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About the Speaker

Matt Forti

Matthew Forti is the U.S. Managing Director of One Acre Fund, now the largest nonprofit social enterprise working exclusively to improve the yields and incomes of Africa’s smallholder farmers. One Acre Fund delivers farm inputs, financing, training, and market facilitation services to over 450,000 farm families across six countries in East and Southern Africa, ending chronic hunger for over 1.5 million children and enabling productive investments in education, health, and new business activities. Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund’s founding, helping to raise the seed capital to launch the organization while a student at the Kellogg School of Management and thereafter becoming the organization’s inaugural Board Chair. He is now Vice Chair of the governing board and helps coordinate the organization’s global operations, including partnership and business development, corporate finance, and monitoring & evaluation. One Acre Fund has twice been named to Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Africa and was ranked 15th in the latest Global Journal Top 500 NGOs edition.

Prior to starting One Acre Fund, Matt was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan Group and a consultant at Marakon Associates. Matt received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management in 2006 and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a BA in economics and sociology in 2000. 

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