Zarko Palankov

Marketing, Business Development, Product Management

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Background

Startup Experience

Founded 1 startup

About Zarko

I believe everyone is a leader and can make a positive difference. I put people first and strive to enable everyone around me to learn, grow and succeed.

I help organizations flourish and magnify their social impact. I thrive in the intersection of organizational development, strategy and social learning. I seek ways to connect ideas, people and organizations, to create frameworks for learning, collaboration and growth, and to fundamentally change the leadership paradigm: how we work together toward a common vision.

As a consultant at The World Bank, I am building learning communities to assist staff in improving vital skills to more effectively tackle global developmental challenges. As a changemaker, I am building a social venture, Lead In, a leadership learning community where aspiring leaders come together to share perspectives and practice their leadership.

Previously, I co-founded and scaled a nonprofit that connects and empowers people through language and culture. I spent seven years building an organization from a simple idea - creating a forum for motivated individuals to share their language and culture with those interested in learning - to a thriving community where people from all walks of life learn how to teach their language, grow as educators and leaders, and enable thousands of eager learners to speak a different language.

My specialties include organizational development, leadership, training and facilitation. I constantly seek opportunities to learn, and to apply my knowledge and skills in a way that enables people to grow and helps organizations to achieve exceptional results.

Work Experience

Consultant

The World Bank

March 2016 - January 0

As a consultant at The World Bank, I am building learning communities to assist staff in improving vital skills to more effectively tackle global developmental challenges.

President

The Global Language Network

May 2008 - February 2015

I co-founded and scaled a nonprofit that connects and empowers people through language and culture. I spent seven years building an organization from a simple idea - creating a forum for motivated individuals to share their language and culture with those interested in learning - to a thriving community where people from all walks of life learn how to teach their language, grow as educators and leaders, and enable thousands of eager learners to speak a different language.

Education

The George Washington University

M.A. in International Affairs

2008 - 2008

Ohio Wesleyan University

B.A. in English and French

2005 - 2005

Certification

Community Management

The World Bank