Tim Hanstad

Co-founder & Senior Advisor, Landesa

Skoll Awardee


Tim Hanstad has led Landesa’s growth for more than a decade. Under his tenure as CEO and President, the organization grew from a two-person operation to the #1-ranked human rights NGO with 110 staff around the world. Hanstad has helped lead high-level conversations about how the global effort to sustainably address extreme poverty can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of secure land tenure for women and men in venues such as the G-8, Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hanstad’s international work experience spans 15 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, including more than four years living in India, where he helped launch and grow Landesa’s program. He has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership, social entrepreneurship, project management, research, policy advocacy, training and writing on land rights and international development.

Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum community, Bretton Woods Committee and Global Washington Policy Panel, and serves on the board of Global Washington and on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security. He received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011 and has been recognized as a leading social entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He has authored numerous publications, including his most recent book, published in 2009, One Billion Rising: Land, Law and the Alleviation of Global Poverty (with Roy Prosterman and Robert Mitchell).
Hanstad is affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He lives in Seattle with his wife Chitra and four children.

Recent Articles

Tim Hanstad - Landesa, March 17, 2016
When we think about global development, we generally picture tangible improvements like bridges, hospitals, and schools. When it comes to agriculture, people think of improved seeds, fertilizer, and irrigation. But…
Tim Hanstad - Landesa, January 30, 2014
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