Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Sun 07 Dec - Fri 12 Dec, 2014

no photo available Chris Underhill (Resource Specialist)

Country/Region: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Founder, BasicNeeds UK

Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. A serial social entrepreneur, his latest organisation, BasicNeeds, concerns the delivery of a holistic model to mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in the poorest communities of the world. The BasicNeeds Model is a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery combining medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful program. By September 2014 a cumulative total of 624,926 beneficiaries (participant, carer, family) had been served in the global BasicNeeds program. He is a senior fellow of the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur. In 2000 he was made an MBE by the Queen for his services to disability and development.