Dr. Christopher Harris

Dr. Christopher Harris

Independent Philanthropy Consultant, formerly of Ford Foundation
Philadelphia, US

Christopher Harris is currently Senior Consultant to the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF) Oslo. Until 2010 he served for a decade as the Senior Program Officer on Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation where he worked on how philanthropy can be best used as a tool for social justice and peace.  Christopher supported the founding of Trust Africa and the Arab and Brazil Human Rights Funds. In 2007 he founded the international Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, on which he still serves.  Earlier he was a vice president at the Council on Foundations and served with the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he worked on improving US and state education policy for the most marginalized students.  He has worked in the West Bank and Gaza with Palestinian educators, and in Somalia and Ethiopia analyzing emergency assistance.  He has a doctorate from Harvard University and was on the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.  He is currently on the editorial board of Alliance magazine (UK) and on several other boards. He has edited several books on education policy and written a number of articles and reports about philanthropy.  He lives in Philadelphia (US).