(MENAFN Press) LONDON & NEW YORK - Wednesday, November 14th 2012
Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair for Strategic Growth Markets at Ernst & Young has been appointed the new Chair of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) “ its first appointment of a new Chair since 2005. NFTE1 is a global non-profit organization that helps young people from low-income communities to become financially independent, by developing their entrepreneurial spirit.
"It's an honor to not only be able to encourage entrepreneurship on a daily basis at Ernst & Young, but now as the Chair of NFTE too," says Pinelli. "My goal is to continue changing the lives of "street smart" kids to "business aware" young adults, not only in the US but in as many countries as possible.
"Our vision for NFTE is to double our presence internationally by 2015 “ increasing the number of participating countries and the number of young people involved from 500,000 to 1 million over the next five years. Young entrepreneurs represent the best hope of creating sustained economic growth globally “ and many start in unexpected places, which is where NFTE comes in."
While dedicating the past 25 years of her life to providing professional services to clients worldwide at Ernst & Young, Pinelli has developed expertise in working with businesses to help accelerate their growth and success. Pinelli has also led over 20 IPOs in three continents and currently oversees Ernst & Young's renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year program and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women„ program.
"Maria is a great leader and ambassador for NFTE and everyone on our board and our leadership team is excited to be partnering with her, as we work toward NFTE's promising future," said Amy Rosen, President and CEO of NFTE. "Thanks to Ernst & Young's continued support, it is possible to combat the staggering youth unemployment rate by inspiring as many young people as possible to develop an entrepreneurial mindset to meet market demands and social needs which ultimately have the potential to produce real world business prospects and job creation."