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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 raised $600 million in philanthropic capital, sponsored long-term scholarships for over 100,000 Girl Scholars, and has opened more than 37,000 libraries serving 18 million children in 17 countries. John serves on the Board of Asia Partners, a Singapore-based and ASEAN-focused private equity fund. He is the Asia Partner with Concentric Equity, a $2 billion Chicago-based fund, and a Senior Advisor to Hong Kong-based Green Monday Holdings. John served four years on the Advisory Board 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. John is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.