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Applying Private Sector Best Practices to Global Philanthropy

Speaker: Douglas Balfour, CEO, Geneva Global.

Geneva Global is a new type of international philanthropy services organization, working in the non-profit, the impact investment and international business arenas in order to see real social transformation focused on the three foundational pillars of education, health and economic empowerment. Doug became the CEO and owner of Geneva Global in September 2008, in a management buy-out after joining the organization in 2006 as its International Director. Prior to joining Geneva Global, Doug was co-founder and Executive Director of Integral – an alliance of 13 Western Relief and Development agencies around the world. He also co-founded the Micah Network – a 400 strong southern NGO network and a global advocacy campaign called The Micah Challenge. Prior to that, he served as General Director of Tearfund, the 6th largest relief and development agency in the UK. During that time he doubled the income and tripled the social impact of the charity. He studied geology at Southampton
University, and his first job after graduating was running diamond exploration programs in Northern Namibia. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

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