George Khaldun, President & CEO

Founder , Institute For Urban Leadership

With unprecedented success disrupting the cycle of poverty and achieving landmark results in education, health, and social development, founder of the Institute For Urban Leadership (IFUL), George Khaldun has for twenty years implemented strategic innovations developing leaders and an education pipeline from pre-natal through college in distressed communities. Currently consulting on comprehensive solutions for businesses, organizations, and States looking to confront and combat cyclical poverty on all fronts, George is a management and leadership specialist speaking regularly before national and international audiences including at the Aspen Institute, the United Nations and U.S. Department of State. George is also the co-founder of the heralded Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a sprawling social experiment with widely documented success in developmental outcomes replicated by the Obama administration in communities across the country. As co-founder, deputy to the president, chief operating officer and chief administrative officer at HCZ, he spearheaded an organization that employed over 1,500 people, many from the surrounding community, while serving over 20,000 young people and adults annually, deploying education, health, early childhood, and violence prevention programs and developing a leadership development curriculum. George sits on a number of advisory boards including New York University’s Leadership Initiative and is senior faculty at the Institute for Personal Leadership - an affiliate of Columbia University Business School’s Executive Education Program. Current clients include the Miami Children's Initiative where George consults on organizational strategy. George was previously an economic development specialist for the national NAACP and adjunct professor at Bermuda College. George holds an AB in Government from Bowdoin College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and has also studied at the London School of Economics and Columbia Business School. He can be reached at