TechnoServe Welcomes William Warshauer as President and CEO

Washington, DC – Today, William Warshauer, an experienced nonprofit leader, assumes his role as TechnoServe’s fourth president and CEO. TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. For 46 years, the organization has been developing business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.

Watch the video to learn more about Will's background and his passion for promoting business solutions to poverty.

"I am humbled and delighted to have the opportunity to lead TechnoServe,” Warshauer said. “I am eager to get down to work with our 1,300-plus staff around the world. Together, we will continue to innovate and make TechnoServe the most effective catalyst and partner for transformative, on-the-ground, market-based solutions to poverty.”

Warshauer brings more than 25 years of experience in international development and the private sector to his position. He launched his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone and has since worked in 40 developing countries. In his latest role, Warshauer served as chief operating officer of Pact, Inc. and as president of the Pact Global Microfinance Fund – one of the world's largest microfinance institutions. Previously, he served as executive vice president for health and development solutions with Voxiva Inc., where he led the development of innovative, mobile phone-based health information systems. As a former executive vice president at PSI, Warshauer led initiatives such as the development of the organization’s global strategic plan and oversaw a $90 million portfolio of health programs in Africa.

“I have admired TechnoServe for many years and have been consistently impressed by the caliber of its staff and its cutting-edge approaches,” said Warshauer. “Most of my career has been spent applying business solutions to development challenges, and I have seen firsthand the great leverage and power in that approach. Going forward, as more and more corporations look for shared value opportunities, and as foreign investment continues to dwarf official aid flows, TechnoServe's mission and skills will be more relevant than ever."

TechnoServe’s work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. The organization specializes in leveraging corporate partnerships to create shared value for all market participants. Last year marked the first in its five-year strategic plan, through which TechnoServe aims to double its impact by 2017. In 2013, TechnoServe's work helped transform the lives of 2.2 million people in 30 countries.

In his first few months, Warshauer will visit TechnoServe projects in Africa and Latin America and meet with corporate, government and foundation partners around the world. “I’m excited to visit TechnoServe programs and see the work firsthand. It will be a privilege to meet our staff and many of the hardworking women and men with whom we work.”

 

About TechnoServe
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

 

For more information, please contact
Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov, Director of Marketing and Communications, TechnoServe
Tel: +1 202 719 1302; Email: media@technoserve.org