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Michael Zakaras is Director of Strategy & Partnerships at Ashoka U.S. He is also co-founder of Ashoka’s "All America" initiative which focuses on pushing the boundaries of social entrepreneurship beyond the traditional coastal circles. Michael has previously worked for Ashoka in Ireland and Central Europe, and has participated on selection panels for social entrepreneurs across the globe, from Montreal to Warsaw to Istanbul. He has a particular interest in food and agriculture policy, criminal justice reform, and more democratic economic models, and writes regularly about these issues and more on Forbes online. He grew up in Brussels, has worked in the California wine industry, and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Speaking topics include:

  • Social entrepreneurship and systems change
  • Identifying new ideas with transformative potential
  • Civic participation (and how social entrepreneurs unlock it)
  • Trends in social entrepreneurship across the United States and beyond
  • New ways of thinking about social impact
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