Jacob Lief

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Ubuntu Pathways

Jacob Lief

Jacob Lief

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Ubuntu Pathways

Biography

Jacob Lief

Jacob Lief is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Pathways (ubuntupathways.org), a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Nuancing traditional development models, Ubuntu redefined the theory of “going to scale”; rather than expanding geographically, they focus on the depth rather than breadth of their programs within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu’s programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable could succeed in the world of higher education and employment. Ubuntu’s child-centred approach highlights the difference between merely touching a child’s life versus fundamentally changing it.

In 2010, Jacob was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In 2012, he joined the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee. In 2014, he was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and is the host of Philanthropy Unfiltered–a podcast series produced in partnership with the University’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Jacob has authored a book, I Am Because You Are, which was published by Rodale Inc. in May 2015.

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Ubuntu Pathways

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3

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Founder & Senior Advisor at Ubuntu Pathways

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Managing Director at TowerBrook Capital Partners LLC

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Partner at Tiger Global Management LLC

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Co-Founder at Channelstone Capital Partners LLC

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Managing Director at TowerBrook Capital Partners LLC

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Director at Ubuntu Pathways

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Senior Managing Director at GSO Capital Partners (Private Equity)

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Member, Board of Directors at Ubuntu Pathways

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Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions (Private Equity) Practice at Webber Wentzel & Bowens

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Member, Board of Directors at Ubuntu Pathways

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Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Ubuntu Pathways
Education
Bachelor's of Arts

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

Africa Leadership Initiative is well known that Africa continues to face social and economic challenges. Africa Leadership Initiative is also evident that the unfortunate trend can only be reversed through enlightened African leaders, who are eager to address and solve our continental issues, through strong values and unwavering integrity. It was for this reason that the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was formed in 2003.

Member
2010 - 2015

Every year the World Economic Forum reviews thousands of nominations to find the most accomplished and inspiring young leaders to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Young Global Leaders represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs. Set up as an independent not-for-profit foundation, under the supervision of the Swiss Government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders works in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum to integrate young leaders into deep interaction with other stakeholders of global society.

Global Fellow
2009 - Prior

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
1999 - Current

Ubuntu Education Fund, founded in 1999, transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It provides integrated household stability, health, and educational support to 2,000 children and their families from cradle to career.

Lecturer
2014

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Leadership Council, Classy Awards
Current

StayClassy is a San Diego-based startup that develops an online fundraising product used by thousands of Nonprofit organizations around the world. The company was founded in 2006 and has evolved into what is now an industry-leading online fundraising solution for Charities, Foundations, Churches, Schools, Clubs and more. Recently, the founders were selected by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 5 most promising social entrepreneurs in America. The company is also the host of the Classy Awards, the largest philanthropic awards show in the Country.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Ubuntu Education Fund, founded in 1999, transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It provides integrated household stability, health, and educational support to 2,000 children and their families from cradle to career.

Member, Advisory Committee
2012 - Prior

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. The CGI Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting devoted to economic recovery and job creation in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students who are developing commitments in their communities and around the world.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$5,000 - $10K
2008

Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy services. The company was founded by Nathan Fain, Larry Kramer, Larry Mass, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, and Edmund White in 1982 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$5,000 - $10K
2007

Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy services. The company was founded by Nathan Fain, Larry Kramer, Larry Mass, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, and Edmund White in 1982 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$1 - $999
2006

TIPPING POINT COMMUNITY WORKS TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN THE BAY AREA BY IDENTIFYING AND INVESTING IN THE MOST PROMISING POVERTY-FIGHTING INTERVENTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS.

Political Donations
$500
2010

Former Senator from the 26th District at New York State Senate

$1,000
2009

Former Senator from the 26th District at New York State Senate

$200
2008

Former President of United States

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