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Rob Katz

After co-founding NextBillion.net and spending 8-plus years working at the intersection of business and international development, Rob Katz is currently pursuing a MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Prior to Stanford, Rob was Acumen Fund’s Knowledge Manager, leading Acumen’s efforts to understand where markets work –and where they don’t – in terms of solving the problems of poverty. Most recently, he co-authored From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing(Monitor Group and Acumen Fund, 2012.) In addition to writing reports, he was responsible for applied research and writing efforts across the firm; he also oversaw Acumen’s knowledge management systems.Rob joined Acumen Fund in 2008, managing online communications as well as knowledge before shifting full time into applied research work.

 

Before Acumen Fund, Rob worked with the Markets and Enterprise Program of the World Resources Institute, where he began his career researching, writing and speaking about “base of the pyramid” business approaches to poverty alleviation. At WRI, he co-founded www.NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about enterprise and development, and co-authored The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid (IFC and WRI, 2007).

 

Here at NextBillion, Rob is both a member of our Advisory Board and a contributor to the blog.

 

Rob earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

 

Follow Rob on Twitter @robertkatz.

 

Articles by Rob Katz

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    Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Philanthrocapitalism Debate

    Resolved: Market-based models will save the world. Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of The Economist and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World, spoke in the affirmative. Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and author of the newly published Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World, took up the negative.

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    BoP Heavyweights Bishop, Edwards and Tooley Coming to NYC

    If you are based in or around New York - or have plans to travel there in the coming months - you may be interested in two upcoming events that feature base of the pyramid subjects and experts.

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    Announcing the William Davidson Institute as a New Partner to NextBillion

    We are pleased to announce that the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan has agreed to join the NextBillion community as a Managing Partner. WDI joins the World Resources Institute and Acumen Fund as co-Managing Partners.

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    The $25K Global Social Benefit Incubator 2010

    An emerging program at SCU is getting more and more press every year: the Global Social Benefit Incubator or GSBI. Next year, 20 organizations will be selected for a full scholarship, valued at US $25,000, to participate in 4-months of online preparation and then to attend the intensive two week in-residence program (to be held August 15-28, 2010)

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    Women in Social Enterprise: Three Conversations

    I think I may be starting to figure it out: Joanna is a great listener. She seeks out interesting people and asks them probing questions, listening and capturing fantastic insights. Having seen Joanna in action while working for Dial 1298 for Ambulance - where she conducted surveys of low-income customers, among other things - this is no surprise

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    Root Capital, E+Co Tap Major New Funding

    It must be the (giving) season. Just this week, NextBillion allies and SME investment pioneers Root Capital and E+Co announced $14M each of new investments and grants. Congrats to our friends and colleauges at both Root and E+Co - who have done pioneering work in the agricultural finance and energy finance sectors, respectively.

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    Entrepreneurship
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    business development
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    Journey for Change: India Snapshot

    The UK-based social business Journeys for Change recently brought a group of senior leaders from some of the world?s top private, public and civil society organisations (including Credit Suisse, Swedbank, BonnVentures & the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation) to meet some of India?s most inspiring social entrepreneurs in Calcutta and Hyderabad.

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    VisionSpring Shows How Glasses Make an Impact

    You have to see it to believe it - no pun intended. VisionSpring, the award-winning social enterprise, has released a new video highlighting its impact on base-of-the-pyramid communities around the world. It’s fantastic to see (pun intended) VisionSpring grow with my own eyes. In just the past two years, they have spun out from Scojo New York...

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