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Yusuf Dahl

Social Entrepreneur & Housing Advocate
Country: USA

Speaker Yusuf Dahl is an educator and leader with an inspiring life story. His diverse experiences and accomplishments have made him a highly sought after speaker across industries. Innovative and thought-provoking, our speaker Yusuf Dahl closely connects with audiences and delivers his message with energy and impact.

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“Where some see challenges I see opportunities”

Yusuf has been on both sides of the struggle to strengthen America’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

As a teenager, he operated a network of drug houses before being sentenced to prison for 10 ½ years. After his imprisonment, during the depths of the financial crisis, he became an unlikely real estate investor and affordable housing advocate. This was in response to the onslaught of foreclosures in his neighborhood. Eventually, Yusuf grew to have portfolio of over 200 affordable housing units. He was even elected as president of the largest apartment owners trade association in the state of Wisconsin.

In 2017, speaker Yusuf Dahl graduated from Princeton University. Where he obtained his master’s degree in urban development and public policy. In addition, Yusuf was a graduate fellow at the Center for Information and Technology Policy at Princeton University. As graduate fellow he studied smart city technology and wrote about the use of data visualizations in policy formulations.

Yusuf currently serves as the Bradbury Dyer ’64 Director of of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lafayette College. He leads the college’s strategic efforts to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship into the liberal arts experience.

Keynote speaker Yusuf Dahl was awarded fellowships from Google to expand wireless access in Boston. As well as Tata Consultancy Services to work on emerging technology issues in Kolkata, India. He also worked as a consultant to the Chan Zuckerberg backed startup Andela Talent Accelerator. Where he worked to build world class software development teams in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

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    Keynote by Speaker Yusuf Dahl

    Affordable Housing – Activating opportunity in blighted communities

    • How can we leverage the economic concepts of incentives, information asymmetry, and low opportunity costs to activate opportunity in blighted communities? In this talk, Yusuf Dahl shares his journey from prison to Princeton and his unique insights on urban blight having caused it as a drug dealer, fought it as an affordable housing developer, and researched it as a scholar.
    • Activating opportunity in blighted communities – Learn how to maximize the competitive advantages of your community for collective impact.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Yusuf Dahl

    Social Entrepreneurship

    • An entrepreneur who has been on both sides of the struggle to strengthen Milwaukee’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, Yusuf Dahl has a unique perspective on urban blight. As a teenager, he operated a network of drug houses before being sentenced to prison for 10 ½ years. During the depths of the financial crisis he became an unlikely real estate investor in response to the onslaught of foreclosures in his neighborhood, eventually growing to a portfolio of over 200 affordable housing units and serving as a trade association president.
    • Learn how social entrepreneurship and student demand for impact is reshaping higher education

     

    Keynote by Speaker Yusuf Dahl

    Redemption through education

    • At 18 years old Yusuf was sentenced to Prison for 10 1/2 years for the distribution of drugs. Determined to become more than a statistic Yusuf taught himself computer repair and programming while incarcerated, learning enough to earn several Microsoft certifications upon his release. He would go on to earn a degree from Princeton University, a fellowships from Google and Tata Consultancy Services where he worked in Kolkata India. Yusuf currently serves as the director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lafayette where he has taught both entrepreneurship and public policy courses.
    • Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not – Yusuf shares his unique perspective on how to harness the human potential trapped in our communities to drive growth and opportunity.
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