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Justin Bakule

    Executive Director, Shared Value Initiative
justin.bakule@sharedvalue.org

Overview

Justin Bakule has over 10 years of experience working with a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and community foundation clients domestically and abroad.

Role at the Shared Value Initiative

As the inaugural Executive Director of the Shared Value Initiative, Justin is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Initiative. He works closely with all of the Initiative’s major stakeholders including corporate, civil society, government and academic organizations in order to track and influence the development and capture of shared value research, the shared value idea in practice, and the growing global community of practitioners.

Justin’s work at FSG has focused on strategic planning including market analysis and strategy development. He has spent the past two years leading teams focused on agricultural development challenges both in the developing and developed worlds, including cocoa strategies in West Africa and rice strategies in the Mississippi Delta. Justin’s in-country experience includes work in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Kenya. In addition, Justin has led work on developing innovative community engagement strategies for a private foundation.

Before FSG

Justin’s previous experience includes time spent both in the private and nonprofit sectors, as well as in international development. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, working with the Ministry of Tourism. Prior to Peace Corps, Justin was a management consultant with PwC Consulting and IBM, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies developing corporate and operational strategies.

Education

  • Cornell University, MBA
  • Washington and Lee University, BA, Economics

Languages

  • French
  • Songhaï

On Working at FSG

"I’m at FSG because every day I have the opportunity to bring strategy consulting skills to complex social sector challenges. My professional path was traditional until five years after business school when my wife and I packed everything up and joined the Peace Corps. Our experience living in the Sahara left me with a pragmatic sense of the challenges confronting the developing world as well as hope based on the ingenuity and determination of people living in one of the world’s most difficult environments. Now I use those on-the-ground experiences – whether its’ speaking with farmers in sub-Saharan Africa or community development organizations in the inner city – in much the same way as I did when I lived in Africa as an opportunity to listen, learn, and then create creative solutions to challenging problems."


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