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Tim Hanstad

Co-founder & Senior Advisor, Landesa

Skoll Awardee


Tim Hanstad, a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee in 2012, co-founded Landesa, the world's leading land rights organization. Tim led Landesa’s growth from a 2-person operation to the #1-ranked human rights NGO in the world. He served as Executive Director and then CEO for 23 years before transitioning to a Senior Advisor role in 2015. He has worked with governments and NGOs on rural land rights reforms in more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Tim has authored numerous books and articles and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post and beyond. Tim is also a World Economic Forum Outstanding Social Entrepreneur recipient and a board member for the Seattle International Foundation, Global Washington, and Cadasta. Tim has a J.D. and LL.M from the University of Washington School of Law where he also served on the faculty, and a BA magna cum laude from Seattle Pacific University where he was Alumni of the Year in 2016. Most importantly, Tim is the proud spouse of Chitra and a father to four wonderful and inspiring children.

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