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Jim Taylor

Chief Executive, Proximity Designs

Skoll Awardee


Jim Taylor is the Co-founder and Chief Executive of Proximity Designs – a social business that has created a platform for change in rural Myanmar. The big idea thirteen years ago was to treat farmers as customers and design affordable technology and financing so they could escape poverty. After serving 2 million people, and generating $225 million in new income, the idea still has legs. Jim is originally from Seattle but has spent the bulk of his career living and working in various parts of the US and in Southeast Asia. He has an MBA and studied economics at Harvard.