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Dennis Whittle

Dennis Whittle

Dennis Whittle is co-founder of GlobalGiving, where he was CEO from 2000–10. Currently he is Director and Co-Founder of Feedback Labs. He has served recently as Visiting Scholar at the NYU Development Research Institute, Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, Robin Richards Donohoe Professor of the Practice and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is founder and President of The Whittle Group.

Previously, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank (1986–2000), where he lived and/or worked for many years in Indonesia and Russia. His team there also created the Innovation Marketplace in 1998 and the Development Marketplace in early 2000. In 1984–85, Dennis worked for the Asian Development Bank and USAID in the Philippines, where he was an extra in one of Chuck Norris’s best movies, “Missing in Action” (1984).

In his formative years, Dennis was a short-order cook and busboy at several restaurants, including the late Oasis Restaurant in Leitchfield, Ky., and the late Porthole Restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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