Chris Underhill is a serial social entrepreneur who works to bring new concepts of social change into being. He is an expert in global health and rehabilitation systems, runs his own mentoring practice, and is the UK Board Chair of the International Centre for Social Franchising. His latest organization, mhNOW: |citiesRISE, is a multi-stakeholder initiative designed to promote mental health by catalyzing collective actions across sectors. This follows on from his most recent organization, BasicNeeds, which he founded in 2000 to deliver a holistic model for mental health in the world’s most disadvantaged countries. Recognized as a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery, the Model combines medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one program and has benefited more than 697,000 people. In the last ten years Chris, has developed programs in China, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan.
Chris is an Ashoka Senior Fellow, a Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to disability and development.