Tim Hanstad is the president and CEO of Landesa (formerly known as Rural Development Institute Landesa), an international nonprofit with a mission to secure land property rights for the world’s poorest people. For over 40 years, Landesa has worked with 45 developing country governments on reforms that have helped to secure land rights for more than 100 million families. Landesa has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Henry Kravis Prize in Leadership, Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award, Schwab Foundation Outstanding Global Social Entrepreneur, Hilton Humanitarian Prize finalist and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and World Food Prize.
Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum community, Bretton Woods Committee and Global Washington Policy Panel. Hanstad has worked with the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Asian Development Bank and USAID and has led workshops with government leaders, NGOs and scholars on land property rights, food security and rule of law. Hanstad’s international work experience spans 14 countries and he recently returned from his second two-year post in India, where he helped launch Landesa’s successful “micro-land ownership” initiative.