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Kjerstin (KJ) Erickson

Founder & CEO, Simbi


KJ believes an economy that works for everyone is within reach. As Founder and CEO of Simbi, she is passionate about turning excess capacity into real economic value. In 2014, KJ was a Skoll Scholar at Oxford’s Saïd Business School where she completed her MBA. Prior to Oxford, she spent 9 years as the Founder and Executive Director of FORGE, a strategic-impact nonprofit that provides education, skills training, and entrepreneurial resources to more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa. Her awards include the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, the Do Something Award for public service, and the Stanford Haas Public Service Fellowship. KJ has also been named a “Top 40 Leader Under 40” by the New Leaders Council, a “Person You Should Know” by CNN, and a “Top 10 College Woman” by Glamour Magazine.