Mari Kuraishi

Beyond crowdfunding: power of crowd in development

Our ever-increasing technological capabilities offer us many advantages and challenges when it comes to crowdfunding. Come hear Mari Kuraishi, co-founder of the world’s first crowdfunding organization, Global Giving as she shares lessons learned from their first ten years of operation. What are the benefits and challenges of crowdfunding in today’s world? Join us with your questions and comments via #KAPTalks. Live on 19th October at 3:00 pm CET

Monday 19.10.2015

When: 19th October 2015 at 3:00 pm CET / 1:00 pm GMT (check time around the world).

Where: International Conference Development and Democracy, Hotel Mercure Bratislava, Žabotova street 2, 811 04 Bratislava

You can join the lecture by:

  • coming to the event in Slovakia
  • following livestreaming from the event at
  • asking your questions to Mari Kuraishi via Twitter using #KAPTalks hashtag

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Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy's top 100 Global Thinkers for "crowdsourcing worldsaving." Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of Guidestar US. She also serves on the board of DataKind, APOPO US, and the Global Business School Network. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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