Asi Burak, the chairman of Games for Change, is a veteran of the videogame and technology industries, and an award-winning executive producer and designer. For the past five years, he served as the President of Games for Change (G4C), replaced by Susanna Pollack.
As the former president of Games for Change and the executive producer of the Half the Sky Movement games, he orchestrated partnerships with Zynga, Frima Studio, some of the world’s leading NGOs, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. As of August 2013, the Facebook game has reached 1 million registered players and raised $410,000 in sponsored and individual contributions.
Prior to G4C, Asi co-founded Impact Games, the creators of the internationally acclaimed PeaceMaker and Play the News gaming platforms (acquired 2010). He also served as a consultant to organizations such as EON Productions (007), Newsweek, and McCann Erickson around the strategic use of games to further brand engagement.
He is often interviewed by international media and has been invited to speak at conferences and institutions including TED Talks, Harvard Kennedy School, the Sundance Film Festival, the Skoll World Forum, CES, SXSW, GDC, and the US Army War College. A native of Israel, Asi was VP of Marketing and Product at Axis Mobile (acquired 2008), where he introduced pioneering mobile games to a worldwide market.
He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design for Social Innovation and holds a Master of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.
Contact: asi (at) gamesforchange (dot) org / @aburak