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Tim Hanstad

Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Landesa

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Tim Hanstad was still a law student when he joined Roy Prosterman in his mission to strengthen land rights for the rural poor. Hanstad was instrumental in the founding of Landesa, then Rural Development Institute, helping it grow from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington’s Law School to a top human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world.

As Landesa’s Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Hanstad serves as a global ambassador to the organization and helps guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens. He previously served as Landesa’s CEO and President for more than a decade, and during that time elevated both the organization and the issue of land rights tremendously globally. Hanstad is a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Awardee, a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security.