“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

I am the 6-foot-5 white guy who constantly feels out of place. My life is one of incessant movement; from the country clubs of Westchester, to the townships around Johannesburg, every step has gotten me closer to figuring out why. Slowly, I have begun to realize that I can find a sense of belonging wherever I go-I just need to work to find it. Nonetheless, embracing that realization may take a lifetime.

I work primarily on African development issues. My affinity for Africa started in high school, working with disadvantaged youth in Botswana. I felt like I had found a new home, but it was a troubled home. That set me on a mission. Today, working to solve problems that others call "hopeless" or "unsolvable" is what gets me out of bed every morning-challenges such as huge debt burdens, nations at war for twenty years, and being part of a continent re-inventing itself.

My duty in life is to create a world where all people can realize their full potential. This is an opportunity I have been blessed with many times over-but only by sheer luck. While I may feel out of place from the constant moving that fulfilling this duty requires, I know deep down that is the situation in which I most belong.

— Christopher Maloney