William D. Carmichael

Human Rights Activist; Retired, Ford Foundation

William D. Carmichael now works as an independent consultant for several civil society organizations, foundations, and intergovernmental organizations addressing development, governance, and rights issues.  From 1981 through 1989, he was Vice President of the Ford Foundation, with responsibility for its Developing Country Programs. He had earlier headed the Foundation’s Office for the Middle East and Africa (1977-80) and its Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (1971-76).  He joined the Foundation’s staff in 1968 as its representative in Brazil.   

Before coming to the Foundation, Dr. Carmichael had served as dean of Cornell University’s Graduate School of Business and Public Administration (1962-68) and as director of the undergraduate program of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1958-62).  A graduate of Yale University, he studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his doctoral studies in economics at Princeton University.  An Emeritus Member of the Board of Human Rights Watch, he also serves on the Boards of Creative Visions Foundation and the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation.