Michael Fairbanks is cofounder of the SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs and dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. He is also the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the OTF Group, the first venture‐​backed U.S. strategy‐​consulting firm to focus on developing nations. He is the coauthor of Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World.