Doug Rutzen

President & CEO

International Center For Not-For-Profit Law

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Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which has worked in 100 countries to help develop the legal framework for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation. He also teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund, and co-chairs the civil society pillar of the Community of Democracies. Doug is a member of InterAction’s Board, serves on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, and co-chaired the State Department’s Global Philanthropy Working Group. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the organizational analogue to MacArthur’s “genius award” for individuals. Prior to joining ICNL, Doug was Legal Advisor in the Parliament of Czechoslovakia upon the country’s transition to democracy. Doug also spent 15 years as co-counsel on the first lawsuit against Libya for the destruction of Pan Am 103, which culminated in a $2.7 billion settlement. Doug is a graduate of Yale Law School, with undergraduate studies at Cornell and Oxford.