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John Wood founded Room to Read in 2000 after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft, with his final posting as the director of business development for the greater China region. Since its inception, Room to Read has sponsored the construction of more than 2,500 schools and over 18,700 multi-lingual libraries across ten countries in the developing world. The organization has also endowed over 37,800 long-term scholarships for girls, and reached over 10.7 million children (with the goal of 15 million by EOY 2020). John is the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006. His work has been profiled by Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, PBS, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Charlie Rose, Fast Company, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and USA Today. John has been a three-term board member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was also named by Goldman Sachs as one of the world’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Last year, John and Room to Read were winners of the World’s Children’s Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, awarded by the Queen of Sweden. John is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.