundraising and communications operations for such organizations as the Global Crop Diversity Trust, African Wildlife Foundation, and Nuclear Threat Initiative.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Managing Partner, East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd
Fred Ogana is a Managing Partner at East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd and former country director of TechnoServe Kenya. At TechnoServe, Fred's responsibilities included overall strategic management of programs, and executive-level oversight for finance, marketing, operations and human resources development. Prior to joining TechnoServe in 1998, Fred was the founder and director of an international import and exports firm. During his tenure, the company merged with a group of Eastern European investors to set up a joint venture enterprise based in Prague, Czech Republic, with an office in Nairobi. The company was involved in the export of flowers from Kenya and importation of medical supplies. He holds an honorary Bachelor of Commerce degree in business management from University of South Africa, Pretoria, a BA in business studies and sociology from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and is pursuing a Master of Commerce in business management from the University of South Africa. Fred also serves on Berkeley's Global Social Venture Competition judging committee.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Co-founder and CEO, Health Leads
Rebecca Onie is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Health Leads, a national non-profit organization that connects low-income patients with the basic resources they need to be healthy through a large network of participating clinics and college volunteers. Rebecca co-founded Health Leads while still a sophomore at Harvard College. She left the organization to attend law school and work at a law firm representing civil rights plaintiffs, health centers, affordable housing developers, and nonprofits, before returning to Health Leads in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer. Rebecca is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a U.S. Ashoka Fellow, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, a TED speaker, among numerous other accolades and awards. Rebecca attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Senior Partner/ Executive Director/ Co-founder
Andrew Youn, senior partner and executive director, started One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya, and lives in Western Kenya.
The Bridgespan Group
Chris Addy joined the fundraising board of One Acre Fund in 2008 after being one of the initial members of One Acre Fund’s Investment Council. Professionally, Chris has been with The Bridgespan Group since 2010, where he has advised social sector leaders in the community revitalization, youth development, environment, and public health fields. The bulk of his work has been through the lens of philanthropy, working with both individual donors and established foundations. Prior to that, he was at Bain & Company for three years. With Bain, he worked in the agriculture, retail, and consumer goods industries. Early in his career, Chris spent some time in international development with Counterpart International and several years in education as a middle school science teacher and outdoor adventure guide. Chris received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was awarded an Austin Scholarship and the Dean's Distinguished Service Award. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in biology.
Chris works in market development at Enernoc, a clean-technology company focused on demand response and energy efficiency solutions for the electric utility industry. Prior to joining Enernoc, Chris worked at The Wilderness Society, a conservation organization based in Washington, DC; Chestnut Partners, a boutique investment bank in Boston; and Autocell Laboratories, a wireless technology startup also in Boston. Chris graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in international politics and economics and received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Bill's passion for One Acre Fund and opera led him to develop a unique concert series (see YouTube clip) to help spread the word. After earning a degree in systems engineering with high distinction from the University of Virginia, Bill received a Masters in music from DePaul University. While performing as a professional singer (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony), he founded Velvet Singer, LLC, a technology startup offering a customized CMS for singers. He recently became the director of strategic growth at Soliant Consulting, a mid-sized technology-consulting firm. Bill also serves on the board for Chicago Chorale and as a Deacon at Chicago's historic Moody Church.
Susan Diamond is a leader in the small-business community. She is the founder of Prayables, a boutique publishing firm with clients in the inspirational and faith-based industries. Her current position marks a return to the public sector after spending five years with two Washington D.C. based non-profit organizations. Susan led the Midwest constituents of Bread for the World to greater support by addressing the issues of hunger and extreme poverty for the grass-roots advocacy group and policy think-tank. Prior to her work at Bread, she served as associate director for AIPAC, a top political lobby whose mission is to strengthen the US-Israel relationship.
Taira Hall joined the board of One Acre Fund in 2006, while completing her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a vice president of strategy for the International Consumer Cards Group at Citigroup, based in New York City. Prior to her MBA, Taira was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. She received her BA in economics with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.
Briehan Lynch is working with the New York team to launch a local chapter of One Acre Fund. Currently, Briehan works in development for the Rainforest Alliance, where her responsibilities over the past four years have included the development and launch of a corporate membership program, budget and strategic planning, and most recently a role in the major gifts team. Prior to her work at the Rainforest Alliance, Briehan worked in institutional giving at Bank Street College of Education and as an intern at City Harvest. She is excited to use her fundraising experience to help with One Acre Fund's efforts.
Dev is currently with McKinsey and Co. He serves as an engagement manager focusing on the Tech, Media and Telco sector, where he advises clients on strategic, operational and organizational topics. Prior to McKinsey, Dev was at Motorola as a director of product management and business development within their Mobile/Network business. Dev graduated from the Kellogg School of Management in 2008 and has been involved with One Acre Fund since 2010. Dev spent much of his childhood in Africa, including Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
FSG - Social Impact Advisors
Jennifer is a senior consultant with FSG - Social Impact Advisors. Jennifer's work at FSG focuses on issues of strategy and evaluation, particularly in the fields of education, healthcare, and the environment. Prior to joining FSG, Jennifer worked as a healthcare consultant with Triage Consulting Group and interned in the strategic projects group of the Oakland Unified School District. Jennifer has been an advocate for One Acre Fund since visiting the organization in 2007, when she was inspired by her conversations with One Acre Fund's Kenyan farmers. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in human biology from Stanford University.
