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William Brindley
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Dr. William A. Brindley is a veteran executive with proven multi-sector expertise leading international corporations and social enterprises. His experience includes positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer and Global Managing Director for financial services, technology, entertainment and social benefit organizations. Bill is an active participant in the the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative as well as a frequent speaker, moderator, panelist and blogger on critical issues.

A significant portion of Bill’s career was as a senior executive with Citigroup where he led various parts of The Citibank Private Bank. His work there was characterized as “Leading Edge” by Gartner, as well as benchmarked as “Best Practice” by Audi and the United States Department of Defense. Before joining The Citibank Private Bank, Bill served for four years as a Chief Deputy to Citigroup’s Corporate Technology Officer, overseeing information and communications technology in more than 100 countries.

Bill is an experienced practitioner in strategy, management, technology, business redesign and change management. He graduated magna cum laude from American University and holds several graduate degrees, including a doctorate in organizational change. He is a graduate of The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program and has also completed postgraduate courses at both Columbia and Harvard Business Schools.

Entries by William Brindley

Power to the People: Who Leads and Who Benefits from Technology Growth in Emerging Markets

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:47 AM

If you can remember back to 1995 you will (probably) remember what it was like to live without a mobile phone, without internet and without email. Stock markets were physical places where traders jostled; written correspondence took days to arrive.

For those of us living in developed countries it's important...

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Five Career-Changing Tips For Success

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:36 AM

I always look forward to June. It's an exciting time of year: some of our NetHope Academy interns reach the end of their six-month IT internship and put their skills to the test at full-time employment opportunities; prospective students apply for coveted spots in future NetHope Academy classes; and our...

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Collaborative Social Responsibility: The Real CSR

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Consumers increasingly want to give back, whether that means donating to their favorite nonprofit or buying a product from a responsibly-deemed company that partners with a NGO for a good cause; businesses have taken notice, which is why the growing corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement is not as obscure as...

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Believing in the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 3:12 PM

After a childhood and undergraduate program furthering her passion for technology, Electine Joyce Malloh met the turning point in her young adult life. She finally felt confident in her role as a female IT professional.

"In a nutshell, my internship experience with ActionAid was one-of-a-kind, and it played a big...

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Three Trends That Will Shape the Nonprofits of 2043

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Like businesses, nonprofits must discover how to be successful in the wake of new disruptive forces.

In the last five years, social media has put a spin on fundraising, big data has made donors keener on evidence-based ROI, and collective impact is becoming an even more established pillar...

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From Seattle to Senegal -- Increasing the Number of Women IT Professionals

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:40 PM

October 11 marked the International Day of the Girl. The energy around the inaugural UN-sponsored event provided an opportunity for organizations across the globe to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing girls and young women in both the Global North and the Global South. Arguably many of the...

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The Next Leapfrog for Development: Leveraging Cloud Computing

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 12:31 PM

Two years ago at the NetHope Global Member Summit, NetHope co-founder Edward G. Happ pushed our member organizations to collaborate more to run more efficient operations. He said it is not NGOs' core competency to run data centers or computer server-farms. In order to maximize their impact in Emergency Response,...

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Open Humanitarian Initiative: Improving Disaster Response

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 9:57 AM

Last year was the costliest year in natural disasters that the world has ever seen. According to a report issued by global reinsurance firm Munich Re, world disasters in 2011 caused damages exceeding more than a third of a trillion dollars. And, experts at The World Bank

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Collaborative Impact for New Philanthropy's Demands

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 1:01 PM

Global Philanthropy Forum's president and co-founder Jane Wales said in Forbes that new philanthropists want to affect positive social change by whatever means is most effective, most ethical and most enduring. They take on large problems and seek system-wide change.

The Global Philanthropy Forum is an invite-only event...

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Building Bridges for Student Success

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Jeff Skoll says, "The term 'flux' is commonly used to connote significant change, confusion or even chaos. It is the persistent backdrop against which social entrepreneurs pursue large scale change."

The theme at this year's Skoll World Forum is "Flux: Seizing Momentum and Driving Change." There are many pressing...

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Three Tech Trends Shaping a Bright Global Future

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 5:10 PM

Over the past decade, numerous technological advancements have shaped our world transforming how citizens interact with their government, consumers interact with businesses, and how youth chart a pathway toward economic success. At the very ethos of technology is Moore's law which holds that data capacity doubles every 18 months --...

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Technology Leaders from Leading Global NGOs Gather in Ireland for NetHope Summit

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 5:01 PM

Once a year, technology leaders from more than 30 of the world's leading international NGOs convene for a week with one main purpose: to share. They share their ideas. They share their energy. They share their frustrations. They share their optimism. They share their experience.

This may sound simple on...

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IT Empowerment: Providing a Continuum of Success for Women and Girls in the Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 6:57 PM

In the United States, the percentage of women in IT roles is less than 17 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Apply that to the developing world, and the numbers become staggering -- in the wrong direction.

Several factors contribute to this imbalance. Access...

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Growing the Next Generation of Technology and IT Leaders in the Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 6:57 PM

I'm at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York City this week surrounded by many of the brightest, most passionate leaders in the world, all of whom are dedicated to solving some of the world's toughest problems.

It's inspiring to step back and examine all of the difficult challenges...

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Summer Davos: Meeting of Minds in Dalian, China

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 11:46 AM

This week, I will be among the dignitaries and global leaders attending the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China. This is a meeting of minds, an opportunity for global leaders to interact, share insight and collaborate. Coined "Summer Davos," this year's event...

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Rethinking Fundraising for Today's 'New Philanthropy'

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 12:42 PM

After 10 years of doing anything, one is bound to come away changed. Time allows for one to gather a decade of experience, fine-tune strategies, champion successful processes and learn from shortcomings. This year, both NetHope and the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) Conference celebrate their 10th...

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Scaling ICT for the Evolving Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Every year, the world's leading social entrepreneurs gather at Oxford University to participate in Skoll World Forum. For three days and nights, attendees take part in debates, discussion and work sessions to address the world's most pressing social problems through the lens of profit with a purpose.

The forum hosts...

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Communication Is the Lifeblood of Rescue Operations in Japan

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 2:58 PM

We know all too well the devastating statistics coming out of Japan. According to the Japanese government, so far nearly 7,000 have been confirmed dead, with over 10,000 missing. About 650,000 people from the affected areas have been evacuated, and over 450,000 people are reported being in shelters. Power remains...

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The Promise of Mobile Technology

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 2:50 PM

Technology changes the world in big ways; just look at how differently we live since the advent of the Internet and cell phones.

These inventions give us great power -- both as consumers and as entrepreneurs -- but the real impact may not be just from the birth of these...

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NetHope Addresses the Shared Norms for a New Reality

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:21 PM

This week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we'll be participating with some of the world's top leaders from business, politics, economics, academics, and media to discuss the "Shared Norms for a New Reality" for the global economy. We are increasingly living in a world where we...

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