Debbie Aung Din is Co-founder of Proximity Designs, a non-profit social business operating in Myanmar since 2004 and focused on the agriculture sector. Proximity has developed a unique platform composed of three businesses –financing, farm technologies and agronomic advice – that are delivering products and services designed for small farmers in their journey out of poverty. Proximity Designs’ operations serve over 500,000 people annually and have reached over 9,000 villages. Products and services have helped 2.7 million people increase their income by US$250 or more per year.
Aung Din has lived and worked in Mississippi, Cambodia and Indonesia. She has worked for NGOs, USAID, the UN and the World Bank. Aung Din holds a MA from Harvard University in public policy and development economics. She received awards from the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship. She has been engaged in design and economic research in Myanmar since 1995.