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Bold Talks: John Kluge

John Kluge

A social entrepreneur shares failure and hope in the global refugee crisis and why the private sector needs to step up our response. *Hint: it's urgent, necessary, and good for business.

About John Kluge

Finding Your Moral Courage: Mobilizing Business to Address the Refugee Crisis

A social entrepreneur shares failure and hope in the global refugee crisis and why the private sector needs to step up our response. *Hint: it's urgent, necessary, and good for business.

John Kluge is an entrepreneur, writer, and life-long social justice activist. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Alight Fund, which sources, structures, and capitalizes investments for refugee and displaced entrepreneurs. Previously he co-founded Toilet Hackers, a social enterprise dedicated to scaling access to dignified sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without a toilet. As an intrapreneur at the EastWest Institute (EWI), an international, non-partisan, non-profit policy organization, he founded the Institute’s Digital Safety and Citizenship program as part of the Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative, developing policy recommendations and coding guidelines for child-focused businesses in partnership with the International Telecoms Union (ITU).

Prior to joining the EWI, John served as the Projects Coordinator and Legislative Liaison for Rock and Wrap It Up!, an anti-poverty think tank, where he piloted a federal food recovery program at the Library of Congress, and spearheaded the drafting and lobbying efforts of the Federal Food Donation Act of 2008, a cost-free bill that improved the food security of millions of underserved people in the United States.

John writes and speaks frequently on intersection of business, government and social innovation. He is the co-author of the book, Charity & Philanthropy for Dummies (Wylie, 2013), the author of John Kluge: Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008) and is a contributor to Forbes and Conscious Company Magazine. He was a 2014 Echoing Green Semi-finalist and the recipient of the 2015 Novus Award for Exponential Entrepreneurship and the 2016 Lewis Institute Changemaker Award. John serves as a Director for Fonderie 47, a member of the Human Rights Commission of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, and as a Trustee of Babson College.

John holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

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