Andrés Thompson has been committed to global social change and development for the last 35 years in various roles (militant, volunteer, consultant, researcher, manager, advisor, coach, team leader, director) and in various institutions and social movements. Born in Argentina, he has also lived in Brazil, the Netherlands, United States and Uruguay. He currently works as an independent consultant.
Until August 2010 he was a program officer for Latin American and Caribbean programming at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan (since 1994). Based in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, he reviewed and assessed new grant proposals, as well as managed and monitored active projects. Andrés has led the program in Brazil for the last twelve years.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Andres served as a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research and the Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He wrote several books and articles on philanthropy, non-governmental organizations, and development. As a consultant, he worked for UNICEF-Argentina, the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, and various nonprofit organizations in Argentina and Latin America.
He studied psychology at the University of Rosario in Argentina. He earned a master's degree in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague in Holland.
As a volunteer, Andres served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Third Sector research (ISTR) and as director of the Argentine magazine Tercer Sector(“Third sector”); he is currently a member of the editorial boards of the journals Voluntas and Alliance and of the Advisory Board of the program Youth Transforming with Art, CEPP, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.