AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Ken Phillips

Leadership Trainer, Civil Society Strategist, Writer | United States

AIESEC Experience

Ken joined AIESEC at Princeton University, where he was Local President in 1961-62. He then founded the University of Michigan Committee (1963-64) and chaired the fifth National AIESEC-US conference where he was elected National Committee President for two consecutive years. Elected International AIESEC Councilor in 1966-69, he was a short-term envoy to Hungary, Puerto Rico and Yugoslavia and served as representative for AIESEC International at the UN ECOSOC (1967-70). He was named International Senior Member.

As an alumnus, Ken founded and chaired the initial Alumni Society of AIESEC-US (1968-71). He chaired the AIESEC-Boston Board of Advisors for five years and is a regular mentor for AIESEC-US students. Ken is a member of the Alumni of AIESEC International (AAI) Board of Advisors since 2015. He promoted the Global AIESEC Leadership Initiative (GALI) for alumni and is the initiator of AAI’s 70th Anniversary Ambassadors Project seeking to raise €70,000.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential

Ken has dedicated his professional life to building NGOs as significant contributors to “peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential.” As a consultant for the last 25 years, he has promoted civil society development in Eastern and Central Europe and other regions through 100+ consulting assignments and 100+ NGO workshops and university lectures reaching thousands of nonprofit leaders. He provides strategic guidance and training in planning, strategy, culture, fundraising, ethics and leadership. His focus is energizing leaders of small and large organizations to generate increased funding and achieve greater impact.

Among his volunteer work, he revitalized the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, served in Rhode Island’s Constitutional Convention, led an Affordable Housing Committee, and founded GreeningRozzie. He regularly serves on boards and committees including many with AIESEC. He and his wife are regular donors to many organizations.


Before his consulting, Ken had 30 years of experience as a leader, manager, fundraiser and mentor at the Institute of International Education, Save the Children (US), PLAN International (US), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He holds degrees in Humanities, Economics, and English Literature. He is currently writing Total Organization Fundraising© to support civil society organizations around the world.

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