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John Wood is the Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read, one of the fastest-growing and award-winning charities founded during this century. A former Microsoft marketing executive, Wood left the company in 1999 to start the organization. He documented his decision and the creation of Room to Read in his memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. To date, Room to Read has opened over 1,600 schools and 15,000 libraries, distributed over 12 million books including over 850 self-published original local language titles, and supported over 20,000 girls to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Due to the work of Room to Read, over 7.5 million children in 10 countries across Asia and Africa have benefitted via the lifelong gift of education and literacy. John has emulated his hero, Andrew Carnegie, by opening six times as many libraries. He describes his efforts thus far as “total tip of the iceberg” and aspires to reach 10 million children by 2015. Find Books by John Wood

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