William Powers William Powers

World Policy Institute

William Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. For over a decade he has led development aid and conservation initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the socio-economic components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won the Roy Family Award for environmental partnership from Harvard's JFK School of Government.

Powers has worked as a Fellow at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; Head of Programs for Catholic Relief Services in Liberia; Chief of Party of a major USAID / Conservation International rainforest conservation program in Bolivia; and Facilitator of the DFID / IUCN-World Conservation Union forest law-enforcement, governance, and trade dialogues project in Liberia.

His books include Twelve by Twelve; Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa’s Fragile Edge; and Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization.

Featured Work

OCT 25, 2010 Podcast

Interview with William Powers, Living Off the Grid

William Powers discusses his life's journey, including time in Liberia and Bolivia, and a stay in a 12 x 12-foot cabin with no electricity or running ...