Debbie Aung Din
Debbie Aung Din is Co-founder of Proximity Designs, a non-profit social business operating in Myanmar since 2004 that delivers affordable and innovative products and services for farm families living in poverty. Debbie has been engaged in design and economic research in Myanmar since 1995. She has also lived and worked in the United States, Cambodia, and Indonesia. She has worked for NGOs, USAID, the UN, and the World Bank. She has received social entrepreneurship awards from the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and the Skoll Foundation. Proximity, which is focused on the agriculture sector, has developed a unique platform of financing, farm technologies, and agronomy advice, which delivers affordable and innovative products and services to small farmers in their journey out of poverty. Products and services are designed to boost farm productivity and increase household incomes by an average of US $250 per year. Proximity small-farm services have served over 10,000 villages and enabled 3.5 million people in rural Myanmar to grow their farm enterprises and afford basic food, health care, and education for their families. Debbie holds a MA from Harvard University in Public Policy and Development Economics and a BA in Geography.