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YPFP DC: Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

February 28, 2013 06:30 pm


The Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle NW
20036 Washington, DC
United States


Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities provides reflections on social entrepreneurship from visionaries, practitioners, and theorists.  The contributors to this book address the clear need for further examination of social entrepreneurship.  The book aims to clarify and illustrate the concept of social entrepreneurship.  In addition, the book examines challenges, obstacles, and opportunities in the field and lends new insight to the phenomenon, history, and methodologies of social entrepreneurship.

The book features case studies profiling some of the most innovative and impactful social enterprises, including Americans for Informed Democracy, Asylum Access, Children of Abraham, Generation Rwanda, Indego Africa, the Kigali Public Library, the National Vision for Sierra Leone, and Orphans Against AIDS.  While these organizations focus on genocide and other atrocities, their experiences yield lessons for those seeking to tackle a broad range of social, economic, legal, and political problems, such as healthcare, development, education, and literacy.

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities will inform, instruct, and help build the community of social entrepreneurs.  This unique, essential collection of first-hand accounts is an inspiring and informative addition to the evolving social entrepreneurship literature. It will be of particular interest to social entrepreneurs; students, scholars, and practitioners of business, management, public policy, social policy, and development studies; anyone with a philanthropic mindset; and all those who are invested in creating and maintaining a socially responsible, accountable world.




Conor B. FrenchDr. Zachary D. Kaufman, and Benjamin D. Stone have each been selected by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and The Diplomatic Courier as among the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.”


Conor B. French is a contributor to Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities and the CEO of Indego Africa.

Mr. French is a founding member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, a private-public partnership between the Aspen Institute and the U.S. Department of State, and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He frequently speaks on issues related to social innovation and impact, economic development, micro-enterprise in Africa, business and philanthropy and non-profit leadership. He has been recognized by Yoxi as a Social Innovation Rockstar, by 85 Broads as a Guy Who Rocks, and by Bet Tzedek for his participation in Holocaust Survivors Justice Network.

Mr. French began his career in the corporate department at the global law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. He represented public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and investors in a wide range of leveraged finance and other capital-raising transactions. As pro bono counsel to Ashoka, Mr. French structured joint ventures, strategic partnerships and other collaborations that provided critical support for Ashoka’s global network of leading social entrepreneurs.

Mr. French holds a B.A. in History and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from NYU Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics. Mr. French serves on the board of directors of NYU Law’s Alumni Association and on the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Professionalism. He is qualified to practice before the CA, DC, MA, and NY bars.


Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman is the editor and co-author of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities.  He is an attorney (through which he has served as pro bono counsel to Ashoka), legal academic, political scientist, writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur.  He is currently a Fellow at Yale University (at Yale Law SchoolYale School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise, and Yale’s Genocide Studies Program) and a periodic Visiting Faculty Member at New York University (where he similarly focuses on social entrepreneurship, international law, and transitional justice).

Dr. Kaufman is the founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library and an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga. Together, these organizations built the Kigali Public Library, Rwanda’s first-ever public library.  Dr. Kaufman also serves on the Advisory Board of Indego Africa, the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action, and the Washington Lawyers Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

            Dr. Kaufman received his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil. degrees, both in International Relations, from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.  He received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review and the co-founder and co-president of Yale Law Social Entrepreneurs.  Dr. Kaufman received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Yale University, where he was the student body president, co-captain of the wrestling team, and an All-American and Runner-Up National Champion in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.


Benjamin D. Stone is a contributor to Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities. As one of the original architects of Indego Africa, Mr. Stone served as Outside Counsel, COO & General Counsel, and CEO. Mr. Stone now sits on Indego Africa’s board of directors and is the Director of Small Business and Start Up Development at American Express OPEN.

Mr. Stone frequently speaks about entrepreneurship, leadership, and social enterprise at a wide range of venues, including the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Press Club, and the Clinton School of Public Service. Mr. Stone has also published articles in Beyond Profit and McKinsey’s What Matters.

In 2011, Mr. Stone received The Global Leaders’ Future Global Leader Award. Mr. Stone is also an honorary member of 85 Broads’ Guys Who Rock and a five-time Empire State Counsel honoree. Mr. Stone also won the 2009 Fair Trade Federation Photography Award and has exhibited his photos and mini-documentaries at galleries across the U.S.

Prior to Indego Africa, Mr. Stone was an attorney at the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he managed multi-million-dollar representations of technology manufacturers, energy companies, and individuals in business disputes and government investigations.

Mr. Stone holds a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and in 2010 completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.







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