Dennis Whittle

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Dennis Whittle


Co-Founder and Director, Feedback Labs


Washington, DC


Dennis is director and co-founder of Feedback Labs, which is supported by a number of the world’s leading foundations. He is also co-founder of GlobalGiving, where he was CEO from 2000 to 2010. Earlier he spent fifteen years as an economist working in developing countries at international organizations and multilateral aid agencies, primarily the World Bank.

Forbes Magazine recently called GlobalGiving “one of the 10 startups changing the world.” GlobalGiving is the world’s leading marketplace for social, environmental, and economic development projects. It promotes social entrepreneurship by connecting hundreds of thousands of individual and corporate donors to projects led by amazing community-based groups. For the first time in history, community groups can build a global reputation based on their track record. GlobalGiving has now facilitated about $170 million in funding to 12,000 projects in 162 countries.

From 2013 to 2015 Dennis was Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers. He also recently completed terms as Professor of the Practice and Social Entrepreneur in Residence in the Economics Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. His advisory firm, The Whittle Group, helps people, organizations, and companies invent the future.

In the late 1990s, he was Senior Partner and Principal Economist of the World Bank’s Strategy and Innovation Group at the World Bank, where his team created the Innovation Marketplace and Development Marketplace (cf Harvard Business Review, Nov 2002).

He also worked for the World Bank in Africa, Indonesia, and Russia, where he managed a wide range of agriculture, housing, energy efficiency, and structural reform projects.

From 1984 to 1985, Dennis worked in the Philippines for the Asian Development Bank and USAID. While there, he played an extra in the famous Chuck Norris film Missing in Action.

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