Ben Stone is president and CEO of Indego Africa. He drives forward Indego Africa's uniquely business-minded approach to empowering women in Africa. Stone received a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2004, and in 2010 completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. He frequently speaks on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise to a wide range of professional, academic, and industry audiences.
Prior to Indego Africa, Stone was an attorney in New York City. He practiced complex commercial litigation and white collar defense as a Managing Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Orrick), where he represented big four accounting firms, technology manufacturers, energy companies, and individuals in business disputes and government investigations. In 2007 Ben enrolled Indego Africa as a pro bono client and then, in 2008, engineered an unprecedented corporate responsibility partnership between the organizations that facilitated his full-time move to Indego Africa. Stoneâ€™s game-changing â€œintrapreneurshipâ€ has been covered by The New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Beyond Profit, NYU Lawâ€™s Law School Magazine, Law.com, The American Lawyer, and many others.
Ben Stone's honors include Diplomatic Courier Magazine's Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders; The Global Leaders' "Future Global Leaders Award"; 85Broads "Guys Who Rock"; and 2007-2010 Empire State Counsel Honoree. Ben is a member of the Young Strategic Forum and the Founderâ€™s Circle for the Society for Social Innovation in Africa (SOFIA), and is founder of Indego Africa's, Social Enterprising. He received the 2009 Fair Trade Federation Photography Award and has exhibited his photos and mini-documentaries at galleries in NYC, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.