Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute
Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Development
Geographical Expertise - Region: Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Subsaharan Africa
Languages: English, German, Spanish
Field of Work: Think tank/Research center
City: New York
Continent: North America
William Powers hails from Long Island, NY and has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. He is currently based in New York City, and is a freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the the World Policy Institute.
From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio.
Mr. Powers formerly worked at the World Bank, and holds degrees in international relations from Brown University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. A recipient of the 2004-5 Open Door Foundation for non-fiction, he is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and the memoir of living ‘off-the-grid’ in a twelve-foot-square cabin Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream.
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