Dave Tomback joined One Acre Fund's New York fundraising chapter in 2010. Dave is a co-founder of neigh*borrow, an internet company that helps people avoid purchasing durable goods used only on occasion through local sharing networks. Prior to founding neigh*borrow, Dave was a senior associate at the management consultancy firm Booz & Company, a program coordinator for the Pediatric Emergency Department at NYU Medical Center, and an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Dave received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated from Tufts University with a BA in economics.
Elizabeth is proud to be a recent addition to One Acre Fund's fundraising board. For the past seven years, Elizabeth has worked for @properties as a real estate consultant, specializing in residential sales. She received her BFA from The Ohio University in theatre performance and has been in several productions throughout Chicago. She continues to perform as a voice-over artist. She also is an active volunteer at St. Thomas of Canterbury's food pantry in Chicago.
Jamie joined the One Acre Fund fundraising board in 2007, after returning from working with an NGO for several months in Kenya. Currently, Jamie is an investment consultant with Marquette Associates in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management.
Paul is a general partner at Hadley Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Previously, he was a Principal at Advent International, a global private equity firm, and worked at A.G. Edwards Capital, the private equity subsidiary of A.G. Edwards & Sons. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to his role on the One Acre Fund fundraising board, Paul is the Chairman of the auxiliary board of the Chicago chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Paul and his family reside in Chicago, IL.
J. Brian Atwood
Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Prior to becoming dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in October 2002, J. Brian Atwood served for six years as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Clinton Administration. Previously, he was dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute and the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Atwood also served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. He writes and speaks frequently on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, the role of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in international affairs, and the United States' role in the world order.
Chairman of the Board, CARE
Bowman Cutter is currently the Chairman of the Board of the global development organization CARE. He is also a founder and current chairman of MicroVest, a leading global microfinance fund with assets under management now in excess of $100 million, and a member of the governing council of the IFMR Trust, an organization focused on market-based solutions to severe poverty in India. Bowman Cutter has been a managing director of Warburg Pincus, a major global private equity firm headquartered in New York City, since 1996, and has held several senior economic policy roles including director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration. Cutter holds degrees from Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Oxford University.
Co-founder, KickStart International
Martin Fisher co-founded KickStart International after working in Kenya for 6 years, including 5 years with ActionAid. KickStart designs affordable moneymaking tools and mass-markets them to poor entrepreneurs and farmers, who buy the equipment and use it to establish highly profitable family businesses. Fisher has won numerous awards and recognition for his inventions and work as a social entrepreneur, including the IDEA Design Gold Medal, TIME Magazine's 2003 European Hero award, 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Schwab Foundation's "2003 Social Entrepreneur of the Year" award. In 2008 he was named Engineer of the Year by Design News magazine and received the prestigious $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Fisher earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, followed by an MS and PhD in mechanical design and theoretical and applied mechanics from Stanford University.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Nicole Gardner is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. Nicole began her career at Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. While there, she spearheaded Oliver Wyman’s diversity and inclusion efforts, establishing and leading its Diversity & Inclusion function.
Nicole holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council and the Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to her service on One Acre Fund’s advisory board, she serves on the board of directors of Boston Cares.
CEO, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Bruce McNamer is currently Head of Global Philanthropy and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He was previously the CEO of TechnoServe, a non-profit that provides thousands of entrepreneurs in over 30 developing countries with business advice and access to capital and markets. Prior to TechnoServe, Bruce McNamer's career spanned the public and private sectors, including senior executive and founder positions in several start-ups, investment banking, and management consulting at McKinsey & Company.
Director, Best Buy, Inc
Matthew Paull has been a director of Best Buy, Inc. since September 2003. Paull is the former corporate senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for McDonald's Corporation. He also serves on the advisory board of Pershing Square Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund. Paull contributes expansive professional experience, financial acumen, knowledge of hedge funds and investments, broad experience in global operations and extensive experience in tax matters to our board.
Founder, International Development Enterprises (IDE)
Paul Polak is the founder of International Development Enterprises (IDE), which is dedicated to developing practical solutions that harness the power of markets and attack poverty at its roots. IDE operates in 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, benefitting over 3.8 million farm families since 1982. Paul’s newest projects include D-Rev and Windhorse International. D-Rev is a non-profit that seeks "to create a design revolution by enlisting the best designers in the world to develop products and ideas that will benefit the 90% of the people on earth who are poor, in order to help them earn their way out of poverty." D-Rev seeks to do this by inspiring, educating, and connecting all of the people who are involved in the design process, from the inception to the purchase and use of products. Windhorse International’s mission is to create a revolution in big business by demonstrating that a private company can earn attractive profits by serving at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day. Polak is also the author of Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail.