Leadership

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Olana Hirsch Khan

Vice Chair, US Board

Olana's commitment to the social sector began at a young age, when she realized that the birth lottery determined a person's access to basic human rights: shelter, food, healthcare, and education. Olana spent over 15 years in the technology sector, working with Netscape, America Online, and Google. She moved into the social enterprise sector by first joining Kiva.org, the pioneer of online microfinance, as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of ProFounder Financial, a crowdfunding lending platform. Olana currently is a management consultant through her company Esan Partners, which provides strategic planning, executive coaching and leadership training. She ran the family foundation OZ Foundation from 2006- 2010, which focused on providing technology solutions in the microfinance and education sectors. She now invests her time, treasure, and talent in partnering with companies that use technology for disruptive social innovation. Olana has extensive Board leadership experience, and loves a good governance project. Olana is currently chairperson of the Sama Group, vice chair of The Philanthropy Workshop, Governance Chair of D-Rev, and a board member of The Phillips Brooks School. She graduated from the Honors Program from the University of Michigan, received her coaching certification from the University of Berkeley, and is a graduate of Stanford's Graduate School of Business Executive Program.