Photo courtesy of Dell

Photo courtesy of Dell

To focus the globe on entrepreneurship, what better way than to put someone in charge who has been there, done that.

Last week, the United Nations Foundation named Michael Dell as its Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.

The UN made the announcement at its Global Accelerator, an event featuring top entrepreneurs, UN leaders and other global leaders.

In his new role, Dell “will advocate for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to solve global problems in support of UN programs. He will work closely with the Foundation and its Global Entrepreneurs Council. The vision for this new role aligns with Dell’s efforts to engage with global entrepreneurs for positive social impact, and with UN programs which embrace innovation and entrepreneurship,” according to a news release.

“Michael Dell’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to using technology for positive social change show what people around the world can do to help the UN address global challenges,” Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation, said in a news release. “Michael has been a risk taker and change maker from the day he built a global company from his college dorm room. Now his company Dell Inc. affects lives of people around the world. We know Michael will bring this same drive and passion to his new role for the UN Foundation. He will work to maximize the power of entrepreneurship by helping people support international development and global priorities for growth, prosperity and peace.”

The UN Foundation is focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation to reduce poverty and improve lives globally.

“At this time of economic uncertainty and global challenges, it’s more important than ever that the business community work closely with organizations, elected leaders and policymakers to help our global economy grow and prosper,” Dell said in a news release. “I’m honored to accept this position and look forward to championing the growth of entrepreneurs globally.”