Tim Hanstad

President and CEO, Landesa

Tim Hanstad is President and CEO of Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute), an international not-for-profit with a mission to secure land property rights for the world’s poorest people. For over 40 years, Landesa has worked with 45 developing country governments on reforms that have helped to secure land rights for more than 100 million families. Landesa has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Henry Kravis Prize in Leadership, Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award, Schwab Foundation Outstanding Global Social Entrepreneur, Hilton Humanitarian Prize finalist, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and World Food Prize.

Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum community, Bretton Woods Committee, and Global Washington Policy Panel. Hanstad has worked with the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Asian Development Bank, and USAID and has led workshops with government leaders, NGOs and scholars on land property rights, food security, and rule of law. Hanstad’s international work experience spans fourteen countries and he recently returned from his second two-year post in India, where he helped launch Landesa’s successful “micro-land ownership” initiative. Like the idea that catalyzed the micro-lending movement, micro-land ownership provides the foundation for getting property assets into the hands of the poorest to foster self-sufficiency.

Hanstad and Landesa were recently highlighted at the Clinton Global Initiative for Landesa’s new Global Center for Women’s Land Rights, which is a platform to advocate for laws, policies, programs and practices that provide secure property rights for women and girls. Hanstad teaches at the University of Washington School of Law, where he has co-directed a graduate program in Law of Sustainable International Development. He has authored numerous publications including his most recent book, published in 2009, One Billion Rising: Land, Law and the Alleviation of Global Poverty, with a preface by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Hanstad lives in Seattle with his wife Chitra and four children.