David Lehr is Senior Advisor, Social Innovations for Mercy Corps and writes widely
on issues related to international development and the use of mobile phone
technologies in the developing world. He was recently an Acumen Fund Fellow
where he worked closely with the Drishtee management team in India to improve
their microfranchising model and formalize a partnership with VisionSpring.
Previously, David was a market development specialist for companies in Silicon
Valley, among them Adobe Systems Inc., where he established the company’s first
China operations. He holds a Masters from the University of California, San Diego,
and a BA from the State University of New York at Albany. David has also lived and
worked in several countries in Asia.
The author wishes to express special gratitude to Lisa Jones Christensen, Assistant
Professor, Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, of the Kenan-Flagler
Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for her invaluable editing
assistance and content suggestions. He is also grateful to Acumen Fund for its
generous assistance and support.
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