TechnoServe Chairman Profiled in Notre Dame Magazine

April 08, 2011

Businessman Paul Tierney has served as TechnoServe’s chairman for the past 20 years. During this time, he has worked tirelessly to promote TechnoServe’s mission of creating economic opportunity for the world’s poor while balancing an array of personal and professional pursuits.

Businessman Paul Tierney has served as TechnoServe’s chairman for the past 20 years. During this time, he has worked tirelessly to promote TechnoServe’s mission of creating economic opportunity for the world’s poor while balancing an array of personal and professional pursuits.

 

In an article in Notre Dame Magazine, Tierney highlights TechnoServe’s strengths and reflects on his own experience as an investor in “frontier markets” who has done well for himself while working for the greater good.

By the mid-1980s, the drive to help others took hold, and Tierney was introduced to TechnoServe through his friend and fellow Notre Dame graduate, John Caron ’45. Caron had been a longtime supporter of TechnoServe, which was founded by Ed Bullard. In the 1960s, Bullard, like Tierney, had volunteered overseas, working at a hospital in Ghana. He came back wanting to help developing countries, but without building dependency. So he launched a nonprofit to provide technical assistance to the rural poor. Thus the name TechnoServe: technology in the service of mankind.

Tierney started as a member. In this role, Tierney says, he visited projects in El Salvador, Peru and Ghana, “to understand what the work on the ground was really like, and to help out with business advice and strategic planning.”

Read the full story from Notre Dame Magazine.

 

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