Mission of PovertyCure

PovertyCure is an international network of organizations and individuals seeking to ground our common battle against global poverty in a proper understanding of the human person and society, and to encourage solutions that foster opportunity and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that already fills the developing world.

We know there is no single solution to poverty, and good people will disagree about methods, but we have joined together to rethink poverty, encourage discussion and debate, promote effective compassion, and advance entrepreneurial solutions to poverty informed by sound economics, local knowledge, the lessons of history and reflections from the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Christ calls us to solidarity with the poor, but this means more than assistance. It means seeing the poor not as objects or experiments, but as partners and brothers and sisters, as fellow creatures made in the image of God with the capacity to solve problems and create new wealth for themselves and their families. At a practical level, it means integrating them into our networks of exchange and productivity.

Challenge and Vision

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  • John Arthur Nunes
    Jamaica / USA

    John Arthur Nunes joined Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a $35 million global organization, as president and CEO in 2007. Nunes leads staff in 17 countries in working to end poverty, injustice and human suffering worldwide.

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    Prior to joining LWR, John served on the faculty of Concordia University Chicago as a professor of theology, and as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Chicago. He has served as a management consultant, and as an urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas and Detroit. He is also a frequent keynote presenter.

    Nunes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and a Master of Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He also received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University, Ann Arbor and is currently a PhD candidate at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Nunes is the author of Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching and, with his wife Monique, the children’s book Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria. He has written for Concordia Journal, Hartford Seminary’s Conversations in Religion and Theology and http://www.Beliefnet.com


    Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Nunes grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and has lived in the U.S. since 1981. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with Monique, who is an administrator for Baltimore Lutheran School, and John, Jr., the youngest of their five children. Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility. 

  • Lord Brian Griffiths

    Lord Griffiths taught at the London School of Economics from 1965 to 1976. He was appointed professor of Banking and International Finance at the City University in 1976 and was dean of the City University Business School from 1982 to 1985. Lord Griffiths was a director of the Bank of England from 1983 to 1985.


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    Lord Griffiths served at No. 10 Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1985 to 1990. As special advisor to Margaret Thatcher, he was responsible for domestic policy-making and was a chief architect of the government’s privatisation and deregulation programmes. 

    Since then, Lord Griffiths has been an international advisor to Goldman Sachs International concerned with strategic issues relating to private equity and United Kingdom and Asian operations, business development activities worldwide. He is chairman of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Audit, Business Practice and Compliance Committee. He is a non-executive director of Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd. and Herman Miller Inc., and has served on the boards of ServiceMaster, English, Welsh and Scottish Railway, Land Securities Trillium and Westminster Health Care. He has also been chairman of the School Examination and Assessment Council and the Centre for Policy Studies. He has been a member of various Select Committees in the House of Lords including the Select Committee on Economic Affairs. Lord Griffiths is a trustee of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund and chairman of Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs. He has written and lectured extensively on economic issues and the relationship of the Christian faith to politics and business, and has published various books on monetary policy and Christian ethics. Born in Fforestfach, Swansea in 1941, Lord Griffiths was educated at Dynevor Grammar School and the London School of Economics.

  • Michael Fairbanks
    Co-Founder SEVEN Fund, USA

    Michael Fairbanks is a co-founder of SEVEN, a non-profit organization of entrepreneurs that provides monetary, organizational and intellectual support for the study of enterprise solutions to global poverty.

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    Fairbanks co-authored Harvard Business School’s Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations, which was named one of the year’s ten best books in the field by both the Boston Globe and Exame magazine, Brazil’s leading business weekly. More recently, he co-edited and contributed to the 2009 work In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. He has been consulted by political leaders around the world.

    View Michael Fairbanks — Aid vs. Enterprise & Growth's Voices page

  • Eric Kacou
    Development Entrepreneur, Cote d'Ivoire

    Eric Kacou is co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), a firm providing entrepreneurs and leaders with the right mix of insight and capital needed to generate prosperity.

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    Kacou’s first book Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BOP Markets has been published by Wharton School Publishing/Pearson in 2011. The book has been covered by global media such as the Financial Times and CNBC. In 2010, Kacou was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He was also selected as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Associate by the African Leadership Initiative.

