Country Chair for the U.S.: John Hope Bryant (Photo: FremantleMedia)

John Hope Bryant

Co-Founder, Board Vice-Chairman & Country Chair for the US

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Founder, Chairman, and CEO of financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant is known as one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication around the world. An advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, a thought leader, public speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment, Bryant is no stranger to poverty. Born and raised in South Los Angeles’ notorious Compton, CA he was homeless for six months by the age of 18.

Finding his way out of poverty, he has dedicated his life to leading the way for others. He currently serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming low-wealth communities into self-sustaining neighborhoods. Bryant is a prolific writer, and best-selling author of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. He is a member of USA Today’s CEO panel and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Bryant has received over 400 awards and citations for his advocacy work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.