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Wendy Kopp

CEO of Teach For All

Ms. Kopp holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from 15 universities and colleges. She was the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award back in 1993; one of many awards and recognitions she received since then for her remarkable achievements.


In 1994 Time Magazine recognized her as one of the forty most promising leaders under 40, and in 2008 as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People.


Earlier, Ms. Kopp had founded Teach For America in 1989, an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children in the United States, and she led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of aspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in 46 countries on six continents that are galvanizing their nation’s most promising future leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need communities and exert leadership throughout their lives to ensure all children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.


Ms. Kopp’s locally-rooted, globally-informed approach has been an effective tool in supporting knowledge’s main pillar – education – across the globe; building understanding of local contexts, and on similarities in the nature of inequity and the sharing of solutions across borders.