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GDI was born to build

We match ambitious leaders, strong ideas, and capital with the implementation power required to launch and scale transformational social impact ventures.

From an initiative’s discovery to its operational building blocks, we are committed, embedded, and deeply invested in the success of our initiatives. Together, we work toward impact at scale.

Our work & initiatives

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million+ capital raised for our initiatives

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Our approach

GDI is an incubator for transformational social impact ventures that are scaling the next generation of system-changing solutions. Leveraging the power of localized partnerships, we create new approaches to address persistent global issues.

Our incubation process

We provide our partners with intensive and comprehensive collaboration throughout the lifecycle of a new venture. We vet and select initiatives to partner with based on their potential for impact at scale.

Prospect

Deliberately source, evaluate, and select concepts based on their potential for large-scale impact.

Discover

Conduct a thorough and thoughtful review to understand the root problems of a hypothesized solution. Develop key business plan questions and refine an early concept note.

Design

Collaborate with partners and funders to align on theory of change, validate the approach, build a governance system, and shape a powerful brand.

Build

Develop leadership teams, pilot interventions with emerging results, build core operating infrastructure, and establish a strategic plan.

Exit

Launch entrepreneurs and incubated initiatives into the next phase of growth. Set future milestones and transfer knowledge to ensure the initiative’s long-term success

Our leadership

The GDI team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, but we’re united by a proven track record of entrepreneurship, deep social sector expertise, and a culture of doing whatever it takes to get things done. Below is a snapshot of GDI’s leadership team.

Andrew Stern
Andrew Stern
Founder & CEO – GDI Americas
Warren Ang
Warren Ang
CEO – GDI East Asia
Alice Gugelev
Alice Gugelev
CEO – GDI Africa
Suvranil Majumdar
Suvranil Majumdar
Managing Director – GDI South Asia
Steve Bergen
Steve Bergen
Associate Director, Operations & Special Projects – GDI Americas
Jessica Harrison Fullerton
Jessica Harrison Fullerton
Managing Director – GDI Americas
Andrew Gathecha
Andrew Gathecha
CFO – GDI Africa
Chintan Maru
Chintan Maru
Managing Director – GDI Americas
Kim Matu
Kim Matu
Associate Director & Shared Services Lead – GDI Africa
Danielle Maxwell
Danielle Maxwell
Senior Manager, Human Resources – GDI Americas
Ann Murage
Ann Murage
Associate Director, Operations and Programs – GDI Africa
George N’dungu
George N’dungu
Director – GDI Africa
Stuart Symington
Stuart Symington
Brand, Marketing, & Communications Associate Director – GDI Americas
Elizabeth VanDerWoude
Elizabeth VanDerWoude
CFO & Treasurer – GDI Americas
Jason Wendle
Jason Wendle
Director – GDI Americas

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