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Doug Balfour

Chief Executive Officer, Geneva Global


With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, international development, leadership, and organizational development, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge to his work with Geneva Global’s clients.

Since taking ownership of Geneva Global in 2008, Doug has assembled a leadership team that brings expertise from the worlds of international development, global health, finance, consulting, risk management, and marketing to each client assignment.

He has led the expansion of the organization’s offerings into a full range of philanthropic and consulting services. Passionate about bringing creative solutions to address social problems, he seeks to revise traditional approaches whenever appropriate and possible.

Throughout his career, Doug has spoken on topics such as Systems change, maximizing and measuring social impact, clustering community based organizations for scale, creating social transformation though collaboration, and the meeting of strategic philanthropy and impact investing.

He has published the book Doing Good Great: An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Most out of Your Philanthropic Journey.

Currently, Doug sits on the board of the END Fund, a multi-donor collaboration combating Neglected Tropical Diseases around the world – an initiative Geneva Global helped to create.

Prior to joining Geneva Global’s senior leadership team in 2006, Doug helped to create and was Executive Director of London-based Integral, a global alliance of 12 relief and development agencies.

He previously served for nine years as General Director of Tearfund, one of the United Kingdom’s largest aid agencies, based in London. At Tearfund, he led a multinational staff of more than 650 people, implementing advocacy, relief and development programs through 300 partners in 70 countries.