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Chris Underhill

Founder, BasicNeeds

Skoll Awardee


Chris is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a mentor, a trainer in community-based facilitation technique, and regularly speaks at conferences worldwide. His current mentees work in organisational management, models of change in childhood deprivation, human trafficking, the psychology of gangs, Fair Trade, prisons and prisoners, leadership and executive search. Together with colleagues from the Global Development Incubator he is currently founding mhNOW: Cities for Mental Health. He is the founder of BasicNeeds and previously founded Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Thrive. Chris is the Chair of the International Centre on Social Franchising, a Global Director of Leaders Quest and the Chair of Carers Worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for 2014. In 2000 Chris received an MBE from the Queen for his services to disability and development.