Dhaval Patel - Expert
Dr. Dhaval S. Patel’s passion in life is about one focus – namely helping people around the world, especially in developing countries where people may not be empowered. He has spent the last 20 years living in, working with, and traveling to over 70 countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe in pursuit of this mission. Because of this purpose, he feels it is important to assist others through Demeter Network.
Using his years of experiences with social development programs, business investments, innovation & entrepreneurship, capacity building, public-private partnerships, strategic planning, and research & metrics, Dhaval has been recognized as a senior executive, program implementer, advisor, trainer, award winning public speaker, professor, and expert.
To continue his passion, Dr. Patel co-founded and leads iMPOWER Humanity, a social business which strengthens human capacity, implements entrepreneurial initiatives, and offers innovative solutions to address humanity’s challenges in various arenas, including public health, education, microfinance, social & economic development, community building, infrastructure, and food & water security.
During most days, Dhaval spends considerable time lecturing, speaking, advising, mentoring, and working with organizations, leaders, executives, students, entrepreneurs, administrators, faculty, and innovators through his seminars, workshops, and strategic inputs on topics related to social business initiatives, innovation & entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, capacity building, communication for change, social justice, human impact, cultural competency, ethics and leadership, international issues, metrics for decision-making, and career development.
Before iMPOWER Humanity, Dhaval worked for and with a multitude of diverse organizations and institutions, including universities, United Nations agencies, multinational non-governmental organizations, foundations, community-based groups, private sector companies, and governments. Above and beyond his role with iMPOWER Humanity, Dr. Patel is a partner with Henderson, Harper, & Associates, serves as a board member, advisor, or expert for different organizations globally, and denotes his time freely to help others.
Dhaval has lived, worked, and/or traveled to 70 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Specifically, he has lived in the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, and India.
I am currently a co-founder and the chief executive officer for iMPOWER Humanity, a social business which strengthens individuals, organizations, and communities.
Previously over the past two decades, I have work for and/or with numerous non-government organizations, not-for-profit agencies, private sector companies, foundations, government departments, and universities globally. My titles over this period have ranged from research assistant to global vice president.
Michigan State University: PhD: communication, health, development, culture, international issues, research, evaluation, and metrics
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: MPH: health, education, communication, research, metrics, evaluation, program design & implementation, innovation, and new business development
University of Texas at Austin: BS: zoology, biology, and communication