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Scott Gilmore

Building Markets
CEO & Founder
Scott Gilmore is the founder and CEO of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste and Liberia, creating 70,000 local jobs in the process. Recently, Scott launched a new enterprise, Anchor Chain, which measures and maximizes the socio-economic impact of the extractive sector. Prior to this, Scott was a Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in Asia and worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. Scott studied Commerce at the University of Alberta and International History at the London School of Economics. He has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and one of 25 “Transformational Canadians”. In 2010, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper awarded the G20 SME Prize to Scott. The Globe & Mail designated him a “Leading Thinker” on aid in the 21st century, the World Economic Forum has honored him as a Young Global Leader, and he is a Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Ashoka Foundation.