Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia joins Board of Olympic Refuge Foundation
The Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF) has appointed Airbnb co-founder and Chairman of Airbnb.org Joe Gebbia as the newest member of its Board. Launched in September 2017, the ORF aims to support the protection, development and empowerment of displaced young people through sport, 365 days a year across the globe. The ORF, together with the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, were honoured last week with the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for Sports
With IOC President Thomas Bach as Chair and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi as Vice-Chair, the ORF’s Board consists of experienced individuals from both the Olympic Movement and the UNHCR, as well as refugees and other government and private sector representatives, who all share the dream of building a society where everyone belongs.
Gebbia has extensive experience supporting refugees around the world. He is a member of USA for UNHCR’s Advisory Council, composed of influential business leaders and philanthropists advising on new strategies, tactics and connections to address the global refugee crisis. Gebbia has also travelled with Malala Yousafzai to Kenya and Rwanda to work on girls’ education in refugee camps as an engaged member of the Malala Fund Leadership Council.
“We are very glad to welcome Joe Gebbia on the Board of the Olympic Refuge Foundation,” said President Bach. “Joe brings a wealth of expertise and creativity. He has been instrumental in bringing the IOC’s partnership with Airbnb to life and in ensuring that refugee athletes were included in the initiatives specifically designed for athletes prior to and during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We look forward to having him on the Board.”
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