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Jacob Lief is the Co-Founder and President of Ubuntu Education Fund (www.ubuntufund.org), a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Ignoring traditional development models, Ubuntu redefined the theory of "going to scale"; rather than expanding geographically, they drew a 7km radius through a community of 300,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services that ensures that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable could, after several years, succeed in the world of higher education and employment. Ubuntu's child-centered approach highlights the difference between merely touching a child's life versus fundamentally changing it. In 2009, Jacob was selected as an Aspen Institute Global Fellow and, in 2010, he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In 2012, he became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee. Later that year, Jacob was named one of the world's 101 most innovative visionaries at the Decide Now Act Summit. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.