Saul Garlick

Fast Company Contributor

Saul Garlick is a social entrepreneur with a long history in public service. Saul is Founder and CEO of ThinkImpact, a global social enterprise that hosts the Innovation Institute, a summer full immersion opportunity for US students to live and work in rural Africa to end poverty through market-based solutions. He is best known for his leadership on poverty alleviation in Kenya and South Africa where he has played a direct role in the implementation of over 50 development projects including schools, sports fields, sanitation projects and community halls. Saul has led over 150 people to live and work in rural Africa in the past 4 years and President Nelson Mandela has endorsed his work.

Saul founded a non-profit organization at the age of 17 called Student Movement for Real Change, which rebranded to ThinkImpact in 2009. From his original organization, Saul spun out a new social enterprise, by the same name, which is now his primary focus.

Saul serves on the Board of Directors for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, an international organization with 8,000 members worldwide as well as the Board of Stakeholders for the University of the Pacific’s Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Education Advisory Board of Opportunity Collaboration, and the Advisory Board of IonPoverty.

In 2011, Saul was recognized as a top 9 Young Foreign Policy Leader under 33 by the Diplomatic Courier and is a member of The Young Entrepreneur Council. He is a US Speaker for the Bureau of International Information Programs at the Department of State. He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Social Edge and his work has been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur, and The Washington Post. A Truman Scholar, Saul graduated from Johns Hopkins University and John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). An avid runner, skier and Broncos fan, Saul gets back to Denver, his hometown, whenever someone provides an excuse to go.

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