Who Are We – Valerie Keller

Valerie Keller

Co-Founder and CEO

As IMAGINE Co-Founder and CEO, Valerie is an entrepreneur who helps leaders use their power for good. With expertise in building transformational leadership communities, Valerie was an architect of The Fashion Pact launched at the G7 and IMAGINE’s Food Collective, bringing together CEOs across the food value chain to accelerate food system transformation. Within corporations, she has worked with CEOs and top leadership teams to move impact from the sidelines to the heart of strategy and business models.


Valerie is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the White Oak Impact Fund Advisory Committee, has been a long-serving member on the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, and Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School where she obtained her MBA.


Prior to co-founding IMAGINE, Valerie served as EY’s Global Markets Executive Director, Global Strategy Business Development Leader and Global Leader of the Beacon Institute. She has served as CEO of mental health & drug treatment centres, a network of homeless shelters and was a pioneering developer of mixed-use, mixed-income housing developments in the US.


She’s the oldest of 7 girls,  fluent in 3 languages (American, Southern and Christianese), and divides her time between London and NYC when not diving in Papua or getting lost in the Masai Mara.

"We don't have time for the younger generation to age and take power...They understand the effects ...on the environment and climate of planet. They understand this better. We need to change the system. WE are the system."

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