Abigail Falik is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, and an award-winning social entrepreneur.
In her role at Global Citizen Year, Abby leads the team by developing the vision, strategy and resources to make a global bridge year after high school a common expectation and opportunity.
Prior to founding Global Citizen Year, Abby applied her entrepreneurial instincts to innovative educational initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. She was an early team member at College Track, an organization focused on ensuring college success for low-income students, as well as a strategic advisor to Room to Read, an organization that helps build literacy skills in Africa and Asia. During her tenure at NetAid (later acquired by Mercy Corps), she designed and launched a flagship initiative to engage U.S. high school students in the fight to end global poverty.
A recognized expert on social innovation and the changing landscape of education, Abby has been featured in Fast Company, NPR, Forbes and The New York Times. For her achievements as a social entrepreneur, she has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a Harvard Social Enterprise Fellow, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur. She currently serves on the advisory boards of two pioneering global education organizations: World Learning and Teach for All.
Abby holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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