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Jim Taylor

Chief Executive, Proximity Designs

Skoll Awardee


Jim is Co-founder and Chief Executive of Proximity Designs. He has created internationally recognized social impact businesses in agriculture, financial services and renewable energy that serve rural families across Myanmar. He has been a resident in Myanmar since 2004. Prior to co-founding Proximity, Jim worked in the private sector as the chief operating officer of a leading provider of supply chain management software for the global fresh foods industry based in California. He also worked for a privately held, Fortune 200 company – the world’s largest producer and/or processor of pistachios, almonds and citrus. Jim lived in Indonesia for seven years working as an economist for the Indonesian National Economic Planning Agency. He also lived in Cambodia for four years managing a development assistance program. He has worked in India, Bangladesh and Singapore as a consultant. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from Harvard University.