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Meagan Fallone

CEO, Barefoot College


Meagan Fallone is an entrepreneur, a designer and a passionate mountaineer. Bringing these diverse talents together as the CEO of Barefoot College International. She is committed to empowering illiterate and semi-literate rural women across the developing world through mastery of technology, unlocking rural girls creativity and confidence while leveraging the human potential embodied in poor rural communities; is an inspiring journey of risk taking and respect for the knowledge and skills innately existent within poor communities.
In her current role at Barefoot College she leads an award winning International Social Enterprise that has, for 45 years modelled itself, on the life style and work style of Mahatma Gandhi. Her focus on human centric design have allowed her to professionalize the college itself and heighten impact for Barefoot College’s beneficiaries, while expanding operations to more than 92 Countries in the Global South. A personal dedication to diversity and inclusion have allowed her to effect a deep organizational shift from a Founder driven organization towards a more robust sustainable organisation, fostering innovation & risk taking poised for meeting future challenges. She is committed to integration of technology in solutions that are designed by and for the rural poor themselves.
An advocate for women led, transformational leadership and rethinking how market based approaches and social innovation organizations can better design for scalable impact, she has recently crafted a ground breaking partnership between Barefoot College International and Frontier Markets, to exemplify this vision.
Focused on crafting deep ‘shared value’ partnerships with the private sector and Governments to enable Barefoot College to scale its impact and move towards a “new normal” in stemically addressing energy access, women's economic participation and non formal education for the rural poor.