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Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia Joins Olympic Asylum Foundation Board

The Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF) has named Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and president of, as its newest board member. Established in September 2017, ORF aims to contribute, through sport, to the protection, development and empowerment of forcibly displaced youth around the world throughout the year. ORF, along with the Refugee Olympic Team formed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was awarded the 2022 Princess Asturias Sports Award last week.

The ORF Executive Board, with IOC President Thomas Bach as President and UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, is made up of veterans from the Olympic Movement and UNHCR, as well as refugees and government and government representatives. private sector that shares the dream of building a society where everyone has a place.

Joe Gebbia has extensive experience supporting refugees around the world. He represents the United States on the UNHCR Advisory Board, made up of influential business leaders and philanthropists who advise on new strategies and tactics to address the global refugee crisis. Joe Gebbia has also traveled with Malala Yousafzai to Kenya and Rwanda to work on girls’ education in refugee camps as an active board member of the Malala Fund.

“We are delighted to welcome Joe Gebbia to the Olympic Bunker Foundation Board of Directors,” said President Thomas Bach. “Joe brings great expertise and creativity. He has been instrumental in driving the IOC’s partnership with Airbnb and ensuring that refugee athletes are included in athlete-specific initiatives before and during the Games. Tokyo 2020 Olympics. him on the board.”

As Joe Gebbia puts it: “I have been associated with the Olympic Asylum Foundation for many years and it is an honor to be formally joined on its board.” And to add: “The foundation’s work to give hope to displaced youth is truly game-changing.”

The announcement comes after the nonprofit, created by Joe Gebbia, announced that it will provide free short-term accommodation to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. Six months after announced its commitment to provide free temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees, it has achieved that goal and has expanded it in hopes of housing 20,000 more refugees worldwide. Joe Gebbia’s $5 million personal donation helped establish the Refugee Fund in June 2021.

The Olympic Asylum Foundation aims to provide one million forcibly displaced youth with safe access to sports by 2024. ORF has already reached tens of thousands of displaced youth through its programs in eight countries.

About Airbnb
Since becoming a Worldwide Olympic Partner in 2019, Airbnb has worked with the IOC on a number of programs aimed at empowering the athlete community. Through Online Experiences with Olympians, the first joint IOC and Airbnb initiative launched in early 2020, sports fans had a unique opportunity to support and engage with nearly 200 athletes before and during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Online experiences allowed athletes to fully demonstrate their skills and receive a substantial income. The participation of a large number of refugee athletes in the program also helped raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.


International Olympic Committee is an international non-governmental, non-profit and non-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90% of its revenue to the wider sports movement, which is the equivalent of US$4.2 million (USD) each day to help athletes and sports organizations around the world.