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J. Gregory Dees
Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship
Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business

Greg Dees is a Professor and the founding Faculty Director at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) in Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He has written extensively on social entrepreneurship., and is co-editor, with Jed Emerson and Peter Economy, of Enterprising Nonprofits (Wiley, 2001) and Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs, (Wiley, 2002). In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work in this field with the first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education.

Prior to coming to Duke, Greg served as the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service and founding co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Greg also taught for several years at the Harvard Business School, where he helped launch the Initiative on Social Enterprise. In 1995, Greg received Harvard Business School’s Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching for his new course on “Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector.” Greg started his academic career at the Yale School of Management where he developed a highly regarded course on new ventures.

In 1996, he interrupted his academic career for two years to work on economic development in central Appalachia at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Kentucky. He also previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Greg currently serves on the board of directors of the Bridgespan Group and he chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Social Enterprise Journal, Aflatoun, Volans, Limmat Foundation, REDF, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins, a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale, and a BA from University of Cincinnati.

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