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Chris Arnold

Co-Founder World Merit

"Imagine having a global team that tirelessly works for each other. That crossed borders with understanding and energy. That helps every member reach their milestones and ultimately reach their real potential."
Chris Arnold, Co-Founder World Merit

Founded Camp Leaders in 1999. Camp Leaders employs 80 people full time and 200 part-time in 10 countries. It is now market leader in its niche and sends over 5500 young people from 70 countries each year to work on cultural exchange programs in the United States. Chris retains a 43% stake and annual global revenues of Camp Leaders exceed $10million. 
Founded Smaller Earth in 2006. Smaller Earth sends young global citizens to have life-changing work and cultural exchange experiences all over the world. With initiatives in 50 countries, unique projects bring together communities to grow insight and understanding. This is a fast growing business and has already provided personal development for thousands of people. It has been positioned as the core of the Smaller Earth Group and is set to eclipse Camp Leaders in revenue in the coming period. The company vision is ‘to positively impact 20 million people by 2020’.
Developed The Smaller Earth Group (SEG) in 2008. This has developed through the founding and acquisition of a number of further companies and initiatives. Chris is now the President of the Group that, in addition to Smaller Earth and Camp Leaders.

Founded World Merit in 2012. This is now Chris’s entire focus and he notes that it is the most ambitious project of his career so far. It is designed to provide opportunity for people who demonstrate they deserve it and raise aspirations in everyone else. This is the first initiative outside of the Smaller Earth Group for Chris and he lists it as his ‘change the world move’. Humankind has evolved with an incredible reservoir of talent and fantastic diversity, World Merit is here to ensure we utilise more of it.