Ben Wise is Senior Advisor of Strategic Projects at the International Rescue Committee, an international humanitarian NGO that employs 12,000 staff across 40 countries to deliver assistance to people affected by crisis in settings such as Congo, Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan. As Senior Advisor, Ben works with the C-suite and leads cross-cutting initiatives to structure and solve the organization’s toughest strategic and operational problems. Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee, Ben was Senior Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where he led teams to advise leading global corporations and investors on a range of topics, including growth strategy, product launch and M&A target identification and assessment. Ben also brings experience in nonprofit management and investment strategy from previous positions in the industry. At National Equity Fund, a nonprofit fund that has invested over $12B in affordable housing, Ben executed multilateral transactions and conducted financial analysis of prospective partner organizations. He was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, where he authored working papers and led a strategic planning process to define the vision and future direction of the institute. He also co-founded and managed a successful organization that builds mixed-income, sustainably designed housing in Rwanda, and held field positions at international organizations such as Partners in Health and Innovations for Poverty Action. Ben holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Brown University.
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