    Prior to starting ESP, Kacou served as Managing Director of On the Frontier (OTF) Group, a competitiveness consultancy focused on emerging markets. An expert in post-conflict economic reconstruction, he led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness (RNIC) Program, an initiative sponsored by President Paul Kagame. The RNIC is credited with helping revitalize Rwanda’s economy and fuelling the growth of entrepreneurship and exports. Eric also co-founded the Academy of Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP), a Rwanda-based program for young leaders with more than two hundred and fifty graduates.

    View Eric Kacou — BoP Markets & Economic Development's Voices page

  • Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez
    Development Economist, Guatemala

    Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez teaches Public Choice theory and development economics at Francisco Marroquín Univeristy in Guatemala, where, as of July 2010, she also serves as president of the Board of Trustees.

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    Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez teaches Public Choice theory and development economics at Francisco Marroquín Univeristy in Guatemala, where, as of July 2010, she also serves as president of the Board of Trustees.   She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economics and Social Research Center (CEES) and of the Family, Development and Population Association (FADEP), as well as member of the Mont Pelerin Society.  Rodríguez has written a weekly column for the Guatemalan daily Siglo Veintiuno since 1998 and her articles have been published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s Perfiles Liberales, Cato Institute’s Regulation Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among others.  She obtained a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

  • Ram Gidoomal
    Kenya & UK

    Ram Gidoomal CBE came to Britain from East Africa as a refugee in 1967. He is an entrepreneur and former United Kingdom Group chief executive of the Inklas Group, a multinational business with seven thousand employees.

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    He is chairman of Winning Communications Partnership, South Asian Concern, Citylife (Industrial and Provident Society) Ltd., a board member of the International Justice Mission, an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the UK Equalities and Human Rights Commission, a council member of the United Kingdom Evangelical Alliance, and chairman of the steering group of the South Asian Forum of the UKEA.

    Gidoomal was founding chairman of the Christmas Cracker charity, which has given thousands of young people direct entrepreneurial experience and has raised over £5 million for projects in developing countries. He was the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance and ran as their candidate for London Mayor and Assembly in 2000 and 2004 gaining just under 100,000 votes in each election.

    He is a motivational public speaker, frequent media commentator, and the author of several books including The UK Maharajahs and The British and How to Deal with Them: Doing Business with Britain’s Ethnic Communities. He is a governor of King’s College School in Wimbledon; he serves as chairman of the Lausanne Resource Mobilization Working Group and is deputy chairman of the Lausanne International Board of Directors.

  • Eva Muraya
    Entrepreneur, Kenya

    Eva Muraya is currently the CEO of Brand Strategy & Development (BSD) Ltd a leading regional brand strategy development agency. Eva Muraya has until recently been the CEO of Color Creations Ltd, now Color Creations Africa Ltd, the first advertising and branding business awarded ISO certification in East and Central Africa.

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    Eva Muraya co-founded the Kenya Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO) which she currently serves as chairperson. KAWBO is a forum where women in business come together to discuss pertinent issues affecting women owned businesses in a dynamic marketplace. 

    Ms. Muraya’s business leadership has earned her a variety of awards and prestigious appointments. She was an award nominee at the Pan African Invent and Innovate Conference in Accra – Ghana in 2005, received the 2006 Eve Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2008 she was a co-recipient of the inaugural Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Leadership Award - 2008 and The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award, in November 2009, she received the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) Warrior award. She is also profiled in the recently published conversations with 74 top leading Kenyan women achievers in “Life Journeys”, compiled by Susan Wakhungu-Gituku.

    Ms. Muraya holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Marketing (Magna Cum Laude) from the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi and a Diploma in Advanced Business Management from the IESE and Strathmore Graduate Business Schools. Additionally, she has diplomas in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sales and Management from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a certificate in Marketing from the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK).

    View Eva Muraya — Business & Community Development's Voices page

  • Dion Forster
    South Africa

    Dr. Dion Forster is a consultant and chaplain to the Power Group of Companies as well as the Global Day of Prayer and Unashamedly Ethical movements. Dion serves as a Christian minister in the corporate sector.

