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Jacob Lief is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Pathways, a non-profit organization based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa providing cradle to career care to over 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. Jacob brings over two decades of experience to conversations on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship and has actively called for redefining impact, sustainability, and the theory of ‘going-to-scale’ in the nonprofit sector.
In 2016, Jacob appeared in Fortune Magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ list of the most influential young people in business and served as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee. Jacob was also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and was a fellow at the University’s global policy research center, Perry World House. His book, I Am Because You Are, chronicles his journey in South Africa and sets forth a bold vision for breaking the cycle of poverty (Rodale Inc, 2015). Jacob is married with two children and splits his time between New York City and Port Elizabeth. He is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.