Robert Haynie joins SPRING as new CEO

SPRING Accelerator welcomes its new CEO, Robert Haynie, to oversee global strategy and operations from London, UK. Rob joins at a critical time as SPRING prepares to launch its fourth cohort of social entrepreneurs whose products and/or services positively impact the lives of adolescent girls across Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and, Myanmar. With a total of 55 companies supported across East Africa and South Asia, SPRING is increasing strategic focus on disseminating lessons learned and insights from its pioneering model which utilizes world-class human centered design experts to support businesses to create innovations with purpose and shared value.

Rob’s professional background includes leading initiatives across public and private sectors to develop market-based solutions to pressing global challenges. He brings a passion and expertise that will help SPRING engage a broader set of social innovation stakeholders to continue strengthening the ecosystem of support for adolescent girls.

David McGinty, SPRING Project Director and Director of Social Innovation & Technology at Palladium said:

“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Rob to SPRING. He speaks our language and understands the theory of change for a programme like this one. His personal experience and character resonate with SPRING’s mission, so that he can represent us with confidence and legitimacy. He has a great energy and enthusiasm for the programme, and we look forward to his leadership guiding the consortium through this, the most important stage of SPRING’s implementation.”

Rob Haynie said:

“I am thrilled to join SPRING at such an important time. This passionate team has developed an impressive model for scaling businesses that empower adolescent girls. I am honored to lead this collective effort to ensure we continue pushing the limits on innovative businesses and creative investment mechanisms to support our future generations.”

Rob can be contacted at

Notes to Editors

DFID, USAID, Nike Foundation ­and Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have partnered to create SPRING, a business accelerator created to respond to research showing that girls, when economically empowered, have a unique ability to transform lives and help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. An estimated 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty worldwide, unable to build assets or safely raise the income needed for a more prosperous life.

SPRING identifies and supports ventures that can bring life-enhancing products and services to this huge population, providing comprehensive business model development and support to its participants – including human-centered design prototyping, grants, investment guidance, global and local mentor matching, and access to a pool of experts and legal expertise.

A five-year programme, SPRING’s mission is to enable ventures to reach 200,000 girls in nine countries with products and services that enhance their economic empowerment by 2019.

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