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    He holds a doctorate in theology and science and teaches at various South African universities. Dion Forster and Graham Power are the authors of Transform Your Work Life: Turn Your Ordinary Day into an Extraordinary Calling (Struik Christian Books, 2010).

  • Calvin Edwards
    Founder & CEO, Calvin Edwards & Company, USA

    Calvin Edwards & Company is a consulting firm that creates investment-grade research, analysis, and evaluation of nonprofit organizations, and provides philanthropic counsel to the foundations, high net worth families, and government agencies that fund them.

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    Using an extensive array of proprietary tools, it identifies and profiles organizations in nonprofit sectors; analyzes organizations, and evaluates programs and grants worldwide; designs business plans and venture philanthropy projects for ministries and donors; and helps donors formulate giving strategies and renders professional advice. The firm's vision is to maximize the good that giving accomplishes within nonprofits, and thus to see excellent organizations thrive. Based in Atlanta, GA, since its founding in 2001, the firm has served about eighty clients across the United States and internationally.

  • Peter Heslam
    Cambridge University, UK

    Dr. Peter Heslam directs Transforming Business, a multidisciplinary research and development project at the University of Cambridge that analyzes and catalyzes enterprise solutions to poverty.

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    He is particularly interested in the moral and spiritual dimensions of business and has a research focus on the convergence of Christianity and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

    View Peter Heslam — Dignity in Business & Wealth Creation's Voices page

  • Kim Tan
    SpringHill Management, Malaysia / UK

    Dato Kim Tan, Ph.D. is the Chairman of SpringHill Management Ltd, a venture capital fund management company specializing in life sciences and social venture capital investing. He is a director of a number of listed and private biotech, pharmaceutical and investment companies in the UK, USA, India, Malaysia and South Africa.

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    He is an advisor to a number of government agencies in Asia on biotechnology and a board member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Science Forum. He is a co-founder of the Transformational Business Network (UK), the charity with social transformational businesses in developing countries and the sponsor of the Kuzuko Game Reserve (South Africa). He is a former director of Saracens Rugby Club and the co-author of Fighting Poverty through Enterprise. He has a PhD in biochemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He was conferred the title ‘Dato’ by the Penang State Government in 2006. 

    View Dato Kim Tan — Double Bottom Lines for Business's Voices page

  • Andreas Widmer
    President, The Carpenter’s Fund, Switzerland


    Andreas Widmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.  He also serves as President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty.

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    Andreas and his business partner Michael Fairbanks initiated the Pioneers of Prosperity Awards, a first-of-its-kind industry program that finds and promotes the best entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

    Andreas works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith such as the Catholic Mental Models Project, a research effort through his social science research firm GSPEL LLC.

    Andreas is a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event that strives to humanize globalization. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, Spring Hill Equity Partners, Karisimbi Business Partners, and Catholics Come Home. He is on the board of directors at the New Paradigm Research Fund, Virtual Research Associates and the World Youth Alliance, a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. He was appointed by the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty as a member of the Task Force to Advance Multireligious Collaboration on Faith, Health and Development, which presented its findings at the White House in November 2010.
    Andreas is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech and international business strategy consulting and economic development. He was an executive in residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group (formerly part of the Monitor Group) and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. He has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has brought more than 100 leading-edge technology products to market.
    Andreas Widmer — Book and Articles on Development

    An author on the connection between entrepreneurship, economic development and spirituality, Widmer blogs regularly at http://www.thepopeandtheceo.com He co.ntributed two chapters to the book In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. A chapter entitled Ministering to the Pioneers of Prosperity was recently published in Springer’s Ethical Economy series book Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good. He has authored articles and been featured in various business and general interest media including the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Sky TV, Kigali Times, FastCompany, Catholic TV, ZENIT, RomeReports, CNS, EWTN and First Things.

    Andreas served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, protecting Pope John Paul II. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, plus a B.S. in International Business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston. A citizen of Switzerland and the United States, he speaks English, German, Italian and French.

    View Andreas Widmer — Investing in Entrepreneurship & SMEs's Voices page

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