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Chris Underhill

Chris Underhill is a leading systems entrepreneur on global mental health and wellbeing practice and is a professional mentor. He currently co-founding the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs with friends Andrea Coleman and Mel Young. He is the co-founder of citiesRISE and is the founder of BasicNeeds, Action on Disability and Development, and Thrive. Chris is on the Global Board of Leaders Quest, a board member of Ashoka UK and Ireland and has just stepped down from being founding Chair of Carers Worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur. In 2000, Chris was made an MBE for his services to disability and development by HRH the Queen.

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Non-profit Social Enterprise
SDG 09: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Health and Healthcare; Mental Health
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citiesRISE is a global platform committed to improving mental health and well-being in communities by connecting leading mental health experts, practitioners and community members. citiesRISE is concerned with the lack of mental health systems in urban areas and the possibility of reducing youth suicide, with the challenge of reaching 1 billion young people by 2030.


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