Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton, J.D., is the CEO and founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global non-profit organization to provide start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. He pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship building a global association of 3000 leading social entrepreneurs located in 70 countries who work to create an "Everyone a Changemaker World". As an undergraduate at Harvard and a law student at Yale he launched a number of organizations. A former McKinsey and Company consultant, Drayton served as Assistant Administrator at EPA in the Carter administration where he launched emissions trading (the basis of the Kyoto Protocol) and other reforms. Drayton is also the Chair of Youth Venture and Get America Working. Among numerous awards and honorary degrees he was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News and World Report and also honored for his leadership by Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.