Bill Carter, USA

Bill Carter leads the Rural Innovation and Farming Initiative and the Africa Diamond for Ashoka, largest network of leading social entrepreneurs.

Bill guides Ashoka’s strategy for programming in Africa, oversees the selection of African Fellows, and develops new initiatives. In 1981, Bill helped start Ashoka’s Indonesia program. He was also one of Ashoka’s founding Board members, serving on the Board of Directors for nearly thirty years. Previously, Bill was Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of an independent power company, the Long Lake Energy Corporation, a leader in hydroelectric generation. In the early 1970s, he worked in Indonesia helping the Ministry of Finance to establish effective control of the timber industry. He also spent several years in McKinsey & Co.’s international practice and served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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