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Erin Sweeney
Manager, Sustainable Investment & Inclusion
Grow Asia

Erin is the Sustainable Investment & Inclusion of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in Southeast Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.


Erin leads the implementation of the action plan for the ASEAN Guidelines on Responsible Agricultural Investments (RAI), as well as Grow Asia’s Gender Mainstreaming initiatives.

Erin is trained as an urban planner specializing in food systems policy, and has worked and lived in the United States, South America, South Asia and the Caribbean. Erin has ten years of experience working with farmers, CSOs, sub-national governments, and private companies on topics including food security, urbanization, climate adaptation, and economic impact assessments, among others. She was previously a US Fulbright Scholar in Singapore, and conducted research on consumer demand for Singapore-grown food. Most recently, Erin co-authored a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that offers guidance to local governments in the Global South on how to develop system-centered, equitable food and agriculture policies.


Erin received her graduate degree from the University of Buffalo (UB) State University of New York Master of Urban Planning program, and holds a bachelors degree from Allegheny College (both in the US).  She holds honorary research affiliations with the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at UB (New York), and the Food Futures Institute at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia).

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