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KAREN JAMES is CEO of Business for Development.

With a background in Systems Thinking and Engineering, Karen James (KJ) has a unique talent for unpacking complex issues with companies to determine strategic opportunities. Her work with clients has enabled them to define and bring to life their purpose, vision and strategy, with a strong focus on execution. KJ’s strengths lie in the ability to facilitate dialogue with various stakeholders and broker partnerships between organisations to achieve shared value.

There  are approximately 450 million smallholder farmers – one-third of the world’s population – that are living in poverty.  Business for Development works in the Asia Pacific, Africa and Australia building value chains to solve rural poverty in emerging countries. Their work strives to improve farmer livelihoods, resilience and financial independence. 


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