Alumni Profile

Dennis Whittle, MPA 1995
Dennis Whittle
President, The Whittle Group Co-Founder, GlobalGiving
MPA, Class of 1986
Dennis Whittle is co-founder of GlobalGiving, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. Currently he is a member of the Leadership Group at >Ashoka. He is also Professor of the Practice and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is founder and President of The Whittle Group. In fall 2011 he was Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Previously, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank (1986-2000), where he lived and/or worked for many years in Indonesia and Russia. His team there also created the Development Marketplace in early 2000. In 1984-85, Dennis worked for the Asian Development Bank and USAID in the Philippines, where he was an extra in one of Chuck Norris's best movies, Missing in Action (1984).
In his formative years, Dennis was a short-order cook and busboy at several restaurants, including the late Oasis Restaurant in Leitchfield, KY and the late Porthole Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC.