Karan Chopra - Participant

Karan provides leadership and strategic direction for executing Opportunity@Work's priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic well-being, but of individual dignity. He has witnessed many who possess talents but don't have the opportunity to realize their true potential and strongly feels that in order to have an impact at scale, we need better systems, not just great initiatives.

Karan’s career has focused on building entrepreneurial ventures that increase upward mobility and provide opportunity for all. Prior to co-founding Opportunity@Work, Karan was the co-founder and director of GADCO (Global Agri-Development Company), a vertically-integrated agri-food business in sub-Saharan Africa backed by financial and impact investors globally. He led the company from business plan to building and operating the largest rice farm in Ghana. He developed a processing center and launched a packaged food brand that contributed to the domestic food security and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. GADCO was sold to a larger, strategic, agribusiness buyer in 2015 and has been featured in publications and spotlighted by leading institutions including World Bank, UNDP, World Economic Forum, Financial Times and Guardian.

Karan was also the co-founder of WAVE (West Africa Vocational Education), a social venture tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria. WAVE empowers youths with industry-relevant skills and provides access to jobs while improving outcomes for employers.

Formerly, Karan was a social sector fellow at McKinsey & Company. He advised clients across sectors (Fortune 500, governments, leading philanthropic organizations) on U.S. education, as well as, market-based and scalable solutions for economic development. Previously, Karan was also a software developer with Siemens.

Background

Organization

Opportunity@Work

Title

Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

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