John Zoltner is Director of the TechLab, the FHI 360 unit dedicated to creating and implementing cross-sectoral strategies that leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve development practices and outcomes around the world. His responsibilities include strategic planning, resource development, program design, staff selection and program management so the TechLab can support FHI 360’s vision of providing all individuals and communities with the opportunity to reach their highest potential. FHI 360 is a 4,400-person international development NGO operating in more than 125 countries.
Prior to joining FHI 360, John was based in Santiago, Chile as Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for DataDyne.org, a Washington, DC-based social enterprise developing mobile technologies for international development, including EpiSurveyor - a mobile data collection and analysis application - and the Mobile Information Platform (MIP), an SMS text messaging platform used in a number of Latin American mobile agriculture and health projects, including DatAgro. John was also president of The Zoltner Consulting Group (ZCG), a Santiago-based social enterprise dedicated to the creation and implementation of innovative initiatives which use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote social inclusion, public health and human and economic development.
Zoltner has more than 20 years of professional experience designing partnership and fundraising strategies, projects and methodologies that take advantage of the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support individuals, organizations and local and national governments. He has created, implemented and evaluated development initiatives involving the innovative use of ICTs to promote agricultural productivity, food security, natural resource management, civil society capacity, public health, behavior change, social inclusion, and human and economic development. Over the course of his career, Zoltner has raised more than US $3 million in competitive funds to create new social benefit projects in cooperation with public, multilateral, UN, non-governmental and private entities.An active participant in the global ICT for development community, Zoltner is as an online expert for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s e-Agriculture community, an advisor for the Telecentre.org Foundation and an Advisory Council member for the Public Interest Registry, the entity responsible for all .org domains. John holds both a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he taught Innovations in Information Technology and Communications for nonprofit executive directors at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership.
- Georgetown University (BA, English Literature with minor in Philosophy)
- Georgetown University MBA
- McQuaid Jesuit High School
- FHI 360Director, TechLab, 2012 - present
- telecentre.orgConsultant for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet)Director of Strategy and Development
- NPower Greater DC RegionDirector for Communications and Strategic Alliances
- Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC - Edgewood Terrace)Community Technology Manager
- Georgetown University, After School Kids (ASK) Program, The Page Group, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), Transparent Technology, Technology Works for Good, Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet), telecentre.org, Municipalidad de PeñalolénDirector, Washington Programs