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Keith Hammonds

Director, News & Knowledge Initiative, Ashoka


Keith Hammonds is a writer and editor based outside New York City. He is team leader for Ashoka’s journalism fellows initiative, a new programme funded by the Knight Foundation to identify, seed, and connect social entrepreneurs in the realm of journalism. Hammonds was previously executive editor at Fast Company magazine, where he helped shape editorial strategy – and where he co-founded the Fast Company / Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards. Over eight years, he wrote many of Fast Company’s defining articles, including: “Why We Hate HR,” “Balance is Bunk,” “Size is not a Strategy,” and “The New Face of Global Competition.” Hammonds also has been a bureau chief and editor for BusinessWeek in Boston and New York; a writer for The New York Times in London and Johannesburg; a consultant to New Nation in Johannesburg; director of an emergency food distribution program in Namibia; and (currently) coach of the Firebolts, a fearsome girls soccer team.