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Diana Wells

President, Ashoka


Diana Wells was named Ashoka’ President in 2007 . Wells joined Ashoka first in 1988 creating one of the organization’s core programs, a network through which social entrepreneurs can share ideas and learn from one another. She took a leave from Ashoka to complete a Ph.D. in social anthropology at New York University (2000), conducting ethnographic research in Trinidad on the women’s movement as a local manifestation of a global movement. She returned to her work at Ashoka in 1997, leading the organization’s geographic expansion and developing a widely used and respected tool to measure the impact of social entrepreneurship. She has served on boards including Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Guidestar International, and currently a Trustee on Brown University’s Corporation. She has also taught anthropology at Georgetown University, and worked in publishing.