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Paul Voutier
Senior Advisor, Innovation
Grow Asia

Paul is Senior Advisor, Innovation at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South East Asia. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. 
 
Paul supports the Innovation Lead in building a community of practice that brings together business, government and NGOs leaders who share a commitment to using new innovations to make smallholder value chains more productive and sustainable. He delivers webinars, open innovation events, reports, presentations and networking events. Digitization is a core element of the program, as it will impact every aspect of farming – from advanced technology that can grow more resilient crops, to mobile financing solutions that can help smallholder farmers access credit.

 

Prior to this advisory role, Paul was Director, Knowledge & Innovation at Grow Asia, where he led our Digital program for three years. Paul also has significant experience building smallholder supply chains in the cocoa, citrus, cassava and rubber industries. Before joining Grow Asia, he worked with agribusinesses including Mondelez International, Olam, Syngenta, Heineken and Ironbark Citrus. In 2012, Paul co-authored the landmark “Business in Development” study which established a body of evidence characterizing the nature of core business activities multinationals undertake which contribute to poverty alleviation. 

You can reach Paul at paul@growasia.org.