Introduction <ul><li>John's career at Microsoft spanned 1991 to 1999, where he ran significant parts of Microsoft's international business, as the Director of Marketing for the Asia-Pacific Division, Director of the Internet Customer Unit for Microsoft Australia, and Director of Marketing for Microsoft Australia. </li></ul>
At age 35, John Wood did just that - quitting his position as Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in order to found Room to Read. He has never looked back .
<ul><li>In 1998, John took a vacation that changed his life. Trekking through a remote Himalayan village, he struck up conversation with a School teacher, who invited John to visit his school. </li></ul><ul><li>There, John discovered that the few books available were so precious that they were kept under lock and key - to protect them from the children! Fewer than 20 books, all backpacker cast-aways, were available for more than 450 students. </li></ul>
Impact <ul><li>After returning from nepal, it started with a simple email requesting friends donate used books has grown into Room to Read, an award winning non-profit that over the past nine years has established over 7,500 libraries, donated and published 6 million books, built over 830 schools, and funded over 8,800 long-term scholarships for girls - impacting the lives of over 3.1 million students worldwide. </li></ul>
<ul><li>After all the things he had contributed ,John has received countless honors for his work, including recognition as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and as one of Time Magazine's "Asian Heroes." Room to Read is a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist Award, a recipient of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation, and a recipient of Draper Richards Fellowship for social entrepreneurs. </li></ul>