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Tim Hanstad

Co-founder & Senior Advisor, Landesa

Skoll Awardee


Tim Hanstad is a 2012 Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee. While in law school, Hanstad joined Professor Roy Prosterman in his mission to strengthen land rights for the rural poor. Hanstad was instrumental in the formal founding of Landesa (then RDI), helping it grow from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated 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 for 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 Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades. During that time, Hanstad globally elevated both the organization and the importance of land rights.

Hanstad is also a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and adjunct faculty at University of Washington School of Law. He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, CNN, and Fox News.

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