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William Drayton

Chairman and CEO, Ashoka

As Founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has developed a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world.  In 1970, Mr. Drayton began his career at McKinsey & Company in New York.  From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Drayton served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he launched emissions trading and other reforms.  In 1981, he founded both Ashoka and Save EPA.  After becoming a MacArthur Fellow in 1984, he was able to devote himself fully to Ashoka.  Mr. Drayton has been recognized for his leadership in public service and was selected as one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.  In 2006, he was recognized as being one of Harvard University’s 100 “Most Influential Alumni.”  He has been named Honorary Fellow and has received Honorary Doctorates from numerous Universities.  Mr. Drayton has also received the Prince of Asturias Award in International Cooperation, the Spanish equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.