CEO & Co-Founder, Liberty & Justice
In addition to being a finance guru and social entrepreneur, Chid presides over a four-pronged hybrid social enterprise across two continents. His organization, Liberty & Justice, develops local African factories and connects them with international retailers and individual consumers. These factories produce fair-trade apparel for American and European retailers, replacing a culture of sweatshops with a culture of sweat equity.
Before co-founding Liberty & Justice Chid worked in finance and information systems for several high growth technology companies including Metavante Corporation (now Fidelity National Information Services), Mindjet, and Trilogy Integrated Resources. A Liberian native, Chid left Africa as an eighteen month old baby when his father became the Liberia's Ambassador to Germany with residence in Bonn. Chid's family later fled to the United States to escape Liberia's deteriorating political situation. In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid lectures extensively on social entrepreneurship and innovation, most recently at Stanford, IE Business School, Princeton, Tennessee State, and the University of Liberia where he serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Monrovia Business Startup Center, a program funded by SPARK, a Dutch NGO, and other European partners. He sits on TransFair USA's Fair Trade Certified Apparel Multistakeholder Group where he helps to guide Fair Trade Certified apparel policy for the United States. Chid was also awarded the Cordes Fellowship in 2010 and sits on the 2011 Cordes Fellowship Selection Committee where he helps give emerging social entrepreneurs a chance to attend the Opportunity Collaboration, a four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for change-makers engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises.