Greg Van Kirk is an Ashoka Leadership Group Member where he heads up Ashoka's North American education work. He is also Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation "Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)" at the World Economic Forum. He is the co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Empowerment Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and Ultimiya Social Innovation Consulting. These, amongst the other social innovations of the New Development Solutions Group, are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges. Greg's signature social innovation was the creation of the award winning MicroConsignment Model. Greg is also a member of the Ashoka/Siemens Foundation Community Impact Development Group and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as a consultant for organizations such as Levi Strauss Foundation, USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, Inter American Development Bank, Water For People, Solutions Journalism Network and Fundacion Paraguaya in the US, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Greg also contributes time as “Social Entrepreneur in Residence” and has recently worked with Columbia University, NYU, Marquette University, Indiana University, University of San Diego and Arizona State University. He is a senior advisor for AshokaU. He has taught social entrepreneurship at Columbia University and NYU Wagner. He is the co-founder of The Center for MicroConsignment at Miami University. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. As a Peace Corps Volunteer he worked in microfinance and launched one of the first rural internet centers in the country. His first personal initiatives included starting a restaurant, tourism center and community education center. Prior to the Peace Corps, Greg taught English in Japan where he also managed operations. Greg worked in investment banking in San Francisco and New York for five years before arriving in Guatemala. Two deals he led at UBS during this time won "Deal of the Year" honors from Structured Finance International magazine. Greg is a graduate of Miami University where he recently received the"Bishop Medal" . Greg's lives with his family in New York City.