William Warshauer is the president and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. In his leadership role, William is responsible for overall progress toward the achievement of TechnoServe's mission.
William 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 over 40 developing countries. Prior to joining TechnoServe, William 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 – which made over $120 million in loans to poor rural women in 2013. Previously, William 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, he led initiatives such as the development of the organization’s global strategic plan and oversaw a $90 million portfolio of health programs in Africa.
William is a regular guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia on the topic of social entrepreneurship. He has been a featured speaker at the Net Impact Conference, Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference and the American Marketing Association. William has served on a variety of non-profit boards.
William graduated with honors from Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English, and received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is a native of Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and daughter.
“I have admired TechnoServe for many years and have been consistently impressed by the caliber of its staff and its cutting-edge approaches. 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."